An associate's degree program in electrical design - sometimes called electrical systems design or offered as a concentration within an electrical engineering technology program - provides students with training in the creation, installation, use and maintenance of industrial electro-mechanical devices and power distribution systems. Students learn to use computer-assisted drafting (CAD) programs to design circuits, transformers, generators, motors, and controllers, and some programs require students to complete a final design and layout project.
Associate's degree programs in electrical design are offered by technical academies and community colleges, which typically require completion of high school for admission. Electrical engineering and related bachelor's degree programs exist for graduates who want to prepare for more expansive careers.
Electrical Design Degree Program
General education electives in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and behavioral sciences are part of associate's degree programs. The core curriculum in an electrical design program includes courses such as:
- Fundamental electrical circuitry
- AC/DC circuit analysis
- CAD for electrical systems
- Electrical power system installation
- Industrial electrical controls
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
Earning an associate's degree in electrical design prepares graduates for work as electrical and electronic engineering technicians. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), employment of electrical and electronic engineering technicians will experience a 2% decline, from 2014 to 2024. The median annual salary of these technicians was $61,130 as of May 2015.
Continuing Education Information
Students who earn an electrical design associate's degree may be interested in earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or engineering technology. Oftentimes, credits earned in an associate's degree program can be transferred to a bachelor's degree program at a 4-year college or university.
An associate's degree is the most common form of education for electrical design programs, often as a concentration within electrical engineering technology degrees. Graduates can transfer into a bachelor's to continue their education.