Students interested in communication technology can find courses in programs designed for aspiring electronics communication technicians, telecommunications technicians or computer and data communications technicians. Available programs include certificate, diploma, and associate's degrees. Graduates can find job opportunities with electronics retailers, phone companies, electronics repair shops, computer networking companies and more.
The courses in these programs typically features curriculum covering topics such as:
- Types and designations of current
- Basic circuitry
- Radio waves and communication
- Analog and digital systems
- 802.11x and other wireless network technologies
List of Common Communication Technician Courses
Introduction to AC and DC Circuitry
Aspiring communications technicians need to understand basic electronic components and systems. Instruction in AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) circuitry, sometimes offered as separate courses, introduces students to electronic elements such as series and parallel circuits, resistors, transformers and capacitors. Courses often include lectures as well as laboratory sessions to allow students the opportunity to work with components in hands-on applications.
Instruction in Electronic Devices
Communication technicians are often called upon to work on various types of electronic communication devices. These devices are sometimes introduced to students in separate courses, but can be included in one general course. Lectures and laboratory sessions address amplifiers, circuit boards and semiconductor devices such as transistors and solid-state diodes. Students learn to identify characteristics of various devices and their operating systems.
Principles of Electronic Communications
This course introduces students to the fundamental aspects of basic communications systems, including amplitude and frequency-phase modulations as well as various receivers and transmitters. Practical labs offer students the chance to understand the construction and functionality of various systems through a hands-on approach. Some programs include instruction in telecommunications systems, antennas and fiber optics, along with cable components, connections and splicing procedures.
Instruction in Digital Communications
Instruction in digital communications builds on the information gained in an electronic communications course. It includes understanding basic digital concepts and components, including microprocessors, memory circuits and hardware structures. Topics include digital modulation, signal processing, network operations and security policies. This course also includes laboratory assignments and lecture sessions.
Instruction in Wireless Communications
Students build upon the skills and knowledge acquired during their electronic communications coursework to explore the intricacies of wireless networks. Topics include local area networks, electronic security parameters and system installation procedures. Hands-on application allows students to work with wireless communications networks in a practical environment.