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I strongly recommend taking ELTEC 208 as the first class for any pathway in the Electronics Department. However, if you have been away from school for a long time, or your relationship with math and science was "less than cordial", I recommend starting with a different set of classes. You can refresh some basics and develop immediate skills that will make you employable by starting with ELTEC 322 (Technical Measurements) or ELTEC 320 (Electrical Safety). If you know that "your thing" is becoming an electrician, then you can also take as first classes ELTEC 225 (Residential Wiring) or ELTEC 230 (Blueprint Reading for Electricians).
If your interests lead you ...
- ... into the discipline of Electronics: I recommend to consider a double major in Industrial Electronics and Computer Electronics.
- ... into the application of advanced devices used in control systems: I recommend to focus in Industrial Electronics.
- ... into computers and networks: I recommend to consider, together with your Computer Electronics studies, pursuing at least a certificate in Computer Science.
- ... into general and industrial electrical applications: I recommend to follow the new pathway of the Electrician Certificate.
- ... into industrial maintenance: I recommend keeping an eye in the soon to come Electromechanical Certificate.
- ... into a quick improvement of your technical profile: I recommend to look into the new Skill Awards, Electrical Installer or Automation Technician.
Depending on personal background, some classes would be better if they were taken in a set order; for example, if you have never done any significant wiring it is wise to take ELTEC 225 (Residential Wiring) before taking ELTEC 229 (Commercial and Industrial Wiring). Another example would be, if you have never worked with motor control systems it is wise to take ELTEC 223 (Industrial Components and Devices) before taking ELTEC 226 (Motor Controls and Controllers). Or, if you have never dealt with electronics, it would be wise to take ELTEC 205 (Fabrication Techniques) along with ELTEC 212 (Digital Electronics) to build a comprehensive view of the field; later, taking MCMPET 214 (Microprocessor Programming & Interfacing
) will better equip you to imagine and design appropriate, and realistic inter-phases. You can consult with any professor in the Electronics Department about what sequences would be advisable for you to achieve maximum benefits from our classes.
It is all about employability. Even if you are not looking for a job, the quality of employability means that you can apply your knowledge to practical endeavors. In that sense, sometimes being focused in a single-sided view ends in a reduced practical capacity. For that reason, in order to be technically effective, I recommend to all my students not to shy away from extending their skills by learning a little of machining, welding, and mechanics.
We have wonderful counselors; however, if you would like to have a perspective from the point of view of a field person, come to visit me in Sierra Hall an tell me about your expectations. I will be happy to listen and, if I can, give you some orientation.
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