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Electrical Engineering Technology

The electrical engineering technology (EET) program provides a solid foundation in the electrical and electronics areas, supplemented by a wide variety of elective courses. A student may emphasize specialty areas such as electronics and electrical technologies, process and machine control, computers, microprocessors, embedded microcontrollers and systems, analog and digital communications, wireless communications, power systems, electric vehicles, digital electronics, healthcare and instrumentation. Project management and development, professional development, and teamwork are threads throughout the EET program.

Four majors are offered within the BS EET degree program: in addition to the general EET major, students may choose from audio engineering technology (AUET), computer engineering technology (CPET), and energy engineering technology (ENET). Students working toward the B.S. degree choose EET electives as well as other technical courses to support their areas of interest. Students may choose technical electives such as fluid power, statics and dynamics, manufacturing operations, theatre audio technology, or human anatomy and physiology. Many others are available as well.

Electrical engineering technology is a field well suited to anyone who wishes to enter a fast-paced, progressive technical field with unlimited growth potential. The lecture/laboratory format of the courses makes the material easier to digest, whether the student is more comfortable learning from a hands-on, application-oriented perspective or from a theoretical perspective.

Graduates of the EET program are in great demand by firms such as Stryker Medical, American Electric Power, Indiana Michigan Power, General Electric, Delphi Electronics, Ford Motor Company, Cinergy, Siemens, CTS Microelectronics, Square D, Boeing, IBM, Rockwell International, Hewlett-Packard, Republic Steel, Sundstrand, AdTran, Motorola and Northern Telecom. The average starting salary for graduates of the ECET department ranks near the top when compared to starting salaries for other Purdue B.S. graduates.

EET graduates conceive, design, develop, test and implement technologies that impact humanity and society. Electronics are the cornerstone technology in a modern, high-tech society. Just imagine the technology that electronics make possible: computers, the Internet, ATMs, automobiles, airplanes, trains, gas pumps, water pumps, televisions, radios, electric lights, air conditioning, electronically-controlled heating systems, pacemakers, medical equipment, and the list goes on and on. Electronics technology is interwoven in a civilized world. EET graduates have a tremendous impact on the technical world that is embedded in our civilization and our culture. EET graduates move the world forward.

The bachelor of science program in EET is highly structured during the first two years of study to provide a strong foundation, and relatively flexible during the last two years to allow students to specialize or generalize. The program provides a laboratory-based curriculum that combines hands-on practice with the appropriate basic electrical and electronic theory. It is applications-oriented and is designed to prepare well-rounded graduates who will complete the program and succeed in one or more of the fields related to electrical engineering technology. The educational objective of the EET bachelor of science program at Purdue is to produce graduates who:

  • Have technical and professional skills that prepare them for immediate employment in an electrical or electronics engineering related capacity and who add value to their company shortly after they are employed.
  • Analyze, design and implement control systems, communications systems, computer systems or power systems utilizing mathematical methods, including statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics or applied differential equations.
  • Communicate effectively in oral, written and graphical forms at a level appropriate to an electrical or electronics technologist.
  • Work effectively individually and as a member or leader of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate a high standard of professional ethics and are cognizant of social concerns as they relate to the practice of engineering technology.
  • Continue their education through short courses, industrial training and/or participation in a graduate program.
  • Apply project management techniques to EET projects.

For students who would like an electrical engineering technology credential to complement their primary field of study, a minor in EET is offered. For prospective transfer students, the EET major is covered by Indiana’s Single Articulation Pathway to facilitate transfer from other Indiana-supported institutions.


The B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology programs in West Lafayette, Kokomo, New Albany and South Bend are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Credit Hours Required for Bachelor's Degree: 127

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) CNIT 10500 (Introduction to C Programming) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) ECET 12000 (Gateway to EET) (3) ECET 17700 (DAQ and Systems Control)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) ECET 17900 (Introduction to Digital Systems)
(3) MA 22100 (Calculus for Technology I) (3) MA 22200 (Calculus for Technology II)
(3) TECH 12000 (Technology and the Individual) (4) PHYS 21800 (General Physics I)
(16) (16)

Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) ECET 22000 (Professional Career Development) (3) ECET 27000 (Electronics Prototype Development and Construction)
(3) ECET 22700 (DC and Pulse Electronics) (3) ECET 27300 (Modern Energy Systems)
(1) ECET 22900 (Concurrent Digital Systems) (3) ECET 27400 (Wireless Communication)
(3) PHYS 21900 (General Physics II) (3) ECET 27700 (AC and Power Electronics)or ECET 27900 (Embedded Digital Systems)
(3) Business selective (3) Communication selective
(4) General education selective    
(17)   (15)  

Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) STAT 22500 (Introduction to Probability Models) or STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3) ECET 38000 (Professional Issues in EET)
(3) TECH 32000 (Technology and the Organization) (3) IET 45100 (Monetary Analysis for Industrial Decisions) or IT 45000 (Production Cost Analysis)
(3) ECET 33000-level (Advance Analysis Selective) (3) TECH 33000 (Technology and the Global Society)
(3) ECET elective (1) Technical selective
(3) Communication selective (3) General education elective
    (3) ECET elective
(15)   (16)  

Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) ECET 43000 (Electrical and Electronic Product and Program Management) (3) ECET 46000 (Project Design and Development)
(6) Technical selective (3) Technical selective
(3) ECET elective (3) ECET elective
(3) General education elective (3) Free elective
    (3) General education elective
(15)   (15)  


See an academic advisor or the ECET website for an approved list of electives and selectives.


ECET electives (12 credits)

ECET 32900 (Advanced Embedded Digital Systems)
ECET 33500 (Computer Architecture and Performance Evaluation)
ECET 33700 (Analog Signal Processing)
ECET 33900 (Digital Signal Processing)
ECET 34900 (Advanced Digital Systems)
ECET 36400 (Fundamentals of Electromagnetics)
ECET 38800 (Analog IC Applications)
ECET 42800 (Audio Electronics-Selected Topics)
ECET 44400 (Wireless Systems: Design and Measurement)

ECET Advanced Analysis Selective (3 credits)
ECET 33500 (Computer Architecture and Performance Evaluation)
ECET 33700 (Analog Signal Processing)
ECET 33900 (Digital Signal Processing)

Technical selectives (12 credits)
Note: Limited to 6 credits in any one discipline except for EPICS, which has a limit of 3 credits

College of Engineering courses (except ENGR)
College of Technology courses (including ECET)
CS courses (except CS 11000 or 23500)
Lab-based Science courses in PHYS, CHM or BIOL
THTR 26300, 35300, or 55300

Business selective (3 credits)
AGEC 20000 or higher
CSR 34200 (Personal Finance)
ECON 20000 or higher
ENTR 20000 or higher
IT 10400 (Industrial Organization)
IT 23000 (Industrial Supply Chain Management)
IT 33000 (Industrial Sales and Sales Management)
IT 33200 (Purchasing, Inventory and Warehouse)
MGMT 20000 or higher
OLS 25200 (Human Relations in Organizations)
OLS 27400 (Applied Leadership)
OLS 28400 (Leadership Principles)
OLS 32500 (Meeting Management)

Communication selectives (6 credits)
Note: 3 credit hours from each category

Written communication (3 credits)
ENGL 20500 (Introduction to Creative Writing)
ENGL 30400 (Advanced Composition)
ENGL 42000 (Business Writing)
ENGL 42100 (Technical Writing)

Oral communication (3 credits)
COM 20000 or higher

General Education Electives (12 credits)
Limited to 6 credits in any one discipline except foreign languages may be taken for 12 credits

Foreign languages (except courses in native language); AAS, AD, AMST, ANTH, ASAM, ASL, BAND, CLCS, CMPL, COM, ENGL, HIST, IDIS, LING, MUS, PHIL, POL, PSY, REL, SOC, THTR, WOST; ROTC (AFT, MILT, NS)