- 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. These types of equipment are used 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 combined with intense hands-on laboratory training (both computer-assisted instruction and breadboarding). The combined training 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.
Supplies / Tools
Most of the major diagnostic and troubleshooting tools are provided by the college. Every effort is made to keep costs to a minimum for incoming students. However, students are expected to provide the following supplies, which are essential tools required to achieve mastery in the program competencies:
- Component and bread boarding kit, and lead kit. (Available for purchase through the program or the Campus Store)
- Scientific calculator
Modern electronics is a major part of every activity in your personal and professional life, and there are career opportunities in a wide variety of industries. Employment opportunities exist in the manufacturing, medical, automotive, defense, aviation, communication service, entertainment, education and retail industries. Electronics graduates can find work in both the private and public sectors in the United States and internationally.
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.
Possible job titles include: Electronics Technician, Electronic Compliance Technician, Electronic Test Technician, Medical Electronics Technician, Automotive Electronics Technician, Field Service Technician
Potential Job Titles
Hennepin Technical College is an official testing center for high demand professional certifications in the following areas:
IPC International (through Customized Training Services)
- IPC-J-STD-001 Specialist (Soldering of Wire, Through Hole & SMD for all 3 classes)
- IPC-A-610 Specialist (Visual Inspection criteria for all 3 classes of soldering)
- IPC-A-620 Specialist (Inspection & Assembly criteria for all 3 classes of Wires & Cables)
FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License, with Ship Radar Endorsement
CompTIA A+ Certification
If you choose to further your education after graduating from HTC, the college has several articulation agreements for you to choose from. Contact the Business program for more information, or see a list of current articulation agreements, visit 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 Darla Ness at 763-488-2508.