Seven students including Jordan Easter of Ararat recently graduated from Surry Community College with an associate degree from the Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) program.
SCC’s EET program prepares students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to become technicians who design, build, install, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, equipment, and systems such as industrial and computer controls, manufacturing systems, communication systems, and power electronic systems.
Each student graduating worked on a unique major project to demonstrate the knowledge they gained from the EET program. A few notable projects included a Nixie tube clock made using display tubes from the 1970s to show the time, a Morse code trainer used to teach people how to read Morse code and convert it to English, and an air quality sensor that monitors ambient temperature, humidity and dangerous levels of certain gases.
Additionally, all seven graduates successfully passed the exam to receive their Certified Electronics Technician certification from the International Electronics Technicians Association. While this certification is not required to work in the electronics engineering industry, it will set these graduates apart from others in their profession when applying for jobs and seeking promotions.
Computer and Electronics Engineering Technologies Division Chair Dr. Clayton Workman worked with students and companies to place students Samuel Harris and Jordan Easter in part-time positions at Hirsch Solutions and Dorsett Technologies, respectively, in the fall of their second year at Surry with the intent to transition to full-time employment upon completion of their studies. Both Harris and Easter enjoyed the additional experience they gained while part time, and have transitioned to full-time employment with ease.