Electrical Technology

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Introduces the basic principles of electricity and proceeds to the concepts of solid state components such as diodes, transistors, integrated circuits, and microprocessor systems. Advanced courses show how these fundamental principles are applied to machine control, computers, power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators, industrial control, and instrumentation systems. Courses simulate actual working conditions in five fully-equipped laboratories where students put electrical-electronics theory into practice. Along with laboratory experiences setting up circuits, troubleshooting, and calibrating systems, computer-simulated circuit analysis is used in the majority of the courses.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Apply laws to the design, construction, analysis, and measurement of electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic circuits.
  • Interpret and develop technical drawings, schematics, and diagrams.
  • Create documents based on technical information using descriptive writing, diagrams, mathematical expression, computation, and graphs.
  • Perform electrical/mechanical assembly/disassembly, repair, troubleshoot, and calibration of components and devices.
  • Break out into mechanical and electrical.
  • Apply electrical/mechanical laws to the operation and control of machines.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to solving electro-mechanical problem.
  • Communicate and perform effectively within a team environment.
  • Develop PLC, HMI, and robot programs for the control of electro-mechanical systems.
  • Analyze a set of specifications and create a LabView virtual instrument.
  • Apply electro-mechanical laws to the application of specific industrial sensors/transducers.
  • Evaluate sensor/transducer output based on computer generated data for the purpose of creating a lab report using Microsoft Office products.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society and Culture: Complete at least one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:
  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:
  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:
  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 16

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
66.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Industrial Technology Division: 313-845-9656, technology@hfcc.edu, Technology Bldg, Room: E-172
Mark Siedlik: 313-845-6353, msiedlik@hfcc.edu, Technology Bldg, Room: E-115E

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Davenport University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Siena Heights University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
Career Opportunities: 
  • Computer Service
  • Instrumentation Set-up
  • Machine Service
  • Quality Control
  • Research and Development
  • Machine Controls
  • Instrumentation Repair
  • Microprocessor Systems
  • Product Evaluation
  • Sales

Articulation Agreements: 3+1 Articulation with Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. 3+1 Articulation with Ferris State, Bachelor in Applied Science in Industrial Technology & Management.