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Microcontroller Systems Technician

2017-18 Graduation Guide [PDF]

Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 150303C
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Microcontroller Systems Technician four-term certificate is designed for students seeking
entry-level positions servicing, upgrading, and repairing personal computer and microcontroller-based
equipment. The coursework emphasizes electronics studies aimed at the hardware portion of
the field as well as computer science courses involving operating systems, networking, and related
software applications.

Technical courses involve lecture, lab work, and real-world experience in the lab using industry
standard test equipment and practices. This program will help students gain skills for entry into
one of today’s most dynamic occupations. Typical occupations include those of PC/microcontroller
support technicians, network specialists, microcomputer technicians, and field service technicians.
Training also provides excellent positioning for lateral movement into areas such as technical
sales or technical writing. Certificate courses are aligned for continuation into the Electronics
Technology AAS degree and Computer and Embedded Systems Engineering Technology AS degree for transfer to Oregon Institute of Technology.

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The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant
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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 courses within their
skill levels as determined by placement test scores. Students are also 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 Enrollment Services 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 computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency
Note: Required for graduation. 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 Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
EET112 Introduction to Mechatronics 5
MTH63 Applied Technical Math/Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 4-5
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or higher level composition 3-4
Second Term
EET125 Electronics Fundamentals I 6
HE112 Emergency First Aid or approved health elective (see catalog for approved list of electives) 1-3
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3
  Approved program elective 0-2
Third Term
CS227 PC Hardware Fundamentals and Repair 5
EET130 Digital Fundamentals I 6
  Approved program elective 1-3
Fourth Term
CS140 Introduction to Operating Systems 4
EET131 Digital Fundamentals II 6
EET180 Cooperative Work Experience/Electronics or approved program elective(s) 4-6
  Total Program Credits 48-58
Approved Program Electives (1-5 credits required)
Course No.
Course Title
BT121 Digital Marketing and e-Commerce 3
CS125 Any computer science course, CS125 or above 1-4
EET106 Electronic Assembly 3
EET113 Exploration of Alternative Energies 3
EET118 Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems 5
EET132 Digital Fundamentals III 5
EET199 Selected Topics in Technology 1-5
EET240 Microcontrollers I 5
GS104 Physical Science with lab 4
MET101 Mechanical Drafting 3
MET121 CAD I: Mechanical (SolidWorks) 3
MET122 CAD II: Mechanical (SolidWorks) 3
MET160 Materials and Metallurgy 3
MFG101 Introduction to Manufacturing 3
MFG121 Manufacturing Processes I 4
MFG230 Statistics and Quality Control 3
MTH60R Fundamentals of Algebra I Recitation 1
MTH65 Fundamentals of Algebra II or higher level math (if not taken as a required course) 4
MTH65R Fundamentals of Algebra II Recitation 1
MTH95R Intermediate Algebra Recitation 1
WR121 English Composition I 4
WR122 English Composition II 4
WR227 Technical Writing 4

For more information contact the Electronics Technology Department:

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