Electronics Technology - Automated Systems

  • Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

Program Overview

This program introduces students to the vast world of electronics. In the classroom, students participate in hands-on labs in which they connect circuits, use test equipment, and troubleshoot electronic circuits and systems. Basic electronic components such as resistors and capacitors and the laws that govern them will be analyzed. Students learn multiple computer software programs for the design, simulation, and programming of electronic devices including microcontrollers, robots and other automated equipment. Throughout the program student projects are assigned to encourage learners to practice previous concepts and acquire new knowledge and skills. This program provides a solid foundation for those entering the workforce as electronic, automation, and engineering technicians.

Select courses in this program may be offered online through Distance 360 as part of an Automation Technologies Certificate. This program has been developed in concert with business and industry partners. The program articulates into a related Bachelor's degree at Bemidji State University, the University of Minnesota Crookston, and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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Employment opportunities are present in the electronics industry. Electronic support technicians are being used by industry to provide support to engineers in the design of electronic products. Technicians may enter the manufacturing arena and do repair and installation of electronic equipment.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as an Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician in the state of Minnesota is $27.91 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately -4.2%, a shrinking career.

Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ETAS 1101 DC Power 3 credits
ETAS 1103 AC Power 3 credits
ETAS 1104 Analog Circuits 3 credits
ETAS 1106 Digital Electronics 3 credits
ETAS 1110 Elec Design & Fabrication 3 credits
ETAS 1560 Robotic Programming I 2 credits
ETAS 2220 Microcontrollers I 4 credits
ETAS 2221 Sensor Technology 4 credits
ETAS 2224 Program Logic Controllers 4 credits
ETAS 2228 New & Emerging Technology 3 credits
ETAS 2230 Motor Controls 3 credits
ETAS 2232 Microcontrollers II 4 credits
ETAS 2580 Hydraulics & Pneumatics 3 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
ENGL 2207 Technical Writing 3 credits
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3 credits
  G5: History/Social Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 3 credits
  Area of Interest Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 3 credits

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
BUSN 1110 Intro to Business 3 credits
CMAE 1522 Quality Practices 2 credits
MKTG 1108 Customer Relations Mgmt 3 credits
MKTG 2200 Prin of Marketing 3 credits
G5: History/Social Science Electives
ECON 2201 Microeconomics 3 credits
ECON 2202 Macroeconomics 3 credits

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