Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers
Non-Credit 2.4 CEU's
The objective of this three-day course is to develop an understanding of basic electric circuits, electronic devices,
and embedded software control that is encountered in their daily work for non-electrical engineers and other non-
This course discusses the principles of electrical engineering and applications of electrical and electronic systems
in automobiles. It is designed for non-EE majors. Many automotive E/E applications are used for case study.
Day 1 covers the fundamentals of electrical engineering
Students will learn the fundamentals and do experiments such as voltage dividers, filters, small signal models of
1. Introduction: current, voltages, power, energy, KCL, KVL, and basic circuit concepts. Overview of
automotive electrical and electronic applications, automotive wiring and power supply, 14V vs. 42V
2. Resistor, Inductor, and Capacitor Circuits. Automotive lighting circuits, inductive loads (motors and
solenoids), automotive EMC transients
3. Transient Circuit Analysis. Automotive inductive and capacitive discharge ignition circuits
4. Diodes. Rectifier and Zener diodes in automotive E/E systems
5. Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT) and MOSFETs: basic device physics, terminal characteristics, and
analysis. Semiconductor devices and silicon integrated circuits in automobiles
6. Non-ideal Behaviors of Components (Temp, Vibration, EMC)
7. PSpice simulation and hardware experiments using resistors, diodes, and BJT
Day 2 and Day 3 deal with digital systems and microprocessor based control
Students will continue with hands on experiments on resistors, diodes, BJt and then move on to learn about using
a microprocessor to read from sensors and control actuators. Students will program a microcontroller to perform
simple closed loop control.
1. Boolean Logic
2. Logic Gates
• Analog sensors Example Thermistor circuit
• Digital sensors. Example Light beam interrupter
• Time based sensor: Distance measurement using sonar
• Light emitting diode
5. Programming the microcontroller (no prior programming experience required)
6. Closed loop systems
• Climate control: Sense the temperature and turn on a fan when temperature is too high
• Timing control: Control an LED when a light beam interrupted
• Backup warning: Turn on a buzzer when there is an obstacle too close to the system
Participants should possess a B.Sc degree in non-EE field.
The course is intended for individuals from a non-electrical engineering background with limited or no prior
knowledge or experience in electric circuits or electronics.
Chris Mi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn. Dr. Mi has
taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, and led seminars in electrical engineering, power electronics, and
hybrid electric vehicles. Dr. Mi is the winner of the 2005 “Distinguished Teaching Award” of University of
Michigan Dearborn, a recipient of the 2007 IEEE Region 4 “Outstanding Engineer Award,” and 2007 “IEEE
Southeastern Michigan Section Outstanding Professional Award,” and the 2007 “SAE Environmental Excellence in
Transportation (E2T) Award.”
Natu Natarajan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn. Dr.
Natarajan has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, led seminars in Mathematica a mathematical
modeling tool, Applied Numerical Analysis, Matlab toolboxes (controls, optimization, statistics) and various
short courses for corporate clients.
A total of 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) will be awarded to each participant who completes the program.
The CEU is a nationally recognized means of tracking non-credit continuing education development. It confirms
participation in a structured professional development activity or course work. One CEU is awarded for 10 hours of
completed activity or course work. A permanent record of each attendee’s participation is maintained in the Office
of the Registrar at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Please contact the University of Michigan-Dearborn at 313-593-0938 for fee information.
Dates and Location
October 22, 23, 24, 2008 (Wednesday-Thursday-Friday)
University of Michigan-Dearborn, Professional Engineering Development-EPD
Room 1310 PEC and the ECE lab
Dr. Mi (October 22) and Dr. Nattu (October 23, 24)
8 student minimum; 25 maximum
(Contact University of Michigan-Dearborn for availability)
Registrations handled by EPD, University of Michigan-Dearborn (Payment by: check, credit card or PO)
Phone: 313-593-0938 ask for corporate training