Engineering Technology - Electronics

Engineering Technology - Electronics - Certificate

Choose BTC’s Electronics program to prepare for an exciting career as an electronics technician. Electronics technicians are in high demand as engineering assistants, field service technicians, electronic equipment technicians, service technicians, and broadcast technicians.

At BTC, you’ll learn the latest electronics processes and systems, like instrumentation, industrial electronics, NANO/Micro Systems, robotics, lasers, automated equipment, fiber optics, and wireless communications. You can put your valuable skills to work in manufacturing companies, processing plants, computer service firms, telephone and wireless communications companies, or in the biomedical equipment field.

 

Employment Information

Data are provided on a program (not credential) level

60% BTC graduate placement rate1

$60,653 starting annual wage2
$73,923 average annual wage2
$87,214 potential annual wage2

 

  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    1Employment data come from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and reflect WA/OR employment for students enrolled at BTC between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Students are included in the employment rate if they left with a credential. Rates are not shown for programs with fewer than 10 students meeting the above criteria.

    2Wage data come from Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) 2020 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (Washington State wage) and reflect 2015-2018 employment. Wage data represent occupations that BTC faculty have identified as the most relevant career paths for program graduates. Note that these wages reflect employees with varying educational levels/credentials. For cases in which multiple occupations have been identified by faculty, a weighted percentile is calculated using each occupation’s percentile wage and employment size estimate. Wages are not shown for programs for which occupations do not meet the ESD’s minimum thresholds for publishing. If the program has wage data from the Washington SBCTC that involves shift work, these ESD wages reflect the same number of hours used in the annual wage calculation. Starting wage = 25th percentile, median wage = 50th percentile, wage potential = 75th percentile.

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

Students may begin working toward this certificate quarterly.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

Early Program Course Requirements

Completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 099) or placement into Pre-Calculus (MATH&141) is a requirement for beginning the ENET course sequence.

What are My Next Steps?

Classes

Total Program Credits: 33

  • Quarter 1

  • ENET 100Direct Current5 CR
  • ENET 120Alternating Current5 CR
  • Quarter 2

  • ENET 130Semi-Conductors5 CR
  • ENET 140Operational Amplifier5 CR
  • Quarter 3

  • ENET 150Digital5 CR
  • ENET 160Electronic Communication5 CR
  • Quarter 4

  • ENET 282Certified Electronics Technician Test Prep3 CR

Program Outcomes

  • Be prepared to obtain entry-level positions as electronics/manufacturing technicians, installer and troubleshooter.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the electrical/electronic safety procedures, critical and analytical thinking, troubleshooting skills, teamwork and communications skills.
  • Earn the industry standard as an Associated Certified Electronics Technician (CET).

Employment Outlook

The average annual wage in this field is $71,469, with an earning potential of about $85,134 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Program graduates work primarily as electronics technicians. Opportunities exist in manufacturing, computer servicing, mobile two-way radio servicing, telephone and wireless communication servicing, and biomedical equipment servicing. Potential positions include electronic equipment technician, biomedical technician, manufacturing tech, general electronics technician, computer systems repair technician, cable or satellite TV technician, technical writer, technical sales, engineering or engineers assistant, field service technician, broadcast technician and microwave technician.

Faculty & Support

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