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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "telecommunications firms supply an essential service to the U.S. economy."1 The communications industry offers wired, wireless and satellite services using such devices as wired phone and cable TV, as well as cellular phone, broadband and mobile Internet, and satellite TV, among others.
Fast data transmission is important to many businesses, households and individuals. The industry continues to evolve, as fiber optic cables offer faster and higher capacity than traditional copper lines, and digital phone systems enable users to reach anyone in the world via satellite. In 2010, the United States was the world's largest broadband market, with more than 83.3 million fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions and 136.6 million wireless broadband subscriptions.2
The demand for communication devices has created a need for individuals with knowledge and skills to develop, install, test and maintain these devices. These professionals work for data and telecommunications service providers, TV and satellite services organizations, computer network sales and services organizations, electronic systems R&D facilities and entertainment industries.
The Electrical Engineering and Communications Technology program in the School of Electronics Technology at ITT Technical Institute exposes students to fundamental knowledge and skills utilized in entry-level positions in electrical engineering and communications technology. Students will be exposed to a variety of basic electronics and computer principles and technical skills in both theory and practical application in a laboratory environment. Students will explore various topics in electrical circuitry, testing, systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance and report preparation.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 edition.
2 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), June 2010.
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