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Electronic Systems College Degree

Electronics, Robotics & Drone Technology

Associate Degree

Program Overview

The Associate in Science Degree in Electronics, Robotics, and Drone Technology (ERD) provides education and training in some of the most robust, emerging fields of the 21st century. Beginning with electronic foundation core courses and culminating in aerial drone, robotics, and automation systems, the curriculum provides the knowledge required to succeed in these modern high-tech fields. Graduates of this program are qualified to seek entry-level employment in several emerging areas.

Career Possibilities

  • R&D Technician
  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Systems Technician

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High school grad year or G.E.D.

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Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science Degree in Electronics, Robotics and Drone Technology (ERD) provides education and training in some of the most robust, emerging fields of the 21st century. The use of robots and aerial drones will drive structural changes in our economy and everyday life in areas ranging from driverless cars and medical procedures; to automated manufacturing processes and aerial product delivery. Beginning with electronic foundation core courses and culminating in aerial drone, robotics, and automation systems, the curriculum provides the knowledge required to succeed in these modern high-tech fields. Technical elective courses provide the opportunity for in-depth study in areas including drone engineering, renewable energy systems, computer networking, CAD and manufacturing quality.

Laboratory projects highlighted in ERD courses include active, hands-on experiences with robotic control systems and drone applications, data acquisition/control/communication, digital electronics, microprocessor control, and programmable automation controllers (PACs). Lab projects have been developed to simulate actual job conditions. Aerial drone-specific courses prepare students to sit for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Section 107 Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) exam for pilot certification.

Graduates of this program are qualified to seek entry-level employment in several emerging areas such as drone mission programming [KS2], research and development, new product design, product testing, field service, controls engineering, manufacturing of complex electronic assemblies and systems, installation, marketing, and customer service. Associate degree graduates can also continue in the NEIT Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology program.

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Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission

The mission of the Electronics, Robotics and Drone Technology (ERDA) program is to prepare students for entry-level employment as a technician, designer, or operator in the fields of electronics, robotics, drone technology and automation. Students are engaged in 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 Goals

The following program goals have been established for the ERDA program:

  1. Develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving, and troubleshooting.
  2. Develop professionalism and quality workmanship.
  3. Develop oral and written communication skills.
  4. Develop the ability to work productively with others.
  5. Develop skill in analyzing electronic circuits.
  6. Develop skill in applying math in problem-solving, analysis, and design.
  7. Develop skills in computer analysis and programming.

Program Outcomes

Students must have:

a.  an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;
b.  an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;
c.  an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;
d.  an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;
e.  an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;
f.  an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
g.  an understanding of the need for and ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
h.  an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including respect for diversity; and
i.  a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Associate in Science Degree

  • ERD 110 Electronic Circuits
  • ERD 111 Instruments and Basic Circuit Construction
  • ERD 115 Computer and Networking Fundamentals for Engineering
  • ERD 120 Digital Concepts
  • ERD 131 Advanced Circuits and Semiconductors
  • ERD 167 Introduction to Robotic Control Systems
  • ERD 201 Introduction to Drone / UAV Technology
  • ERD 236 Microprocessor Control System
  • ERD 242 Electro-Mechanical Systems & Industrial Controls
  • ERD 246 Data Acquisition Systems
  • ERD 250 Data Communications and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • ELY 217 AutoCAD Electrical
  • ENG 119 Introduction to Engineering Technology
  • ENG 120 Introduction to Engineering Technology Lab
  • ENG 210 Introduction to Programmable Automation Controllers
  • ENG 259 Commercial Drone / UAV Certification
  • ENG 263 Commercial Utilization of Drones / UAVs
  • ENG 281 Engineering Internship
  • ENG 283 Capstone Project
  • MCT 235 Industrial Robotic Automation
  • Technical Electives
  • ENG 100 Imagineering Creative Prototyping
  • ENG 289 Drone / UAV Engineering
  • ERD 255 Renewable Energy Systems
  • MCT 115 Computer Aided Design I
  • MCT 239 Quality
  • NE 268 Wireless Networks
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