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Electrical Systems Technology

The Electrical Systems Technology program prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills for entry into the field as technicians with specialized skills. The program includes options for electrical technology, industrial plant technician, automated manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, and industrial electronics. Graduates in the electricity field are qualified to seek a variety of positions.

Electrical Systems Technology Training Benefits

Electrical Option (ELT)

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers install, repair, or replace a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunications, transportation, utilities, and other industries. Median annual wage was $49,170 in May 2010.

Industrial Plant Technician Option (INT)

Industrial machinery and maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery. In May 2010, median annual wages for industrial machinery mechanics were $45,420, and median annual wages for machinery maintenance workers were $38,460.

Automated Manufacturing Option (AUT)

These technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical, electronic circuits and fluid power. They install, troubleshoot, repair, and upgrade electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems, such as robotic assembly machines. Median annual wage was $49,550 in May 2010.

Manufacturing Engineering Option (IST)

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient ways to use workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service. Median annual wage was $76,100 in May 2010.

Industrial Electronics Option (ILT)

Electrical and electronic engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. Median annual wage was $56,040 in May 2010.

*Source for salary outlook: 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Effective July 1, 2011 colleges are required to disclose certain information for any Title IV eligible program that prepares students for gainful employment (as defined by the US Department of Education) in a recognized occupation. The Electrical Systems Technology programs have been identified as Gainful Employment programs. Gainful Employment Disclosure information (PDF) about the programs.

Associate in Applied Science degree:

60 to 76 semester hours with a general education component focused on oral and written communication, critical thinking, computer literacy, mathematical principles and/or scientific reasoning.

Long-term certificate:

30 to 60 semester hours with a general education component focused on written composition, mathematics, computer literacy skills, and speech.

Short-term certificate:

9 to 27 semester hours, designed to allow the student to acquire career training in a short amount of time.

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