Ten Key Learnings from CCNN’s Industrial Electronics Technology Program

You spend your nights and weekends researching the latest homebrewed computer project or hacking together electronics projects around the house. We see you out there, tinkerers and DIYers. And Career College of Northern Nevada’s Industrial Electronic Technology program has your name written all over it.

With in-depth, hands-on training that’s both theoretical and practical, CCNN’s Industrial Electronic Technology program gives you everything you need to succeed in this burgeoning field. CCNN offers an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Industrial Electronics Technology (AOSIET) for students looking to become electronic technicians. In the role of an electronic technician, you’ll help test, design and service the technology that’s rapidly changing our lives. Specific roles can include assemblers, equipment calibration techs, security and surveillance equipment techs and fiber optic technicians.

CCNN’s IET Department Chair Jim Aldrich says there are 10 key learnings IET students learn in their time at CCNN. They are:

  1. Safety: When you study IET at Career College of Northern Nevada, you’ll learn how to safely work around potentially life-threatening electrical hazards, which comes in handy not only in an electronics technology career, but in life in general.
  2. AC & DC Electronic Theory: Knowing the intricate differences in alternating current and direct current electronics is one of the fundamentals of any career in electronics.
  3. Schematics: At CCNN, we teach students how to read schematic diagrams. Students are consistently exposed to schematics throughout their time at CCNN.
  4. Industrial Equipment: Students learn many skills associated with the industrial electronics field. This training includes robotics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), motor control systems and hydraulics.
  5. Infrastructure Cabling: You’ll learn skills associated with infrastructure cabling, including techniques associated with networking, telephony and telecommunications. Students learn how to properly terminate CAT 5e / CAT 6 cables, coaxial cables and fiber optic cables in their time at CCNN’s IET program.
  6. Telecommunications: You’ll get hands-on lessons with wireless systems, learning how to properly configure them.
  7. Industrial Security and Surveillance: Learn how to configure and operate home automation, access control and video surveillance systems.
  8. Networking Basics: While the IET program doesn’t focus on networking, everything touches the Internet these days, so introducing students to basic networking concepts is a critical part of the CCNN curriculum.
  9. Programming: Today, quite a few jobs require employees be knowledgeable in at least some programming. Many things need programming, from remote-controlled automated entrance gates to highly-advanced conveyor systems. CCNN students learn how to program using C++. They also program FANUC robots and they create multiple PLC programs.
  10. Troubleshooting: Everything you learn at CCNN leads up to this, and it’s the most important thing students learn in the IET program. Students are exposed to proper tool usage and troubleshooting techniques and this cumulates in CCNN’s Skills Review class. During this class, students troubleshoot a non-operational conveyor system along with other electronic systems.

FANUC certified, CCNN’s Industrial Electronics Technology program prepares you for a broad array of careers while teaching you math, electricity, solid state and digital device circuitry, programming and more. Like graduate Juan Miramontes (pictured above), IET students who complete the program will have the chance to sit for a national certification exam in soldering.

“It may take more out of you than you think, but in the end, it was filling you with skills to join the world,” said Juan.

Ready to take the first step in an electronics technology career today. Learn more about CCNN’s IET program today.

Our world is constantly evolving

Our society is a society of gadgets.  We have smart phones with more computing power than the entire computer system used during the Apollo moon landings.  We watch TVs today that have four times the image detail of TVs built only 15 years ago, and 4k goes much further than that.  We can learn anything about everything using the internet, and we can do it at speeds that were unheard of just five years ago.  Using GPS technology, stopping to ask for directions is a thing of the past.  We are indeed a society of gadgets.

Electronics Technician are found in every industry!

Assembling, installing, maintaining and repairing these devices is the responsibility of the Electronics Engineering Technician.  Electronics Technicians are found in every industry around the world.  Bench Technicians work in an office that has all of the test equipment needed to repair electronics.  They may spend time on the phone with customers from time-to-time, but most of their time is spent repairing equipment.  Field Technicians, on the other hand, spend hardly any time in the office.  They travel from business to business repairing electronic equipment such as security systems, CCTV systems, fire alarm systems, copy machines or any other device that cannot be shipped back to the manufacturer to be repaired by a Bench Tech.

How getting certified pays off

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for Electronics Engineering Technicians with an Associate’s Degree was $59,820 as of May 2014.  Keep in mind that this is the median level of income.  Some Technicians make less than this, but obtaining certifications not only improves your career opportunities, they can increase the pay that you make in that career as well.  There are several organizations that offer certifications that will make you more employable.  Some examples are the International Printed Circuits organization (IPC), the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), the National Institute for Certifications in Engineering Technology (NICET) and many others.

Join the Industrial Electronics world with training from CCNN

Career College of Northern Nevada is a nationally accredited institution that has been serving the Reno-Sparks community for over 25 years, offering several degrees including Industrial Electronics Technology.  Courses are wide-ranging and will prepare you for fields such as Robotics, Wireless Internet Communications, Green Technology, and Security; you are truly prepared to work in any electronics position that requires an Associate’s Degree.  We will also prepare you to sit for the IPC Soldering certification that you will take before you graduate.  You will also be prepared to sit for the ISCET Technician 1 certification and the CWNA certification.

IPC – http://ipc.org/

ISCET – http://iscet.org/

NICET – http://www.nicet.org/

IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – http://www.ieee.org/index.html

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