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High Technology Studies: Plant Systems Technician

2017-18 Graduation Guide [PDF]

Career Pathway Certificate
Major Code: 150613E
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

This three-term pathway sequence of coursework will ensure students a foundational level of skills that may provide a competitive advantage when being considered for hire in a variety of commercial plant environments. With these foundational skills to build on, students are potential candidates for sponsorship by their employers into one of many Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) apprenticeship programs. RCC is not authorized to sponsor entrance into any apprenticeship program, but apprenticeship coursework is provided by the college.

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Entry Requirements

Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. Students are required to complete any prerequisites listed. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Electronics Technology Department chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over three years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Official transcripts must be filed with the Enrollment Services Office and the Electronics Technology Department.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


Course No.
Course Title
CS____ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class, CS120 or above or documented proficiency

Note: Successful completion of CS120 or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.

MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD90 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR90 Fundamentals of Composition or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-16

Required Core Courses

Course No.
Course Title

First Term

EET101 Introduction to Electronics 3
MET105 Blueprint Reading – Mechanical 3
MFG101 Introduction to Manufacturing 3
MFG140 CNC Controls 2
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 4

Second Term

EET112 Introduction to Mechatronics 5
MFG121 Manufacturing Processes I 4
WLD111 Technology of Industrial Welding I 6

Third Term

MFG122 Manufacturing Processes II 4
WLD250C Selected Topics: SMAW 2
WLD230 / WLD250M Introduction to Applied Motion 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing

Note: BT113 Business English I may be substituted).


For more information contact the Electronics Technology Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7809
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7809
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
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