Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S. (code AAS.EGR.ELEC)
Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 61 credit hours.
About the Engineering Department
Purpose: To provide a two-year degree in electronics technology, allowing a graduate to enter the workforce as an electronic technician. Electronics technicians assemble, install, maintain and repair electronic devices and equipment. Examples include working on the latest robots that build automotive parts or with the technology in artificial limbs for disabled persons. They may work on electronic hardware in business machines, transportation and communication systems or the latest toys and games. You can help shape the future as an electronic technician. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows the job of electronic technician is a viable and well-paid career.
Entry into the option requires no previous electronic experience. The option is designed so that all students take a coordinated set of basic electronic courses, and then take elective courses in their area of interest. Elective courses cover computers and computer repair, electronic communications and electromechanical systems.
Graduates of this program are fully prepared to enter the workforce as an electronic technician. However, for AACC graduates interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in electronic engineering technology, several four-year colleges and universities offer transfer programs including Capital College in Laurel, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg. Students planning to transfer to a bachelor of science electronic technology degree program are encouraged to consult with the department chair before selecting their electives.
The Electronics Option program differs from a traditional four-year electrical engineering program (see Engineering Transfer, A.S. program description).
Range of Occupations
- Computer service technician
- Electronics communications technician
- Electronics technician
- Field service technician
- Instrumentation and control technician
Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.