Program Description The Electronics and Telecommunications Technology program provides students with a good basic electronic background, as well as specialization in analog and digital telecommunications, copper and fiber optic media, radio communications and digital electronics. Coursework contains four semesters of digital electronics, and classes in AC and direct current analysis, solid state and active devices, electronic communications and telecommunications.
The program is intense and directly applicable to the job market. It includes both classroom instruction and work in a well-equipped modern laboratory. Contacts are maintained in the electronic and telecommunications industries and assistance with job placement is provided.
A $100 equipment deposit is required upon acceptance into the program and applies toward tuition.
Preparation Students considering Electronics and Telecommunications Technology should have good reading comprehension and aptitude for math. High school algebra, physics, basic computer literacy and good reading skills are helpful.
Continuing education after graduation is common to keep up with changes in technology and service procedures.
Program Requirements Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn a Program Diploma or an Associate in Applied Science degree. An interview is required prior to acceptance into the program. Required minimum placement scores: ACT Math - 16 or higher ACT Reading - 15 or higher COMPASS Math - (pre-algebra) 34 or higher COMPASS Reading - 70 or higher
Career Opportunities Electronics and telecommunications technicians are in vital demand. The field is among the fastest growing occupations requiring college education, but less than a bachelor's degree. Virtually every industry has some electronic aspect to its operations. Manufacturing, information technology, servicing, processing and telecommunications industries will continue to need skilled workers to install, maintain and repair increasingly complex systems.
Career possibilities: include manufacturing technician, calibration technician, network technician, factory service technician, troubleshooter, specialist, manufacturer's sales representative, maintenance supervisor, service manager, wholesaler/retailer of electronic equipment, business owner.