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Electronics (SOC CODE: 17-3023.01)

Job Description Overview

Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.

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  • Industrial Electronics Technician
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Sample Job Duties

  • Read and interpret electrical schematics or engineering instructions for electronic assembly
  • Troubleshoot and repair equipment malfunctions
  • Test and calibrate electronics systems using standard test equipment and procedures
  • Perform preventative maintenance or re-calibration of electronics equipment
  • Provide support and training through field service installation and maintenance
  • Work with Engineering and Production on the development and evaluation of electronic prototypes

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Electronic Assembly and Fabrication

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate E0929

      The Electronic Assembly and Fabrication Certificate is intended to prepare students to enter the electronics field as assembly and fabrication technicians. The program provides a series of courses to meet the needs of industry in assembly, soldering/de-soldering skills and fabrication for both through-hole and surface mount devices (SMD). Included are skills for various types of cabling and connections.

      Electronic fundamentals (test instruments, basic electrical measurements, color-codes, schematic symbols, device outlines, etc.) are provided in the introductory courses. Complete surface mount technology (SMT) skills are taught with a culmination in the IPC7711/IPC7721 rework and repair of electronic assemblies certification. Recertification is required every two years.

      Required Courses

      ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
      ELEC 50BElectronic Circuits (AC)4
      or EST 50 Electrical Fundamentals for Cable Installations
      ELEC 61Electronic Assembly and Fabrication3
      ELEC 62Advanced Surface Mount Assembly and Rework2
      Total Units13

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      Guided Pathway of Study 

    • Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0906

      The Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) certificate program prepares individuals either for initial employment or for enhancement of existing skills in the electronics field, or for transfer into B.S. programs in Electronics Technology or Industrial Technology offered in the CSU system. Required courses for the certificate — many of which articulate directly to their equivalents at the CSUs are the same as for the ECET A.S. degree program except for the college General Education requirement. In addition to exposing students to core topics such as components and circuits, the program includes coursework in advanced areas including microcontrollers and interfacing, communications, and industrial electronic controls. Nearly all laboratories have new, state-of-the-art equipment to provide students with quality, hands-on learning experiences.

      Students completing the ECET certificate program possess ample skills to make them versatile employees. Typical technician-level job classifications include field service technician, field engineer, computer service technician, customer service technician, communications technician, maintenance technician, and electronics technician. All students completing the certificate program are automatically eligible to receive, without further examination, the 4th class technician license from the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (N.A.R.T.E.).

      Required Courses

      ELEC 11Technical Applications in Microcomputers3
      ELEC 12Computer Simulation and Troubleshooting2
      ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
      ELEC 50BElectronic Circuits (AC)4
      ELEC 51Semiconductor Devices and Circuits4
      ELEC 53Communications Systems4
      ELEC 54AIndustrial Electronics4
      ELEC 54BIndustrial Electronic Systems3
      ELEC 55Microwave Communications4
      ELEC 56Digital Electronics4
      ELEC 61Electronic Assembly and Fabrication3
      ELEC 74Microcontroller Systems4
      TECH 60Customer Relations for the Technician2
      Total Units45

      Recommended Electives

      CISP 11Programming in Visual Basic3
      ELEC 62Advanced Surface Mount Assembly and Rework2
      ELEC 76FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License Preparation2
      PHYS 2AGGeneral Physics4

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      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0906

      The Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) certificate program prepares individuals either for initial employment or for enhancement of existing skills in the electronics field, or for transfer into B.S. programs in Electronics Technology or Industrial Technology offered in the CSU system. Required courses for the certificate — many of which articulate directly to their equivalents at the CSUs are the same as for the ECET A.S. degree program except for the college General Education requirement. In addition to exposing students to core topics such as components and circuits, the program includes coursework in advanced areas including microcontrollers and interfacing, communications, and industrial electronic controls. Nearly all laboratories have new, state-of-the-art equipment to provide students with quality, hands-on learning experiences.

      Students completing the ECET certificate program possess ample skills to make them versatile employees. Typical technician-level job classifications include field service technician, field engineer, computer service technician, customer service technician, communications technician, maintenance technician, and electronics technician. All students completing the certificate program are automatically eligible to receive, without further examination, the 4th class technician license from the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (N.A.R.T.E.).

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      ELEC 11Technical Applications in Microcomputers3
      ELEC 12Computer Simulation and Troubleshooting2
      ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
      ELEC 50BElectronic Circuits (AC)4
      ELEC 51Semiconductor Devices and Circuits4
      ELEC 53Communications Systems4
      ELEC 54AIndustrial Electronics4
      ELEC 54BIndustrial Electronic Systems3
      ELEC 55Microwave Communications4
      ELEC 56Digital Electronics4
      ELEC 61Electronic Assembly and Fabrication3
      ELEC 74Microcontroller Systems4
      TECH 60Customer Relations for the Technician2
      Total Units45

      Recommended Electives

      CISP 11Programming in Visual Basic3
      ELEC 62Advanced Surface Mount Assembly and Rework2
      ELEC 76FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License Preparation2
      PHYS 2AGGeneral Physics4

      Electronics and Computer Technology Website

      Guided Pathway of Study 

    • Electronics Communications

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0904

      In addition to courses in electronics fundamentals, the Electronics Communications certificate program encompasses the study of both wire-based and wireless forms of analog and digital communications systems. Among the topics covered are amplitude and frequency modulation, multiplexing, antennas, transmission lines, and radio-wave propagation, as well as microwave systems, including radar and satellite operations.

      This advanced certificate is one of three available for students who do not complete all second-year systems courses at once, or who complete them one at a time. Two other certificate programs are also available: a one-year certificate in Electronics Technology, and a two-year certificate having the same title as the A.S. degree. A.S. degree recipients are automatically eligible to receive, without further examination, a 3rd class Technician License from the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (N.A.R.T.E.), while students completing certificate programs are automatically eligible for the N.A.R.T.E. 4th Class Technician license.

      Required Courses

      ELEC 11Technical Applications in Microcomputers3
      ELEC 12Computer Simulation and Troubleshooting2
      ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
      ELEC 50BElectronic Circuits (AC)4
      ELEC 51Semiconductor Devices and Circuits4
      ELEC 53Communications Systems4
      ELEC 55Microwave Communications4
      ELEC 56Digital Electronics4
      ELEC 61Electronic Assembly and Fabrication3
      ELEC 76FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License Preparation2
      TECH 60Customer Relations for the Technician2
      Total Units36

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      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Electronics: Industrial Systems

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0908

      In addition to courses in electronics fundamentals, the Industrial Systems curriculum encompasses advanced coursework in industrial electronics, including electronic devices for industrial and motor controls. The curriculum culminates in the study of programmable logic controls (PLCs) using the Allen-Bradley series of PLCs running Windows ladder logic software.

      This advanced certificate is one of three available for students who do not complete all second-year systems courses at once, or who complete them one at a time. Two other certificate programs are also available: a one-year certificate in Electronics Technology, and a two-year certificate having the same title as the A.S. degree. A.S. degree recipients are automatically eligible to receive, without further examination, a 3rd class Technician License from the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (N.A.R.T.E.), while students completing certificate programs are automatically eligible for the N.A.R.T.E. 4th Class Technician license.

      Required Courses

      ELEC 11Technical Applications in Microcomputers3
      ELEC 12Computer Simulation and Troubleshooting2
      ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
      ELEC 50BElectronic Circuits (AC)4
      ELEC 51Semiconductor Devices and Circuits4
      ELEC 54AIndustrial Electronics4
      ELEC 54BIndustrial Electronic Systems3
      ELEC 56Digital Electronics4
      ELEC 61Electronic Assembly and Fabrication3
      TECH 60Customer Relations for the Technician2
      Total Units33

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      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Electronics Technology

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate L0905

      This one-year program covers the fundamentals of electronics technology. These core courses provide the necessary skills for those seeking entry-level employment as electronics technicians without areas of specialization. Also included is a course in customer-relations training.

      Required Courses

      ELEC 11Technical Applications in Microcomputers3
      ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
      ELEC 50BElectronic Circuits (AC)4
      ELEC 51Semiconductor Devices and Circuits4
      ELEC 56Digital Electronics4
      ELEC 61Electronic Assembly and Fabrication3
      TECH 60Customer Relations for the Technician2
      Total Units24

      Electronics and Computer Technology Website

      Guided Pathway of Study 

    • Electronic Systems Technology: Level I

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate E0990

      This is a fast-track certificate program within the fields of information and electronic technology. These fields are growing at rapid rates. The program provides job skills in the areas of low voltage cable and wire installations used in the telephone industry, computer networks (business and home), home theater, home automation, and home security systems (integrated home systems). Typical job titles in these areas are data or cable technician, low-voltage wiring technician, home theater installer, consumer electronics service technician and security system installer. The program prepares the student for the California State Contractors C-7 Low Voltage Systems license. The program encompasses a total of 29-29.5 Units comprising two levels of certification. The Level I certification (15-15.5 Units) develops skills in electrical fundamentals, fabrication techniques, cabling and wiring standards for voice, video and data, and basic computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, database and the Internet. Level II certification (14 Units) adds customer relations and advanced skills in the installation, calibration, setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting of home theater systems, home automation, and home security systems. A course on preparing for the C-7 license or troubleshooting digital TV with LCD, plasma, and DLP video displays is included.

      Required Courses

      ELEC 11Technical Applications in Microcomputers3-3.5
      or CISB 15 Microcomputer Applications
      EST 50Electrical Fundamentals for Cable Installations4
      EST 52Fabrication Techniques for Cable Installations4
      EST 54Cabling and Wiring Standards4
      Total Units15-15.5

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    • Electronic Systems Technology: Level II

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate L0928

      The Level II certification (14 Units) adds customer relations skills and the installation, calibration, setup maintenance and troubleshooting of home theater, home automation, and home security systems. Either a course on preparing for the C-7 license or troubleshooting digital TV with LCD, plasma and DLP video displays is included.

      Required Courses

      Completion of the Electronic Systems Technology - Level I coursewor15-15.5
      PLUS
      Completion of the Electronic Systems Technology - Level II course work14
      Total Units29-29.5
      Electronic Systems Technology - Level I coursework
      ELEC 11Technical Applications in Microcomputers3-3.5
      or CISB 15 Microcomputer Applications
      EST 50Electrical Fundamentals for Cable Installations4
      EST 52Fabrication Techniques for Cable Installations4
      EST 54Cabling and Wiring Standards4
      Total Units15-15.5
      Electronic Systems Technology - Level II coursework
      EST 56Home Theater, Home Integration, & Home Security Systems4
      EST 62Electronic Troubleshooting- I4
      EST 64Electronic Troubleshooting - II4
      TECH 60Customer Relations for the Technician2
      Total Units14

      Recommended Electives

      ELEC 61Electronic Assembly and Fabrication3
      ELEC 62Advanced Surface Mount Assembly and Rework2

      Electronics and Computer Technology Website