May 1966 Electronics World
People old and young
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Call me a snob, but IMHO except for rare circumstances, if you
expect to hold the title of 'engineer,' you really should have
earned a college degree in engineering. Sure, there are talented
people without an engineering degree that can do some engineering
jobs more competently than some with an engineering degree;
however, it certainly is not so in the majority of instances.
It is foolish to look around at all the technology you share
your life with and conclude that people without the benefit
of a formal engineering education could turn out so much at
such a fast pace. When someone learns that you are an engineer,
there is an automatic assumption that you hold at least a Bachelor's
degree in engineering, software, or the physical sciences. If
you tell someone you are a technician, the assumption is that
you have earned an Associate's degree and/or received training
in the military specific to your job's nature. When I see messages
like the one in this advertisement, I get a little perturbed
because: 1) It is misleading since unaware people will believe
that becoming an engineer really is a easy as taking some home
instruction courses, and 2) It diminishes the accomplishments,
financial and time investment, and hard work of those who did
earn an engineering degree. Yes, I know
Merriam-Webster does not specify that a formal college degree
is necessary to hold the title of 'engineer,' but at least in
the realms of work performed by most RF Cafe visitors, the practice
will not be greeted warmly ... unless your 'other' job driving
a locomotive for a living. I'm just say'n.
How to Become a "Non-Degree Engineer"
today's electronics boom, the demand for men with technical
education is far greater than the supply of graduate engineers.
Thousands of real engineering jobs are being filled by men without
engineering degrees-provided they are thoroughly trained in
basic electronic theory and modern application. The pay is good,
the future is bright ... and the training can now be acquired
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The electronics boom has created a new breed of professional
man - the non-degree engineer. Depending on the branch of electronics
he's in, he may "ride herd" over a flock of computers, run a
powerful TV transmitter, supervise a service or maintenance
department, or possibly work side by side with distinguished
scientists at the frontier of a new discovery.
In military-connected work alone, 80% of the field engineers
are not college trained. Yet they enjoy officer status and receive
generous per diem allowances in addition to salaries up to $11,000
In TV and radio, the Broadcast Engineer is the man with a
1st Class FCC License, whether he has a college diploma or not.
But even though you don't need a college education to become
one of these non-degree engineers, you do need to know more
than soldering connections, testing circuits and replacing components.
You need to really know your electronics theory - to be able
to calculate such things as resonance, reactance, inductance
... and to know what to do with the numbers after you've figured
How can you pick up this necessary knowledge? Many of today's
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some authorities feel that a home study course is the best way
to study Electronics. Popular Electronics said:
"By its very nature, home study develops your ability to
analyze and extract information as well as to strengthen your
sense of responsibility and initiative. Electronics technicians,
even though they do not intend to work for themselves, must
be 'self-starters.' Anyone who can satisfactorily complete a
home study course in electronics need have no worry about his
Cleveland Method Makes It Easy
If you decide to advance your career through home study,
it's best to pick a school that specializes in the home study
method. Electronics is complicated enough without trying to
learn it from texts and lessons that were designed for the classroom
instead of the home.
The Cleveland Institute is such a specialist. It concentrates
on home study exclusively. Over the last 30 years it has developed
techniques that make learning at home easy, even if you once
had trouble studying. Your instructor gives the lessons and
questions you send in his undivided personal attention - it's
like being the only student in his "class." He not only grades
your work, he analyzes it. Even your correct answers can reveal
misunderstandings he will want to clear up. And he mails back
his corrections and comments the same day he gets your lessons,
so you read his notations while everything is still fresh in
Students who have taken other courses often comment on how
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"Of 11 different correspondence courses I've taken, CIE's
was the best prepared, most interesting, and easiest to understand.
I passed my 1st Class FCC exam after completing my course, and
have increased my earnings by $120 a month."
CIE Assures You A FCC License.
The Cleveland method of training is so successful that better
than 9 out of 10 CIE men who take the FCC exam pass it - and
on their first try. This is despite the fact that, among non-CIE
men, 2 out of every 3 who take the exam fail! That's why CIE
can promise in writing to refund your tuition in full if you
complete one of its FCC courses and fail to pass the licensing
This Book Can Help You
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Posted November 20, 2014