Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology, AS

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

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Guided Pathway of Study 

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The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a semester by semester plan for achieving the AS Degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology as recommended by content Faculty Members and Counselors. This Guided Pathway of Study assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15 per semester, or you are eligible for English other than English 1A, and Math other than Math 71, please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
ELEC 50A Electronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC) 4
ELEC 50B Electronic Circuits (AC) 4
ELEC 11 Technical Applications in Microcomputers 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
Intersession 1
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
Recommended AREA C Arts General Education course here. 1 3
Semester 2
ELEC 56 Digital Electronics 4
ELEC 61 Electronic Assembly and Fabrication 3
TECH 60 Customer Relations for the Technician 2
MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 5
Intersession 2
Recommended AREA E Lifelong Learning course here. 1 3
Recommended KIN-(Activity) course here. 2 1
Second Year
Semester 1
ELEC 51 Semiconductor Devices and Circuits 4
ELEC 53 Communications Systems 4
ELEC 54A Industrial Electronics 4
Recommended AREA B Physical Science here. 1 3
Intersession 1
PHIL 12 Introduction to Ethics (Or AREA C Arts & Humanities General Education course) 1 3
HIST 1 History of the United States (Or AREA D Social, Political, Economic Institutions) 1 3
Semester 2
ELEC 12 Computer Simulation and Troubleshooting 2
ELEC 74 Microcontroller Systems 4
ELEC 54B Industrial Electronic Systems 3
ELEC 55 Microwave Communications 4
Intersession 2
BUSC 1A Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics (Or AREA D Social, Political, Economic Institutions) 1 3
 Total Units77

 This degree requires the completion of sixty (60) degree appropriate units. At least 24 units are required from General Education Areas A through E with a grade of "C" or better. See GE Area course requirements.  


Physical Well-Being Requirement: Complete at least one of the physical education activity courses with the following prefixes: DNCE, KINA, KINF, KINI, KINL, KINS, KINX with a grade of “C” or better or “CR”. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of electronic principles to the areas of communications, industrial electronics, and microcontrollers.
  • Demonstrate proper use of electronic test equipment and associate measurement results with circuit behaviors in the laboratory.
  • Quantitatively determine unknown electrical parameters from given or measured values and use these results to assess or troubleshoot faults in circuit and system operation.
  • Communicate, both verbally and in writing, knowledge of electrical concepts and their application to the observed behaviors of circuits and systems.
  • In advanced courses, connect concepts learned in introductory courses to more general principles applicable in the employment context.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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