Associate in Science Degree
The Electrical Technology degree program trains students for entry-level careers in the electrical industry. Some of the diverse careers open to graduates are construction electricians, maintenance electricians, power system technicians, electrical relay technicians, electrical research technicians, electrical distribution sales, electro-mechanical technicians, electrical technical support, and as an entry level controls engineer.
The curriculum integrates electrical theory and practical application to give students not only the manual skills to wire and install electrical systems and apparatus, but also the mathematical and practical knowledge to support, explain and troubleshoot a wide variety of electrical projects. Computer programs are integrated into the coursework to allow for practice of circuit calculations, to create working models that simulate real circuit conditions and to support classroom lectures and demonstrations. Of equal importance is the thorough study of the safety rules, protocols, and procedures laid out in the National, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Electrical Codes as well as the OSHA standards for the construction and general industries. Laboratory projects, ranging from elementary breadboard experiments to advanced PLC ladder logic control circuits, provide hands-on experience to develop wiring techniques and to simulate actual job conditions in residential, commercial and industrial environments.
Upon completion of the Associate in Science Degree in Electrical Technology, the graduate is qualified to seek employment in entry-level careers in the electrical industry and are qualified to work as an apprentice electrician or technician. Associate degree graduates can also continue in the NEIT Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology program.