Industry demand for electronics technicians is high.
Virtually everything we touch on a daily basis has some kind of electronic control: an elevator, an ATM machine, our cell phones, our vehicles. Electronics deals with electricity, electronic circuitry and software.
Electronics programs at North prepare you for a range of opportunities in specialty fields, including electronics engineering technology, electronics technology, avionics, healthcare technology management (HTM), broadband cable, telecommunications, and sustainable and conventional energy and control technology (industrial power and control). North's programs start out with basic electricity, expanding to integrated circuits and then electronic systems.
Students from all over the world attend North’s programs. You can earn certificates, 2-year degrees for immediate employment or transfer readiness, or add skills while already employed.
Coursework may be completed either during the day or in the evening or in combination, with additional classes available online. North’s electronics programs allow you to keep your options open as you train in the field. Start with a short certificate, go to work, and then return to get another certificate or an AAS degree. The core electronics coursework is the same so nothing is wasted,and you can move from one program to another at any point.
The curriculum is current and flexible. Students can create a largely individually designed program, taking particular classes that support their niche in a variety of technical areas.
There are several large, well-equipped electronics labs. The industrial power lab is equipped with programmable logic controllers, variable speed drives and 3-phase induction motors.
The HTM lab is said to have such excellent facilities that you could open a small hospital with its equipment! HTM training includes a final-quarter externship in a hospital engineering shop. And the strong networking relationship with the medical community provides a scholarship and many opportunities for work in local hospitals and tech companies.
Broadband cable has well-equipped facilities that feature a live Comcast signal and high tech, industry-standard signal measurement and evaluation equipment. It’s the only program in the region that specifically addresses cable TV and high speed Internet over cable.
EET and ET programs are popular among employers because EET graduates are skilled in practical engineering applications, and ET grads perform well in advanced training.
More than 100 movies (created by Instructor Tim Fiegenbaum) from North’s survey of electricity and electronics courses are featured (by permission) at http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/. These movies are used by students and faculty all over the world to supplement their electronics curricula.
- Possible Careers in Electronics
- • Broadband cable systems
- • Telecommunications
- • Robotic control
- • Internet infrastructure
- • Wireless industry
- • Aviation electronics
- • Healthcare technology management
- • Systems engineering and security
- • Electrical utilities
- • Computer repair and networking
- • Industrial process control
- • Energy generation, industrial power and sustainability
Our electronics programs are part of a niche market, with a steady demand across the country. Our grads get good jobs.
—Lynda Wilkinson, former electronics faculty