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 access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, Microsoft® Office 2019 or Microsoft 365®, and an email account to complete this 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

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.

Math for STEM (3 credits)
In this course, you'll learn the essential math skills necessary for future success in an AS technology program. The course of study includes a review of basic math functions, including trades-based examples, the metric system, formulas, introductory algebra, applied geometry, and some practical applications of trigonometry.


  • Define basic math skills to solve real-world skilled trades–related problems
  • Illustrate your ability to effectively use the metric system
  • Identify your knowledge of formulas to solve problems
  • Identify algebraic concepts to solve problems
  • Solve perimeter, area, and volume for a variety of geometrical shapes
  • Define basic trigonometry functions such as sine and cosine to perform trades-related calculations

Foundation Skills in Writing (3 credits)


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

Computer Applications (3 credits)
Microsoft® Office allows people to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases. This course will teach you how to use three popular tools from the Microsoft® Office Suite — Word™, Excel®, and PowerPoint®. In this course, you'll learn how to use Word™ to create and edit text documents, insert figures and tables, and format pages for a variety of uses. You'll then learn how to use Excel® to organize and format data, including charts, formulas, and more complex tables. Next, you'll learn how to use PowerPoint® to create and deliver slide shows. Finally, you'll complete a graded project, which will test the skills acquired in Word™, Excel®, and PowerPoint®.


  • Create various Microsoft® Word™ documents.
  • Produce a thorough Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet.
  • Identify the basic skills needed to use Microsoft® PowerPoint®.
  • Synthesize what you’ve learned by integrating Word™, Excel®, and PowerPoint®.

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)


  • Describe the fundamental elements of the AutoCAD environment
  • Describe the different commands used to view drawings
  • Identify procedures for creating line drawings and objects using commands, layers, and macros
  • Identify procedures for selecting and modifying objects
  • Describe how to modify object properties and drafting settings and perform object snaps in AutoCAD
  • Describe how to use AutoCAD dimensioning tools and text tools
  • Describe how to use templates, blocks, external references, and attributes in AutoCAD
  • Describe AutoCAD layouts, viewports, and plotting tools, and use AutoCAD utility commands
  • Describe how to create traditional isometric drawings and 3D modeling files in AutoCAD
  • Describe how to perform 3D rendering and create walkthroughs in AutoCAD
  • Create a drawing using various AutoCAD tools and settings

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)
Algebra is the mathematical language used to interpret and represent patterns in numbers by using variables, expressions, and equations. Algebra is an essential tool used in business, science, and computer technology. Throughout this course, you’ll be introduced to algebraic concepts, along with real-world application problems from a variety of fields. In addition to providing a springboard to the discovery of underlying mathematical properties, these applications illustrate the importance of mathematics in your world.


  • Demonstrate effective quantitative skills
  • Solve algebraic equations, linear equations, inequalities, and absolute value equations
  • Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities
  • Solve polynomials
  • Apply algebraic operations to rational expressions and rational equations
  • Solve problems involving radicals and complex numbers
  • Solve quadratic equations, rational inequalities, nonlinear equations, and nonlinear inequalities
  • Calculate exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Solve binomial expansions, sequences, and arithmetic and geometric series
  • Prepare for the final exam

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)


  • Solve and graph exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric equations
  • Convert angles from radians to degrees and vice versa
  • Verify trigonometric identities
  • Use right triangle trigonometry, the Law of Sines, and the Law of Cosines to solve problems and plot points in the polar coordinate system
  • Use multiple techniques to solve and graph systems of linear equations and inequalities
  • Recognize, graph, and use equations for parabolas, hyperbolas, and ellipses
  • Solve basic concepts of derivatives
  • Demonstrate various analytical and problem-solving skills that involves math calculations related to precalculus

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)

Students are presented with a broad introduction into 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional Computer-Aided Design (CAD) focused on electrical/electronics - specific applications. Students will use AutoCad® in hands-on exercises, assignments, and projects.


  • Demonstrate how to create an AutoCAD Electrical workspace, save and close files, and exit the program
  • Utilize editing features for schematics, drawing attributes, ladders, circuits, blocks, and the electrical audit
  • Create panel layouts from a schematic list
  • Create terminals, jumpers, blocks, and symbols using several AutoCAD Electrical techniques

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

EET214-Interpreting the National Electrical Code®


  • Describe how to use the NEC to find wiring codes for residential applications.
  • Summarize the NEC codes regarding load calculations, electrical service, and conductors.
  • Explain the NEC Articles pertaining to grounding, bonding, wiring, and raceways.
  • Summarize the NEC codes related to equipment, including switching devices, panelboards, fixtures, and appliances.
  • Summarize the NEC codes covering commercial and industrial installations.
  • Determine whether various electrical scenarios comply with the National Electrical Code.

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.

EET210-Electric Motors and Control

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
Digital Electronics provides in-depth coverage of number and logic systems, the essentials of Boolean algebra including OR gate applications, adders and collections gates, flip-flops and shift registers, counting and timing circuits, including D/A and A/D conversions and the application of these concepts to modern circuit designs.

  • Identify digital electronics and numbers
  • Identify Boolean theorems and logic gates
  • Describe IC specifications, interfacing, encoding, decoding, and displays
  • Explain flip-flop circuits, counters, and shift registers
  • Explain how arithmetic circuits and computer memories function
  • Describe digital and computer systems and how to connect the systems with analog devices

IET232-Programmable Logic Controllers
A factory assembly line, an amusement park ride, and a dishwasher have one important thing in common: they all use programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in their operations. A digital computer used to automate electromechanical processes, the PLC was invented in 1968 for the American automotive manufacturing industry. A PLC can handle multiple inputs and outputs, operate in a wide temperature range, and resist electrical noise, vibration, and impact. It’s an example of a real-time system since output results must be produced in response to input conditions within a limited time. Though a relatively recent invention, the PLC has revolutionized many aspects of modern industry.

EET218-Basic Industrial Computer Systems
Programmable controllers found in motorcontrol and other industrial systems; hexadecimal and binary number systems; basic commands for PLCs; the role of computers in telecommunications systems; an introduction to common computer network installations, their key components and the role they play.

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 practice the skill of active listening. Learning to listen differently will allow you to experience all kinds of music in a new way. Most listeners are familiar with how music makes them feel, and we often say we like a particular piece of music because it has a "good beat" or a beautiful melody. This course will allow you to go deeper. You'll identify what the composer might have been trying to convey and listen for the way elements of musical composition and performance make each piece unique.


  • Identify the building blocks of music a composer can use to create a piece, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, and timbre
  • Differentiate between the music of the baroque era and the musical styles of previous time periods
  • List the major characteristics of classical music, including form, melody, and instrumentation
  • Describe the musical trends and innovations that occurred during the romantic era
  • Relate musical styles of the early twentieth century to comparable movements in art and literature
  • Explain the evolution of American popular music in the twentieth century
  • Describe the influence of world music on modern western composition
  • Synthesize research comparing composers' influence in their respective genres

Textbook: Experience Music

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

Drafting Electrical and Electronic Schematics
In this course you’ll learn basic skills for DC theory and AC theory related to circuits, learn the electrical measurement skills needed to build a circuit, as well as learn how to create schematic drawings using AutoCAD.

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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