Engineering Technology Department
The Engineering Technology department provides a learning-centered environment that enables graduates of its programs to successfully obtain entry-level employment in engineering technology, updates the skills of currently employed engineering technicians, prepares students to achieve industry-based certifications, and prepares graduates of its programs for successful transfer to four-year technology degree programs. The department provides these opportunities in the areas of computer engineering technology, electronics engineering technology, computer-aided drafting, and construction management.
Engineering Technology Department
The Engineering Technology department shall be the primary resource for hands-on and theoretical technology learning in Prince George's county. The department will encourage and guide new students into the technology area, update the skills of current technicians, assist technology educators in the public school system, and de-mystify technology for ordinary citizens. The department shall identify and explain new technology and changes in current technology to the citizens and businesses of Prince George's county.
Electronics Engineering Technology Program
The Electronics Engineering Technology program has a three-fold mission: 1) to prepare graduates of the program for entry-level employment as electronic technicians; 2) to update the technical skills of currently employed electronic technicians; and 3) to prepare graduates of the program to successfully transfer into four-year technology degree programs.
Electronics Engineering Technology
Graduates of the Electronics Engineering Technology program should be able to:
I. As a development technician:
1) Given an engineer’s rough sketch, build and debug a prototype analog or digital circuit.
2) Analyze all types of ac and dc circuits using various methods or network analysis, circuit simplification, and approximation.
3) Understand, analyze, and troubleshoot standard power supplies and amplifiers.
4) Design, analyze, and troubleshoot standard digital circuits from simple Boolean expressions through counters, encoders, memories, and field-programmable gate arrays.
5) Understand, analyze, and troubleshoot standard communication circuits.
6) Understand, analyze, and troubleshoot computer hardware and software by understanding system organization, data representation, memory management, and interrupts.
II. As a service technician:
1) Understand and use standard electronics instrumentation such as VOMs, DVMs, complex oscilloscopes, and function generators.
2) Understand and use logic analyzers and logic probes.
3) Reverse engineer a schematic from a circuit.
4) Given a complex electronics system, either analog or digital, troubleshoot it successfully to the component level.
III. As a computer user:
1) Understand and use microcomputer operating systems such as MS-DOS and Windows 95/98/2000/NT.
2) Use standard Windows-based programs such as word processors, spreadsheets, and the Internet.
3) Use standard electronics design and simulation software packages such as MathCad and Pspice.
4) Solve technical problems by writing user-friendly, well-documented programs in a high-level programming language such as C++.
5) Write programs in assembly languages, such as for the Intel microprocessor family, and machine language, such as for the Motorola 6800 family.
IV. In any of the above areas of competence, be able to:
1) Write a comprehensive technical report.
2) Give a successful oral presentation.
V. Mathematical ability:
1) Solve electronics problems using the standard concepts of algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.