Choosing a Career in Electronics Technology
What skills do I need to become an electronics technician?
If you enjoy working with your hands, a career in electronics technology may be the right choice. In addition, other physical attributes are also needed, like good eyesight, depth and color perception, and dexterity when working with small or delicate devices. The ability to problem solve, troubleshoot and understanding the equipment and tools themselves are paramount, so an analytical mind, special perception, and an aptitude for how electronics and electrical things work are necessary. Those who wish to become an electronics technician should have a strong interest in science, math and physics. Communication is also is a key component, as technicians work with people and for people who need help understanding what is going on, what to expect from the installment/repair process, etc.
Our certificate program in Electronics Technology prepares you for entry-level employment and/or further on-the-job training as a service technician in the field of consumer, commercial and industrial electronics. Our Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Electronics Technology provides graduates with an excellent knowledge of electronics’ data communication, telecommunications, computers and networking.
What are the training and education requirements for an electronics technology program?
Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED.
There are several types of education program an aspiring electronics technician can opt for. Course content covers DC/AC, Solid State and Digital circuits; electronics fabrication; electronics test equipment; and computer hardware. Another type of education program available to electronics technicians is a certificate of completion program. Electronic technicians transport, install, maintain, inspect, test, repair, replace and upgrade electronic and electrical equipment.
Students in this program will receive all the basic fundamentals in theory, which is reinforced through practical laboratory work and experimentation, using the various test equipment for trouble-shooting and repair of electronics circuit and devices.
Will I need to earn electronics certification?
An Electronics Technology certificate will provide you with knowledge, training and experience to advance in your career. In most cases, electronics technicians are required to have certification. Technicians who work with communications equipment must also have a Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-granted restricted radiotelephone operator license. Certificate programs for technicians are designed to prepare you for a variety of certification and licensing exams, including FCC licensing, National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies - Aircraft Electronics Technician (NCATT-AET) certification.
What is the career outlook for an electronics technician?
Industry today places great emphasis on the utilization of electronic test equipment. No matter how carefully designed and technically perfected the field of electronics becomes, there will always be a need for technicians with test equipment knowledge and the expertise to use them. Typical job-related activities for the certificate graduate my involve assembly, installation, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and repairing equipment and circuit boards, while Associate degree graduate opportunities exist in such areas as industrial equipment, electronic consumer goods, biomedical electronic equipment, digital office equipment, computer repair, local area networking, wide area networking, data communications and telecommunications. Many students may choose to work for various government organizations such as the post office, FBI, FAA, FCC, FAA, or the Secret Service.
Overall employment of electronics technicians is expected to grow by 5 percent between 2008 and 2018. Job prospects for electronics are excellent. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008, the federal government employed 35,300 engineering technicians. State governments employed 31,300, and local governments employed 25,100.