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Electronics Technician
Certificate
Curriculum code 1282
Course Requirements Gainful Employment Information


This Moraine Valley Community College program prepares you for a variety of entry-level positions in electronics. This program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.

Nature of Work—Graduates of this program should be able to install, service, and replace analog and digital electronic components and systems.

Related Job Titles—Electronic technician, computer technician, field technician, electronic installer/repairer

Related Programs—Students who wish to continue in the electronics program may apply all of the courses in this certificate to the Electronic Controls Technician Certificate and the Electronic Computer Controls Technician A.A.S. degree. The ELT and MTH courses also can be applied to the Integrated Systems Technology A.A.S. Degree.

Employment Outlook—Many job openings should result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force. Average employment growth is projected for electrical and electronics installers and repairers of commercial and industrial equipment. This equipment will become more sophisticated and be used more frequently as businesses strive to lower costs by increasing and improving automation. Companies will install electronic controls, robots, sensors, and other equipment to automate processes such as assembly and testing. As prices decline, applications will be found across a number of industries, including services, utilities and construction, as well as manufacturing. Improved reliability of equipment should not constrain employment growth.

Median hourly earnings of electric motor, power tool and related repairers were $19.71 in 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.12 and $19.99. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.48, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $23.90. In 2004, median hourly earnings were $15.02 in commercial and industrial machinery and equipment (except automotive and electronic) repair and maintenance the industry employing the largest number of electronic motor, power tool and related repairers.

Median hourly earnings of electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay were $25.86 in 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $22.47 and $29.73. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $18-01, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $33.02. In 2004, median hourly earnings were $26.37 in electric power generation, transmission, and distribution the industry employing the largest number of electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation and relay workers. Resource: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median hourly earnings of electronics installers and repairers, and motor vehicles installers and repairers were $12.79 in 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.27 and $16.55. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.85, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $22.02.

Moraine Valley's Job and Internship Report dated June 30, 2005 posted positions with an average salary of $17 per hour. The maximum hourly salary posted was $34.46 per hour and the minimum posted was $12.35 per hour. For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Placement Center in the Center for Contemporary Technology, T904, (708) 974-5737, http://www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

 
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