- Class Time: Day or Evening
- Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
- Campus: Brooklyn Park
The Electronics Technology program at Hennepin Technical College provides hands-on training that will prepare you to help design, build, develop, test, troubleshoot, and manufacture electronic equipment for use in applications such as communications, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, machine tool numerical controls and computers. HTC's Electronics Technology program includes a solid grounding in electronics theory complemented by intense hands-on laboratory training (both computer-assisted instruction and bread boarding) that will give you the confidence to perform at a professional level on the job. Electronics technicians are in demand in small and large companies and virtually all government agencies.
Labs and Classrooms
The electronics lab is well equipped to train students using techniques that are commonly encountered in industry. These techniques include training in circuit diagnostics and troubleshooting using computer aided instruction, bread boarding, and equipment troubleshooting.
Most of the major diagnostic and troubleshooting tools are provided by the college. The student is expected to provide the following supplies:
- Component and breadboarding kit, and lead kit. (Available through the program or the Campus Store)
- Scientific calculator
- The ability to test and troubleshoot the equipment
- Read schematics and maintenance manuals
- Communicate effectively with other employees and customers
- Solder and unsolder components
- Research parts, availability, and cost
Work may include product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. Electronics engineering technicians do all this by applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, mathematics, and physics. They discuss layout and assembly procedures and problems with the electronic engineer and draw sketches to clarify design details and functional criteria of electronic units. They assemble experimental circuitry (breadboard) or complete prototype models according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electronic systems and components. Technicians recommend changes in circuitry to simplify assembly and maintenance. They analyze and interpret test data.
There is projected growth in industrial power, automation, transportation, automotive, medical, and energy sectors. In spite of intense global competition, the job outlook is expected to remain steady due to the increased global demand for electronic goods including communications equipment, defense-related equipment, medical electronics, and consumer products in emerging economies such as India and China. , and
Potential Job Titles
Hennepin Tech through Customized Training Services now offers IPC J-Standard Certification:
Articulation and transfer agreements between Hennepin Tech and other colleges or universities are listed on the Minnesota Transfer website.
The Electronics Technology Advisory Committee is set up to continuously review program outcomes and update course competencies based on input from professionals from business and industry. Membership is made up of professionals active in the electronics trade. The full committee meets twice a year to evaluate the program and suggest changes to the curriculum to better reflect recent trends in electronics. The objective is to equip program graduates with the most relevant skill sets required to be successful in their chosen profession. If you are a practicing electronics professional and interested in sharing your expertise with HTC, we would welcome your participation on the committee. To get started, please contact Lori Laabs at 952-995-1403.