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College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Technology (A.A.S.)

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Today’s emphasis on sophisticated electronic hardware techniques requires that the two-year Electrical Technology (ELT) graduate be well schooled in fundamental concepts relating to AC and DC circuit analysis, electronics, special devices, power, communications, as well as digital hardware and software techniques.

As an engineering technician, you will work with engineers in the area of research and development, design, and modern manufacturing methods.

As an ELT student at Onondaga Community College, you will receive a solid background in the liberal arts in addition to courses in your field of specialization. Onondaga’s faculty has relevant industrial experience in addition to advanced engineering degrees.

To enroll in the Electrical Technology A.A.S. program, you will need two years of high school mathematics. Once you graduate with an A.A.S. degree in Electrical Technology from Onondaga, you will be prepared to seek employment opportunities in the field or pursue a bachelor’s degree (B.S.). A wide range of employment possibilities exists in the area of design, manufacturing, sales, and service. If you wish to pursue a B.S. degree in engineering technology you can be accepted as a third year student at many four-year colleges.

Please note: If you wish to pursue a B.S.E.E. degree in electrical or computer engineering, you should consult with an advisor.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Electrical Technology program is to provide students the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain entry-level employment in the electrical and related fields; for transfer to upper division schools into electrical or related curriculum; to provide continuing education for people desiring individual courses for their personal needs; andto provide courses to industry for mutual employee/industry benefit.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to analyze electrical circuit diagrams and systems to solve for appropriate electrical data and specifications.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to construct (real and computer simulated) electrical circuits from schematic diagrams, and to analyze the circuits for faults using the appropriate measurement techniques and equipment.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to design electrical circuits and systems from given data and specifications.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use the computer and design and analyze electrical circuits and systems.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to create the appropriate supporting design and analysis documentation for lab journals and technical reports.

Graduation Requirements

All students in the Electrical Technology program must have a minimum grade of C- in the following courses: ELT 141 , ELT 142 , ELT 161 , ELT 261  and CMT 171 , CMT 190 .

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 15

Third Semester

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

  • ELT Elective (200 level ELT course) Credits: (4) 2
  • Career Elective Credits: (3) 3
  • SUNY Gen. Ed. Natural Sciences with Lab Credits: (4) 4
  • Social Science Elective or PHI Elective Credits: (3) 5
  • General Elective Credits: (1) 6

Total Credits: 15

Total Program Credits: 60


1. Students intending to pursue a 4-year ELT degree should take MAT 143  and MAT 161 . Other variations are also acceptable based upon advisor approval.

2. Students should consult with advisor to select courses from: ELT 201, ELT 215 , ELT 221, ELT 222, ELT 265 , ELT 285 , ELT 289  and MET 270  .

3. Any 3 or 4 credit course that reasonably contributes to the student’s career goal. CMT, ELT, MET, NET, CIS or CSC (programming language) recommended. Other options are also available based upon advisor approval. CMT 101 , a required course, substantially overlaps with CIS 100 . Therefore, students cannot use CIS 100  as their career elective.

4. Students intending to pursue a 4-year ELT degree should take CHE 171  or PHY 103 . Students who have completed calculus can take PHY 105 .

5. PHI 120  is strongly recommended.

6. HEA 106 , HFA 204 , HFA 215 , HUM 270 , or PEH are recommended.

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