Studies & Degrees in Electronic Engineering Technology
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Electronics engineering was formerly known as radio engineering in the 1950s. It became as a profession during the technological improvements made for the telegraph industry in the late 19th century and in the radio and telephone industries in the early 20th century. With the further development of the telephone, radio and television equipment, came the electronics engineering or the electronics engineer. Today it is now a broad engineering field that uses a scientific knowledge of the effects of electronics in order to develop systems, components, devices and equipment. As a program of study, it covers a large part of electrical engineering courses especially in European and American schools.
An electronics engineer is usually trained for three to four years in college under an undergraduate degree program that covers common topics like physics, mathematics, chemistry, project management, and various topics about electrical engineering. In most countries, an electronics engineer is certified by professional or government body before being allowed to practice the profession. In the United States, South Africa and Canada, a certified electronics engineer is given the title Professional Engineer, a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom, India, Ireland and Zimbabwe, as Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia, and as a European Engineer in the majority of European Union countries. The job market in the U.S. in 2006 has placed the position of electronics engineer as among the top positions currently in demand by employers.
Various courses of study are usually under the department of engineering of many institutions. In the Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina, the core of courses under the Electronics Engineering Technology program include Basic Electricity, Digital Concepts, Solid State Fundamentals, and Microprocessors, emphasizing the development of the ability of students to analyze and trouble-shoot electronic systems. In the European University of Lefke in Cyprus, students take four years to earn a degree in electronics and electrical engineering with subject areas such as Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Digital Circuits, Circuit Theory, Linear Algebra, Electromagnetic Theory, Signals and Systems, Electronic Instrumentation, Engineering Economics, and Engineering Research and Design. The Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology in Thailand offers a bachelor’s degree program in electronics engineering with compulsory and technical elective courses as core courses, and concentrations in optical and mobile communications systems, Solid State Technology, Microelectronics, Advanced Electronics, Mechatronics, Robotics, and Advanced Control Systems in the fourth and final year of the curriculum. A university in Turkey has a bachelor’s degree program under the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering with four main categories of Basic Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Fundamental Engineering Sciences, and Professional Sciences. The courses under the Professional Sciences category are offered as Technical Electives in the final year for students to be able to increase their knowledge in specific engineering areas.