All topics covered in class are also explored during the hands-on laboratory portion of each class. Students begin working with electronics on the first day of class. The Advanced Electronics lab utilizes state-of-the-art test equipment for hands-on and computer-based circuit analysis for use during the design process. The wide range of equipment utilized in the lab gives students an opportunity to gain experience with the equipment they can expect to find in the work place. Lab equipment includes digital oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, function generators, variable power supplies, breadboards and data acquisition hardware and software.
A variety of conferences provide students with professional development and networking opportunities. Opportunities include MREA Energy Fair, SME Regional Conference, Green Energy/Sustainability Summit and ESDA Midwest Regional Conference and Trade Show. There are also volunteer opportunities throughout the semester including Boy Scouts and sumo-bot and robotics competitions that provide students with additional learning opportunities. Students are also encouraged to join student clubs including Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Electronics Club and N9GTC Amateur Radio Club. Participation provides students with networking and professional development opportunities.