Electronic Systems Technology Certificate
This certificate combines broad-based electronic and telecommunications training with specialty areas such as robotics, fiber optics, programmable interface controllers (PICs), and stamp micro-controllers.
Gainful employment information
This certificate provides students with the knowledge to successfully enter a variety of electronics and telecommunication careers. Working closely with our industry partners and contacts ensures our curriculum is relevant and meets the current and future needs of the Electronics and Telecommunications Industry. American River College is an official test site of the National Association of Radio and Telecommunication Engineers (NARTE) for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) General Radio Telephone License.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- design and build several of the most common circuits used in electronics technology.
- calculate the mathematical relationships among voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, inductance, reactance, frequency, and phase angle as they relate to electronic circuits.
- analyze aviation, marine, and commercial communication systems that are covered in the FCC General Class Radiotelephone license examination.
- analyze working and defective electronic circuits by interpreting data from a variety of test and measurement equipment.
- differentiate and diagram schematic symbols used in electronic and electrical industrial applications.
- use common hand tools in the mechanical installation of copper and fiber optic cabling used in sophisticated communication systems.
- research and interpret basic electronic components using manufacturers' data manuals, library resources, and the Internet.
- evaluate electrical parameters using various types of test and measurement equipment used in the analysis of power supply, amplifier, and general electronic circuits.
Course List: Required Program
First Semester - Basic Certificate:
ET 115 Fiber Optics and Telecommunication Cabling 4
ET 302 Principles of Electricity and Electronics 4
ET 308 Technical Soldering Practices and Techniques 2
Second Semester - Advanced Certificate:
ET 312 Mathematics for Circuit Analysis 3
ET 322 Semiconductors and Nanotechnology 4
ET 381 Electronic Communication Regulations 3
ET 253 Industrial Communication Systems Support 4
ET 335 Integrated Circuits with Computer Applications 4
ET 380 Introduction to Electronic Communications 4
ET 420 Microcontrollers and Digital Signal Processors 4
Total Units: 36