Do more than study engineering. Learn the how to apply that knowledge to prepare for a career in system design and installation.

The engineering technology electrical and automation system degree emphasizes the application of engineering techniques to real-world problems. You’ll work in the job spectrum between an engineer and skilled technician, with responsibilities closest to that of the engineer. 

What You’ll Do 

As an electrical and automation system option in the engineering technology major, you’ll focus on the electrical power and control systems. Study motors, generators, complex power, three-phase systems and transmission concepts. Within the area of controls, students examine many different control technologies, including microprocessors, FPGAs, PLCs, industrial robots and other industrial controllers. 

  • Work with industry-experienced faculty in a technology-based curriculum that gives you career-ready practical experience. 
  • Gain technical proficiency in engineering technology by working in laboratories that give you real working knowledge. 
  • Learn theory and laboratory practice in areas of digital and electronic systems; industrial instrumentation; electromechanical/mechanical/optical sensors; actuation systems; AC and DC drives; electrical machines and control; power electronics; energy management; microprocessors/embedded controls; automatic process control systems; and industrial automation and robotics. 
  • Apply your skills to the Electric Vehicle Club. Members design and build electric vehicles, including both the electrical and mechanical systems. 

What Can You Do with an Electrical & Automation Systems Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Career Opportunities

  • Industrial Electrician
  • PLC Programmer
  • Electrical Technician
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Product Test Engineer
  • Electronics Technician
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Automation Systems Integrator
  • Energy Manager
  • Electrical Apprentice

Outcomes & Careers

  • 94%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Engineering and Technology report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $62k

    Engineering Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an engineering technician and technologist is $62,130. 





  • $66k

    Electrical Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an electrical and electronic engineering technologist and technician is $66,240.  



  • $60k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an electrician is $60,370. 




Engineering Technology: Electrical and Automation Systems (BS) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

What You’ll Study

As an engineering technology electrical and automation systems major, you’ll earn valuable experience through a senior design capstone course working in teams to solve open-ended industrial projects. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Engineering Technology: Electrical & Automation Systems Option – 91 Hours Required – No Minor Required

  • CH180 Chemistry in Our World (3)
  • ET160 Basic Electric Circuits (3)
  • ET304 Introduction to PLCs (3)
  • IM300 Technical Communications (3)
  • IM301 Industrial Safety Supervision (3)
  • IM309 Science, Technology, & Society (3)
  • IM311 Statistical Process Control (3)
  • MA137 Precalculus (5)
  • MA140 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (5)
  • MN120 Fundamentals of Engineering Design Processes (3)
  • MN220 Engineering Economic Analysis (3)
  • MN260 Technical Computer Programming Applications (3)
  • MN300 Computational Analysis in Engineering Technology (3)
  • MN356 Robotic Fundamentals (3)
  • MN383 Fluid Power (3)
  • MN412 Industrial Capstone Projects (3)
  • PH120 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • SW207 Understanding Cultural & Social Diversity (3)

Choose 3 hours:

  • IM317 Cooperative Industrial Internship (3)
  • UI410 Manufacturing Research (3)

Electrical & Automation Systems Option:

  • ET110 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Technology (1)
  • ET164 AC Principles & Circuits (3)
  • ET245 Logic Circuits (3)
  • ET260 Electronic Circuits Design/Analysis I (3)
  • ET365 Industrial Electrical Power (3)
  • ET367 Motor Control and Drive Systems (3)
  • ET374 Industrial Electronics (3)
  • ET468 Industrial Control (3)
  • ET471 Topics in Electrical Engineering Technology (3)
  • TN255 Microcomputer Maintenance (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (13 Hours)

  • UI100 (1)
  • EN100 (3)
  • CH180 (3)
  • ET110 (1)
  • MA137 (5)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)

  • ET160 (3)
  • MA140 (5)
  • PH120/021 (5)
  • General Education (3)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • ET164 (3)
  • ET245 (3)
  • MN120 (3)
  • MN300 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • ET260* (3)
  • ET304 (3)
  • IM300 (3)
  • MN260 (3)
  • MN383 (3)

Junior Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • ET374* (3)
  • IM301 (3)
  • IM311 (3)
  • MN220 (3)
  • TN255 (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • ET365* (3)
  • ET468* (3)
  • UI319 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Senior Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • ET367* (3)
  • MN356 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)

  • ET471 (3)
  • MN412 (3)
  • SW207 (3)
  • IM317/UI410 (3)
  • Elective (4)

 *Many major courses are on a set rotation and thus dependent on when prerequisite courses are completed. The actual semester a course is taken may vary based on the rotation.

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The Engineering Technology (Bachelor of Science) Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET



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ABET Accreditation

For information about this program's accreditation, including program education objectives, see accreditation section of the Department of Engineering and Technology's website.

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