Electronics & Computer Networking Department Courses

Majors and Certificates

The Electronics and Computer Technology Department offers two programs of study leading to the Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree and nine certificate programs. An overview of each major, as well as a suggested course sequence within each program, can be downloaded by clicking on the “hot links” button at left. 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 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 on pages 33 and 34 of the 2006-2007 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 20906) Total Units: 44.0

The ECET major prepares students either directly for employment in the electronics industry or for transfer into Electronic 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 20725) Total Units: 42.0 – 43.0

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 nine programs designed to develop or enhance vocational proficiency for which certificates are awarded upon completion. 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 Cabling and Wiring Technology (ECWT)

• Electronic Cabling and Wiring Technology—Level I (Certificate 60910). Total Units: 11.0 – 12.0 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).

• Electronic Cabling and Wiring Technology—Level II (Certificate 60928). Total Units: 20.0 – 21.0 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.

Computer and Networking Technology (CNET)

• Computer and Networking Technology—Level I (Certificate 60725). Total Units: 28.0 – 29.0 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.

• Computer and Networking Technology—Level II (Certificate 60726). Total Units: 42.0 – 43.0 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.

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET)

• Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (Certificate 60906). Total Units: 44.0 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).

• Electronics Technology (Certificate 60905). Total Units: 23.0 This one-year program is designed for those requiring background in the basic (core) courses of electronics technology without an area of specialization. The 23 units of core courses provide the necessary skills for entry-level employment as an electronics technician.

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 60924). Total Units: 29.0 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.

• Electronics Communications (Certificate 60904). Total Units: 33.0 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 communications (including AM/FM, SSB, PAM, PPM, PWM, PCM, etc.) Analog and digital multiplexing is also covered. The curriculum culminates with microwave communications coursework that includes radar, PCS, GPS, and satellite operations.

• Industrial Electronics (Certificate 60908). Total Units: 32.0 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.