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|ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCE EDUCATION TENETS
Some basic beliefs regarding education of electronics and appliance service technicians have been expressed during the foundation months in which NCEE has been working towards its expressed purposes and goals:
1. Secondary schools
that offer electronics courses should attempt to establish the requirement that applicants for BASIC electronics courses
must have the prerequisites of ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS/ALGEBRA and
PHYSICS prior to being accepted into a BASIC ELECTRONICS course. (Reason, so that the electronics instructor is not required to teach those topics to a small portion of the class while valuable electronics training for the remainder of the class is held up.)
2. If secondary school students have not successfully passed those pre-requisite courses in their 9th, 10th or 11th grades, they should receive separate remedial classes in order to catch up.
3. Secondary schools, in most cases, should attempt to provide students with BASIC electronics knowledge and skills. They should not attempt to crowd the too-few hours available with specialty training such as INDUSTRIAL or WIRELESS
COMMUNICATIONS or other similar post-basic course material.
4. Post secondary schools often offer a BASIC electronics course, and specialty courses, such as AVIONICS; INDUSTRIAL; BIOMEDICAL electronics
training, etc.. If a BASIC course is offered, it should be separated from the specialty training and the
NCEE approved competencies be consulted to assure that that BASIC training meets the all-industry
5. If the Career Centers or post secondary schools, including private technical institutions, provide specialty courses, including appliance service training,
NCEE urges them to separate such training into modules which align with the
NCEE industry approved skills standards and competencies.
6. Behavior and soft skills training, such as is specified in the CSS and CCS certifications of ETA and PSA and
has been approved and adopted by
NCEE, should not be included within the course materials for technical BASIC or SPECIALTY training. The soft skills are too important to be given short shrift within a technical course. Rather they should be given separate training utilizing specific competencies as
are now posted on this web site. Each technical student should be exposed to the customer service training course, preferably at the conclusion of his/her technical training.
7. Certification for BASIC and SPECIALTY areas of electronics and appliance technician work should be encouraged as the culmination of the training.
This gives the graduate an industry
recognized credential attesting to his knowledge and skills.
It becomes a valuable tool in obtaining employment.
8. NCEE Skills Standards are revisited on an annual basis. As the
NCEE philosophy is experienced during the year, the internal
NCEE committee in charge of each discipline
collects data regarding the validity and modernity of the competencies, allowing all participants to comment, resulting in the honing of each approved skill standard to its highest level of industry consensus.
9. By December, 2004, NCEE has adopted and approved competencies for:
electronics; C.E.S.T., Consumer Electronics Service
Technician, C.S.T., Computer Service
Technician, AST. Appliance Service
Wireless Communications Technician; CSI
Technician; CSS, Customer Service
Appliance Installer; Other Competencies are in
the process of evolution and adoption by NCEE.
NCEE's All-Industry coalition
encourages individuals to volunteer to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SME) for any of the previously
adopted skills standards. Each company,
school and association should be represented on the
project teams or committees which relate to the products
they manufacture, distribute, service or train for.
To Volunteer, just
send an e-mail to the NCEE Secretary at Sgelman@sharpsec.com
saying: "Count me in on the ___________
Committee." That's all there is to it.