What is Electronics Technology?

03-24-16 ET

The Electronics Technology program provides a foundation in the principles of basic electronics and an in depth background in the field. This program will introduce the student to computers and many of the popular operating systems. This program includes instruction beginning with the structure of the atom, units of measurement, and most of the formulas required to understand basic electronics. For all theory presented, the student will construct circuits and do experiments to help them to understand the theories learned. The student will apply learned theories to testing electronic components and diagnosing circuit problems. The student is also introduced to digital electronics where they build and analyze logic circuits, and will learn how microprocessors function and how they can be used to control electronic systems. Other activities include rebuilding a (PC) computer (identifying all major components and determining their function); installing and studying most Windows operating systems; and learning how to diagnose many of the common computer problems encountered. Employment opportunities are unlimited for electronics technicians in the area of military and civilian communications, consumer electronics, medical electronics, instrumentation, audio equipment, industrial control, and computer maintenance and development. Advancement in this field requires additional education.

For more information on the opportunities available through this program, please refer to the "College Credits" and "Industry Certifications" links to the left. Watch this video to find out what a CPAVTS education means for you! 


Program Objectives 

  1. Complete PA Dept. of Ed. POS (Program of Study)
  2. Complete NOCTI Competencies
  3. Obtain Industry Certifications (Student Electronic Technician, OSHA 10, CPR/AER Training)
  4. Job Shadow (Level 1, 1 Day)
  5. Job Shadow (Level 2, 3 Days)
  6. Complete Internship or Cooperative Education Placement (1-Week Minimum)

Level 1

  • Provides an introduction to the basic concepts and applications of computer and engineering technologies and their effects on professional and casual users, their employers and employees, and society as a whole. Includes the following skills:
    • Use of Current Computer Technology for Data/Information Collection & Organization
    • Vizualization, Analysis, and Interpretation of Numeric Computations
    • Dissemination and Presentation of Solutions to Engineering Technology Problems

Job Shadow (1 Day)


  • 100s: Electronics Safety
  • 200s: Electrical Quantities and Components
  • 300s: Instrumentation
  • 400s: Ohm's Law
  • 500s: Series Circuits
  • 600s: Parallel Circuits
  • 700s: Series-Parallel Circuits
  • 800s: Basic Network Theorem
  • 2000s: Soldering
  • 2800s: Troubleshooting                                                                                                                                  

Level 2

Certification: Student Electronic Technology Certification

  • Provides an introduction to the foundational principles of electronics and common solid state devices. Basic electronic parameters (current, voltage, resistance, inductance, and capacitance) will be studied in detail. Includes the following skills:
    • Analysis of Series, Parallel and Series/Parallel Circuits
    • Rectifying Diodes
    • LED's
    • Photodiodes
    • Zener Diodes
    • Bipolar Transistors and Thyristors


  • Review of 100s through 800s
  • 900s: Alternating Current
  • 1000s: Oscilloscope
  • 1100s: Inductance
  • 1200s: Inductive Resistance
  • 1300s: Resistor/Inductor AC Circuits
  • 1400s: Transformers
  • 1500s: Capacitance
  • 1600s: Capacitive Resistance
  • 1700s: Resistor/Capacitor Circuits
  • 1800s: Resistor/Inductor/Capacitor Circuits
  • 1900s: Resonance
  • 2000s: Soldering
  • 2100s: Junction Diodes
  • 2800s: Troubleshooting                                                     

Level 3 

Certifications: Student Electronic Technology; Either OSHA 10 or CPR (Depending on Personal Interests)

  • Provides an introduction to digital number systems and codes, as well as combinational and sequential logic circuits. Examines logic families and their applications.


  • Review of 100s through 2100s
  • 2200s: Power Supplies
  • 2300s: Transistor Characteristics
  • 2400s: Small Signal Amplifiers
  • 2500s: Operational Amplifiers
  • 2600s: Basic Digital Electronics
  • 2700s: Nanotechnology
  • 2800s: Troubleshooting
  • 2900s: Electronic Communications
  • 3000s: Motors
  • 3100s: History of Electronics

Internship (1 Week Minimum)

Employability Skills Training

OPTION: Cooperative Education (Students use the limited classroom time to focus on NOCTI preparation, SET preparation, and preparation for other certifications) 



 Is it for You?

Successful electronics technicians enjoy solving problems, particularly concerning machines and electronic processes, as well as working with various types of electronic or scientific equipment. Professionals in this field usually work with engineers, supervisors, managers, and skilled trade workers, and they may instruct and supervise skilled workers and other technical personnel. They usually work in clean, well lit, quiet offices, laboratories and studios, or in factories, although a few work outdoors and may be exposed to severe weather conditions. Hazards include electric shocks and burns from soldering irons. Work usually occurs during a five-day, forty-hour week; however, those working in the broadcast industry often work shifts. Evening, night, and weekend work is common, and technicians may be required to travel occasionally to test and service equipment. Employers are seeking qualified women, and legal changes in employment for women provide job opportunities and equal pay.Additionally, the following skills are necessary for those who wish to be successful in this field:

  • Above average mathematics ability.
  • Good mechanical reasoning.
  • The ability to perceive details in graphic material.
  • Good measuring skills.
  • Good color perception and eyesight.

For more information on this program's objectives, please visit the "Task List" link to the left.


What's Next?


Employment Options 

* Salaries listed are PA state averages taken from www.onetonline.com and are accurate as of June 2016.

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers & Repairers ($32,020)

Electrical Engineering Technicians ($55,790)

Electrical & Electronics Repairers (Commercial/Industrial Equipment) ($51,180)

Robotics Technicians ($45,350)

Post-Secondary Studies

*Some employment options may require additional study.

Penn College: Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology: Engineering Emphasis, Robotics Emphasis 

HACC: Electronic Engineering Technology

YTI: Electronics Engineering Technology