Electronics System Engineering Technology


The associate program in Electronic Systems Engineering provides a comprehensive foundation in the skills employers are seeking in an electronics technician. Lab projects simulating actual job conditions offer hands-on experience in telecommunications, digital electronics, microprocessor control, and more. Graduates are qualified for multiple entry-level positions.


Associate in Science Degree

The associate in science degree in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology provides training in one of the most fundamental and important fields in technology today. The first five quarters provide a core foundation of knowledge in electronics and electronic systems. During the last quarter, a student focuses on one of two directions: continuing on toward the bachelor’s degree or entering the workplace after earning an associate’s degree. The associate degree program is designed to give students entering the field of electronics a sound, comprehensive foundation in the skills employers are seeking in an electronics technician. Beginning with electronic foundation core courses and culminating in electronic systems, the curriculum provides the knowledge required to succeed in this modern high-tech field. Laboratory projects have been developed to provide hands-on experience and to simulate actual job conditions. The lab projects are highlighted in courses such as telecommunications, digital electronics, data and acquisition control, microprocessor control, programmable logic control (PLC) and robotic control systems. Students also have two to three technical elective choices in areas such as Renewable Energy Systems, Cisco Networks, CAD, and Biomedical Systems.

Graduates of this program are qualified to seek entry-level employment in a number of challenging areas such as research and development, product design, product testing, field service, manufacturing of complex electronic assemblies and systems, installation, marketing, and customer service.

“When hiring from the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology Program, we look for dedicated students with a good technical background. New England Tech grads come prepared to start the training process at Woodard & Curran and they have proven themselves to be great employees. We’ve hired ten New England Tech graduates, I’m one of them, and we’ve all worked out pretty well.”
Jeffrey Souza, Controls Engineer
Woodard & Curran, Providence, RI

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission:

The mission of the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology (ESTA) program is to prepare students for immediate and productive employment as an electronics technician upon graduation. This is accomplished through educational experiences combining theory and practical application in the basic knowledge, skills, techniques, practices, and concepts employed in their profession. The program endeavors to develop the student’s ability to think critically, to communicate effectively and to solve problems independently. An important objective is to instill in students the necessity for continued professional development.

Program Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of the associate's degree program in Electronic Systems Engineering Technology, a graduate should have each of the following.

• The ability to develop critical thinking skills and be able to apply acquired knowledge to analyze and diagnose electronic systems.
• A mastery of the necessary computer skills to accomplish the job related functions performed by electronic technicians.
• The ability to gather and interpret data from an experiment.
• The ability to function effectively as part of a team.
• An appreciation for self study and lifelong learning.
• A professional attitude that promotes ethics and social responsibility.


Program Outcomes:

To fulfill the Program Mission and Program Educational Objectives of the associate degree in Electronic Systems Engineering Technology, graduates will have each of the following.

• An ability to use electronic theory to debug and repair electronic systems to the component level.

• An ability to use test equipment to measure and record various electronic parameters in a given circuit.

• An ability to prototype a given electronic circuit on a breadboard.

• An ability to use a computer for schematic simulation and to perform Internet searches.

• An ability to function effectively on teams.

• An ability to function and communicate effectively.

• A commitment to quality and timeliness.



Courses Offered

Associate in Science Degree

EST 110 Electrical Circuit Theory 1
EST 111 Instruments and Basic Circuit Construction
EST 112 Introduction to Engineering Technology
EST 120 Electrical Circuit Theory II
EST 121 Electrical Circuit Theory II Lab
EST 166 Robotic Control Systems
EST 126 Digital Logic Systems I
EST 130 Semiconductor Technology
EST 138 Linear Integrated Circuits
EST 226 Digital Logic Systems II
EST 242 Industrial Systems
EST 243 Industrial Systems Lab
EST 236 Microprocessor Control Systems
EST 254 Introduction to Programmable Controller (PLC) Systems
EST 250 Telecommunication Systems
EST 258 Printed Circuit Board Design
EST 255 Renewable Energy Systems
EST 246 Data Acquisition Systems
EST 260 Biomed Systems
NE 134 Cisco I
NE 242 Cisco II