Hello and welcome to the world of experimental AMO physics. In the next few years, you will be building circuits, opening and closing vacuum chambers, cursing lasers, building more circuits, reading a truck load of papers, reading this
, diagnosing buggy horribly written computer programs, building even more circuits, replacing dead lasers and finally one fine day after you've done all that you shall actually run the experiment and get useful data in about four hours. Then you give yourself a cookie, a pat on the back and graduate.... seriously, that's what experimental AMO is like.
If you decide to continue in AMO the more experience you have with electronics, the better. That being said, it's also important to make sure that you have good exposure to operating the experiment.