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Electronics

Program Requirements: 

Cell phones, televisions, computers and other electronic devices have become an important part of everyday life. Make a career out of the ever-expanding field of electronics by earning an Electronics associate degree at Gateway Technical College. Electronic technicians help engineers design and test new electronic equipment. They also install, maintain and repair all types of electronic equipment. Technicians use software programs as well as advanced diagnostic equipment to diagnose malfunctions. Gateway Electronics program students begin working with electronics on the first day of class. Topics covered in the program include installation, maintenance, modification, diagnosis and troubleshooting of a wide variety of electronic equipment. After comprehensive training in electronic theory, skills are practiced in the lab including the operation and use of various testing and diagnostic equipment.

What does an electrical engineering technician do?

Graduates of the Electronics degree program can choose a career path in a broad range of industries including aerospace electronics, automated industrial equipment, automotive instrumentation, and the medical and energy sectors. Jobs can include automated electronics technician, electronic engineering technician, communications technician, electronics systems technician and field service technician.

Learning by doing

All topics covered during lecture in the program are also explored during the lab portion of each class. The wide range of test equipment utilized in the lab gives students an opportunity to train with equipment they can expect to find in the workplace. Lab equipment includes digital oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, function generators, variable power supplies, breadboards and data acquisition hardware and software.

There are volunteer opportunities throughout each semester that provide training opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in electronics. These opportunities include work with the Boy Scouts, sumo-bot competition and robotics competition.

Students are also encouraged to join student clubs including the Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Electronics Club and N9GTC Amateur Radio club. Participation provides students with hands-on learning, networking and professional development opportunities.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of electrical and electronics installers and repairers is expected to grow three percent from 2010 to 2020. The median annual salary of electrical and electronic engineering technicians was $56,040 in May 2010.

Certification and Licensing

Students earn Snap-on Multimeter, Electrical and Electric Tool Safety certifications in their first year of the program. These certifications are advantageous to students as Snap-on tools are used throughout the electronics industry.

Faculty

iMET Center
Pat Hoppe
hoppep@gtc.edu

Jill Sammons
sammonsj@gtc.edu

James Jazdzewski
jazdzewskij@gtc.edu

Advisors

iMET
Dwayne Windham
windhamd@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Interim Dean
koukarir@gtc.edu

Beverly Frazier, Associate Dean
frazierb@gtc.edu