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Electrical Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3369, Program Site
The Electrical Engineering Technology A.A.S. degree is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

The Electrical Engineering Technology program emphasizes both theory and practical applications in applied electrical engineering technology. Graduates have a diversified understanding of modern methods and insight in comprehending new and future developments. Applied mathematics, science, and liberal arts courses support comprehensive electrical technology studies. Laboratory experiments coordinate with classroom theory to provide practical hands-on learning. Students analyze industrial, commercial, and utility electrical power systems and study electrical and automated control systems with application to processing and manufacturing industries.

Graduates are typically employed as electrical engineering technicians - working with engineering teams; planning, specifying, purchasing, installing, testing, operating, and maintaining electrical systems, equipment, and controls in such important activities as: industrial plant engineering; manufacturing methods and quality assurance; automatic control of complex industrial processes; electrical facilities in building construction; operation and maintenance of electrical and associated equipment; electrical design and specifications and drawing development in professional consulting engineering activities; and electrical power company systems and equipment.

Program Outcomes

  • Master the use of electrical measurement equipment, including digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, and various power meters;
  • Demonstrate the ability to mathematically analyze AC and DC circuity;
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of basic electronic principles;
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of digital circuitry with a basic knowledge of ladder logic;
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using oral, written, computer and graphical skills;
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team based environment;
  • Create original and modify existing PLC programs;
  • Assemble and wire transformers and rotating machinery; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of industrial electrical hardware, codes, and various electrical/electronic systems.

Career Opportunities

  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Power Companies
  • Maintenance of electrical systems and equipment
  • Industrial Process Control


The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.  If completed, this degree will transfer into the BS in Industrial Electronics Technology program at Tennessee State University. Students interested in transferring to TSU after graduation must complete MATH 1730 prior to enrolling at TSU or take the class through TSU in their first semester.

Degree Requirement

Students earning the A.A.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of technical course work at Nashville State.

Course Requirements

Required: NSCC 1010 - First Year Experience

General Education

Engineering Systems Technology

Total Required – Associate Degree: 63 Credits


Recommended Full-Time Schedule

First Year

Second Year

Spring Semester


Students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of technical course work at Nashville State.

Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the instructor. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.


* This course is part of the general education core.



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