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The Need for Electronics Training

When Carl E. Smith founded the Smith Practical Radio Institute in Cleveland in 1934, radio was king. But other electrical goods were also growing in popularity. Things like electric stoves, clothes washers, toasters and coffee percolators.

Time travel ahead 79 years. The need for electronics has never been more demanding! But today, the revolution is led by computers and information technology and a host of consumer products and services ranging from wireless devices and GPS navigators to appliance repair and satellite dish set-up.

What Mr. Smith started eventually became the Cleveland Institute of Electronics - a distance learning school that offers diploma and associate degree courses in Electronics Technology and Computer Information. His first class started with 16 students and consisted of courses in radio and electronics engineering. Since 1956, when the CIE patented its "Auto-Programmed" self-study method, more than 350,000 students in the U.S. and some 70 foreign countries have gotten their start in electronics through the institute. Its curriculum has grown to include computer IT and systems management, conducted through online assignments and testing.

The relevance of electronics remains strong around the world. It manifests itself in many ways and regularly enters forums of economic and social import. Here are a few examples:

  • Green energy. The push for green energy is no longer just about wind and solar power generation. It has expanded to other areas of conservation, and now has its own rack of political footballs including climate change and “cap and trade” legislation in various nations.
  • Smart electric grid. The nation’s electricity distribution system is set to enter the digital age. The revamping includes advanced metering, two-way communication between consumers and utilities, and the ability to more efficiently regulate energy usage with thermostats, washers, dryers and refrigerators – the major electricity users in the home – with home energy dashboards.
  • Computer hardware and software are always being updated or upgraded. For instance, Windows 8 is Microsoft’s new 2014 baby and operating system. It comes in six different versions: Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, OEM and Enterprise.
  • New products and services. Things like cellular phones and access to the Internet are truly bringing more people and cultures together around the planet. What will happen next?

Consumer electronics

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the Consumers Electronics Association (CEA) keeps its finger on the pulse of the of the $172 billion American consumer electronics industry. The group is about to host the 2014 International Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 2014. It is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. The show is expecting some 110,000 attendees and more than 2,500 exhibitors.

Some of the most anticipated exhibits will showcase mobile devices, green trends in design and packaging, the use of LED, e-ink for electronic paper displays and a large assortment of new computer applications.

The CEA also monitors sales of consumer electronics products across the land. In its 19th Annual Consumer Electronics Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, it estimated consumer electronics sales will increase 6% this holiday season, as compared to 2012. The CEA also reported that 80% of adults intended to purchase technology merchandise as a gift for the holidays, the highest figure in the history of the study. The most purchased products will be computer notebooks, portable mp3 players and flat-panel TVs. Other popular technology-related items that are expected to sell well are digital cameras, Blu-ray players, smartphones and eBook readers.

“Consumer enthusiasm for technology has been building,” explained Gary Shapiro, CEA’s president and CEO, at the end of November. “Results from the Thanksgiving weekend suggest consumer technology will be the must-have gift this holiday and will lead economic recovery in 2014.” Technicians and salesmen with expertise or proficiency for high-tech items may find prospects in this market.

Online shopping, like online training, is also growing. Based on new estimates from a variety of research groups, e-commerce sales should also be stronger for the 2013 holiday season.

Cyber Monday online sales were 5% higher this year than last, at an estimated $887 million, reported comScore, Inc., a Reston, Virginia-based company that measures digital sales.

“We’ve seen an encouraging start to the online holiday shopping season and it would appear that retailers’ aggressive and early marketing efforts have so far succeeded in persuading consumers to open their wallets online,” said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. That means that more people are shopping from home, or work, than ever before. An estimated 8.7 million Americans made a purchase on Cyber Monday this year, spending an average $102, comScore said.

Some of the largest e-commerce firms include, Apple, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. Likewise, some of the best selling products through Cyberspace are books, clothing, footware, computer hardware and software, autos and auto parts, home furnishings, iPods and iTunes, and travel arrangements made for airline flights and lodging accommodations.

Of course, just about everything has pros and cons! Some of the advantages of online shopping include convenience, selection and fast price comparison. Disadvantages center around fraud and security issues. And anyone who has received the wrong item or a broken product delivered by FedEx or UPS knows what a hassle it can be to return it.


How does all this relate to electronics training? Think about it. The digital world is expanding. And even more high-tech items are entering the marketplace in a variety of fields. Anyone with an understanding of basic computer IT and electronics will have an advantage over someone who lacks the training.

The sky’s the limit, regarding applications. However, the fields most often mentioned occur under the umbrella of education, lifestyle, entertainment, productivity and IT. But many more disciplines, and employment opportunities, take advantage of high tech tools or concepts.

Government agencies and the U.S. military probably lead the way in shear numbers. But auto mechanics must understand how microprocessors and digital modules work. Farmers are using high-tech equipment to plan, plow, harvest and market their crops or livestock. Medical and healthcare workers use their instruments everyday. Butchers, bakers, candle stick makers – and other retail clerks - will all be better prepared to do their jobs with a little computer savvy.

This brings us back to the CIE. The CIE is waiting to assist you, with beginning instruction or more advanced training. You can earn an Associate Degree in Electronics or Computer Technology, graduate from a career course, or go on to earn a Bachelor's Degree though CIE’s subsidiary, World College. CIE Bookstore offers many professional certificate programs as well.

Graduates leave CIE as skilled technicians or engineers equipped to better tackle the complexities of business and industry, whether it's in computer programming, microprocessor technology, manufacturing, appliance repair or in new fields related to green energy, the smart electric grid, cellular or satellite services and consumer electronics.

The CIE has a strong pedigree of instruction. It traces its roots back 79 years. Obviously, a great deal of water has gone under the bridge during this period, electronically speaking. “Email machines” have largely replaced letters sent via the U.S. Postal Service. Apple’s iPod is a much fancier version of the Victor Victrola. TVs and computers are used more than radios for home entertainment, but radio wave propagation is still very important for cellular and wireless data transmission.

Nowadays, just about everything has a digital or electronics connection to it.

High-tech choices abound. If you are passonate about something – even better. Embrace it. Find a match. But ludites should not apply!

This is the age of Electronics Training

This is the age of electronics training. It is changing the world and the call for a whole new generation of electronics engineers and technicians is loud and clear in almost every field of endeavor.

Automation alone will revolutionize the world's work force. And skilled electronics technicians will be needed to design, build and service robots who will operate in the assembly lines. You can learn how to program microcontrollers and build a robot with these robotics training courses from CIE Bookstore.

Security is another tremendous field for electronics training. Millions of homes and commercial establishments are using electronic watchdogs to protect premises.

Other sophisticated computer systems are keeping track of inventories, handling data processing and designing products.

Personal computers now control home environments and automatically operate hundreds of electric appliances and devices. CIE Bookstore has home automation training courses that will show how to integrate televisions, lighting, home entertainment, sound, heating controls, home security systems and all things electronic.

And 23,000 miles about the earth's equator, there are 100's of satellites parked in space relaying simultaneous programs and data transfers. The electronics training possibilities are limitless for both earth satellites and for electronics experts who will design, build and maintain them.

Smart, progressive companies will continue to include cutting edge electronics and high technology into the design of new products and will need electronics technicians with the proper electronics training.

If you are interested in learning electronics technology CIE bookstore has a variety of electronics training course that will give you the proper fundamentals for a career in electronics. There are many more electronics training options available to learn advance electronics troubleshooting like electronics engineering, electronics circuits and design courses.

There is also an electronics revolution in hospitals, medical equipment repair and health care. This area of electronics has one of the fastest growth in electronics training programs. Learn how to troubleshoot biomedical equipment and enter a fast growing field with these biomedical equipment repair tutorials. 

Of course, excellent, state of the art electronics training is a basic foundation for success in today's fast-moving electronics market. So CIE Bookstore offers comprehensive certificate courses in electronics at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. You can even further your electronics training with a Associate degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Cleveland Institute of Electronics.

You can find a CIE course that can help you gain the knowledge and hands-on experience you need for whatever career you select in electronics. And a distance learning teaching system that can help you gain the mental discipline and confidence you need to make your career a success.

The need for trained electronics technicians is growing and if you are seriously interested in electronics training now is the time to enroll in one of CIE Bookstore's electronics training courses.

Why choose a career in Electronics?

You may be considering a new career or upgrading the one you have now. Electronics technology is found in just about every facet of our lives. From consumer electronics, automotive, aviation, medical equipment and more – you will encounter devices that are run via electronics components.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, jobs for Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers will continue to rise during the 2013 - 2020 time period.

The average income for electrical and electronics installers and repairers is over $49,000 in 2013. The need for electronic technicians to repair, troubleshoot and design electronics devices will continue to grow with the ever growing flow of new high-tech devices hitting the market every day.

Why not take a closer look into a career in an electronics field where the pay is pretty good and the opportunities will continue to grow for some time!

Industry Certifications
What’s neat about the electronics industry is there are professional trade groups and organizations that provide their own certification in different areas of electronics technology. Many government agencies and private companies require certification as a qualification for their positions, so getting certified in one or more different trade groups definitely will make you more attractive to an employer.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the more popular trade groups found in the electronics industry.

International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians
One of their most popular certifications is the Associate Level Electronics CET

This Electronics certification is open to anyone interested in electronics, including a technician or student. This multiple choice test covers basic electronics, math, DC and AC circuits, transistors and troubleshooting. Upon passing the test an associate CET will receive a wall certificate valid for four years and become eligible to join ISCET as a non-voting member.

The ISCET have other certifications too:

Electronics Technicians Association
The ETA has issued over 100,000 technical certifications covering more than 80 certification programs in a variety of electronics fields.

The association is comprised of over 4,000 members, 700 Subject Matter Experts (SME) serving on various Industry Advisory Committees and over 1,000 Certification Administrators (CA).

Mobile Electronics Certified Professional
MECP is owned and managed by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and has certified over 20,000 industry professionals.

Electronics Training Courses
CIE Bookstore has training courses that will help individuals reach their goals for a career in electronics and take their career to the next level.

The following two certificate courses include instructor support, online exams, textbooks, study guides, hands-on labs and a professional certificate of completion in electronics.

1. Basic Electronics Course
If you are a beginner and want to learn basic electronics theory and troubleshooting techniques CIE Bookstore’s Basic Electronics Course might be the right fit for you. The goal of this course is to help start preparing students for careers in Electronics that have no previous electronics experience.

With the 2 hands-on electronics training labs with over 50 experiments you’ll acquire the confidence and knowledge needed to repair, maintain and program electronic equipment used in most industrial applications or settings.

You’ll gather hands-on experience with printed circuit boards, soldering irons and soldering techniques, DC and AC circuits, transistors, troubleshooting techniques, test components, project boards, along with solving electronic math problems and more! 

This Basic Electronics Course will provide step-by-step electronics training through 39 graded lessons you can do at home. Learning electronics has never been more convenient.

How it works?
CIE Bookstore’s Basic Electronics course is delivered in a distance learning format. All the textbooks, part kits, hands-on labs and study guides are sent to your home and you take your exams online.

Instructor Assistance
These electronics certificate courses come with instructor support so you can have your questions answered if you ever need help. Simply contact a live instructor via email, the daily chat room or talk to an instructor one on one over the phone.

Earn Professional Certificate of Completion from CIE Bookstore
After finishing the Basic Electronics course you'll receive a certificate of completion in Basic Electronics suitable for framing.

2. Electric Circuits Course with Lab
This is an advanced Electronics training course covering electric circuits. Students should have some previous electronics experience before taking this course. Learn how to master Electric Circuits with 25 distance learning lessons, hands-on labs, instructor support and a certificate of completion.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand AC to DC conversion.
  • Construct and analyze half-wave and full wave power supplies.
  • Troubleshoot power supplies.
  • Construct and analyze transistor amplifiers.
  • Understand Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws.
  • Master multimeter measurements.
  • Perform resistance, current and voltage readings in circuits.
  • Learn the operation of capacitors and inductors.
  • Understand AC circuit analysis.
  • Perform AC readings in a circuit.
  • Understand the operation of diodes and their limitations.
  • Learn reliable soldering techniques.

Learning Activities
This course consists of twenty-five lesson assignments.  Each lesson requires you to read topics, or portions thereof, and to answer questions based on the assigned readings.  You should solve all the problems in the exercise sections before continuing to the next topic and perform all the laboratory experiments.

Hands-on Training Lab
Our unique lab will give you hands on training with circuits, capacitors, inductors, transformers, experiments on resonance, filters, amplifiers and much more.

The lab contains the following units:
- Personal Training Laboratory
- Multimeter
- Parts Package for your Experiments
- Soldering Iron

In conclusion, choosing a career in electronics will provide you with a sense of fulfillment every day. There will always be a need for electronics technicians with the ability to troubleshoot and use test equipment.  If you enjoy working with your hands and providing solutions to electronics breakdowns - a career in the electronics industry may be the right decision for you.

The Instruction Team
Cleveland Institute of Electronics