Online Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Program

Why Penn Foster?

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  • Self-Paced
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Program Overview

Develop your skills with the Penn Foster Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Associate Degree Program. Prepare to qualify for positions in which you’ll help design, troubleshoot, and maintain electrical and electronic equipment. Learn the fundamentals of electronics and electricity, drafting with AutoCAD,® electrical and electronic measurements and instruments, electronic circuits, electronic process controls, electric motors and control, and more. And, with Penn Foster, you study at home or on the go, and at a pace that’s right for you. And as part of the program, you’ll have access to a free, 3-year student version of AutoCAD® from Autodesk.®

Did you know that electrical and electronics engineering technicians make an average salary of $57,850?¹ Work in manufacturing industries such as computer and peripheral equipment, semiconductor/electronic components, communications, navigation, natural gas distribution, and oil and gas extraction.

Curriculum Details

Semester 1

Basic Skills Assessment

All degree applicants are required to complete two Basic Skills Assessments, one in reading and one in math, to determine the level of readiness for beginning their selected program. Additional studies may be required.

MET100 Orientation to Engineering Technology 1 credit

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program, and learn the basics of engineering technology.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
  • Use a scientific calculator.
  • Learn about the development of engineering and engineering technology.
  • Understand technical mathematics.
MAT100 Foundation Skills in Math 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Learn the basic math skills you’ll need to succeed in your program.
  • Practice math functions using real-life examples.
  • Use the metric system and formulas.
ENG101 Foundation Skills in Writing 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Review basic grammar.
  • Use action verbs.
  • Learn how to construct paragraphs.
CSC108 Essential Computer Skills 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Study the basics of computers and the Internet.
  • Manage files and digital electronics.
  • Use basic functions of Windows® and word processing.
  • Search the Internet successfully using helpful techniques and shortcuts.
EST100 Introduction to Technical Drawings 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Read and interpret technical drawings.
  • Interpret symbols and abbreviations.
  • Apply dimensioning and tolerancing to actual print reading.
  • Get an overview of computer-aided drawing and its role in modern technology.
SCI167 Physical Science 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Define the physical universe as you know it.
  • Get the foundation you need to understand chemistry, physics, and earth and space sciences.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 2

EET101 Fundamentals of Electricity 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Learn about the nature of electricity.
  • Study DC and AC principles, generators, components, and currents.
  • Discover electric cells, batteries, electrical language, and hardware.
  • Identify alternating current and types of electric circuits.
MET202 Drafting with AutoCAD 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Draft using AutoCAD.®
  • Learn computer-aided drafting and design systems.
  • Use AutoCAD® menus and features.
  • Create files and entities.
  • Organize and annotate drawings.
  • Modify displays.
EET103 Fundamentals of Electronics 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Study electronic components and basic electronic circuits.
  • Learn about semiconductor switching devices and switching and connection devices.
  • Discover amplifiers and oscillators.
  • Explore modulation and detection circuits, logic circuits, and pulse digital circuits.
MAT115 Intermediate Algebra 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Study basic algebraic concepts.
  • Understand the systems of equations, polynomials, and radicals.
  • Factor polynomial expressions 
  • Simplify rational expressions.
ENG100 English Composition 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Review English grammar.
  • Free write and brainstorm to come up with new ideas.
  • Edit and revise your writing.
  • Learn techniques for getting the reader’s attention.
  • Write descriptive essays, first-person narratives, reflective essays, persuasive essays, and effective thesis statements.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 3

EET105 Electrical/Electronic Measurements and Instruments 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Get the fundamentals about transformers.
  • Check checking simple circuits.
  • Troubleshoot using basic meters.
  • Learn how a voltmeter and an ammeter work.
  • Use AC measuring instruments, multipurpose test instruments, oscilloscopes, component testers, and digital test equipment.
EET182 Electronic Circuits 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of electronic systems, electronic devices, and amplifications.
  • Study audio and r-f circuits, oscillators, feedback, electronic power supply systems, industrial receivers, transmitters, video systems, servo and control systems, and pulse and logic circuits.
  • Troubleshoot electronic equipment and systems using logical troubleshooting methods.
  • Learn measuring techniques.
  • Interpret data and results.
Social Science Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

SSC125-Introduction to Sociology

Objectives:

  • Study deviance, crime, and social control
  • Analyze the effects of stratification, racial and ethnic inequality, sex, gender, and sexuality.
  • Assess the roles of health, family, education, and religion in sociology.
  • Examine the impact of politics, the economy, social movements, technology, and other contributors to social change.

SSC280-Industrial Psychology

Objectives:

  • Understand the major theories of industrial/organizational psychology.
  • Learn about the many human resource aspects of an industrial job setting
  • Study employee attitudes, emotions, health, leadership, and other psychological perspectives of the workplace.

BUS121-Economics 1

Objectives:

  • Study an overview of macroeconomics and the modern market economy.
  • Study the law of supply and demand.
  • Explore the cost of living.
  • Learn about monetary systems and international factors.
  • Understand short run economic fluctuations.
MAT222 Precalculus 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Learn about exponential and logarithmic functions.
  • Understand trigonometric functions and analytical trigonometry.
  • Explore systems of equations.
  • Read about inequalities.
EET210 Electric Motors and Control 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Discover the principles of generator and motor operation, induction motors and synchronous motors, and motor control systems.
  • Learn about performance and speed control.
  • Study solid-state drive systems.
  • Use SCRs as AC to DC converters.
  • Install and maintain drive systems.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 4

EET215 Electronic Process 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Learn the basics of electronic control technology.
  • Study the fundamentals of motor-control theory, process control, and instrumentation.
  • Understand the applications of sensors, programmable controls, and motion controls.
EST220 AutoCAD® Applications—Electrical/Electronics 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Get a broad introduction to two-dimensional and three-dimensional Computer-Aided Design (CAD) focused on electrical/electronics-specific applications.
  • Use AutoCAD® in hands-on exercises, assignments, and projects.
Arts and Humanities Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

HUM102-Art Appreciation

Objectives:

  • Study artistic media, historical periods, and artistic movements.
  • Discover the roles of the artist and the viewer.

HUM104-Music Appreciation

Objectives:

  • Analyze the roles of the composer and the listener.
  • Study music theory, instrumentation, and historical periods.
  • Listen to various styles of music.

ENG115-Introduction to Literature

Objectives:

  • Develop your critical thinking skills.
  • Study the themes and forms of literature.
  • Read and analyze the main genres of literature-poetry, fiction, and drama.
Technical Electives (Choose two) 6 credits

EET214-Interpreting the National Electrical Code® (3 credits)

  • Interpret and apply code specifications during the electrical-system design process.

EET218-Basic Industrial Computer Systems (3 credits)

  • Learn about programmable controllers found in motor-control and other industrial systems and hexadecimal and binary number systems.

EET216-Electrical Installations (3 credits)

  • Learn how electricity is generated and distributed. Evaluate industrial electrical system requirements and specify the correct equipment and conductor type and capacity for electrical systems. 

EET221-Pulse Circuits (3 credits)

  • Understand pulse circuits and pulse techniques, generators, timing and synchronization. Learn how to troubleshoot pulse circuits.

EET235-Digital Electronics (3 credits)

  • Explore number and logic systems. Learn the essentials of Boolean algebra. Study D/A and A/D conversions. Apply these concepts to modern circuit designs.

IET232-Programmable Logic Controllers (3 credits)

  • Study programmable controllers found in motor-control and other industrial systems. Identify the role of computers in telecommunications systems. Get a basic introduction to common computer network installations.
EET249 Resident Laboratory Training (Electrical) 3 credits

This two-week session includes the use of various measuring instruments for performing a series of comprehensive experiments. The experiments are designed to provide familiarization with instrumentation, equipment, preparation of data, and laboratory reporting techniques.

Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.


Computer Specifications
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows® 7 or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, Microsoft® Office 2013, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all 4 semesters.
  • Pass all courses.
  • Achieve a cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) of 2.0 or higher.

NOTE: Advanced standing student shipments may vary from the above schedule.
Although this outline covers all four semesters of your program, you receive lesson materials for each semester as you enroll.
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Credits earned in Penn Foster programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. If you are planning to continue your education with another school after you earn your degree from Penn Foster, you should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
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Sample Lesson

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Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Program Details

Penn Foster will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need:

  • Training in simple circuits, audio, and RF circuits
  • Electrical/electronic measurements and instruments
  • Interpreting the National Electrical Code®
  • AutoCAD® applications for electrical/electronics

Resident Lab Requirement

As a student in the Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Program, you’ll be required to complete a three-credit resident lab course in the fourth semester. The Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg offers a course annually in the spring that meets the requirements for this lab. All registrations are handled by Pennsylvania State University. You may receive transfer credit for this resident lab course from another institution in your area, providing the coursework matches the criteria set by Penn Foster College. You may qualify to receive credit for this lab by submitting a life/work experience portfolio showing that you acquired similar skills to those emphasized in the laboratory training.

¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2014-15 Edition, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians, on the Internet here.

Graduates of the Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Program are prepared to help design, troubleshoot, and maintain electrical and electronic equipment. Here are a few qualities that effective engineering technicians have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant, receptive, and work well with others.
  • Honest: Engineering requires integrity and a good sense of ethics.
  • Persistent: Your job requires focus and determination in the face of obstacles.

After earning my degree I received a pay increase and a promotion to a supervisor position. The instructors are superb, helpful, and are there with you every step of the way. Also, the student services representatives are courteous and understanding; they are there to answer any questions you may have. After each assignment I completed, the staff of Penn Foster always had encouraging statements that helped me to stay on course. Congrats to Penn Foster College on being the best and bringing the best out of me.

- Shawn C., Penn Foster College Graduate

Penn Foster has a great faculty and staff that truly care about the well-being of their current and future students. Penn Foster has truly helped me obtain my degree through distance learning. I am a military spouse and, up until my last semester, I worked full-time and the convenience to be able to work at my own pace is excellent. My shipments are always on time and I never had any problems with getting the answers I needed regarding my coursework. Penn Foster has given me a life and a career. I feel joy to be graduating in just a few short months and I'm very happy knowing Penn Foster provided me with the knowledge I need to excel in my career. Don't think twice... please enroll today.

- Shantell P., Penn Foster College Graduate

I am currently in my second semester and Penn Foster College is THE BEST online college for those of us who have full-time jobs and shift workers, because Penn Foster gives us the flexibility to study at our own convenience, at our own pace, and WITHOUT deadlines. And the cost is VERY inexpensive for a two-year Associate Degree.

- Todd L., Penn Foster College Student

We make sure you have everything you need:

  • Graduate debt free with 0% interest
  • Learning aids, including AutoCAD® software
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our world-class faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online campus, plus immediate membership in the Industrial Technology academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What is a resident lab?

Students enrolled in the Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Associate Degree Program are required to complete a 3-credit resident lab course. This is a two-week resident laboratory training at the Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg Campus in Middletown, Pennsylvania. However, you may be able to take this training at a college or university near your home. Additionally, you may be exempt from having to complete the resident lab if you have previous experience in your field of study. At your request, Penn Foster will conduct a review of life/work experience to determine if you are exempt. Your advisor will work closely with you to coordinate this part of your degree program, which will occur in Semester 4.

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