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I strongly recommend to take ELTEC 208 as the first class for any pathway in the Electronics Department.
If you have enough background to skip this class (it is about basic electricity) consult with one of us in the Electronics Department on how to receive a waiver and jump into more advanced classes.
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 are taken in a set order; for example, if you have never done any significant wiring, it is wise to take ELTEC 223 (Industrial Components and Devices) before taking ELTEC 226 (Motor Controls and Controllers) or ELTEC 229 (Industrial and Commercial Wiring). Another example, if you have never dealt with electronics, it would be wise to take ELTEC 205 (Fabrication Techniques) simultaneously with ELTEC 212 (Digital Electronics) to build a comprehensive view of the field; later, taking MCMPET 214 (Microprocessor Programming & Interfacing
) you will be better equipped 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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