Electronic Technician Certificate

Program Description

Although the terms electrical and electronics engineering often are used interchangeably in academia and industry, there is a difference. Electronics engineering focuses on applications of electricity to control systems or signal processing, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Craven’s Electronics Engineering Technology curriculum prepares individuals to become technicians who design, build, install, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, equipment, and systems. Students will be able to work with industrial/computer controls, manufacturing systems, communication systems, and power electronic systems.

A broad-based core of courses, including basic electricity, solid-state fundamentals, digital concepts, and microprocessors, ensures that students will develop the skills necessary to perform entry-level tasks. Emphasis in the program is placed on students’ ability to analyze and troubleshoot electronic systems. As an Associate in Applied Science degree, the Electronics Engineering Technology program requires students to complete two semesters of algebra and trigonometry, as well as communications, psychology and a humanities/fine arts course to complete the 69 SHC required.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.  It is suggested a student have credit for DMA 050 to begin study in ELC 131, the foundation course for Electrical Engineering Technology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Safely and effectively use common tools and operate test equipment found in the electronic field.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with electronic circuits and systems and the proper utilization of equipment.
  • Read, interpret, and employ electronic schematics (both component and functional block diagrams) in the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of electronic circuits and systems.
  • Perform preventive maintenance, troubleshoot, and repair a variety of electronic circuits and systems.

Career Opportunities

Graduates should qualify for employment in jobs such as:

  • electronics engineering technician
  • field service technician
  • maintenance technician
  • electronic tester
  • electronic systems integrator
  • bench technician
  • production control technician.

Transfer Opportunities

While the AAS is a degree leading to immediate job placement upon graduation, Craven Community College has a special relationship for transfer to BS degrees in Industrial Technology with Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, NC A and T University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Contact Information

Executive Director of Career Programs
252-638-7372

Admissions Office
252-638-7430

Certificate Requirements

Courses in this program

Certificate Classes

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers additional applications of analog electronic circuits with an emphasis on analog and mixed signal integrated circuits (IC). Topics include amplification, filtering, oscillation, voltage regulation, and other analog circuits. Upon completion, students should be able to construct, analyze, verify, and troubleshoot analog electronic circuits using appropriate techniques and test equipment.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of control of rotating machinery and associated peripheral devices. Topics include rotating, machine theory, ladder logic, electromechanical and solid state relays, motor controls, pilot devices, three-phase power systems, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret schematics and demonstrate an understanding of electromechanical and electronic control of rotating machinery.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces microprocessor architecture and microcomputer systems including memory and input/output interfacing. Topics include low-level language programming, bus architecture, I/O systems, memory systems, interrupts, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, verify, and troubleshoot fundamental microprocessor circuits and programs using appropriate techniques and test equipment.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the fundamentals of electronic communication systems. Topics include the frequency spectrum, electrical noise, modulation techniques, characteristics of transmitters and receivers, and digital communications. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret analog and digital communication circuit diagrams, analyze transmitter and receiver circuits, and use appropriate communication test equipment.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None