BROOKINGS – The strong demand for electronics technicians and project managers in advanced manufacturing companies on the Interstate 29 corridor has prompted South Dakota State University to restart its electronics technology program.
Industry support, student fees and university resources are being leveraged to make it possible for the engineering technology and management department to offer the bachelor of science in electronics technology starting this fall.
“We are pleased regional industry made the business case for restarting the program,” department head Teresa Hall said.
Students are already enrolling in the program, including a handful from the previous electronics engineering technology program that was closed in 2011 due to budget cuts.
“There is a continuing demand for this set of knowledge and skills, between the two-year AAS technical degree and the four-year BS engineering degree, where graduates are able to provide product design and development support,” said Byron Garry, professor in the electronics technology program.
In addition to restarting the ET program, articulation agreements with state technical institutes and regional community colleges are being developed. This will speed the time to degree completion for individuals with two-year degrees in electronics-related fields.
For more information on the BS-ET program, contact the department office at 688-6417.