There is strong evidence that current courses and curricula are dated and clinging to past content that in the modern world is no longer important.
Two key factors are influencing this effort:
1. Major changes in semiconductor technology have made most circuits and even small systems available in IC form. That, in turn, has greatly simplified and improved the design and manufacture of all electronic products. Today, electronic products are not only more complex and sophisticated but less expensive. ICs have created a throwaway society where many products are simply discarded and replaced rather than being repaired. All of this has greatly influenced the need for and type of technicians who work with electronic products.
2. Electronic technician jobs are still widely available and in fact a shortage exists in some areas. These jobs are no longer of the engineering technician type but more of the troubleshooting, maintenance and repair types of jobs. There are also still jobs in manufacturing although those jobs have mostly moved out of the country. The work involved is also typically at a higher systems level rather than at the component and circuit level. There is significantly fewer repairs at the component level and much more repair by module or PC board replacement. Technicians also do more testing and measuring but significantly less analysis or design, as that is clearly the function of the engineer.
These factors make the current curriculum dated and skewed. Graduates leave the college with out of date and less relevant knowledge and employers get workers with knowledge and skills unrelated to the available jobs. This means that additional training is often needed by the employer to make their new employees valuable to the organization.