Electronics Engineering Technician

SCC's Electronics Engineering program is one of the original programs dating back to when SCC was founded in 1967.

The opportunities in this field are vast because the world we live in depends heavily on electronics. Consider for a moment: Our morning coffee maker uses electronics. New cars on our highways use dedicated computer circuits to control virtually every aspect of their operation. Many now have GPS navigation and communication systems to add safety and convenience to driving. Even the light in our homes comes from utilities heavily dependent on electronics. In virtually every field, electronics plays a growing role.

The graduate of SCC's Electronics Engineering program earns an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree with a special emphasis as shown. Each option requires seven quarters of training. The first five quarters include core classes taken by all students. The sixth and seventh quarters allow the student the flexibility to specialize in an area of his or her interest.


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Core Curriculum Book and Tool List

Required Textbooks for Electronics Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Books and/or tool requirements may change.
Please wait until the first day of class to get exact requirements.

  • Mathematics Applied to Electronics, James H. Harder and Wallace D. Beitzel
  • Basic Electronics, Bernard Grob and Mitchel E. Schultz
  • Problems Manual to Accompany Grob's Basic Electronics, Mitchel E. Schultz
  • Experiments Manual to Accompany Grob's Basic Electronics, Frank Pugh and Wes Ponick
  • Electronic Principles, Albert Paul Malvino and David J. Bates
  • Digital Systems, Principles and Applications, Ronald J. Tocci
  • Maintaining and Repairing PC's, Charles J. Brooks
  • Broadband Communications, Robert C. Newman
  • Modern Electronic Communication, Beasley

Required Tools for Electronics Core Curriculum

  • Protective eyewear - safety goggles/glasses
  • Small padlock
  • Wrench, cresent - 6-inch
  • Pliers, long nose, 4-inch
  • Pliers, diagonal cutting, 4-inch
  • Breadboard - Radio Shack # 276-169A or equivalent
  • Screwdriver, multi-bit 6-way, with Phillips, flat blade and nut drivers
  • Soldering iron, 35 Watt, grounded tip, with sponge and holder
  • Soldering iron tip, long reach, conical
  • Desoldering tool, vacuum
  • 1/2-lb. spool 63/37 solder, 0.022 inch dia. rosin multi core
  • Desoldering braid, 0.10 inch x 5 foot
  • Printed circuit board
  • X-acto knife
  • Alignment tools, antistatic
  • Antistatic wrist strap
  • Adjustable wirestripper, 18 to 26 gauge
  • Sharp pointed tweezers
  • Hex key set
  • Scientific calculator (TI-36X or Sharp EL 506 or equivalent)

Suggested Supplies

  • 3-ring notebook or equivalent
  • 12-inch plastic straight edge with inch and centimeter graduations
  • Ruled loose leaf paper
  • Engineering pad
  • Flash drive (USB memory stick)
  • National Instruments MultiSim - Student Edition
Avionics Technician

Avionics systems-components used for aircraft navigation and radio communications, weather radar systems, and other instruments and computers that control flight, engine, and other primary functions-are now an integral part of aircraft design and have vastly increased aircraft capability. Avionics technicians repair and maintain these systems. Their duties may require additional licenses, such as a radiotelephone license issued by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Because of the increasing use of technology, more time is spent repairing electronic systems, such as computerized controls. Technicians also may be required to analyze and develop solutions to complex electronic problems.

Work Environment

Mechanics usually work in hangars or in other indoor areas. When hangars are full or when repairs must be made quickly, they may work outdoors, sometimes in unpleasant weather. Mechanics often work under time pressure to maintain flight schedules or, in general aviation, to keep from inconveniencing customers. At the same time, mechanics have a tremendous responsibility to maintain safety standards, and this can cause the job to be stressful.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook
2007-2008

Frequently, mechanics must lift or pull objects weighing more than 70 pounds. They often stand, lie, or kneel in awkward positions and occasionally must work in precarious positions, such as on scaffolds or ladders. Noise and vibration are common when engines are being tested, so ear protection is necessary.

Aircraft mechanics usually work 40 hours a week on 8-hour shifts around the clock. Overtime and weekend work is frequent.

Avionics is a contraction of aviation and electronics. Avionics is involved with all the electronics on board an aircraft, and includes the areas of communication, navigation, and flight control. The Avionics Technician option prepares students to work in general aviation avionics repair stations. The person who desires a career in avionics is someone who enjoys working with both their hands and their mind. A fondness of aviation is a plus but most avionics jobs do not require flying. A strong desire to perform all work to at or near perfection is required since all work must be inspected and approved before it can be returned to service.

Duties

Avionics technicians inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair aircraft power, communications, navigation, auto flight, and sensor systems. Avionics technicians perform repairs and calibration, minimum performance checks, system alignments, and record keeping.

Qualifications:

  • proficiency in solving practical mathematical problems
  • a high degree of electrical and mechanical aptitude
  • School courses in algebra, trigonometry, physics, electricity and mechanics are extremely useful.

The communications technician can work in broadcasting electronics, cable television, satellite communications, two-way radio, cellular communications, fiber optics, or wireless transmissions.

Unless you choose to get into the manufacturing end, where jobs tend to be more routine, work in these areas offers a lot of variety. You may be on top of a mountain installing or repairing equipment one day, and in an office the next. Often the variety includes computer work, installation, equipment modification, and system engineering.

The plus side in this area is higher pay, but the downside can include working by yourself (not necessarily a negative) and being on-call 24 hours a day. Because of the variety and the higher pay, competition for these jobs is greater and the individual must gain experience before advancing into them.

Communications Technician (Photo)

Duties

The communications technician is responsible for the maintenance, installation, calibration, and repair of communication equipment. This equipment may include transmitters and receivers, signal processing equipment, antennas, coaxial and fiber optic transmission lines, and mobile equipment. The communications technician also operates a variety of specialized test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, time domain reflectometers (TDRs), power meters, frequency counters, network analyzers and RF generators. Additionally, the communication technician uses hand tools to replace defective components and adjust equipment to ensure that it performs within required specifications. The communications technician may work out of doors as a field technician or in an indoor repair facility or studio.

Qualifications

The communication technician must have manual dexterity and an aptitude for working with electrical, electronic, and mechanical systems. Because the communications technician may be involved with the repair or manufacturing of mechanical devices, the use of hand and power tools is also a necessity.

Computer Service Technician

The average person who uses a personal computer occasionally needs help installing, maintaining or repairing their equipment. Assisting PC users is the work of the computer service technician.

Computer service technicians may opt to go into one of the many areas in manufacturing. This might include working on numerical controlled machinery, system process control, or a variety of other computer - controlled applications.

Students who choose this option take two final quarters in specialized classes dealing in computers and local area networks (LANS). When they graduate, they have the background to install, service and sell computers. Alternately, they may become involved in equipment testing and automated test systems.

Duties

Computer service technicians troubleshoot problems in computer systems and software to isolate faults, replace parts and get the system back in operation as quickly as possible. Although technicians do not write software programs, they are able to decide whether problems are caused in the computer's software or hardware.

Qualifications

Computer service technicians should have good math aptitude, technical aptitude for working on a variety of electronic equipment, and strong logical thinking skills. You must also be detail-oriented, enjoy working with your hands, and have excellent troubleshooting skills. Stamina and patience are also important characteristics of the computer service technician.

Since computer equipment technicians are expected to repair equipment used by others, they must also be able to communicate and work with them. People skills are crucial. You should be adept at listening to others as they explain problems with the equipment. You must also be able to communicate clearly and tactfully when you are training people or correcting operator error.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Manufacturing Technician

This option is completed by collaborative effort between the student, the Electronics Department Chair, and the Department in which the student wants to finish this degree.

Example of the Degree option: The student may wish to know about electrical PLC's (programmable logic circuits). The collaborative effort would be between the student, department chair, and electrical department.

This option is designed for manufacturing plant maintenance.

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