Undergraduate Programs

B.S. in Technology

Emphasis in Electrical Engineering Technology 

What is Electrical Engineering Technology?

Students who choose to pursue the area of study in electrical engineering technology under the B.S. in technology program are introduced to diverse and growing areas such as electronic circuits, digital systems, communications, electronic controls, industrial controls, and fiber optics.

The field of electronics is constantly growing, and NIU graduates with an area of study in electrical engineering technology are taught the fundamental and advanced concepts, which help them to excel in industry. With the application of computers and software, electrical companies consistently require engineering technologists who are able to handle a wide range of tasks.

The NIU graduates in this field have the theoretical design and development background in a broad spectrum of areas to handle complex tasks. In addition, these graduates possess a wide variety of hands-on skills, which makes them very desirable in industry, and are often employed at manufacturing companies, where they are called upon to design and implement automation components, intricate component testing procedures, and fixtures for testing complex circuitry.

Some graduates are employed in the computer industry, in the design and testing of components and systems; responsibilities also include writing software for system integration. Students who graduate from the NIU technology program quickly obtain employment at both large and small companies, with outstanding compensation, in most cases, prior to graduation. 

During their undergraduate course work, students in the electrical engineering technology area of study learn:

  • Theoretical and experimental concepts in the areas of AC and DC electronics.
  • The use of computers and computational skills in solving complex industrial problems. Students make extensive use of state-of-the-art computers and software like P-Spice, Matlab, and Electronic Workbench.
  •  The use of microprocessors and digital logic design in the control of electrical processes.
  • Control systems, communications, and electrical machines using the latest in software and laboratory techniques. To utilize advanced systems and systems integration incorporating vision, sensors, and electronics into the workplace.
  • Design skills through the inclusion of a senior design capstone course, in which the students solve an open-ended team project, similar to what they will experience on the job.

In the curriculum, students can use a variety of technical electives to achieve desired educational goals and interests.

The culmination of the program is a year-long senior capstone course. The senior project course stresses teamwork, design, construction, and written and oral presentation skills. The projects which are undertaken are a collaborative effort between students and industry, with faculty guidance. To simulate industrial conditions, many of the project teams are cross-disciplinary, in which electrical engineering technology students and manufacturing engineering technology students work together. 

High School Preparation

Electrical engineering technology is a science-based curriculum; it is desirable for students entering the program to have taken at least one year of high school physics and chemistry. In addition, the curriculum is mathematical in nature; thus, it is recommended that incoming freshmen have basic algebra and trigonometry skills. All areas of technology utilize computers; thus, prior computer knowledge is beneficial in preparing for your studies. 

After Graduation and Beyond

An indicator of a technology program's success is its ability to place students in successful career paths upon graduation. At NIU, most of our students receive employment offers prior to graduation, working for companies in the Chicago area with high starting salaries. In addition, many of our graduates choose to obtain a master's degree either directly after graduation or while working.

NIU graduates in the technology fields are employed by companies like: Motorola, Omron, Caterpillar, Prime Automation, Ingersoll, Sundstrand, Underwriters Labs, Chrysler, AON, Siemens, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Greenfield Industries, Connor-Winfield, Woodward Governor. 

An Open Invitation

If electrical engineering technology at Northern Illinois University sounds interesting, and you would like some additional information, or would like to see our facilities, please contact us at (815) 753-1349.