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The Electronics program at Bakersfield College offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for careers in the field of electronics. The program provides a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience, with a focus on practical skills and industry-standard technologies.

Students learn to design, install, troubleshoot, and repair a wide range of electronic systems and devices, including those used in the areas of telecommunications, robotics, automation, and digital and analog circuits. The program also emphasizes teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving, helping students to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic and rapidly evolving field of electronics. Graduates of the program are well-prepared to pursue entry-level positions in the electronics industry or to transfer to four-year institutions, including BC, to continue their education in the field.

What is Electronics?

Electronics is a branch of science and technology that deals with the study, design, and application of devices, systems, and circuits that use the flow of electrons to perform various functions. Electronic devices can be found in a wide range of applications, from consumer electronics such as smartphones and computers to complex systems used in medical devices, aerospace, and defense. The field of electronics encompasses a wide range of sub-disciplines, including digital and analog circuits, telecommunications, robotics, automation, power systems, and microprocessors, among others. Electronics plays a critical role in modern society, enabling innovation, and advancing technologies in fields ranging from medicine to energy to communication.

Is Electronics right for Me?

People who have a strong interest in technology, mathematics, physics, and problem-solving are likely to be good at studying electronics. Additionally, individuals who have a knack for understanding how things work, a natural curiosity about how electronic devices are designed and built, and a willingness to experiment and learn through trial and error are also well-suited for studying electronics.

Some specific traits that would be helpful for studying electronics include:

  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Good mathematical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Curiosity and a desire to learn
  • Patience and persistence

Overall, anyone who has an interest in technology and a passion for learning can excel in the field of electronics with the right mindset and dedication.

Electronics Degrees and Certificates

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Graduates with an Associate of Science (AS) degree or certificate of achievement in electronics can pursue a range of careers in different industries. Here are some common career paths:

  • Electronics Technician: Electronics technicians work in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, and healthcare. They are responsible for testing, repairing, and maintaining electronic equipment.
  • Electronic Engineering Technician: Electronic engineering technicians work with electronic engineers to design, develop, test, and troubleshoot electronic equipment and systems.
  • Field Service Technician: Field service technicians travel to customers' locations to install, maintain, and repair electronic equipment.
  • Quality Control Inspector: Quality control inspectors ensure that electronic products meet quality and safety standards by conducting tests and inspections.
  • Technical Support Specialist: Technical support specialists assist customers with technical issues related to electronic products, such as computers, software, and networking devices.
  • Sales Representative: Sales representatives sell electronic products and services to businesses and consumers.
  • Research and Development Technician: Research and development technicians work in laboratories and assist engineers with testing and developing new electronic products and systems.
  • Manufacturing Technician: Manufacturing technicians work in electronics manufacturing plants and are responsible for assembling, testing, and troubleshooting electronic products.

Overall, graduates with an AS degree or certificate of achievement in electronics have a broad range of career options in various industries that rely on electronic equipment and systems.

Transfer Pathways

Graduates with an Electronics Associate of Science from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Applied Science and Technology

Career & Learning Pathway: Industrial Technology & Transportation

Courses: Electronics Technology (ELET) 

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