June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
13.773.1 - 13.773.20
Integration of application of Electromagnetic (EM) and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) into Electrical Engineering Technology Program
Electromagnetics (EM) is traditionally taught only in the Electrical Engineering (EE) program and not in the Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program due to the applications of complex mathematics which typically exceeds the proficiency of the EET students. However, many practical applications of Electromagnetics (EM) and ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) do not require the in-depth understanding of mathematics and hence can be taught in the EET program.
EMC technology deals with limiting EM emissions to the environment as well as protecting electronic systems from the EM interference. Since the mid-1990’s, there has been a tremendous increase in the applications of the EMC in the automotive industry due to the increased usages of electronic devices in vehicle operational control and high speed data communication systems. This paper discusses the effect of EMC on the environment and potential product safety issues as well as the regulatory and product EMC requirements issued by many governments, standards organizations, and manufacturers around the world.
The increased of EMC requirements created new opportunities in EMC test engineering. The EET graduates, due to their extensive hands-on training in the laboratory are uniquely suitable for these positions. Various technical requirements for assessing test engineers and test technicians by different assessment agencies are discussed. Colleges and universities could provide additional EMC training to the EET students to allow them to have the ability to design, develop and test/evaluate products according to EMC test standards and product EMC specifications.
Various technical topics/concepts provided to the students in the areas of “controlling of” and “protection from” the electromagnetic interference for electronic systems were illustrated. The method of integrating the chosen EMC elements (utilized by the organizations to assess the technical competency of the engineers/technicians) into the existing EET curriculum (without the need to create another special EMC class) was discussed. Examples of integration into 3 courses (AC Circuits, Electronics 2 and Electronic Communication Systems) were demonstrated. The current status and future plan were also discussed. Frequency domain instrumentation (hardware and computer simulated virtual instrumentation) were incorporated into the laboratory experiments to provide students with hands-on experience on advanced instrumentation. Students were also exposed to some national and international EMC test standards. .
Moy, K. (2008, June), Integration Of Electromagnetics (Em) And Electromagnetic Compatibility (Emc) Into Electrical Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3287
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