The average American makes use of electronics every day: televisions, microwaves, computers, cell phones or electrical power plants that make it all possible. Electronics Engineering Technicians become experts on creating and repairing these and other electric devices. By majoring in this field, you learn the drafting, design, and technical skills needed to assist an engineer and make your ideas a reality. You will learn the basics of engineering that are required to understand how electronics and electricity work. Students will experience a hands-on approach to designing and developing technical solutions. The course load for this major includes robotics, fundamentals of electricity, technical writing, electrical power and machinery, and statics.
This major is commonly offered as an Associate's and Bachelor's Degree. Those who primarily want entry level positions in the field might do well with an Associate's Degree, however if you are seeking more advanced positions and up to twice the amount of pay you should consider a Bachelor's Degree.
Some concentrations available in the major include Laser and Optical Technology, Telecommunications Technology, and Integrated Circuit Design.
Students who excel in this field are usually interested in discovering how things work. If you love solving puzzles, and math and science, this major is for you. It is a good idea to take as many math and science courses as possible in high school, as well as calculus and physics if available. An interest in computers is also helpful as computer science and computer drafting will be part of the major. Internships and work opportunities provide valuable experience for those interested in advancing in their career.
Graduates with an Electrical Engineering Technologies degree typically become electrical engineering technicians, computer hardware engineers, science technicians, and sale engineers. If you pursue a career in this field, you will work to measure, test, and repair equipment; as well as to test and evaluate products. Students will continue to work closely with technology and work toward the innovation of existing products. Growth rate in this field is about average.
Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology might open up.