Numerous colleges and universities offer telephone engineering courses as part of certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's programs in telecommunications or electrical engineering. These programs offer students hands-on experience with circuitry and measuring instruments. Graduates of undergraduate programs are typically prepared for entry-level employment within the telecommunications industry; graduate programs usually ready students for more advanced positions in research and development.
The concepts below are among the most frequently discussed ideas in telephone engineering courses:
- Circuit theory
- Computer programming
- Analog electronics
- Digital logic
- Signals & systems
List of Courses
Telecommunications Fundamentals Course
This course usually starts with a study of different communication systems. Students examine wired and wireless systems. Networks are explored and students learn about the basic electronics involved in these systems and the difference between analog and digital transmissions. Topics covered include semiconductor devices, optical communication devices, couplers, modulators, amplifiers and isolators. The course typically covers the basic ideas of signaling, switching and transmission. This is an introductory course that usually requires basic reading proficiency as a prerequisite.
Communication Engineering Course
Students explore modulation, deletion and coding for telecommunication systems in this course. Students examine specific types of telecommunication systems. This course may cover various digital modulation techniques, compression code and equalization. Prerequisite courses in probability, random process and spectral analysis may be required for this course.
Introduction to Circuit Analysis Course
Students study different aspects of circuits in this course, including timing, measuring, network theorems, breadboarding and components. This course may include study of different circuit types, such as equivalent, parallel, capacitive and inductive. Students may get hands on-experience with using measuring instruments, breadboarding and troubleshooting. This course usually requires advanced mathematics courses as a prerequisite.
Communication Systems Course
The focus of this course is introducing students to analog and digital communication systems. Students learn about transmission, binary coding and modems. Topics discussed include testing, noise interference, distortion, protocols and troubleshooting. This course usually requires prerequisite courses in electronics and circuits.
Computers and Electronic Technology Course
The role of computers and electronics in communication systems is the focus of this course. Students explore the use of computers for analyzing communication systems and for simulations. Students also study the role of electronics in communication systems. This course usually requires prerequisite courses in circuits.