Televisions, laptops, cellphones — electronics technology is all around us. In our Electronics Technology/Nanofabrication program, students learn about the inner workings of high-tech devices we rely on every day.
As they design and assemble FM radios, digital thermometers, alarm systems and more, students are introduced to the following skills:
- Using multimeters, function generators, frequency counters, ohmmeters and oscilloscopes
- Soldering, desoldering, through-hole soldering and surface-mount soldering
- Building series, parallel and series-parallel circuits with direct and alternating currents
Instruction begins with Ohm’s Law, Watt’s Law, Kirchoff’s laws and other fundamentals before advancing to topics like transistors, diodes, integrated circuits and other elements of semiconductor theory. Students apply these concepts during hands-on training that includes designing simple circuits, assembling circuits based on schematic diagrams, testing and troubleshooting circuits and replacing defective electronic components.
Nanotechnology is also part of the curriculum, so the program lab is equipped with an industry-standard clean room where students make solar cells and more. Upperclassmen routinely participate in LCTI’s rotational internship program and local manufacturers like Lutron Electronics Inc. often recruit them for co-op positions that lead to employment after high school or college.