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.

The employment outlook for electronic support technicians in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 17.9%, a high growth career.

The employment outlook for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 16.1%, a high growth career.

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Program Courses

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Required Courses

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

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
CMAE 1522 Quality Practices 2
MKTG 1108 Customer Relations Mgmt 3
MKTG 2200 Prin of Marketing 3
G5: History/Social Science Electives
ECON 2201 Microeconomics 3
ECON 2202 Macroeconomics 3

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Program Specific Requirements

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Transferring to NCTC?

We know there are a number of reasons students consider transferring from their current college or university. We also know you might have concerns about transferring current course work, meeting program prerequisites, managing timelines, and more. As a transfer student, you’ll quickly discover that creating opportunities for your smooth transition to Northland is our top priority. Our transfer admissions specialists and academic counselors understand this is an important move for you and will do everything they can to make your transition as easy as possible.

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Program Faculty

  • Andrew Dahlen
  • Electronic Technology/Automated Systems Instr.
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8673
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Thomas Pittman
  • ETAS Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
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