Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

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Engineering Major—Electrical Concentration, Bachelor of Science Degree

See also Mechanical

Enhance Lives by Harnessing Nature’s Power

From mobile devices to microwaves, and engines to antennas, electrical engineers plan, design, and control components found in myriad products and inventions, as well as entire power systems. PCC’s electrical engineering concentration lays the scientific and mathematical foundation needed to understand God’s natural laws and harness them to benefit mankind.

College-level engineering study requires a good understanding of physical sciences, highly developed aptitude in mathematics, and competence to read rapidly with comprehension. PCC’s program helps students strengthen skills in these disciplines while emphasizing fundamental scientific and mathematical laws. Through practical application in engineering labs, students learn to harness, control, and direct nature’s electrical forces to achieve and measure goals.

In the senior year, students apply their learning and training in a capstone project, in which they design, plan, build, and test subsystems using current design methods and electronic design automation tools.

Students completing PCC’s electrical concentration can pursue a career in various fields and industries or choose to further their knowledge in graduate studies.

The purpose of the electrical engineering concentration is to promote the cause of Christ by providing engineering education in a Christian and traditional, liberal-arts setting to develop undergraduates who are biblical in their philosophical worldview, Christlike in their character, and exemplary in their practice of electrical engineering.

Program Educational Objectives

Within the first five years after graduation, our engineering alumni are expected to make measurable contributions in the following spiritual and professional objectives:

  • Entry-Level Employment—apply engineering knowledge, professional ethics, and Christian principles in the workplace;
  • Christian Ministry—support a local church and other Christian ministries;
  • Leadership—demonstrate Christian leadership through career, church, or community opportunities; and
  • Lifelong Learning—advance intellectually through activities such as continuing education or industry certification.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the electrical engineering concentration will demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Technical Competence—an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • Engineering Design—an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  • Communication—an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • Professionalism—an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  • Teamwork—an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  • Experimentation—an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  • Intellectual Skills—an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies;
  • Analysis—analyze electrical and electronic devices, circuits, and systems;
  • Design-Integrate—perform detailed design of electrical, electronic, and digital devices and systems containing hardware and software components; and
  • Stochastic Analysis—apply probability and statistics to analyze electrical and electronic components, signals, or systems.
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Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in engineering at Pensacola Christian College is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

High School Preparation

Modern engineering education demands much specific high school preparation. Ideally, the beginning engineering student should have a good understanding of basic physical sciences, a highly developed ability in mathematics, and competence to read rapidly with comprehension. Minimum adequate preparation includes 2 units of algebra and 1 unit each of plane geometry, advanced mathematics (trigonometry and analytical geometry or precalculus), chemistry, and physics. While prior computer knowledge is helpful, it is not required.

Students not prepared to enter directly into the engineering curriculum will be able to make up certain deficiencies. In this case, time required to complete an engineering degree could be expected to increase.

Residence Requirements

All students in this program are required to be full-time students taking a minimum of 12 semester hours. First consideration for acceptance into the program will be given to residence hall students. PCC does not provide residence hall living space for married students or their families.

Career Possibilities

  • Power systems
  • Electronics
  • Communications
  • Aircraft/Automotive
  • Research

I have discovered that PCC is a unique place where I could develop my knowledge as an electrical engineer, my skills as a professional, and my spiritual walk with God. However, these qualities cannot be passively gained—sincere effort must be applied in order to succeed. The most important thing I learned was how to learn. Thanks to the dedicated faculty, I was pushed to do my best.

Alycia H. ’14