2015-2016 Catalog 
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2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering Technology - Automated Control Systems Concentration, A.A.S.

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Electrical Engineering Technology

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3475, electric.tech@nscc.edu, Program Site

The Electrical Engineering Technology A.A.S. degree is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) including Automated Control Systems, Electrical, and Electronic concentrations.

The Electrical Engineering Technology program is a comprehensive program with various options. This program offers three concentrations: Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, and Automated Control Systems (offered only at the Cookeville campus). See information below for specifics for each option.


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.

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.

Automated Control Systems Concentration

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Some technical courses are offered only on the Cookeville Campus.
Program Information: Cookeville Campus, 931-520-0551 x 104, automation@nscc.edu

The Automated Control Systems concentration of the Electrical Engineering Technology degree prepares students for a career in the field of industrial automation. The program includes instruction in the theory and application of automatic control systems as well as numerous hands-on laboratory experiences using off-the-shelf automation equipment as seen in a typical industrial application. Students will gain an in depth understanding of programmable control systems such as programmable logic controllers (PLC), programmable motion controllers, process controllers, transducers, and human machine interface (HMI) systems.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to apply circuit analysis and design, computer technology, analog and digital electronics, and electrical and electronic principles to install, test, and maintain systems;
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using oral, written, and graphical skills;
  • Function on teams demonstrating leadership, individual ability, and team skills;
  • Exhibit a commitment to quality and dependability; and
  • Differentiate, analyze, and construct DC and AC circuits.

Concentration Outcomes

  • Create original and modify existing programs for PLCs and other programmable devices;
  • Create functional and usable HMIs programs;
  • Integrate various off-the-shelf automation products to produce a complete automated manufacturing system; and
  • Use software application programs such as CAD, word processors, and spreadsheets, to produce technical documents such as operations manuals, electrical schematics, and technical reports.

Career Opportunities

  • Control Systems Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Process Control Technician
  • Instrumentation Technician

Course Requirements

Recommended Full-Time Schedule


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, COMPASS 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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