United Electronics Library


  Electronics Home Study Course from 1967

This school started off in the 1940’s as United Television Laboratories aimed at TV repair following the WWII boom. later in the 50’s they changed name to United Electronics Laboratories, and by the early 60’s became United Electronics Institute.

By the mid 60’s the enrollment in the Louisville school was around 2,500. Pretty much anyone could get in, and it was a easy way to stay out the draft, so the thinking went. That was reflected by an approximate 10% graduation rate, which would not survive government scrutiny nowadays.

The enrollment success was enough to spawn a national or regional chain of UEI schools, and they made some serious money doing it. The 2 year program ran around $2000 for the duration which doesn’t sound like much today, but an average salary back then was around $6,000 per year. By comparison top universities weren’t charging that much.

They survived fairly well up until the 80’s or so, but enrollments dropped badly, the same as other tech schools at the time, and they wound up offering medical office and secretarial programs to meet the bills. ITT bought them out eventually, but the programs had slipped so much that their curriculum was outdated and scrapped by the new owners.

UEL as described by an actual student
Complete Course in Radio Service
1-29 30-49
1 Introduction to Electronics
2 Identifying Electronic Parts
3 Circuit Diagrams and How to Read Them
4 Arithmetic for Electronics
5 An Introduction To Electricity
6 Direct Current Circuits and Ohms Law
7 Powers and Roots & The Powers of Ten
8 Magnets and Electromagnets
8B Ohms Law and Parallel Circuits
9 Cells and Batteries
10 Elementary Algebra
11 Direct Current Measuring Instruments
12 Conductors and Resistors
13 Two Basic Forms of Electricity
13B Radar Principles
14 Equations
15 How Vacuum Tubes and Transistors Work
16 Coils In Electronics Circuits
17 Iron Core Coils and Transformers
17B Ohms Law Series Parallel Circuits
18 Capacitors
19 AC Meters and AC Power
20 Making Your Own Equations
21 Coils and Capacitors in Combination - Resonance
22 Transistor and Tube Numbering Systems
23 Power Supplies
24 Special Power Supply Circuits
25 Understanding Semiconductors
25B How Graphs are Used in Electronics