Electrical Technology

SUNY Adirondack offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Electrical Technology.

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The program trains students in the maintenance, repair and building of electrical components and equipment. Electrical technicians are instrumental in the commercial, and institutional fields, and are highly sought after by most industries globally.


Electrical Technology requires a theoretical understanding of electric currents and equipment coupled with the hands-on experience with manipulating devices and circuits. Therefore, students of this program gain knowledge of how to properly use test instruments, diagnostic devices and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in a laboratory setting.

As part of SUNY Adirondack’s program, specialized courses in Electricity, Industrial Electronics, Motors and Controls, Radio Frequency Identification and Liberal Arts help produce a well-rounded technician.


SUNY Adirondack offers small class sizes and access to dedicated faculty who have years of real-world experience and top degrees in the electrical technology field, including the famed Cisco Networking Academy. Students also have access to internships with local businesses, networking opportunities with the Cisco Academy and access to all-new equipment and classroom labs.


* The Electrical Technology program is slated to be eliminated, effective in the Fall 2021 semester. The program will be merged into the Mechatronics AAS degree program designed in consultation with local manufacturers to support industry needs.







          Graduates will have a smooth transition into the workforce for employment as entry level electrical technicians and engineering assistants in multiple industries such as: electronic equipment manufacturers, hospital bio-med departments, semiconductor fabricators, and industrial automation service and repair.

          Students in the Electrical Technology program have gone on to work in a variety of roles, such as:

          • Industrial maintenance personnel
          • Field service technician
          • PLC Programmer
          • Electrical laboratory technician

          SUNY Adirondack also maintains transfer agreements with SUNY IT and Rochester Institute of Technology for those students seeking further education toward a four-year degree.

          Program Learning Outcomes

          1. Construct and/or analyze simple direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) electrical circuits.  Demonstrate competency in Ohms Law, AC/DC series, parallel and series-parallel circuits, AC inductive and capacitive reactance and Thevenin’s Theorem. 
          2. Demonstrate competency in the use of the four major devices used in electronic/electrical testing - digital multimeter for resistance, current, and voltage, AC/DC power supply, function generator and oscilloscope.
          3. Interpret electrical/electronic schematics as well as drawings and symbols used in AC & DC power distribution systems.
          4. Demonstrate knowledge of AC power distribution, including but not limited to: cabling, over-current protection, transformers, conduit, grounding, phase identification, ampacity and utilized voltages.
          5. Create ladder logic based on provided specifications, and correctly interface devices to a programmable logic controller (PLC).
          6. Identify the proper application of RFID technologies, including active or passive transponders and proper frequency to use.
          7. Demonstrate knowledge of reasons and needs for a prototype, steps in the design process and importance of comparative property analysis.
          8. Demonstrate knowledge of semiconductor technology, including: P & N characteristics, operation and application of diodes, bipolar and FET transistors, operational amplifiers and digital logic.
          9. Demonstrate how to correctly implement motor control circuits.