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The Electrical/Electronic Fundamentals Certificate Program emphasizes the basic skills needed to begin careers in either the electrical or electronics engineering technology fields. Designed for high school graduates or those entering industry for the first time, the program covers six important areas. These areas include an introduction to electrical/electronic technology; engineering technology techniques; electric circuits; electronic circuits; CAD drawing; and computer systems installation, maintenance, and applications such as word processing and spreadsheets.
Candidates cannot already hold a degree in either the Electrical Design or Telecommunications concentration of the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Candidates must also meet the requirements of a first-time college student or transfer student (see the Admissions section of the current Southwest Catalog). Candidates must take at least 15 of the 18 hours at Southwest. Each student should assure that he or she has met the prerequisites before attempting to register for a course.
Students who complete this certificate program will be qualified to enter the Cooperative Education (Co-op) program and/or entry-level positions in industry. The purpose of the Co-op program is to train students in the industrial world, combining classroom with industrial experience. Many employers participating in Co-op provide tuition for students who wish to continue their education.
Certificate holders can work as technicians in any area involving electricity and electronics, for example: warehousing and distribution, automation control systems, medical electronics, networks and telephones, power generation and distribution, safety and security, design, production, and maintenance. Four of the six courses (CPET 1114, ELET 1110, TLET 1010, TLET 2233) in the certificate program will transfer to the Electrical Engineering Technology A.A.S. degree (Electrical Design Concentration).