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Preparation for Electronic Careers

 

Electronics is the science that studies the behavior of electron flow.  The field of electronics is very diverse, and career opportunities are available in many areas.  With the development of small, fast, and reliable components, electronics has found its way into a host of other fields.  New technology is being developed at a very fast rate – therefore, its future is limitless.  Electronics has become the facilitating force behind research and development.  Problems are first defined and then solved through electronic means. 

Students begin with a thorough study of the theory of electricity as well as electronics.  These studies include the theory and operation of electronic devices, electronic circuits, and the test equipment used in circuit testing.  A student must also focus on installation, testing, troubleshooting, repair, and construction of electronics devices and systems.  Equipment typically used in electronics training include: analog volt-ohm-meters, digital multi-meters, oscilloscopes, function generators, DC power supplies, AC power supplies, specific testing equipment, computer generated diagnostic programs, and other testing equipment. 

Students must not merely absorb the facts of electronics theory; they must also develop their skills in reasoning and analysis.  Reasoning and analytical skills are further enhanced through hands-on laboratory experiments.  To succeed in electronics courses, the student must sharpen and hone four critical proficiencies.  He or she must master reading, listening, mathematics, and technical knowledge.

Technicians that can provide an employer with problem solving skills, analytical skills, and teamwork concepts are in high demand.  Technicians must be willing to continually upgrade their skills.  An electronics technician is not a "one-dimensional" person – he or she must have many facets and must possess a variety of skills and abilities. 

Most employers prefer to hire technicians who have both a thorough understanding of the basics and the ability and eagerness to grasp new concepts and techniques.  Employers will provide the training on specific items of equipment, usually during the work hours and at full pay. 

 

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