Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology

Associate Degree

Program Outline

Your program consists of four semesters and is designed to provide the knowledge and skills you’ll need for your new career. You will receive credit for previous college work if you meet Penn Foster College standards. If you wish to receive credit for previous coursework, contact the college you attended and ask that your official transcripts be forwarded to Penn Foster College for evaluation. All previous college work must have been completed with a grade of “C” or better, and up to 75% of the required credits may be transferred. We will also credit your tuition for all the courses that are acceptable.

Students in the Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Program will be required to
complete a three-credit resident lab course in the fourth semester. The Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg offers a course annually in the spring that meets the requirements for this lab. All registrations are handled by Penn State University. Students may receive transfer credit for this resident lab course from another institution, providing the coursework matches the criteria set by Penn Foster College. Students may qualify to receive credit for this lab by submitting a life/work experience portfolio showing that the student has acquired similar skills to those emphasized in the laboratory training.

We’ll send your first lessons immediately after your enrollment for the first semester has been accepted.
Courses will follow one at a time as you complete your required assignments, so you’ll always have learning materials to work with. As you complete each semester, an enrollment application for the next semester will be sent to you.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Online Library and Librarian
Students at Penn Foster College have access to an online library during their college studies. Students can use the library to do the required course research or for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and will assist students in research activities.

Here is an overview of what you’ll learn and the order in which you’ll receive your learning materials:

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal
The overall program goal for the A.S. in Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Degree is to prepare students to enter positions in which they'll help design, troubleshoot, and maintain electrical and electronic equipment.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Recognize the work habits and characteristics that are demonstrated by successful technicians, including the codes and standards that technicians must know
  • Read and interpret various types of technical drawings, including those used in electrical/electronics applications, and understand the basics of computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Develop schematics, line drawings, and panel prints used for the design, manufacture, and maintenance of electrical and electronics systems
  • Identify the basic concepts, terminology, and applications relating to electricity, including the components and operation of electrical systems
  • Recognize the components and applications of circuits, and list how to troubleshoot circuits
  • Identify the basic concepts, terminology, and applications relating to electronics, including the components and operation of electronic systems
  • Explain how to test and diagnose electrical and electronic equipment using measuring and diagnostic devices, such as multimeters and oscilloscopes
  • Describe the operation of transformers, and identify various types, including single- and three-phase transformers
  • Identify electrical-system installation and design processes, and evaluate sample installations to ensure code compliance
  • Identify various types of electric motors and describe how they are controlled; list the steps to use when troubleshooting electric motors and controllers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the hands-on, technical skills employed by electrical and electronics technicians in a laboratory setting, including the topics of measurements, circuitry, transformers, and motors


Semester 1

Basic Skills Assessment
All degree applicants are required to complete two Basic Skills Assessments, one in reading and one in math, to determine the level of readiness for beginning their selected program. Additional studies may be required.

Orientation to Engineering Technology (1 credit)
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program, and learn the basics of engineering technology.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
  • Use a scientific calculator.
  • Learn about the development of engineering and engineering technology.
  • Understand technical mathematics.

Foundation Skills in Math (3 credits)


  • Learn the basic math skills you’ll need to succeed in your program.
  • Practice math functions using real-life examples.
  • Use the metric system and formulas.

Foundation Skills in Writing (3 credits)


  • Review basic grammar.
  • Use action verbs.
  • Learn how to construct paragraphs.

Computer Applications (3 credits)

This course will allow you to build your computer skills through a combination of reading and hands-on practice. You will navigate popular software tools such as Windows® and Microsoft® Office.


  • Create, edit, and illustrate Microsoft® Word™ documents
  • Apply formulas and functions to large data sets in Microsoft® Excel®
  • Incorporate useful charts and graphs to summarize data
  • Add, delete, sort, and lay out table data
  • Create presentations in Microsoft® PowerPoint® using advanced tools, tables, and charts

Introduction to Technical Drawings (3 credits)


  • Read and interpret technical drawings.
  • Interpret symbols and abbreviations.
  • Apply dimensioning and tolerancing to actual print reading.
  • Get an overview of computer-aided drawing and its role in modern technology.

Physical Science (3 credits)


  • Define the physical universe as you know it.
  • Get the foundation you need to understand chemistry, physics, and earth and space sciences.

Proctored Examination
You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.


Semester 2

Fundamentals of Electricity (3 credits)


  • Learn about the nature of electricity.
  • Study DC and AC principles, generators, components, and currents.
  • Discover electric cells, batteries, electrical language, and hardware.
  • Identify alternating current and types of electric circuits.

Drafting with AutoCAD (3 credits)


  • Draft using AutoCAD.®
  • Learn computer-aided drafting and design systems.
  • Use AutoCAD® menus and features.
  • Create files and entities.
  • Organize and annotate drawings.
  • Modify displays.

Fundamentals of Electronics (3 credits)


  • Explain basic algebraic concepts
  • Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities
  • Analyze relations, functionality, and systems of linear equations
  • Prepare algebraic operations on polynomial and rational expressions and equations
  • Solve problems involving radicals and complex numbers

Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)


  • Study basic algebraic concepts.
  • Understand the systems of equations, polynomials, and radicals.
  • Factor polynomial expressions
  • Simplify rational expressions.

Textbook: Intermediate Algebra

English Composition (3 credits)
Get the skills and techniques you need to develop, draft, and revise college-level essays


  • Identify your purpose and audience. Read actively and critically.
  • Edit for standard written conventions.
  • Submit three essays (process analysis, classification and division, and argumentation) and a course journal.

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Successful College Writing

Proctored Examination
You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.


Semester 3

Electrical/Electronic Measurements and Instruments (3 credits)


  • Get the fundamentals about transformers.
  • Check checking simple circuits.
  • Troubleshoot using basic meters.
  • Learn how a voltmeter and an ammeter work.
  • Use AC measuring instruments, multipurpose test instruments, oscilloscopes, component testers, and digital test equipment.

Electronic Circuits (3 credits)


  • Gain in-depth knowledge of electronic systems, electronic devices, and amplifications.
  • Study audio and r-f circuits, oscillators, feedback, electronic power supply systems, industrial receivers, transmitters, video systems, servo and control systems, and pulse and logic circuits.
  • Troubleshoot electronic equipment and systems using logical troubleshooting methods.
  • Learn measuring techniques.
  • Interpret data and results.

Precalculus (3 credits)


  • Learn about exponential and logarithmic functions.
  • Understand trigonometric functions and analytical trigonometry.
  • Explore systems of equations.
  • Read about inequalities.

Social Science Elective (6 credits)
(Choose two...)

SSC125-Introduction to Sociology


  • Study deviance, crime, and social control
  • Analyze the effects of stratification, racial and ethnic inequality, sex, gender, and sexuality.
  • Assess the roles of health, family, education, and religion in sociology.
  • Examine the impact of politics, the economy, social movements, technology, and other contributors to social change.

SSC130 - Essentials of Psychology
This course will introduce you to the relationship between biology and behavior. You will learn about human development throughout the life span.


  • Identify major psychological theories.
  • Discuss consciousness, memory, thought, and language.
  • Define intelligence, personality, and stress.
  • Analyze the role of gender in psychology.
  • Explain how community influences behavior.

BUS121-Economics 1


  • Explain the economic systems and the economic perspective
  • Identify the key factors in macroeconomics and how economists study the economy as a whole
  • Explain the macroeconomic models and fiscal policies
  • Explain money, banking, and financial policy
  • Explain extending analysis of aggregate supply, current issues in theory and policy, and international economics
  • Analyze foreign exchange and investment and the effects each nation’s economy has on another nation’s economy

Proctored Examination
You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.


Semester 4

AutoCAD® Applications - Electrical/Electronics (3 credits)


  • Get a broad introduction to two-dimensional and three-dimensional Computer-Aided Design (CAD) focused on electrical/electronics-specific applications.
  • Use AutoCAD® in hands-on exercises, assignments, and projects.

Technical Electives (6 credits)
(Choose two...)

EET214-Interpreting the National Electrical Code®


  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of the National Electrical Code.®
  • Get in-depth coverage for all of the essential elements of the code including terminology, structure, and specific applications and interpretations.
  • Study conductor fill, load, and voltage drop calculations.
  • Learn GFCI requirements, grounding rules, and wiring requirements for hazardous locations.
  • Learn code variables based on single-family and multi-family classifications and residential and commercial classifications.
  • Study code requirements specific to health-care facilities.

EET215-Process Technology


  • Identify process control techniques in the energy, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries
  • Identify process control techniques in the food, water treatment, and paper industries
  • Explain basic process control theory and concepts
  • Describe process control procedures involving pumps, compressors, and vessels
  • Describe process control procedures involving electrical and mechanical equipment
  • Explain how to use instrumentation in process control systems

EET210-Electric Motors and Control


  • Discover the principles of generator and motor operation, induction motors and synchronous motors, and motor control systems.
  • Learn about performance and speed control.
  • Study solid-state drive systems.
  • Use SCRs as AC to DC converters.
  • Install and maintain drive systems.

EET216-Electrical Installations
Learn how electricity is generated and distributed. Evaluate industrial electrical system requirements and specify the correct equipment and conductor type and capacity for electrical systems.

EET221-Pulse Circuits
Understand pulse circuits and pulse techniques, generators, timing and synchronization. Learn how to troubleshoot pulse circuits.

EET235-Digital Electronics
Explore number and logic systems. Learn the essentials of Boolean algebra. Study D/A and A/D conversions. Apply these concepts to modern circuit designs.

IET232-Programmable Logic Controllers
Study programmable controllers found in motor-control and other industrial systems. Identify the role of computers in telecommunications systems. Get a basic introduction to common computer network installations.

Arts and Humanities Elective (6 credits)
(Choose two...)

HUM102 - Art Appreciation


  • Define the language, visual elements, and principles of design of art
  • Identify two-dimensional media
  • Identify three-dimensional media
  • Explain the evolution of art from ancient Mediterranean cultures through eighteenth century Europe
  • Identify features and popular examples of art throughout the history of African, Asian, Pacific, and American cultures
  • Compare the genres of the Modern and Postmodern eras of art from around the world

Textbook: Living with Art, 11th Edition

HUM104 - Music Appreciation
In this course, you'll understand how to appreciate music by learning about the roles of the composer and the listener, the principles of music theory and instrumentation, musically significant historical periods, and varying styles of music.


  • Identify the building blocks of music a composer can use to create a piece, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, and timbre
  • Explain the evolution of Western music through history, from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century
  • Differentiate between the music of the baroque era and the musical styles of previous time periods
  • Recognize the major characteristics of classical music, including form, melody, and instrumentation
  • Discuss the musical trends and innovations that occurred during the romantic era
  • Trace the evolution of American popular music in the twentieth century
  • Recognize the influence of world music on modern Western composition

Textbook: Experience Music, Fourth Edition

ENG115 - Introduction to Literature
This course will allow you to develop your critical thinking skills and broaden your knowledge of the main genres of literature — fiction, poetry, and drama.


  • Explain how to effectively read fiction for both knowledge and enjoyment
  • Identify different styles and forms of poetry
  • Use what you've learned in this course to discuss, write about, and understand literature
  • Prepare a critical interpretation of fiction or poetry based on what you've learned in this course
  • Discuss how literary dramas differ from fiction and poetry
  • Identify different strategies of critical literary analysis

Resident Lab (3 credits)
This two-week session includes the use of various measuring instruments for performing a series of comprehensive experiments. The experiments are designed to provide familiarization with instrumentation, equipment, preparation of data, and laboratory reporting techniques.

Proctored Examination
You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.


We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

* As a degree candidate, you will take a proctored examination at the end of each semester on selected courses within that semester. We make it easy because you pick the location and the person you want to supervise the exam, as long as Penn Foster College's established policy and qualifications are met. Complete information packets with procedures will be provided well in advance, before completion of final semester coursework.

Note: Advanced standing student shipments may vary from the above schedule.

A High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in this degree program. Although this outline covers all four semesters of the Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Degree Program, you receive lesson materials for each semester as you enroll.

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NEC and National Electric Code are registered trademarks of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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