Electronics Engineering Technology
Are you the inquisitive type? Do you consider yourself to be somewhat adventurous and a calculated risk taker, but you also like being in control? Do you want to see and understand how things work? These are traits that seem to characterize electronics engineering technology students.
Additionally, successful electronics engineering technology students tend to be science oriented and focused on attaining their educational goals. They enjoy the hands-on projects incorporated in the CCCC Electronics Engineering Technology Program.
Entry-level jobs with starting salaries between $28,000 and $35,000 annually are found predominantly in the Research Triangle Park and Raleigh/Durham metropolitan areas. Many employment fields are open to electronics graduates including avionics, telecommunications, medical electronics, and automated systems. Many graduates find employment as service technicians working on computer-controlled equipment.
Instruction at CCCC includes numerous lab projects that can be undertaken individually or in teams. Each year students join forces to design and build an electronic car for national competition. Students use their knowledge of microprocessors, digital controllers, and computers to design and build projects like the car or alarm systems.
CCCC's electronic laboratories are modern computer-based facilities interfaced with state-of-the-art test equipment. They support a broad-based core of classes in basic electricity and digital concepts. The instructional program places emphasis on developing the student's ability to think, analyze, and troubleshoot. Written communication skills also play an important role in the curriculum.
CCCC offers the Associate in Applied Science Degree designed to be completed in two years by a full-time student following the prescribed schedule. This is a day program offered at the Lee County Campus in Sanford.
A shorter certificate program in Electronics Technology is also available in the day on the Lee and Harnett Campuses. Students can complete this program in three semesters following the prescribed schedule.
What Students Learn
Students successfully completing the Electronics Engineering Technology Program will be able to:
- Use appropriate equipment and tools common to electronic repair, including hand tools, meters, generators, and oscilloscopes.
- Evaluate, configure, test, measure, troubleshoot, and assist in the design of analog, digital and microcontroller circuits and systems.
- Describe or explain basic concepts for communications, data acquisition, PLCs, and microprocessor based control systems.
- Use computer based tools to effectively complete technical tasks.
- Effectively communicate technical ideas, procedures, and results with others in written, oral, and graphical formats.
- Recognize the need to maintain currency in modern electronics applications, new products, and systems.