The Industrial Electronics program prepares students for work in the development, installation, testing, maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic systems in industrial and commercial facilities. Graduates will be prepared to pursue jobs in other areas such as construction and electrical distribution as well.
This program instructs students in basic core competencies desired by industry today. Instructors provide students with skills in areas of electronics that include DC-AC theory and applications, solid state digital (ICs) and analog circuits, and computer hardware and software. Instructors also provide training in motor drives and controls, sensors and instrumentation, microcontroller programming and applications, and industrial control systems (including PLCs). Courses include hands-on training in laboratory applications.
Second year students can choose either the Industrial Electronics (IE) Track or the Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) Track.
The IE Track provides training in industrial controls (including PLCs). The IE track emphasizes skills required to be an Industrail Controls Technician in manufacturing.
The EET track provides training in advanced electronics and computer programming. The EET track emphasizes skills required to be an Electronics Technician in Engineering and Manufacturing.
Employment of industrial electronics technicians is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations. Increasing automation of industrial and commercial processes will create new jobs for these technicians. Potential positions for industrial-electrical technicians include industrial electrician, instrument technician, power systems maintenance technician, electronic maintenance technician, process control technician, and electrical apprentice. Potential positions for engineering technicians include research and development, laboratory technician, electronics equipment analysis and testing, field maintenance or programming technician, and manufacturing technician in various setting of that sector. Typical employers are engineering and manufacturing firms and utility companies.
Industrial technicians work in all environments and often travel to customer locations. The electronic/electrical equipment is critical to industry so work schedules are variable. Electronic engineering technicians generally work in an office, laboratory, or manufacturing floor site of either the research and development or the manufacturing sectors of the electronics industry. The work is challenging and satisfying.
Persons entering this program should have adequate skills in reading, English composition, and basic math through algebra. Good eyesight and physical health, manual dexterity, problem solving skills, and basic human relations skills are important.
Beginning wages are $20,000 - $25,000 per year and, in some cases, much more. Some technicians earn $50,000 - $60,000 within two years. Pay increases are generally tied to competency and a good technician will see a faster rate of pay increase.
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