Now is the time to earn nationally recognized industry certifications to be better positioned for job opportunities that are being created in Northern Nevada. This fall, Western Nevada College offers focused job skill certificates in electronics, as well as high-tech manufacturing and automation, beginning this fall.
â€œDistinguish yourself,â€ said WNC Electronics and Industrial Technology Professor Emily Howarth. â€œThese in-demand technical skills and high-value credentials show employers that you can do the job.â€
The job skills certificates prepare students for industry credentials, supporting Carson City and Carson Valley industries and employers.
â€œStudents can improve their current position or become qualified for a new one in manufacturing, distribution or logistics in one semester,â€ Howarth said.
They may qualify for financial assistance with tuition and fees. Contact JOIN, a nonprofit job-training agency, at 775-283-0125.
To enhance employment opportunities as an electronics technician, students can work toward earning an Industrial Electronics Technician job skills certificate. They need to take three four-unit courses – (AIT 101) Fundamentals of Applied Industrial Technology, (ET 131) DC for Electronics and (ET 132) AC for Electronics – to gain the knowledge to achieve the job skills certificate.
â€œThe Industrial Electronics Technician series is taught entirely online, using a kit of components to complete lab exercises along with in-depth instructional material that students can participate in around their other life commitments,â€ Howarth said. â€œOpen lab hours are also available for students to practice their skills or do classwork on campus.â€
In the Fundamentals of Applied Industrial Technology class, students learn the key concepts of electricity used in many applications. Mechanical concepts of basic levers and forces, friction, and pulleys and gears are introduced, as well as the fundamental operation of electric relay controls. Students will also receive an explanation of logic circuits, which are used to provide automated control of many types of machines.
The DC for Electronics 131 course introduces the fundamentals of electronics, including how to read resistor color codes, decipher capacitor values and use electronic schematics to build simple electronic devices.
After completing DC for Electronics 131, students can proceed to AC for Electronics 132, which familiarizes them with important electronic components, their schematic symbols and how to wire circuits on a solder-less circuit board using diagrams. The class also includes an introduction to semiconductors, diodes and the basic theory of transistors and transistor amplifier configurations.
These classes help provide students with some of the competencies necessary to prepare for the International Society of Certified Electronics Techniciansâ€™ Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa) exam. It addresses electrical theory; electronics components; soldering-desoldering tools; cabling; block diagrams, schematics and wiring diagrams; power supplies; test equipment and measurements; safety precautions; mathematics and formulas; radio communications technology; electronic circuits; amplifiers; interfacing of electronics products; digital concepts and circuitry; computer electronics; computer applications; audio and video systems; optical electronics; telecommunications basics; and technician work procedures.
For students interested in manufacturing, WNC offers three classes totaling 11 units that provide hands-on exercises to build mastery of the subject. Students are expected to enroll in Applied Industrial Technology hands-on labs (AIT 155), Applied Industrial Technology Projects (AIT 200), and Fundamentals of Applied Industrial Technology (AIT 101).
The Manufacturing Technician program leads to the prestigious Manufacturing Skills Institute Manufacturing Technician (MT1) credential. It includes classes that are scheduled into a block of lab time, providing structure to the class for students who are able to attend during the day. Lessons and demonstrations will be presented at posted times on specific topics, and students will work on their own through modules of study and hands-on exercises with full instructor and teaching assistant support.
â€œThere is flexibility for attendance and completion with a personal plan created between the student and the instructor, for students who have the self-motivation and drive to work more independently,â€ Howarth said. â€œAdditional day and evening hours are available outside of scheduled class hours so students can manage their work time and family obligations and still complete the coursework.â€
For more information about these classes and credentials, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 775-445-4449.