You may be considering a new career or upgrading the one you have now. Electronics technology is found in just about every facet of our lives. From consumer electronics, automotive, aviation, medical equipment and more – you will encounter devices that are run via electronics components.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, jobs for Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers will continue to rise during the 2013 - 2020 time period.
The average income for electrical and electronics installers and repairers is over $49,000 in 2013. The need for electronic technicians to repair, troubleshoot and design electronics devices will continue to grow with the ever growing flow of new high-tech devices hitting the market every day.
Why not take a closer look into a career in an electronics field where the pay is pretty good and the opportunities will continue to grow for some time!
What’s neat about the electronics industry is there are professional trade groups and organizations that provide their own certification in different areas of electronics technology. Many government agencies and private companies require certification as a qualification for their positions, so getting certified in one or more different trade groups definitely will make you more attractive to an employer.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the more popular trade groups found in the electronics industry.
International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians
One of their most popular certifications is the Associate Level Electronics CET
This Electronics certification is open to anyone interested in electronics, including a technician or student. This multiple choice test covers basic electronics, math, DC and AC circuits, transistors and troubleshooting. Upon passing the test an associate CET will receive a wall certificate valid for four years and become eligible to join ISCET as a non-voting member.
The ISCET have other certifications too:
- Electronics Systems Associate (ESA)
- Associate CET Senior (ACS)
- Multimedia Systems Technician Journeyman Level (MST)
- Journeyman Level CET
- Customer Service Representative (CSR)
- NASTeC National Appliance Service Technician Certification
Electronics Technicians Association
The ETA has issued over 100,000 technical certifications covering more than 80 certification programs in a variety of electronics fields.
The association is comprised of over 4,000 members, 700 Subject Matter Experts (SME) serving on various Industry Advisory Committees and over 1,000 Certification Administrators (CA).
Mobile Electronics Certified Professional
MECP is owned and managed by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and has certified over 20,000 industry professionals.
Electronics Training Courses
CIE Bookstore has training courses that will help individuals reach their goals for a career in electronics and take their career to the next level.
The following two certificate courses include instructor support, online exams, textbooks, study guides, hands-on labs and a professional certificate of completion in electronics.
1. Basic Electronics Course
If you are a beginner and want to learn basic electronics theory and troubleshooting techniques CIE Bookstore’s Basic Electronics Course might be the right fit for you. The goal of this course is to help start preparing students for careers in Electronics that have no previous electronics experience.
With the 2 hands-on electronics training labs with over 50 experiments you’ll acquire the confidence and knowledge needed to repair, maintain and program electronic equipment used in most industrial applications or settings.
You’ll gather hands-on experience with printed circuit boards, soldering irons and soldering techniques, DC and AC circuits, transistors, troubleshooting techniques, test components, project boards, along with solving electronic math problems and more!
This Basic Electronics Course will provide step-by-step electronics training through 39 graded lessons you can do at home. Learning electronics has never been more convenient.
How it works?
CIE Bookstore’s Basic Electronics course is delivered in a distance learning format. All the textbooks, part kits, hands-on labs and study guides are sent to your home and you take your exams online.
These electronics certificate courses come with instructor support so you can have your questions answered if you ever need help. Simply contact a live instructor via email, the daily chat room or talk to an instructor one on one over the phone.
Earn Professional Certificate of Completion from CIE Bookstore
After finishing the Basic Electronics course you'll receive a certificate of completion in Basic Electronics suitable for framing.
2. Electric Circuits Course with Lab
This is an advanced Electronics training course covering electric circuits. Students should have some previous electronics experience before taking this course. Learn how to master Electric Circuits with 25 distance learning lessons, hands-on labs, instructor support and a certificate of completion.
- Understand AC to DC conversion.
- Construct and analyze half-wave and full wave power supplies.
- Troubleshoot power supplies.
- Construct and analyze transistor amplifiers.
- Understand Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws.
- Master multimeter measurements.
- Perform resistance, current and voltage readings in circuits.
- Learn the operation of capacitors and inductors.
- Understand AC circuit analysis.
- Perform AC readings in a circuit.
- Understand the operation of diodes and their limitations.
- Learn reliable soldering techniques.
This course consists of twenty-five lesson assignments. Each lesson requires you to read topics, or portions thereof, and to answer questions based on the assigned readings. You should solve all the problems in the exercise sections before continuing to the next topic and perform all the laboratory experiments.
Hands-on Training Lab
Our unique lab will give you hands on training with circuits, capacitors, inductors, transformers, experiments on resonance, filters, amplifiers and much more.
The lab contains the following units:
- Personal Training Laboratory
- Parts Package for your Experiments
- Soldering Iron
In conclusion, choosing a career in electronics will provide you with a sense of fulfillment every day. There will always be a need for electronics technicians with the ability to troubleshoot and use test equipment. If you enjoy working with your hands and providing solutions to electronics breakdowns - a career in the electronics industry may be the right decision for you.
The Instruction Team
Cleveland Institute of Electronics