Industrial Electronics Degree
The Industrial Electronics Program is designed to deliver training and education, providing essential technical and professional skills that will enable individuals to succeed in a wide range of industries. Technicians with this education and training can serve as electronics technicians, industrial technicians, and electronic sales services. Skills attained will be transferable to many related professions such as agriculture, petroleum, manufacturing, aerospace, food processing, or renewable/alternative energy fields to name a few.
This Program is designed to confer an Associate in Science in Industrial Electronics degree upon successful completion of all requirements.
An associate degree in industrial electronics offers you the salary potential of $61,126 two years after graduation from Taft College, with expected increases to $82,515 by five years, based on five-year studies of graduates by California Community Colleges. These do not reflect salaries with a four-year degree.1
Careers options are in a wide range of industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage is $63,640 for electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians; $62,890 for wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; $60,360 for electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment; and $52,830 for electronic and precision equipment repair and maintenance, among others. The BLS projects up to three percent job growth for 2021 to 2031, depending upon the industry. 2
1 California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Salary Surfer. 2021. https://salarysurfer.cccco.edu. Accessed 19 April 2023.
2 “Occupational Outlook Handbook.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 8 Sept. 2022. www.bls.gov/ooh. Accessed 19 April 2023.
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Program Goals and Objectives
- Ensure students complete appropriate curricula and required hours of instruction
- Prepare students with the foundation skills and knowledge needed in the electronics industry for technicians and related occupations
- Support industry needs in electronics
- Provide education and career pathway options for students in the electronics industry
- Be able to perform entry-level data management functions in an electronics-related sector
- Exhibit foundation skills and knowledge necessary for technicians (techs): electronics techs, engineering techs, industrial techs, field techs, petroleum engineering/geological techs, and others
- Exhibit knowledge and skills in electronics industry with emphasis
Program Learning Outcomes:
After completing the Industrial Electronics Program students will be able to:
- First and foremost, have a comprehensive understanding of electrical hazards when working on energized systems.
- Understand the working relationship between electrical and control systems and their interactions. This will result in problem-solving ability for errors in electrical systems.
- Learn to work with others on project teams that plan and execute the development and operation of electronic control systems.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of regulations and laws governing an electronic work conducted and apply ethical and other industry-wide acceptable standards that will accentuate professional behaviors.
- Understand the potential application of electronics and automation to improve and enhance processes used throughout civilization.
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