CAREER PROFILE
Electronic Technician
The Electronic Technician can work in a vast variety of different positions relating to the maintenance and repair of electronic equipment. These technicians use sophisticated diagnostic and test equipment to test, adjust, and repair electronic equipment. The equipment that the electronic technician will work with includes, radio, radar, sonar, television, data processing terminal, copiers, industrial and medical measuring and controlling devices.

A large area of employment is in R & D (research & development). The technician would be responsible for setting up experiments and equipment, and for calculating the results. Technicians also assist engineers, work as sales and field technicians to aid in installation and maintenance of complex equipment.

Electronic Technicians will work in electronic shops, Industrial plants and laboratories. A large percentage work in private industry.

Employment of Electronics Technicians is expected to increase faster than the average throughout the next century. The year 2015 will bring increasing demands for computer, communications equipment, automobile electronics and electronic consumer goods.

Formal training is required to become an Electronic Technician. Training is offered by technical colleges, community colleges, vocational-technical schools, military and in-house apprenticeship programs.

More information on this expanding field of technology can be obtained from ETI Technical College.
Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating
Worldwide opportunities exist in the fields of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating. July 1, 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made it mandatory that all refrigeration and air conditioning repairs, service and installations must be done by a "certified" technician. This has created an immediate demand for skilled certified technicians in the residential, commercial and industrial areas. ETI Technical College of Niles has the formal training to become a certified Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating technician.
Computer Technician
The Computer Technician is responsible for installation, maintenance and the repair of computer equipment and systems. At regular intervals, the Computer Technician maintains the equipment to ensure that the system is operating efficiently. Knowledge of basic and specialized test equipment and hand tools is a requirement.

A Computer Technician is required to have one to two years of training in Basic Electronics, Digital, and Computer Related Courses, both Hardware and Software. Training can be from courses taken at a College, Junior College, Technical College or a Vocational Training Center. A desire to continue learning is a necessity.

Projections indicate that employment for computer technicians will be higher than average through out the upcoming years. With the expanding economy the need for computers will increase therefore, more Computer Technicians will be required to install and maintain the equipment.


Study Habits
Step 1..... At the beginning of each chapter read the introduction. This will be the key to the topic covered in the chapter. This will give you an idea of what to look for. Boldface type is the heavy, dark, large print at the beginning of each chapter, section, and paragraph. Use the boldface type to make the question that you want answered. As an Example; If the heading of the section is "Social Problems" some of your questions would be; What is a Social Problem? How does a social problem differ from a personal problem? What must Sociologists consider when studying social problems? Another very important part of the text are the drawings and pictures with captions. The caption, which is the explanation of the picture, will help to tell about the material you will read. As has been stated many times a picture is worth a thousand words. Of equal importance are Maps and Diagrams. They will explain many paragraphs of written material if you look at before you begin to read. A map of Diagram may reduce a half a page of writing into one small drawing. At the end of most chapters there is a summary. The summary tells very briefly about the information that is in the chapter. Read the Summary, this will usually give a very good idea of the main topics in the chapter. The end of each chapter and in some text the end of each section, the author has added questions to direct your attention to some important ideas. Be sure you to look at the questions before you read the selection. This step will help you be ready for the new thoughts you are about to read.

Step 2..... Read the paragraph or section to find the answer to the questions. Do not stop to read every word carefully; concentrate on finding the main point. You cannot remember all the facts you find, so you must look for the important ones. Usually one or two main points for each section.

Step 3..... After you have finished the assignment, go back over the lesson immediately. Answer the questions at the end of each section. If you find you cannot answer the question, look back at the key words. You should be able to find the answers. Sometimes you will have to go back to the book to restudy the particular part that you did not understand or have forgotten.

Step 4..... This step is very important "The Quiz." When you give yourself an immediate quiz on what you have studied, it is the best possible way to prevent forgetting. Many text books will have a review quiz at the end of the chapter. Take the quiz. Later, you can look up the answers to check yourself. Practice until you can correctly answer all the questions, then practice some more. This extra practice is what pays off.

Step 5..... About a month later, and also before every exam, go back to the questions and quiz yourself. Reread only those parts which you have forgotten. Another good way to study for exams is for a group of fellow students to set up a study group that can be beneficial to all. Each member of the group will make up a certain number of questions. The group can be two or more fellow students. Below is an outline of a study method called, "Four Steps to Mastery." Look it over carefully and give it a try; it will pay off. When doing school work, you will improve you efficiency greatly by using proper methods of study.

"Four Steps Equal Mastery"
4s=M
  1. Preliminary Survey
    (a) Read Topic Headings
    (b) Summary Paragraphs
    (c) Study Questions
  2. Reading the Assignment
    (a) Read for Ideas
    (b) Do not read word by word
  3. Quick Review
    (a) Retrace your steps quickly throughout the assignment
        by skimming, looking for the main topic
  4. Summarize the Assignment
    (a) Write the summary that contains all the important information found in the assignment.
Expect new study methods to produce results. You must be convinced that better habits will (a) help you find what you are expected to learn, (b) understand it more rapidly, (c) fix it in your mind more easily, and (d) improve your recitation, and grades. Once convinced, discipline yourself against the hazards to learning. One typical hazard is trying to cram. It does not work. Such an act betrays lack of preparation and lack of confidence. Use whatever tactics are necessary to keep all study time active. Inaction is true learning's worst enemy. Several short periods of study are much better than a long grueling marathon that is lengthened into boredom. Keep in mind good study habits must be learned. Work hard, study well it will pay off.