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How to Prepare for a Career as an Electronics Technician

Have you considered a career as in electronics?   One of the most in-demand entry-level jobs in the field of electronics is the electronics technician.  If you're looking to get started in this career, we've put together a five point guide to help you as you prepare.  

This guide was adapted from the article How to Become an Electronics Technician .

High school students who wish to become electronics technicians may prepare by taking courses in: algebra, English, physical education, keyboarding, business communications, and psychology.  Accessing trade or vocational training increases learning and future acceptance within a training program.  Additionally, students who are technically inclined and enjoy working with their hands often fair well within careers as electronics technicians.  Students who are innately inquisitive, analytical, detail oriented, and have strong organizational and communication skills also do well in careers as electronicstechnicians. 

Career diploma programs offered through a trade, vocational, community college, or online 
training program consist in classroom training and hands on experience.  Students participate in courses like:  electrical technology, electrical utilization, electrical machines, electrical drawing, electrical projects, blueprint design, and wiring.  Students work with qualified electronics technicians in a supervised clinical experience to gain hands on learning and go on to certification exams or advanced college level degree programs.

An associates degree program offered through trade or vocational schools, community colleges, online programs, or traditional colleges allows students to participate in courses like: electrical machines, electrical drawing, electrical projects, wiring, AC and DC circuits, networking and routing, mathematics, circuit boards, digital systems and components, hardware and software, sensors and transformers, and trouble shooting.  Students participate in a clinical experience and go on to certification exams, advanced degree programs, or entry level employment as electronics technicians.  A bachelor degree inelectronics engineering allows students to participate in courses like: C++ programming, digital and control systems, electrical circuits, micro-processing, and safety and protection.  Students specialize training with studies in robotics, engineering, manufacturing, and testing to go on to clinical experiences, certification exams, and employment as electronics engineers.  Students may also advance to graduate degree programs.   

A masters degree program in electrical engineering allows students to participate in courses like: automatic control, communications, microprocessor systems, computer architecture, design of digital systems, biomedical imaging and sensing, communications, networking, image and signal processing, computer engineering, energy sources and systems, fields and optics, microelectronics and nanotechnology, and VLSI and circuit design.  Students complete a masters thesis and clinical experience to gain employment as IT specialists, managers of IT departments, or managers of electrical engineering departments.  Students also may advance to doctoral degree programs.

A doctoral degree program including courses in: imaging system architecture, computer electronics, control systems, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and statistics allows students to advance to clinical experiences and publishing a dissertation.  Students who complete all aspects of a doctoral degree program may work as researchers or professors in the field of electrical engineering.  

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology administers two part licensing examinations for electronics technicians and engineers who meet a 4 year work experience requirement.  Candidates complete a two part test in Fundamentals of Engineering and Principles and Practice of Engineering to gain licensure. Continuing education is required to maintain licensing.

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