Introducing: Penn Foster’s Electronics Technician Career Diploma Program

While PCDI is no longer accepting enrollments in our Basic Electronics Program, we’re excited to introduce you to our partner school, Penn Foster.

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If you're interested in becoming an electronics technician, Penn Foster's online Electronics Technician Career Diploma Program can help you prepare for this career.


Take the Next Steps Towards a Career You'll Love

Penn Foster’s Electronics Technician Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the next steps toward the job you want and get you ready to take the Electronics Technicians’ Association International (ETA) Certification exam. Learn how to use equipment, test, diagnose, and repair electronic devices through flexible online courses you can do on your schedule.

Why Penn Foster?

Penn Foster has been on a mission to help people like you obtain skills and achieve their career goals for more than 130 years. We provide students with a quality education that fits their busy lifestyle and budget, offering over 100 self-paced, career-relevant programs across our College, Career School, and High School. Every course is designed to work with your schedule, anytime, anywhere you want to study. With a focus on relevant skills and career prep for the job you’re after, Penn Foster can help you graduate with confidence and help provide a guide towards your career goals.

What You'll Learn in Penn Foster’s Online Electronics Technician Career Diploma Program

  • How to figure out voltage, resistance, and current in different types of circuits—series, parallel, and series-parallel.
  • How to use tools for electronics, like multimeters, soldering gear, and ohmmeters.
  • How to check and find problems in electrical and electronic devices using tools like multimeters and oscilloscopes.
  • How to grasp pulse theory, including making different wave shapes with relaxation oscillators, multivibrators, and switching circuits, understanding the Schmitt trigger, integrator, and differentiation circuits, and troubleshooting these circuits.

Penn Foster’s Electronics Technician Curriculum

This program gives you the skills you need to start working in electronics. Once you finish the course, you'll be able to take the Electronics Technicians’ Association International (ETA) Certification Exam. Your online classes include:

  • Circuit Analysis and Ohm’s Law
  • Alternating Current
  • Applications and Troubleshooting of Resonant Circuits
  • Integrated-Circuit Techniques
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Learn More About the Penn Foster Experience

At Penn Foster, we think online learning can make a big difference in people's lives, and it should be available to everyone. That's why we've made our programs affordable and tailored to fit your needs. You can learn and improve your skills for the job you want, all at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Electronics Technician FAQs

What's the job of an electronics technician? 

Electronics technicians are responsible for installing or fixing various electrical equipment in industries like telecommunications, transportation, and utilities. Their daily tasks include inspecting and maintaining equipment, troubleshooting and repairing problems, and testing equipment after reassembly.

How much do electronics technicians earn? 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for an electronics technician was $64,190 in 2022.* However, your salary as an electronics technician can vary based on factors like your experience, education, location, and employer.

Is there a demand for electronics technicians? 

The demand for skilled electronics technicians is expected to remain stable over the next decade. Despite advancements in technology, companies still need technicians to install, repair, and troubleshoot equipment regularly.

What skills do you need to be an electronics technician? 

To become an electronics technician, you need strong troubleshooting and technical skills. You should also have a basic understanding of electricity and electrical components, such as circuits and currents.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed October 4, 2023.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

What is Penn Foster?

PCDI is part of the Penn Foster Network. Penn Foster, PCDI’s partner school, has been a leading provider of distance education and online, career-focused training programs for over 130 years. Like PCDI, Penn Foster’s programs are affordable, fully online, and self-paced, allowing you to build skills and prepare for the job you want on your terms.