How To Become an Electronics Technician
January 13, 2016
January 13, 2016
Our society is a society of gadgets. We have smart phones with more computing power than the entire computer system used during the Apollo moon landings. We watch TVs today that have four times the image detail of TVs built only 15 years ago, and 4k goes much further than that. We can learn anything about everything using the internet, and we can do it at speeds that were unheard of just five years ago. Using GPS technology, stopping to ask for directions is a thing of the past. We are indeed a society of gadgets.
Assembling, installing, maintaining and repairing these devices is the responsibility of the Electronics Engineering Technician. Electronics Technicians are found in every industry around the world. Bench Technicians work in an office that has all of the test equipment needed to repair electronics. They may spend time on the phone with customers from time-to-time, but most of their time is spent repairing equipment. Field Technicians, on the other hand, spend hardly any time in the office. They travel from business to business repairing electronic equipment such as security systems, CCTV systems, fire alarm systems, copy machines or any other device that cannot be shipped back to the manufacturer to be repaired by a Bench Tech.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for Electronics Engineering Technicians with an Associate’s Degree was $59,820 as of May 2014. Keep in mind that this is the median level of income. Some Technicians make less than this, but obtaining certifications not only improves your career opportunities, they can increase the pay that you make in that career as well. There are several organizations that offer certifications that will make you more employable. Some examples are the International Printed Circuits organization (IPC), the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), the National Institute for Certifications in Engineering Technology (NICET) and many others.
Career College of Northern Nevada is a nationally accredited institution that has been serving the Reno-Sparks community for over 25 years, offering several degrees including Industrial Electronics Technology. Courses are wide-ranging and will prepare you for fields such as Robotics, Wireless Internet Communications, Green Technology, and Security; you are truly prepared to work in any electronics position that requires an Associate’s Degree. We will also prepare you to sit for the IPC Soldering certification that you will take before you graduate. You will also be prepared to sit for the ISCET Technician 1 certification and the CWNA certification.
IPC – http://ipc.org/
ISCET – http://iscet.org/
NICET – http://www.nicet.org/
IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – http://www.ieee.org/index.html