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Hillsborough Community College

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Tampa, Florida

LASER-TEC is the Center for Laser and Fiber Optics Education, founded in 2013 by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and headquartered at Indian River State College in Florida. It was founded to help meet the goals of educating and sourcing domestic talent in the areas of optics and photonics. As a service to students, recent graduates, and prospective employers, Photonics Spectra will run profiles of some of the 36 LASER-TEC colleges throughout 2020.

Professor Tracy Barnes (left) trains students on the PROMATION G Series robotic soldering system.


Professor Tracy Barnes (left) trains students on the PROMATION G Series robotic soldering system.

HCC offers an Electronics Engineering Technology Associate of Science degree, with a laser/photonics specialization, and a Computer Engineering Technology Associate of Science degree. Students find jobs at companies such as Raytheon, Honeywell, Crystal Mover Services, and Sensor Systems.

Programs

Electronics Engineering Technology Associate of Science (AS)
Laser/photonics specialization


This two-year degree program prepares students for an entry-level position as an electronics engineering technician able to assist engineers in planning, research, development, and design.

Coursework focuses on the skills needed to troubleshoot electronics equipment, and to perform operations, calculations, testing, and reporting. The state of Florida, under the provisions of Rule 6A-10.024, has established that this degree is transferable to any Florida public university that awards a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology or general engineering technology (electrical track).

Computer Engineering Technology
Associate of Science (AS)


This two-year degree program prepares students for an entry-level position as a computer technician.

Coursework focuses on the diagnosis and repair of hardware and software in micro, mini, and mainframe computers. With minimal additional specialized training, students may become a field or in-house shop technician.

Graduates of the program will have the skills to:


  • Use lab and test equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, multimeters, and benchtop power supplies.

  • Build electronic circuits on breadboards and printed circuit boards.

  • Read schematic diagrams and interpret datasheets.

  • Troubleshoot electronic circuits.

  • Perform mesh and nodal analysis of electronic circuits in AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current).

Graduates of the program will have knowledge of:

  • Digital fundamentals, including Boolean algebra and latches/flip-flops.

  • Linear integrated circuits, including construction of operational amplifier circuits.

  • Communications systems, including construction of AM and FM circuits and use of software-defined radio.

  • Photonics and lasers, including optical systems alignment, construction of laser drivers, and application of lasers in electronics.

  • Solid-state devices, including construction of circuits with bipolar junction transistors and MOSFETS.

  • Microprocessors and microcontrollers, including design and program microcontroller circuits.

  • Robotics, including EPSON 6-axis robot programming and EPSON software and simulation.

How to recruit from this college

Come to the Dale Mabry Campus in Tampa to present your company and employment opportunities to our students. We will make available, free of charge, a private room to interview interested students. Please contact the person below to make arrangements for a recruiting visit.

Contact information

Tracy Barnes
+1 813-253-7537
[email protected]

4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614

Program website
www.hccfl.edu/academics/subjects/engineering/electronics-engineering-technology

Photonics Spectra
Jul 2020
Hillsborough Community CollegeLASER-TEC College Profile

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