Program at a Glance
The Electronics Technology Program is designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and practical experience that is necessary for entry-level employment in the many fields of electronics. Emphasis throughout the program is on understanding principles that are basic to the broad utilization of electronics across a wide spectrum of industrial, commercial, and consumer applications.
Pearl River Community College’s Electronic Technology Program is designed to accept students who have basic knowledge of science and mathematics. Instruction emphasizes theory, circuits, trouble-shooting, testing, digital principles, design basics, and motor and control devices. During the program of study, students may earn an Associate Electronic Technician (CET) and/or OSHA Certification.
The student has the opportunity to take additional courses that lead to a dual major degree in Electronics and Instrumentation. The Associates of Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the Electronics Technology curriculum.
What can I expect from a career in Electrical Technology?
- According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineering-technicians.htm electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They work primarily in manufacturing settings, research and development laboratories, and utilities.
- Occupation within the electronic technology field will experience a 2% national growth between 2010 and 2020; however, a 13% growth is projected in the state of Mississippi, highlighting the viability of such a program in Mississippi’s community and junior colleges.
- Job prospects should be better for workers with more thorough training who can work on complex structures.
- Students with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Electronics can expect to earn a salary range of $32,635 annually or $15.69 per hour - $68,000 annually or $32.00 per hour upon entering the workforce.
For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/