Electronic Technician Program

Are you a problem solver, a creative thinker, or do you like to build things or take things apart to see how they operate? Does this sound like you? If so, becoming an Electronic Technician might be a rewarding career for you. Electronic Technicians use these principles and concepts in specialized areas to do many things, from managing technical projects to operating and maintaining highly-technical electronic systems using sophisticated measuring and diagnostic equipment.

The Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology (ET) degree is designed for the student who has little or no knowledge of the electronic field. Our primary objective is to prepare the graduate for entry-level positions in the exciting field of electronics technology. Our secondary objective is to provide the student with the foundational coursework for the continuation of the Engineering Technology bachelor program (BSET) at NMSU in Las Cruces.

While pursuing my AAS degree in electronics technology at NMSU-A, I received a strong foundation in electronics and this enabled me to continue with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology at the Las Cruces campus. I really loved the learning environment with the smaller class sizes, the dedication of the instructors, and the hands-on laboratories.
– Ryan Jackson, NMSU-A Engineering Technology (ET) Graduate 2005

The NMSU-A ET Program was created in 1980 and produced its first electronic technology graduates in 1982. It is the longest running (30 years) program of its type in the State of New Mexico. The curriculum combines in-depth, challenging lecture environments with practical, hands-on laboratory coursework. This proven method solidifies the necessary relationship for taking the academic theory to an application level and enhances the success of the graduates in electronic employment or future educational endeavors.

– Larry Gardner from the City of Alamogordo and a NMSU-A ET Program Electronics Technology Graduate works on the NMSU-A Smart Crosswalk.

Employment opportunities include a wide range of careers in research and development, computer systems, manufacturing, and electronic systems mission operation and support services. As can be seen by the quotes below, area employers of our ET graduates have indicated that our graduates are some of the most highly-trained, technically-qualified, and employment-ready that are available to them.

I have hired other personnel that were trained at other institutions and government trained, but their knowledge and skills have not matched those of students hired from the NMSU-Alamogordo Engineering Technology Program.
– Steven H. Arnold, Environmental Tectonics Corp. Physiological Training Center, Holloman A.F.B., NM

NewTec’s goal is to establish a pipeline for replacing our aging workforce with new hires that are prepared for the various duties that we perform for the U.S. Government. The Electronic Technology Program founded by NMSU-Alamogordo is a valuable source for well educated electronic technicians.
– Charles R. Garcia, President and CEO NewTec Corporation

For more information on the Electronic Technology degree contact the ET Program at: etnmsua@nmsu.edu. You may also contact the NMSU-A Academic Advising Department at advisingnmsua@nmsu.edu or visit the Engineering Technology Program website.