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Purpose: The growth of the electronics and manufacturing industries in Virginia has increased the demand for qualified electronics technicians. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology is designed to prepare persons for full-time employment.
Occupational Objectives: Communication Equipment Mechanic, Installer, and Repairer • Communications Technician • Computer Technician • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler • Electrical and Electronic Inspector and Tester • Electrical and Electronics Installer and Repairer • Electronic Drafter • Electronic Equipment Installer and Repairer • Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installer and Repairer • Electronic Masking System Operator • Electronics Engineer • Electronics Engineer Technician • Electronic Instrumentation Technician • Fiber Optics System Coordinator • Fiber Optics Technician • Industrial Electronics Technician • Industrial Machinery Mechanic • Installation Technician • Instrument Technician • Laboratory Technician • Maintenance Repair Worker • Optoelectronic Technician • Radio and Television Technician Radio Operator • Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installer • Sensor Technician • Splicer • Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairer
Admission Requirements: Entry into most curriculum courses in Electronics Technology requires that students be eligible for MTH 131 .
Program Requirements: The program in Electronics Technology is a two-year program providing instruction required for competence as a technician in industry.
The first year of the Electronics Technology program is designed to establish a general base in mathematics and electronics circuits. The second year develops this base in a number of important areas of electronics such as computers, control circuits, measurements, and communications.
Graduates should have sufficient background, both in depth and diversity, to allow them employment in any area of the electronics field as a technician. Approximately one half of the curriculum will include courses in electronics technology with the remaining courses in related areas, general education, and electives. Instruction will include both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for future success in Electronics Technology.
Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the student will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology.
The rapid rate of change in current technologies requires that course content in technical areas reflect this change. Therefore, courses completed and submitted for acceptance toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in this program should have been completed no longer than seven years prior to graduation. Courses completed more than seven years prior to graduation must be evaluated by the department for content agreeable to current academic and technological standards.
Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S. degree requirements should inform their academic advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.