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Electronics Technology - Automated Systems

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This program introduces students to the vast world of electronics. In the classroom, students participate in hands-on labs in which they connect circuites, 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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College 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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Program Specific Requirements

There are no special admission requirements for the Electronics Technology - Automated Systems program.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
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
  Program Specific Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 60 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
BUSN 1110Intro to Business 3 credits
CMAE 1522Quality Practices 2 credits
MKTG 1108Customer Relations Mgmt 3 credits
MKTG 2200Prin of Marketing 3 credits

History/Social Science Electives

ECON 2201Microeconomics 3 credits
ECON 2202Macroeconomics 3 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will use Microsoft Office Programs efficiently.
2. Student will author professional level technical reports and documents.
3. Student will use algebra to calculate various values.
4. Student will analyze and measure the parameters of resistive, inductive and capacitive series, parallel, and series parallel circuits.
5. Student will design circuit boards and solder electrical components.
6. Student will analyze and measure the parameters of solid state transistors, power supplies, and amplifier circuits.
7. Student will program and interface microcontrollers with external devices such as motors, displays, and various integrated circuits.
8. Students will analyze and verify the operation of digital logic gates, memory circuits, and interface circuits.
9. Students will be able to create accurate mechanical drawings with 3D modeling software.
10. Students will be able to specify and troubleshoot circuits used for control of electric motors.
11. Students will be able to interpret electric, hydraulic and pneumatic schematics accurately.
12. Student will describe a basic robotic system accurately.
13. Student will proficiently troubleshoot, integrate, and program PLC systems.
14. Student will be able to apply various sensing devices for position, temperature, and weight.
15. Student will know how to troubleshoot basic pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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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.

Program Faculty

Thief River Falls Campus

  • Andrew Dahlen
  • Electronic Technology/Automated Systems Instr.
  • (218) 683-8673