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Electronics Technology & Electronics Engineering
Preparation & Advancement

Preparation

To train in electronics or electronics engineering, individuals take a certificate or degree program at a technical or community college. (Employers prefer the 2-year degree rather than shorter programs.)

Programs teach the important principles of physics and how they are manifested in circuits, how to analyze circuits, and how circuits can be represented in engineering graphics, with less math and science than in a 4-year program and probably only a little programming.

Employers look for applicants who can assist with design work. Good communication skills are important because technicians work with engineers and other team members.

Certification

Certification is rarely required but may provide a competitive edge.

Advancement

With a 2-year degree in EET or ET, join the workforce as an electronics engineering technician or electronics technician.

Technicians with leadership skills may advance to supervisory positions.

With the EET transfer degree, continue studies at a 4-year institution for a BSEET. Keeping skills current through continuing education classes helps technicians advance.