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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

72% BTC graduate placement rate

$59,550 starting annual wage
$71,469 average annual wage
$85,134 potential annual wage
  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    BTC graduate employment rates:
    The graduate employment rate reflects placement rates of students who graduated from BTC in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment database pulls from Unemployment Insurance (UI) data across Washington and Oregon. UI data do not reflect BTC graduates who (a) are employed in states beyond those listed above or outside of the United States, (b) are self-employed, (c) are active duty members of the armed forces, (d) continued on to another educational institution, and/or (e) did not provide a social security number while enrolled at BTC.

    Wages:
    Washington State Employment Security Department 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates ( esd.wa.gov) reflect 2014-2017 employment

    Starting annual wage = 25th percentile
    Average annual wage = 50th percentile
    Potential annual wage = 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.

Pre-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

  • 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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Laura Wurth
Engineering Technology and Clean Energy