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Instructional Specialist Susie Check (928) 717-7761
Dean John Morgan (928) 717-7721

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About the Electronics Technology Certificate

The Electronics Technology certificate prepares students for a wide variety of careers in Electronics Technology as an electronics technician, communications technician or field service engineer

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Electronics Technology Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

 

  1. Build, test, analyze, and troubleshoot direct current circuits. (ELT 111)
  2. Build, test, analyze, and troubleshoot alternating current circuits. (ELT 112)
  3. Build, test, analyze, and troubleshoot digital circuits. (ELT 183)
  4. Build, test, analyze, and troubleshoot solid state circuits. (ELT 126)
  5. Build, test, analyze, and troubleshoot microprocessor and programmable controller-based circuits. (ELT 161)
  6. Build, test, analyze, and troubleshoot communication circuits. (ELT 221)
  7. Troubleshoot pre-bugged equipment including symptom recognition, fault isolation and repair. (ELT 258)
 

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
ELT111 DC Electrical Systems

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ELT 111. DC Electrical Systems (3) (Fall). Utilize the principles of direct current (DC) electricity and electronic test equipment to analyze, troubleshoot and repair DC electrical circuits. Two lecture. Two lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Characteristics of direct-current electricity
2. Laws of direct current circuits
3. Electrical measuring instruments and safety
4. DC power sources
5. Series, parallel and series-parallel circuits
6. Magnetism and electromagnetism
7. Electrical soldering skills

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify the basic principles of direct current electricity: voltage, current, resistance and power. (1)
2. Define Ohm's and Watt's Laws and use them to solve for resistance, current, voltage and power in DC circuits. (2)
3. Use test equipment and electrical safe practices to measure voltage, current and resistance. (3)
4. Identify different types of DC power sources and describe their operation and maintenance. (4)
5. Analyze and troubleshoot series, parallel and series-parallel DC circuits. (5)
6. Define magnetism and electromagnetism and its uses including the principles of generating direct current and DC motor operation. (6)
7. Describe and utilize soldering skills to install and remove electrical components including safe practices for ESD (electro-static discharge) sensitive parts. (7)

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ELT112 AC Electrical Systems

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ELT 112. AC Electrical Systems (3) (Fall). Utilize the principles of alternating current (AC) electricity and electronic test equipment to analyze, troubleshoot and repair AC electrical circuits. Prerequisite: ELT 111 (may be taken concurrently). Two lecture. Two lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Characteristics and laws of alternating-current
2. Transformer theory and operation
3. AC test equipment and safety
4. Capacitive and inductive circuits
5. Series and parallel RLC and resonant circuits
6. Single and polyphase motors

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify the principles of alternating current: voltage, current, frequency, phase angle and power. (1)
2. Describe transformer action and operation including turns ratio, phase and power. (2)
3. Use test equipment and electrical safe practices to measure voltage, frequency and phase angle in AC circuits. (2)
4. Utilize and analyze capacitors and inductors in AC circuits. (4)
5. Analyze and troubleshoot series, parallel and series-parallel RLC and resonant circuits. (5)
6. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot single and polyphase AC motors. (6)

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ELT126 Solid State Devices

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ELT 126. Solid State Devices (3) (Spring). Characteristics and operation of solid state devices including diodes, thyristors, bipolar and field effect transistors. Includes power supplies, diode circuits, transistor biasing and operation, triacs, and silicon-controlled rectifiers. Prerequisite: ELT 111 and ELT 112. Two lecture. Two lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Semiconductor theory and operation
2. Diode power supplies and circuits
3. Bipolar transistor biasing, operation, amplifiers and circuits
4. Field effect transistor biasing, operation, amplifiers and circuits.
5. Thyristor biasing, operation and circuits

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Explain semiconductor doping and discuss forward and reverse biasing of doped semiconductors. (1)
2. Describe diode construction, biasing and operation. (2)
3. Identify, analyze, and troubleshoot diode power supplies and specialty diode circuits. (2)
4. Identify, analyze and troubleshoot bipolar transistor circuits. (3)
5. Identify, analyze and troubleshoot field effect transistor circuits. (4)
6. Identify, analyze and troubleshoot thyristor circuits. (5)

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ELT161 Microprocessors & Prog Control

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ELT 161. Mircroprocessors & Programmable Controllers (3) (Spring). Microprocessor, microcontroller, and programmable logic controller (PLC) architecture and programming. Topics include memory, instruction sets, addressing modes, interfacing, ladder logic, and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: ELT 183. Two lecture. Two lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Architecture, instruction sets and interfacing of microprocessors and microcontrollers
2. Programming in assembly language
3. PLC architecture and memory organization
4. PLC instruction set and programming
5. Relay and ladder logic testing and troubleshooting

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify and describe the architecture, and explain the basic operation, of microprocessors and microcontrollers. (1)
2. Explain the assembly language instructions of selected microprocessors and microcontrollers. (2)
3. Build, analyze and troubleshoot microprocessor and microcontroller circuits. (2)
4. Identify and explain the function of each block within PLC architecture and describe memory of a PLC. (3)
5. Describe the PLC instruction set addressing modes and write and debug programs for a PLC. (4)
6. Identify, explain and draw ladder logic symbols and diagrams and utilize these to troubleshoot a PLC system. (5)

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ELT183 Digital Circuits

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ELT 183. Digital Circuits (3) (Fall). Introduction to logic circuits used in computers and other digital equipment. Includes number systems, logic gates, combinatorial logic, simplification techniques, encoders, decoders, flip-flops, counters, registers, memory, and digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters. Two lecture. Two lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Number systems, operations and codes
2. Logic gates and combinatorial logic
3. Boolean algebra and logic simplification techniques
4. Flip-flops and related devices
5. Counters and registers
6. Memory and storage
7. Digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify, and convert numbers between, the various digital number systems including binary, octal and hexadecimal. (1)
2. Identify and convert digital codes such as ASCII, gray code, and floating point numbers. (1)
3. Identify and describe the operation of basic logic gates and combine them to form combinatorial logic circuits. (2)
4. Analyze and troubleshoot logic gates and combinatorial logic circuits. (2)
5. Simplify complex logic circuits using Booelan algebra and other techniques such as sum-of-products and Karnaugh mapping. (3)
6. Identify, describe the operation of, analyze and troubleshoot various flip-flop circuits. (4)
7. Identify, describe the operation of, analyze and troubleshoot digital counters and registers. (5)
8. Identify, describe, analyze and troubleshoot digital memory and storage techniques including data selectors, encoders and decoders. (6)
9. Identify, describe, analyze and troubleshoot digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters. (7)

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ELT221 Communication Systems/Circuits

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ELT 221. Communication Systems and Circuits (3) (Fall). Introduction to the theory and principles of modern electronic communication systems. Topics include: amplitude modulation (AM) transmission and reception, frequency modulation (FM) transmission and reception, single sideband (SSB) communication techniques and digital communication. Prerequisite: ELT 126 and ELT 161. Two lecture. Two lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Communication systems
2. Signal analysis
3. Amplitude modulation (AM) transmitters and receivers
4. Single sideband (SSB) systems
5. Frequency modulation (FM) transmitters and receivers
6. Transmission lines, antennas and wave propagation
7. Data communications

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Describe a basic communication system. (1)
2. Describe the methods used to analyze communications signals including time, frequency and spectrum analysis. (2)
3. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot AM circuits and systems. (3)
4. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot SSB circuits and systems. (4)
5. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot FM circuits and systems. (5)
6. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot transmission lines and antenna systems. (6)

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ELT258 Electronic Troubleshooting

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ELT 258. Electronic Troubleshooting (2) (Spring). Problem solving techniques and methodology using foundational concepts of DC, AC, solid state devices and digital circuits. Emphasis on troubleshooting utilizing analog and digital test equipment to identify faults in a variety of non-functional circuits and equipment. Prequisite: ELT 126 and ELT 183. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Troubleshooting methodology
2. Power supplies
3. Specialty diode circuits
4. Bipolar and field effect transistor circuits
5. Bipolar and field effect transistor amplifier circuits
6. Thyristor circuits
7. Digital logic circuits
8. Control circuits

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Describe and utilize the six-step troubleshooting method. (1)
2. Troubleshoot diode power supply circuits including half-wave, full-wave, and bridge rectifiers with and without filtering and regulation. (2)
3. Troubleshoot specialty diode circuits including limiters, clampers and wave-shaping circuits. (3)
4. Troubleshoot bipolar and field effect transistor circuits with a concentration on biasing and Q point. (4)
5. Troubleshoot bipolar and field effect transistor amplifier circuits including class A, AB,B, and C. (5)
6. Troubleshoot thyristor circuits including variable speed motor controls. (6)
7. Troubleshoot digital logic circuits including logic gates, flip-flops, registers, counters, decoders, encoders and digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters. (7)
8. Troubleshoot control circuits including process and motor contol. (8)

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