At Higher Certificate level, students are introduced to the fundamentals of electronics. They learn about analogue and digital systems, engineering science, electronic telecommunications, control systems and computer systems. In the second year of the programme a hands-on project is provided in order to allow the student to experience construction and testing of circuits so as to enhance both skills and knowledge. At the end of the programme graduates will understand the operation of electronic systems and devices and will be ready to work at technician level in industry.
A student may exit to employment after achieving the Higher Certificate award or stay on to achieve further academic awards.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Electronic Technician is trained to conduct routine maintenance checks, referring to wiring diagrams and service manuals to find the source of a problem. The Technician will also be trained to use various testing equipment such as voltmeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators and frequency counters. The Technician must also have a thorough understanding of electrical theory applications and be able to interface with engineers on the resolution of technical issues
Bench technicians work in repair areas located in factories and service centres, fixing components that cannot be repaired on the factory floor.
Field technicians often travel to factories or companies to install and repair equipment. These technicians usually have assigned tasks when they visit and perform preventive maintenance on a regular basis. When equipment breaks down, field technicians go to a customer’s site to repair the equipment.
Electronic equipment installers and repairers install, diagnose, and repair various types of equipment. Most installation work involves sound systems along with passive and active security systems which vary in complexity of installation. The installer may also be required to run new speaker or other types of electrical cables.