Discover the Benefits of an Electronics Engineering Technology DegreeWhen you were a kid, did you take things apart to see how they worked? Did you enjoy the challenge of putting them back together? Do you still do this as an adult, perhaps with your car, home appliances or children’s toys? The electronics engineering technology field needs inquisitive minds like yours.

Electronics engineering technology – and the related, but separate discipline of electrical engineering technology – are complex fields that combine mathematics, science, engineering and technology. For passionate and skilled workers with the ability to apply their knowledge in practical, hands-on ways, the reward can be great. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in May 2017, the median annual wage for electrical and electronic engineering technicians was $63,660.

To become an electronics (or electrical) engineering technician, you must have an associate or bachelor’s degree. Most employers only hire candidates with practical experience in the field, such as through hands-on education or internships. Additionally, employers look for graduates of programs accredited by ABET.

Grantham University’s Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology covers all of those requirements, plus it’s 100 percent online. Read on to find out if this field is right for you.

What Do Electronics Engineering Technicians Do?

Electronics and electrical engineering techs often design and develop electronic equipment, including broadcast and communications systems, such as GPS devices. Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware and industries including research and development, engineering services, manufacturing, telecommunications, and the federal government.

What Skills Do I Need?

To be successful, you must possess many skills — not just technical and mathematical (though they’re very important). Check out the full list of degree program and professional outcomes for electronics engineering technology at Grantham.

This ABET-accredited bachelor’s program combines core coursework with general education courses for well-rounded learning. You may also customize your education with electives in power systems, control systems and communications, depending on your career goals and interests.

Plus, many core courses include labs that provide hands on experience. The program wraps up with a Capstone Project in which you’ll design, build, test and present your own electronics engineering project.

Here are a few of the top qualities employers look for in potential job candidates, as outlined by the BLS:

Logical-thinking skills: Electrical and electronics engineering technicians must isolate and then identify problems for the engineering staff to work on. These technicians need good reasoning skills to identify and fix problems. They must also follow a logical sequence or specific set of rules to carry out electrical engineers’ designs, inspect designs for quality control, and put together prototypes.

Math skills: Electrical and electronics engineering technicians often use math to analysis, design, and troubleshooting assigned projects.

Mechanical skills: Electronics engineering technicians in particular often use hand tools on small circuitry and electronic parts to create detailed electronic components by hand.

Observational skills: Electrical engineering technicians sometimes visit construction sites to make sure that electrical engineers’ designs are being carried out correctly. They are responsible for evaluating projects onsite and reporting problems to engineers.

Writing skills: Electrical and electronics engineering technicians must write reports about onsite construction, the results of testing, or problems they find when carrying out designs.

How Can Grantham University Help?

Grantham’s top priority is to prepare you for the career you want. We understand our students’ need to balance life’s daily responsibilities with going to college. So, working professionals and busy parents can pursue an electronics engineering technology degree (or any of Grantham’s more than 50 other degree and certificate programs) completely online.

The Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology is 129 credit hours, which can be completed in as few as 38 months. Grantham also evaluates prior coursework and life experience for potential credit, which can provide a nice jump start. For some, this could mean being up to 75 percent closer to graduation.

When Can I Start?

Classes start monthly, so we’re ready when you are! Fill out the form on this page to learn more, and while you’re waiting, you can read about the enrollment process. Now is the time, and Grantham is the place, to ignite your passion for a successful new career.

Sources:

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineering-technicians.htm

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