If you’re interested in becoming an Electronics Engineering Technician in an ever-growing field, Centennial College has the program for you. The two-year undertaking, which results in an Ontario College Diploma, is open to anyone who has completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Applicants must also have compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. However, it should be noted that having these requirements doesn’t guarantee a spot in the program.
Once they have been accepted, students gain an in-depth knowledge of the project design theory and quality assurance issues as well as solid and marketable practical skills. Students will also work with computers, communication transceivers and electronics testing and measurement equipment, while developing a solid foundation in modern electronics.
In addition, they gain technical expertise in an array of electronics engineering areas such as wireless communications, data communications, microcontroller programming and industrial systems. Among the courses that help students to obtain the Electronics Engineering Technician skills are: Digital Electronics, Computer Hardware and Networks, Electric Circuits, Technician Report Writing Tools in MS, Microcontrollers Technology Mathematics, and more. Some of these courses are presented as lectures while other offer lab sessions.
It is also worth noting that the Electronics Engineering Technician offering has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board and is certified by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the technician category.
At the end of the their two years of study, students in the Electronics Engineering Technician training who have a minimum 2.0 GPA can transfer directly into the fifth semester of the technologist program.
Should they, however, wish to enter the field, graduates of the Electronics Engineering Technician program may do so knowing that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs in the field are expected to grow by five per cent between 2008 and 2018.
Among the fields in which Electronics Engineering Technicians can obtain positions are: telecommunications, computer applications, control systems, radio and television equipment and audio-visual equipment.
Furthermore, electronics engineering technicians interested in theory will research equipment and component needs, sources, competitive prices, delivery times and ongoing operational costs. In addition, they will have the task of writing reports and record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment and specifications to assist engineers while also maintaining system logs and manuals, reading blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings and engineering instructions for assembling electronic units. Meanwhile, those interested in becoming hands-on Electronic Engineering Technicians fabricate parts such as coils, terminal boards and chassis, use bench lathes, drills and other machine tools. They may also write computer or microprocessor software programs and test the electronic units that they’re helped to put together.