Rock Valley College

Electronic Engineering Technology Degree

Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science -66 Credits
Program contact: Division of Engineering and Technology, (815) 921-3101


Program overview

Graduates of the Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) Program have the necessary skills to use electronic test equipment to make measurements, understand electrical schematics and blueprints, analyze electronic circuits and understand fundamental design concepts, relate the principles of electrical circuits to hydraulic circuits and pneumatics. The graduates are ready to support manufacturing, design test equipment, produce and test products, and to assist in product development.

Work and employment

Successful graduates secure positions as test equipment designers, quality assurance and reliability specialists, sales and service professionals, control system technicians, medical equipment experts, or as part of a manufacturing support team.

Hands-On Learning

Most EET classes include a hands-on laboratory component taught by instructors with industrial experience. You will learn how to use electronic test equipment like oscilloscopes, function generators, and digital multimeters.

Transfer Opportunities

Graduates have the option to pursue a baccalaureate from Northern Illinois University and other select universities. Students are advised to contact the institution to which they plan to transfer to ensure course transfer credit availability. Students should also consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the Electronic Engineering Technology program. 

Electronic Engineering Course Requirements (50 credits)

Core Requirements:

Electives: Select 6 credits from the following (6 credits)

Number Title Credits
  EET-105 Introduction to Sustainable Energy (3)
  EET-168 Electronic Engineering Tech Intern (1)
  EET-219 Electr Motor, Contrls, & Vari Sp Drives (3)
  EET-239 Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) (3)
  EET-242 Sensors, Transducers, & Signal Cond (3)
  EET-245 Control Systems (3)
  EET-261 Advanced Microcontrollers (3)
  EET-275 Wireless Electronics (3)
  EET-285 Intro to Digital Signal Processing (3)
  EET-299 Special Topics in Electrical Engr Tech (1)

General Education Course Requirements (16 credits)

Required General Education (9 credits):

Number Title Credits
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing, or
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  MTH-125 Plane Trigonometry, or
  MTH-132 College Algebra & Trigonometry, or
  MTH-100 Technical Mathematics (3-5)


General Education Electives (7 credits):

Science Electives (4):

Select 4 credits from the following list of courses (4 credits):

Number Title Credits
  PHY-201 Mechanics and Heat (5)
  CHM-105 Chemistry and Society (4)
  CHM-120 General Chemistry I (4)
  BIO-103 Introductory Life Science (3)
  BIO-104 Introductory Life Science Laboratory (1)
  BIO-106 Environmental Science (3)
  BIO-107 Environmental Science Laboratory (1)


Liberal Arts Elective (3):
Select 3 credits from the following General Education Core Curriculum (GECC)/IAI approved areas (3 credits). 


Second Degree Requirements for completion of either the Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) or the Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) A.A.S. Programs (15 credits)

The course requirements for the EET and SES Degree Programs are very similar. Consequently, obtaining a second degree is an attractive option to many graduates. Specifically, a graduate of the EET Program may desire to obtain a second degree in SES. Conversely, a graduate of the SES Program may desire to obtain a second degree in EET. 

Fundamentally, a minimum of 15 additional credits must be taken.

(This means an EET graduate must take between 15 to 18 credits additionally to receive a second degree in SES.)

A graduate of the EET program (8400) who desires to also receive an SES program degree (8600) must take:

Number Title Credits
* EET-105 Introduction to Sustainable Energy (3)
  CHM-105 Chemistry and Society, or
* CHM-120 General Chemistry I (4)
  EET-107 Introduction to Codes and Standards (3)
  EET-168 Electronic Engineering Tech Intern (1)
  EET-190 Sustainable Electrical Energy Generation (3)
  EET-277 Geothermal, Solar Heating & Lighting (3)

* could have been used as an EET science elective previously

A graduate of the SES program (8600) who desires to also receive an EET program degree (8400) must take:

Number Title Credits
  EET-125 Electronics Fabrication Skills (2)
  MET-133 Graphics/SolidWorks CAD I (3)
  MET-146 Hydraulics, Pneumatics and PLCs (3)
  EET-254 Robotics and Automated Systems (3)

Must also take 4 credit EET elective