ERIC Number: ED254744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec-20
Reference Count: 0
Identification of Electronics Competencies in Vocational Programs. Final Report.
Mitchell, Gary; Carlson, Ralph
A project was conducted at Spokane Community College to identify the electronics competencies required of entry-level employees in several occupations. The methodology included surveying advisory committee members and faculty members representing a variety of vocational programs at the college, and direct contact with industry. Through these efforts, the need for a peripheral electronics curriculum has been identified, a review of electronics textbooks has been completed, and the competencies of today's vocational fields have been compared to those required five years ago. Evaluation of information gained through the survey suggested that the various vocational disciplines might be separated into two broad categories--servicing and non-servicing. The distinction is based on whether or not an employee is required to analyze, maintain, or repair electronics-based equipment used in that vocation. It appeared that representatives of the vocations identified as servicing support the need for certain electronics competencies to be developed during the training period. The text search and evaluation seem to indicate that the written materials used by many electronics technician programs may be too in-depth for satisfactory use in curriculum developed to meet competency levels described. The results of this study may be used to develop curriculum packages to acquaint students in various fields with electronics. (A list of the technology requirement ratings of various occupations is included in the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Commission for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Spokane Community Coll., WA.