The Electronic Systems Technology fast-track certificate program prepares individuals for employment with telephone companies, satellite/cable TV providers, electrical contractors, computer and network specialists, and home audio/video retailers. The program, which has no prerequisites and minimal math analysis, prepares participants for the California State Contractors C-7 low-voltage systems license as well as for certifications within the cable and wire fields. Several such certifications are available; most require program completion and some field experience before certification is granted. Typical job titles are low-voltage electrician (C-7), data/cable technician, low-voltage wiring technician/installer, line installer, home theater installer, satellite TV installer, and security systems installer.
The program, with emphasis on low-voltage cable and wire installations for copper, coax, fiber, and structured cable, consists of 27.0/30.0 semester units of course work, including up to 414 hours of classroom instruction and 376 hours of laboratory work. Specialized training includes:
Computer skills are enhanced by course work in Windows, Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentations), and the Internet. Also provided is a course in customer service training to help meet the needs of service technicians working with customers.
Excluding textbooks and supplemental charges, enrollment fees for full-time, California resident students taking 12 units are $432 per semester ($36 per unit); state funding covers all other costs. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.