September 1967 Popular Electronics
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This article by the Cleveland Institute of Electronics is a sort of early infomercial in printed form. You probably know that 1960's was a time of major evolution in electronics with first the transition from vacuum tubes to solid state devices in the early part of the decade, and then from discrete component circuits to integrated circuits in the latter part. Plenty of skeptics swore that the newfangled fad would quickly fade out due to initially sky-high prices and low reliability of germanium and silicon devices coming from university and corporate laboratories. Actually, it was more a matter of hoping it would die out so that they would not need to re-train and buy new test equipment for their shops. Others welcomed and embraced the potentials of the new technology and were determined to get in on the ground floor, so to speak. The Cleveland Institute of Electronics, an established and respected provider of self-study course material, quickly glommed onto the opportunity to train fellow futurists.
The "Chip" ... Will It Make or Break Your Job Future?
50 functions in a single chip. The junctions of 50 separate transistors, diodes, resistors and capacitors can now be formed by the tiny dot in the center of the integrated circuit held by the tweezers.
The development of integrated circuitry is the dawn of a new age of electronic miracles. It means that many of today's job skills soon will be no longer needed. At the same time it opens the door to thousands of exciting new job opportunities for technicians solidly grounded in electronics fundamentals. Read here what you need to know to cash in on the gigantic coming boom, and how you can learn it right at home.
Tiny electronic "chips," each no bigger than the head of a pin, are bringing about a fantastic new Industrial Revolution. The time is near at hand when "chips" may save your life, balance your checkbook, and land a man on the moon.
Chips may also put you out of a job ... or into a better one.
"One thing is certain," said The New York Times recently. Chips "will unalterably change our lives and the lives of our children probably far beyond recognition."
A single chip or miniature integrated circuit can perform the function of 20 transistors, 18 resistors, and 2 capacitors. Yet it is so small that a thimbleful can hold enough circuitry for a dozen computers or a thousand radios.
Miniature Miracles of Today and Tomorrow Already, as a result, a two-way radio can now be fitted inside a signet ring. A complete hearing aid can be worn entirely inside the ear. There is a new desk-top computer, no bigger than a typewriter yet capable of 166,000 operations per second. And it is almost possible to put the entire circuitry of a color television set inside a man's wristwatch case.
Tiny TV camera for space and military use is one of the miracles of integrated circuitry. This one weighs 27 ounces, uses a one-inch vidicon camera tube, and requires only four watts of power.
And This Is Only the Beginning!
Soon kitchen computers may keep the housewife's refrigerator stocked, her menus planned, and her calories counted. Her vacuum cleaner may creep out at night and vacuum the floor all by itself.
Money may become obsolete. Instead you will simply carry an electronic charge account card. Your employer will credit your account after each week's work and merchants will charge each of your purchases against it.
When your telephone rings and nobody's home, your call will automatically be switched to the phone where you can be reached.
Doctors will be able to examine you internally by watching a TV screen while a pill-size camera passes through your digestive tract.
New Opportunities for Trained Men
What does all this mean to someone working in electronics who never went beyond high school? It means the opportunity of a lifetime - if you take advantage of it.
It's true that the "chip" may make a lot of manual skills no longer necessary.
But at the same time the booming sales of articles and equipment using integrated circuitry has created a tremendous demand for trained electronics personnel to help design, manufacture, test, operate, and service all these marvels.
There simply aren't enough college-trained engineers to go around. So men with a high school education who have mastered the fundamentals of electronics theory are being begged to accept really interesting, high-pay jobs as engineering aides, junior engineers, and field engineers.
How to Get the Training You Need
You can get the up-to-date training in electronics fundamentals that you need through a carefully chosen home study course. In fact, some authorities feel that a home study course is the best way. "By its very nature," stated one electronics publication recently, "home study develops your ability to analyze and extract information as well as to strengthen your-sense of responsibility and initiative." These are qualities every employer is always looking for.
If you do decide to advance your career through spare-time study at home, it makes sense to pick an electronics 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 correspondence training.
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Posted September 27, 2018