Electronics is a field of technology that is concerned with the installation, operation, repair, maintenance, calibration, modification and service of electronic circuitry, components and systems. Technicians are also trained to diagnose problems arising from electro-mechanical malfunctions and to assist engineers or technologists in preparing prototypes of electronic units or systems. Technicians are also trained to diagnose problems arising from electro-mechanical malfunctions and to assist often work as part of a design team in industry under the guidance of engineers or technologists in repairing prototypes of electronic units or systems. Systems, determining if prototypes are safe and meet job-specific criteria.
The Electronics Program aids students in developing the knowledge, skills and abilities needed in order to become a proficient electronics technician in the student’s desired area of focus. The successful student is proficient with basic electronics measurement instrumentation and understands basic electronics circuitry. In addition to courses and labs, the Electronics
Program provides an opportunity for interested students to take Electronics Technician Association (ETA) and International Association for Radio, Telecommunication and Electromagnetics (iNARTE) Certification tests.
The Electronics Program emphasis is on providing the fundamental knowledge needed by a general electronics technician. Ample opportunity for electronics skill development is provided in laboratory courses. Two major areas of emphasis are currently available to electronics student: microcontroller/microprocessor technology and electronic communication technology.
Electronics Technician, Biomedical Electronics Technician, Electronics/Computer Technician, Electronics Technician-General Electronics Manufacturing, Consumer Electronics Technician, Design-Development Technician, Automation Technician, Instrumentation Technician, Electromechanical Technician, Engineering Aide, Research Technician, or Robotics Technician. Discuss other options with an Electronics Professor.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the program will be able to:
- Demonstrate the proper use of basic electronic test instrumentation including an oscilloscope, a digital volt-ohm meter, a signal generator, and a dual power supply.
- Analyze and explain basic electronic theory including Ohm's Law, the power formula, and calculation of voltage gain and power gain.
- Identify standard electronic components including resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, bipolar transistors, field effect transistors, and integrated circuits.
- Demonstrate the ability to prepare reports that include text, tables, and spreadsheets using productivity software on a computer.