Electronic Technology Program Information
Goals and Objectives
The Electronic Technology program provides high quality instruction leading to a certificate of proficiency or achievement, an associate in science degree, and/or transfer to university programs in engineering technology. The program also prepares students for employment or advancement in the electronics and related industries.
The curriculum in electronic technology equips students with the skills necessary for coping with a rapidly expanding and changing technological field. A core curriculum seeks to identify and emphasize those principles which are basic to the understanding of current and emerging technologies. In advanced courses, students learn to apply available technology to the solution of specific problems, with an emphasis on creative design and troubleshooting. The curriculum emphasizes a practical rather than an abstract mathematical understanding of electronics, focusing heavily on laboratory study, while still maintaining a level of mathematical rigor appropriate to four-year programs in engineering technology.
A student majoring in Electronic Technology may choose from a number of career paths. The electronics aide certificate program equips the student for entry into the electronics industry in areas such as testing, quality assurance, customer support, production support, equipment maintenance and technical sales.
The Electronic Technology certificate of achievement program provides a solid foundation for immediate employment or further study in the field. After obtaining a certificate of achievement in Electronic Technology, a student may seek employment as an electronic technician, designing, testing and servicing telecommunication, medical, video, automotive, aerospace, and entertainment equipment.
Completion of the associate in science degree provides even broader opportunity for personal, academic, and career growth with employers who seek the additional oral and written communication skills acquired through general education courses. A student may also transfer into the California State University system and complete a bachelor's degree in engineering technology.
NOTE: While the Electronic Technology program instructs students in the knowledge and skills generally expected of workers entering the electronics and related fields, successful employment in industry depends on labor market conditions and other factors, and cannot be guaranteed.
No previous knowledge of or experience with electronics is required for entry into the Electronic Technology program. It is recommended that students seeking to enter the program have or acquire basic mathematical skills at or above the pre-algebra level, equivalent to MATH 351 (Arithmetic Review and Pre-Algebra Mathematics).
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the electronic technology program, students will be able to
- Analyze (predict or calculate the behavior or performance of) a specified electronic or electromechanical component, circuit, or system studied.
- Design (specify all components, values, interconnections and, where applicable, associated firmware or software for) an electronic or electromechanical circuit or system to perform a specified function to given standards.
- Troubleshoot (locate and identify a faulty component or functional block in) a given non-functioning electronic or electromechanical circuit or system, and indicate the nature of the fault.
- Properly perform specified tests and measurements on the electronic and electromechanical devices, circuits, and systems studied, using standard laboratory equipment and procedures.
Examples of careers in electronic technology include the following:
- Bench (Repair), Biomedical Instrument, Customer Support, Field Service, Research and Development or Test Technician
With a bachelor's degree:
- Design, Field Support or Manufacturing Engineer
- Electronic Engineering Technologist