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Program Overview

Develop your skills and earn an online Associate Degree with Penn Foster College's Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Online Degree program. This program can help you learn how to design, troubleshoot, and maintain electrical and electronic equipment. Throughout your program, you will cover 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. With Penn Foster College, 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 3-year student version of AutoCAD® from Autodesk.®

Did you know that electro-mechanical technicians make an average salary of $51,820?¹ At Penn Foster College, you can take the first step towards a new career in the industrial technology industry, working with computer and peripheral equipment, semiconductor/electronic components, communications, navigation, natural gas distribution, or oil and gas extraction.

Associate Degrees from Penn Foster College are awarded under licensing from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The overall program goal for the A.S. in Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Degree is to prepare students to enter positions in which they'll help design, troubleshoot, and maintain electrical and electronic equipment.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the work habits and characteristics that are demonstrated by successful technicians, including the codes and standards that technicians must know
  • Read and interpret various types of technical drawings, including those used in electrical/electronics applications, and understand the basics of computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Develop schematics, line drawings, and panel prints used for the design, manufacture, and maintenance of electrical and electronics systems
  • Identify the basic concepts, terminology, and applications relating to electricity, including the components and operation of electrical systems
  • Recognize the components and applications of circuits, and list how to troubleshoot circuits
  • Identify the basic concepts, terminology, and applications relating to electronics, including the components and operation of electronic systems
  • Explain how to test and diagnose electrical and electronic equipment using measuring and diagnostic devices, such as multimeters and oscilloscopes
  • Describe the operation of transformers, and identify various types, including single- and three-phase transformers
  • Identify electrical-system installation and design processes, and evaluate sample installations to ensure code compliance
  • Identify various types of electric motors and describe how they are controlled; list the steps to use when troubleshooting electric motors and controllers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the hands-on, technical skills employed by electrical and electronics technicians in a laboratory setting, including the topics of measurements, circuitry, transformers, and motors

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.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • 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


  • 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


  • Review basic grammar.
  • Use action verbs.
  • Learn how to construct paragraphs.
CSC104 Computer Applications 3 credits

This course will allow you to build your computer skills through a combination of reading and hands-on practice. You will navigate popular software tools such as Windows® and Microsoft® Office.


  • Create, edit, and illustrate Microsoft® Word™ documents
  • Apply formulas and functions to large data sets in Microsoft® Excel®
  • Incorporate useful charts and graphs to summarize data
  • Add, delete, sort, and lay out table data
  • Create presentations in Microsoft® PowerPoint® using advanced tools, tables, and charts
EST100 Introduction to Technical Drawings 3 credits


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

Study basic algebraic concepts. Review the systems of equations, polynomials, and radicals. Learn how to factor polynomial expressions and simplify rational expressions.


  • Explain basic algebraic concepts
  • Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities
  • Analyze relations, functionality, and systems of linear equations
  • Prepare algebraic operations on polynomial and rational expressions and equations
  • Solve problems involving radicals and complex numbers

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Intermediate Algebra

ENG100 English Composition 3 credits


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.
MAT222 Precalculus 3 credits


  • Learn about exponential and logarithmic functions.
  • Understand trigonometric functions and analytical trigonometry.
  • Explore systems of equations.
  • Read about inequalities.
Social Science Elective (Choose two) 6 credits

SSC125-Introduction to Sociology


  • 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.

SSC130 - Essentials of Psychology
This course will introduce you to the relationship between biology and behavior. You will learn about human development throughout the life span.


  • Identify major psychological theories.
  • Discuss consciousness, memory, thought, and language.
  • Define intelligence, personality, and stress.
  • Analyze the role of gender in psychology.
  • Explain how community influences behavior.

BUS121-Economics 1


  • Explain the economic systems and the economic perspective
  • Identify the key factors in macroeconomics and how economists study the economy as a whole
  • Explain the macroeconomic models and fiscal policies
  • Explain money, banking, and financial policy
  • Explain extending analysis of aggregate supply, current issues in theory and policy, and international economics
  • Analyze foreign exchange and investment and the effects each nation’s economy has on another nation’s economy
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

EST220 AutoCAD® Applications—Electrical/Electronics 3 credits


  • 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.
Technical Electives (Choose two) 6 credits

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


  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of the National Electrical Code.®
  • Get in-depth coverage for all of the essential elements of the code including terminology, structure, and specific applications and interpretations.
  • Study conductor fill, load, and voltage drop calculations.
  • Learn GFCI requirements, grounding rules, and wiring requirements for hazardous locations.
  • Learn code variables based on single-family and multi-family classifications and residential and commercial classifications.
  • Study code requirements specific to health-care facilities.

EET215-Electronic Process Controls (3 credits)


  • 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.

EET210-Electric Motors and Control (3 credits)


  • 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.

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.
Arts and Humanities Elective (Choose two) 6 credits

HUM102 - Art Appreciation


  • Define the language, visual elements, and principles of design of art
  • Identify two-dimensional media
  • Identify three-dimensional media
  • Explain the evolution of art from ancient Mediterranean cultures through eighteenth century Europe
  • Identify features and popular examples of art throughout the history of African, Asian, Pacific, and American cultures
  • Compare the genres of the Modern and Postmodern eras of art from around the world

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Living with Art, 11th Edition


HUM104 - Music Appreciation

In this course, you'll understand how to appreciate music by learning about the roles of the composer and the listener, the principles of music theory and instrumentation, musically significant historical periods, and varying styles of music.


  • Identify the building blocks of music a composer can use to create a piece, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, and timbre
  • Explain the evolution of Western music through history, from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century
  • Differentiate between the music of the baroque era and the musical styles of previous time periods
  • Recognize the major characteristics of classical music, including form, melody, and instrumentation
  • Discuss the musical trends and innovations that occurred during the romantic era
  • Trace the evolution of American popular music in the twentieth century
  • Recognize the influence of world music on modern Western composition

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Experience Music, Fourth Edition


ENG115 - Introduction to Literature


  • Develop your critical thinking skills.
  • Study the themes and forms of literature.
  • Read and analyze the main genres of literature-poetry, fiction, and drama.
EET300 Drafting Electrical and Electronic Schematics 3 credits

In this course you’ll learn basic skills for DC theory and AC theory related to circuits, learn the electrical measurement skills needed to build a circuit, as well as learn how to create schematic drawings using AutoCAD.


  • Apply basic skills to complete experiments with basic DC theory
  • Apply basic skills to complete experiments with basic AC theory
  • Apply electrical measurement skills to build a circuit using a simulation program
  • Design a resonant circuit using a simulation program
  • Create schematic drawings of a residential building floor plan with an electrical system layout and electronic diagrams using AutoCAD
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
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, 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, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

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.
AutoCAD is a trademark of Autodesk, Inc. registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
National Electrical Code is a registered trademark of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
Apple, Mac, and OS X are trademarks of Apple, Inc registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.

Sample Lesson

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Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Program Details

In the Penn Foster Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Associate Degree Program you'll cover topics that will cover:

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The Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Program teaches students to 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

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Learning aids such as AutoCAD® software
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, 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

Will my Penn Foster College credits transfer to other schools?

Penn Foster College credits have been accepted for transfer into many colleges across the country. Students should check with a specific college to see if they accept our credits, as credit transfer can vary depending on the school. Also, the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits. For more information on transferring credits, click here.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2014-15 Edition, Electro-Mechanical Technicians, on the Internet here. Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

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