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Electronics Industry Learning Resources

Lisa Richards, Educational Outreach Writer

Electrical engineering is a relatively new scientific field, but it draws from the work of famous scientists of the past like Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, Guglielmo Marconi, and Philo T. Farnsworth. Electrical engineering is responsible for many of the modern conveniences that we rely on every day, from light switches to radio to television. Today's electrical engineers test, design, develop, and supervise the manufacture of electronic equipment. For those interested in making their living from electronics, a diverse range of jobs and opportunities exist in the field in many settings, working with a wide array of different types of technology. Electrical engineers find themselves working in the aerospace, defense, marine, automotive, construction, lighting, computer, and consumer electronics industries. With a bit of study and some helpful resources, including tutorials, college programs, and professional societies and publications, anyone can find their place in the field of electronics.

Nuts and Volts: Electronics Basics: Read this piece to learn about some of the best strategies for getting started with learning about electronics and engineering technology.

IEEE Power Electronics Society: This technical society works to support innovation and education, including the development of new techniques and tools to promote the efficient use of electricity and electrical components.

Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering: Read through articles in this professional journal to learn the latest news and research findings in the field of electronics.

How to Become an Electrician: The Institution of Engineering and Technology offers this article about what sort of training you need and how to get started as an electrician.

Semiconductor Symbols and Abbreviations List: Find a convenient list of the meanings of all semiconductor-related symbols and abbreviations on this page.

Electronic Schematics: Need to Know: Reading schematics is crucial to an understanding of how to engineer electronics. This pages gives you some resources for getting started.

How to Read a Schematic: Schematics are a little like a language unto themselves. Use this guide to learn how to read them.

Getting Started With Electronics: Follow along with these tutorials to learn the basics of putting together electronic circuits.

What's the Difference Between Alternating and Direct Current?: This is one of the most fundamental concepts in electricity. Learn more about these types of current here.

Ohm's Law: Use this calculator to employ Ohm's Law and find out if a substance is an Ohmic material.

Dictionary of Electronic Terms: Refer to this site when coming across an electronics term you don't know.

Electronic Engineering Dictionary: Find an extensive listing of electronics and engineering terms here to help put reading materials in context.

Electronics Tutorial for Robotics: Start with the basics and move through this tutorial to learn what you'll need to know to create robotic sensors.

Convert Power Units Instantly: You'll often find that you need to convert units of measurement when working with electronics. Use this calculator to make it simpler.

Transformer Values Calculator: Use this site to calculate amps, volts, and kilovolt-aperes.

Important Formulas in Electronics: This is a basic guide to the most common formulas used in electronics.

Electricity, Work, and Power: Learn about three of the most important engineering formulas and how they are applied to green energy technology.

Electrician Math and Basic Electrical Formulas: This textbook provides an introduction to the basic concepts of electrician math.

Basic Laws and Circuit Theorem: This slideshow gives an overview of electric circuit theory, an important basic concept to master in electrical engineering.

Electronics Outlook: The Future of Electronics: Click through this magazine supplement to read about the outlook for the electronics industry, including new technologies on the horizon and anticipated challenges for engineers.


For more information about MAPCON CMMS electronics opportunities, please review the following links.