Electronics & Computer Technology

Degree and Certificate Programs

The Electronics and Computer Technology Department offers two programs of study leading to the Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree and ten certificate programs. The following is a general description of the degrees and certificates available; specific course requirements for each can be found in sections 7 and 8 of the current Mt. SAC catalog.  

A.S. Degree Programs  

In addition to courses required for the major, students pursuing an A.S. degree complete a minimum of 24 degree-appropriate units in the five General Education areas (designated A through E) outlined in Section 8 of the Mt. SAC catalog. The general education component of the associate degree is the distinguishing feature of higher education. Through general education, students are introduced to the humanities, social sciences, applied sciences, and technology. General education courses emphasize the ability to reason, to examine issues from different perspectives, to challenge authority, and to communicate ideas logically and confidently. 

The two A.S. degree programs offered in the department are as follows: 

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) (Major S0906)
Total Units: 45.0    

The ECET major prepares students either directly for employment in the electronics industry or for transfer into Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology or Industrial Technology programs at various universities in the California State University (CSU) system. Many courses directly articulate to courses offered at the CSUs. Typical technician job classifications covered by this program include field service technician, field engineer, computer service technician, customer service technician, communications technician, maintenance technician, and electronics technician. Upon completion of the Electronics A.S. degree program, students are eligible to receive, without further examination, the 3rd Class Technician License issued by the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers. 

Course work begins with basic electronic components and circuitry, culminates with course work in electronic systems, and is characterized by advanced work in three major areas: microprocessors and interfacing, electronic communications, and industrial electronic controls. Students completing the program will have training in all major areas of electronics and will possess ample skills to make them versatile employees. 

Computer and Networking Technology (CNET) (Major S0725) 
Total Units: 44.0 – 45.0   

This major is intended to prepare students to enter the computer and networking fields as service technicians. Through skills development, students prepare to provide service to customers in the installation, software configuration, maintenance, operation, troubleshooting, and repair of computers and their associated networking software/hardware. 

The program provides foundations in basic electronics, computer servicing, operating systems, network/server servicing, and network security. In addition to acquiring specialized skills in computer and network servicing, the student will be prepared to take the A+, Network+, Server+, and Security+ certification tests. These CompTIA sponsored certifications are recognized worldwide as industry benchmarks for the computer and networking technician. Further, the student will have the requisite skills upon which to seek additional IT certification. 

Certificate Programs  

The department offers ten certificates designed to develop or enhance vocational proficiency for which certificates are awarded upon completion. Click here to know if you have already taken the necessary classes to qualify for one of the certificates. If you have, click here to obtain an Application for Certifcate form. The possession of a certificate is favorably recognized by business and industry and is frequently a requirement for professional advancement. Certificates also offer a fast path to employment as there is no general-education requirement.  

Certificates are available in each program of study offered by the department. 

Electronic Systems Technology (EST) 

    • Electronic Systems Technology—Level I (Certificate E0990) Total Units: 15.0 – 16.0 This fast-track certificate program provides essential skills in the areas of low voltage cabling and wiring for telephone applications, computer networks, home theater and home automation, and home security. The Level I certification develops skills in electrical fundamentals, fabrication techniques, and basic computer applications (word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and the Internet).
      • Required Courses: EST52, EST54, EST50, and either ELEC11 or CISB15
    • Electronic Systems Technology—Level II (Certificate L0928) Total Units: 27.0 – 30.0 In addition to the Level I certificate requirements, the Level II certification adds customer relations and advanced skills at the systems level in voice, video, and data for cable and wire systems (copper, coax, fiber, and structured cables); and the setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting of home theater, home automation, and home security systems. 
      • Required Courses: EST50, EST52, EST54, EST56, EST62, TECH 60, and ELEC11 or CISB15, and EST64 or EST70

Computer and Networking Technology (CNET) 

    • Computer and Networking Technology—Level I (Certificate L0795) Total Units: 30.0 – 31.0 Like the CNET major, the CNET Level I certificate prepares students to enter the computer and networking fields as service technicians. In addition to courses in basic electronics theory and digital electronics, the Level I certificate covers the fundamentals of personal computer (PC) servicing and troubleshooting as well as PC operating systems and preparation for A+ certification. 
      • Required Courses: CNET 50, CNET52, CNET54, CNET60, ELEC50A ELEC50B, ELEC56, and either ELEC11 or CISB15
    • Computer and Networking Technology—Level II (Certificate T0726) Total Units: 44.0 – 45.0 In addition to the Level I certificate requirements, the Level II certificate covers customer relations, computer networks, and Network+, Server+, and Security+ CompTIA certification preparation.
      • Required Courses: Same as Level I above plus, CNET56, CNET 62, CNET64, CNET66, and TECH60.

  Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET)  

    • Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (Certificate T0906). Total Units: 45.0 Required courses are the same as for the ECET A.S. degree program except for the college General Education requirement. This certificate is awarded to students who have completed all three advanced systems level courses within the department (microprocessors and interfacing, electronic communications, and industrial electronic controls).
      • Required Courses: ELEC11, ELEC12, ELEC50A, ELEC50B, ELEC51, ELEC53, ELEC54A, ELEC54B, ELEC55, ELEC56, ELEC61, ELEC74 and TECH60
    • Electronics Technology (Certificate L0905) Total Units: 24.0 This one-year program is designed for those requiring background in the basic (core) courses of electronics technology without an area of specialization. The 24 units of core courses provide the necessary skills for entry-level employment as an electronics technician.
      • Required Courses: ELEC11, ELEC50A, ELEC50B, ELEC51, ELEC56, ELEC61, and TECH60

Three advanced systems options are available for those students who do not complete all advanced electronics technology systems courses at once, or who complete them one at a time. 

    • Computer Systems Technology (Certificate L0924) Total Units: 30.0 In addition to courses required for the Electronics Technology certificate, the Computer Systems Technology curriculum encompasses advanced coursework in computer systems circuitry, including microprocessor programming codes and microprocessor interfacing circuits. 
      • Required Courses: ELEC11, ELEC12, ELEC50A, ELEC50B, ELEC51, ELEC56, ELEC61, ELEC74, and TECH60
    • Electronics Communications (Certificate T0904) Total Units: 34.0 In addition to courses required for the Electronics Technology certificate, the Electronics Communications curriculum encompasses advanced coursework in land-based and wireless forms of electronic communications. Circuitry includes both analog and digital forms of wireless and wire-based communications. Analog and digital multiplexing is also covered. The curriculum culminates with microwave communications coursework that includes radar, PCS, GPS, and satellite operations. 
      • Required Courses: ELEC11, ELEC12, ELEC50A, ELEC50B, ELEC51, ELEC53, ELEC55, ELEC56, ELEC61, and TECH60
    • Industrial Systems (Certificate T0908) Total Units: 33.0 In addition to courses required for the Electronics Technology certificate, the Industrial Electronics curriculum encompasses advanced coursework in industrial electronics, including electronic devices for industrial controls 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.
      • Required Courses: ELEC11, ELEC12, ELEC50A, ELEC50B, ELEC51, ELEC54A, ELEC54B, ELEC56, ELEC61, and TECH 60
    • Electronic Assembly and Fabrication (Certificate E0929). Total Units: 13  The program provides a series of courses to meet the needs of industry in assemblyu, soldering, de-soldering skills and fabrication for surface mount and through hole devides. 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 asssemblies certification. Recertification is required every two years for the IPC certification.
      • Required Courses: ELEC50A, and either ELEC50B or EST50, as well as ELEC61, and ELEC62

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