Basic Electronics Career Diploma

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Are you interested in electronics and how they work? If so, you may be interested in Penn Foster Career School's Basic Electronics Career Diploma program. Learn more about the program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Basic Electronics Career Diploma program at Penn Foster Career School gives you the opportunity to learn about electronics and the nature of electricity. Specific topics of instruction include conductors, insulators, batteries, magnetism, electromagnetism, fiber optics, and more. You'll have the chance to learn how circuits, multimeters, switching devices, and fiber optics work. This program includes all of the materials, lessons, and equipment you'll need. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Electronics Technicians Associate Certification Exam. Penn Foster Career School gives you the flexibility to complete the Basic Electronics Career Diploma program at your own pace from home.

What are the Prerequisites?

Previous coursework in science or physics or an interest in electronics may be helpful. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What are the Course Requirements?

Graduating from this program requires you to complete ten instruction sets; each set includes two to four lessons. You must also successfully complete the nine practical exercises that are part of the instruction sets.

Instruction SetLessons
Instruction Set 1Learning Strategies
Introduction to Electronics
Instruction Set 2Nature of Electricity
Practical Exercise 1
Instruction Set 3Conductors, Insulators, and Batteries
Circuit Analysis and Ohm's Law
Multimeter Usage Manual
Practical Exercise 2
Instruction Set 4Basic Measuring Instruments
Electronic Hardware
Switching Devices
Practical Exercise 3
Instruction Set 5Magnetism and Electromagnetism
Capacitors and Inductors
Basic Semiconductor Components: Diodes
Basic Semiconductor Components: Transistors
Practical Exercise 4
Instruction Set 6Alternating Current
Capacitors in AC Circuits
Inductors in AC Circuits
Practical Exercise 5
Instruction Set 7Reactance and Impedance
Resonant Circuits
Application of Resonant Circuits
Practical Exercise 6
Instruction Set 8Rectifiers and Power Supplies
Fiber Optic and Optoelectronic Components
Practical Exercise 7
Instruction Set 9Electronic Sensors
Modulation and Detection Circuits
Electronic Devices and Amplifiers
Using Basic Oscilloscopes
Practical Exercise 8
Instruction Set 10Audio and RF Circuits
Oscillator and Feedback Waveforms
Electronic Power Supplies
Practical Exercise 9

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

In this program, you'll have the chance to learn the basic principles and applications of electronics. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Electronics Technicians Association Certification Exam. You may be ready to work in various positions like broadcast engineer or electronics repair specialist.

Advanced Degrees

Students thinking about continuing their education could consider associate's degree programs. An associate's degree program could give you the chance to refine your skills in electronics or branch out into another area. The skills you could develop in an associate's degree program may help qualify you for a wider range of careers. Associate's degrees you could pursue include:

  • Associate of Occupational Studies in Electronics Engineering
  • Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering
  • Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology