Engineering Technology: Electronics Specialization
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.
Jobs & Employment
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.
Courses are from the Catalog
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS33 credits
- Quarter 1
ENET 100 Direct Current 5 credits
An introduction to the fundamental properties and applications of electricity. This course covers the basic principles of DC electronics such as; voltage, current and resistance, Ohm’s law, Joule’s law, Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws, passive devices included resistors, capacitors, and inductors, circuit applications included maximum power transfer, superposition, Thevenin and Norton theorems. An introduction to magnetism which covers; magnetic fields, flux, density, permeability, retentivity, reluctance, and hysteresis. Students also learn how solder and understand the lab safety protocol.
- Completion of or co-enrollment in MATH& 141
ENET 120 Alternating Current 5 credits
An introduction and examination of the principles and applications of alternating current. Topics include period, frequency, phase angle, reactance, impedance, resonance, peak and rms values, resistive, apparent, reactance power, and power factor. Students continue their exploration of AC with transformers and filter circuits (low-pass, high-pass, band-stop and band-pass). Practical labs and project help the students understand circuit constructions and troubleshooting techniques.
- ENET 100 with "C" or higher.
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- Quarter 2
ENET 130 Semi-Conductors 5 credits
This course introduces semiconductor discrete components such as; diodes, bipolar transistors, FETS, MOSFET, SCR, diacs, triacs, and UJT. Circuit applications include; switching, amplifiers, oscillators, and power supply circuits. Practical labs and project help the students understand circuit constructions and troubleshooting techniques.
- ENET 120 with a "C" or higher.
Openings: 24 ENET 140 Operational Amplifier 5 credits
This course introduces the basic concepts of an operational amplifiers. Topics include different configurations such as; comparator, differential amplifier, open and close loop feedback, CMR and CMRR, inverting and non-inverting, voltage/current converter, summer circuit, instrumentation amplifier, precision rectifier, and active filters. Practical labs and project help the students understand circuit constructions and troubleshooting techniques.
- ENET 130 with a "C" or higher.
- Quarter 3
ENET 150 Digital 5 credits
This course introduces basic concepts of logic operations, circuit and functions. Topics include; number systems, digital codes and parity, logic gates, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh map, function of combinational logic, flip-flop, counters, adders, and memory devices. Practical labs and project help the students understand digital circuits and troubleshooting techniques.
- ENET 140 with a "C" or higher.
Openings: 24 ENET 160 Electronic Communication 5 credits
This course introduces the fundamentals and applications of AM/FM modulation and transmitters/ Receiver circuits. Digital communication techniques, transmission of binary data, and transmission lines. Also introduce Networking and Local-Area networks, and internet technologies. Practical labs and project help the students understand communication circuits and troubleshooting techniques.
- (ENET 150 and MATH& 141 with a "C" or higher) or instructor permission.
- Quarter 4
ENET 282 Certified Electronics Technician Test Prep 3 credits
This course prepares students for the nationally recognized Certified Electronics Technician (CET) test.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS33 credits
Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!
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 Sentence Skills 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 email@example.com for assistance with academic planning.
- BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.
- Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
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?
- 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).