January 1968 Popular Electronics
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The Cleveland Institute was one of many electronics training organizations that exploited the rapidly growing electronics service industry in the last century. Although this particular two-page spread appeared in a 1968 issue of Popular Electronics magazine, the trend began back in the 1930s. Earlier electronics hobby and professional electronics publications like Short Wave Craft and Radio News were pitching the unlimited opportunities for anyone with the smarts and motivation for technical subjects as employees and/or owning a business. Even in the days when there were user-serviceable parts (primarily vacuum tubes and fuses) inside many electronic products, few people were willing to risk causing harm to themselves or their hard-earned radio and television sets. Even by 1968 when most of the electronics industry had shifted to solid state circuitry, the vast majority of existing equipment still had tubes in them. The television set my parents owned when I enlisted in the USAF in 1978 was a tube model. These correspondent courses were a fundamental need being filled for people who needed to work full-time jobs while studying for a better future. Many courses included TVs, radios, multimeters, oscilloscopes, and other types of gear that were built by the student. I built a single-channel o-scope and a multimeter as part of an NRI course I took many moons ago.
See How to Become a 'Non-Degree Engineer in the May 1966 Electronics World, Cleveland Electronics Institute Electronics Slide Rule Advertisement in the August 1967 Electronics World, RCA Institutes Advertisement in the June 1969 Electronics World, and Engineering Level Opportunities for You in the February 1970 Popular Electronics.
Cleveland Institute of Electronics Ad
Join "The Troubleshooters"
They get paid top salaries for keeping today's electronic world running
Suddenly the whole world is going electronic! And behind the microwave towers, push-button phones, computers, mobile radio, television equipment, guided missiles, etc., stand The Troubleshooters - the men needed to inspect, install, and service these modern miracles. They enjoy their work, and get well paid for it. Here's how you can join their privileged ranks - without having to quit your job or go to college in order to get the necessary training.
Just think how much in demand you would be if you could prevent a TV station from going off the air by repairing a transmitter ... keep a whole assembly line moving by fixing automated production controls ... prevent a bank, an airline, or your government from making serious mistakes by repairing a computer.
Today, whole industries depend on electronics. When breakdowns or emergencies occur, someone has got to move in, take over, and keep things running. That calls for one of a new breed of technicians - The Troubleshooters.
Because they prevent expensive mistakes or delays, they get top pay - and a title to match. At Xerox and Philco, they're called Technical Representatives. At IBM they're Customer Engineers. In radio or TV, they're the Broadcast Engineers.
What do you need to break into the ranks of The Troubleshooters? You might think you need a college diploma, but you don't. What you need is know-how - the kind a good TV service technician has - only lots more.
Think With Your Head, Not Your Hands
The service technician, you see, "thinks with his hands." He learns his trade by taking apart and putting together, and often can only fix things he's already familiar with.
But as one of The Troubleshooters, you may be called upon to service complicated equipment that you've never seen before or can't take apart. This means you have to be able to take things apart "in your head." You have to know enough electronics to understand the engineering specs, read the wiring diagrams, and calculate how a circuit should test at any given point.
Now learning all this can be much simpler than you think. In fact, you can master it without setting foot in a classroom and without giving up your job!
Auto-Programmed™ Lessons Show You How
For over 30 years, the Cleveland Institute of Electronics has specialized in teaching electronics at home. We've developed special techniques that make learning easy, even if you've had trouble studying before.
For one thing, Our Auto-Programmed™ lessons build your knowledge as you'd build a brick wall - one brick at a time. Each piece rests securely on the one that came before it.
In addition, our instruction is personal. When your teacher goes over your assignment, no one else competes for his attention. You are the only person in his class. He not only grades your work, he analyzes it to make sure you are thinking correctly. And he returns it the day it's received so that you can read his comments and corrections while everything is fresh in your mind.
To keep up with the latest developments, our courses are constantly being revised. This year CIE students are getting new lessons in Laser Theory and Application, Microminiaturization, Single Side-band Techniques, Pulse Theory and Application, and Boolean Algebra.
In addition, there is complete material on the latest troubleshooting techniques including Tandem System, Localizing through Bracketing, Equal Likelihood and Half-Split Division, and In-circuit Transistor Checking. There are special lessons on servicing two-way mobile equipment, a lucrative field in which many of our students have set up their own businesses.
Your FCC License - or Your Money Back!
Two-way mobile work and many other types of troubleshooting call for a Government FCC License, and our training is designed to get it for you. But even if your work doesn't require a license, it's a good idea to get one. Your FCC License will be accepted anywhere as proof of good electronics training.
And no wonder. The licensing exam is so tough that two out of three non-CIE men who take it fail. But CIE training is so effective that 9 out of 10 of our graduates pass. That's why we can offer this warranty with confidence: If you complete one of our license preparation courses, you'll get your license - or your money back.
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Want to know more? Mail the postage-paid reply card bound here. We'll send our 40-page catalog describing our courses and the latest opportunities in Electronics. We'll also send a special book on how to get a Commercial FCC License. Both are free. If the card is missing, just send us your name and address.
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All CIE courses are available under the new G.I. Bill. If you served on active duty since January 31, 1955, or are in service now, check box on reply card for G.I. Bill information.
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Posted September 9, 2019