- Electronics Program Department

Urban schools are a great place to receive practical training in technical areas such as electronics. Throughout the country, many two-year colleges and institutes offer a wide variety of electronics programs. Access is fairly straightforward, especially in municipal and state-run settings. An electronic program department can be set up in just about any situation, and provides a means for young students, including disadvantaged urban youths, to attain skills to improve their future prospects.

Although access may not be major problem, especially in urban locales, no one should underestimate the rigorous study required when training to become an electronic technician. Students can choose a program that confers an Associate Degree, and/or may opt for programs that provide certification as Electronics Trainee or Electrician Trainee. To reach this level of achievement, students may receive training in a variety of topics such as fundamentals, electronic devices, computer aided design and analysis, communications, microwaves, digital systems, microprocessors, linear systems, electronics repair, and operational amplifiers.

Happily, there are certain areas within the electronics industry that always seem to require additional manpower. The explosion of personal electronic devices has led to steep demand for qualified technicians and repair persons. Graduate of electronics programs are apt to fill jobs requiring knowledge of, for example, IPod repair or computer configuration.

A good electronic program department will provide students with up-to-date equipment and examples of the latest technology. Students benefit from a mix of theory presentations in the classroom with extensive hands-on training in laboratories featuring state-of-the-art equipment. This kind of preparation makes transition to the job force easier, and increases a student's likelihood to succeed.

It may not be evident at first, but electronics programs are a fine avenue for student wish a career as an electrician, This is true because the course work in an electronics program overlaps with equivalent course in electrician training. For instance, most electronics programs will teach the following topics that are well-suited to electrician training:

  • Fundamental electrical theory including Ohm's Law, current, voltage, resistance, series and parallel circuits, magnetics, relays, and solenoids.
  • Calculations using Ohm's law and the power equations utilizing a scientific calculator or laptop computer.
  • First-hand laboratory use of digital multimeters, power supplies, computers, signal generators, and oscilloscopes
  • Alternating current fundamentals including inductance, capacitance, and transformers

A quality education in electronics is within the grasp of most students in America today. With help from electronic program departments at a local junior college or technical institute, one can embark on an interesting and rewarding career in electronics.