Application Dates: February 1-May 31 (Fall enrollment), August 1-November 1 (Spring enrollment). This program requires all applicants with a completed file to go through an interview process. Letters and emails will be sent to students with further instruction.
Semester Start Date(s): Fall and Spring
Preparing today’s electronic technician for tomorrow’s technology.
Electronics Technology is an eleven-month program designed to provide entry-level training as well as retraining of the local workforce. This is accomplished through lectures and labs beginning at the component level and moving through complex circuits, and then into complete systems. Installation and repair of electronics equipment are also taught. Emphasis is placed on the use of proper test equipment and troubleshooting skills to enhance the students’ ability to find fault location, and to make repairs as fast and safe as possible.
Students are taught proper safety procedures to assist them in safe work practices on the job. Students are also taught the importance of human relations when associating with employers, other employees, and customers. Student learning includes, but is not limited to, introduction to basic electronics, terminology, electronic component nomenclature, circuit configuration, component analysis, and circuit design. Students will also learn soldering skills and how to read schematics. Troubleshooting is stressed at each level and in every class.
Labs are scheduled by the instructor to complement classroom instruction. Labs reinforce the principles and concepts presented in the class by providing hands-on practice.
An Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology is offered in conjunction with the Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) in Bentonville. NWTI classes are joined with academics and skills classes from NWACC to earn the AAS. The degree plan is available under Electronics at www.nwti.edu or www.nwacc.edu.
Attendance is an important part of learning as well as a success factor in today’s workplace. Participation in assignments and projects help develop a variety of skills and is vital to the total education of the student. Regular and prompt attendance is expected in all courses and is necessary in maintaining acceptable grades. Students who arrive five minutes late or more for a class will be counted absent for the whole class. Students who miss three days will be given a written warning. Students who are tardy three times will be charged for a full day absent.
Attendance is a part of your grade. In situations where a student is absent from class for two consecutive weeks without any academic activity or participation, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the class. Students may also be administratively withdrawn due to irregular attendance/participation resulting in unsatisfactory academic progress.
Why Consider the Electronics field?
A shortage of skilled technicians in the electronics industry has created considerable opportunity for employment and because of the high-tech technology used on today's equipment, there is an increasing demand for certified technicians. NWTI's program trains qualified electronics technicians who have excellent career opportunities.
An NWTI Electronics Technology graduate is qualified for a variety of job positions, including:
What You Will Learn
Through the Electronics Technology program at NWTI, you will learn to: troubleshoot and repair a wide variety of electronic equipment, keep up with the latest in government and industry safety regulations, work with others, both employees and customers, to obtain and keep a good job in the electronics technology field.