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Microcontroller Systems Technician

2020-21 Microcontroller Systems Technician (PDF)*

Certificate of Completion
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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for electronics technology programs are:

Identify and solve real-world problems through the application of electronics theory and concepts.

Calibrate, test, and repair analog and digital circuitry using industry standard test equipment.

Organize, interpret, and use technical information and documentation.

Communicate effectively across a variety of audiences: technicians, engineers, management, and customers.

Function collaboratively as a member of a team to achieve specified and measurable results.

Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, and time management skills commensurate with industry productivity needs.

Demonstrate the ability to adhere to personal and industry safety standards.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process 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 level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Students are also required to complete any prerequisites listed.

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
CIS/CS__ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 1 0-2
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or
WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement test score
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-14
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
EET101 Introduction to Electronics 3
EET129 Introduction to Embedded Systems 3
MTH63 Applied Technical Math/Applied Algebra I or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math
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(s) 2 0-3
Third Term
CIS227 PC Hardware Fundamentals and Repair 3
EET127 Exploring the Raspberry Pi 3
EET130 Digital Fundamentals I 6
Fourth Term
CS140 Introduction to Operating Systems 4
EET131 Digital Fundamentals II 5
EET180 Cooperative Work Experience/Electronics or approved program elective(s) 3-5
  Total Program Credits 47-56
Approved Program Electives (one or more courses totaling a maximum of 4-8 credits required)
Course No.
Course Title
BT121 Digital Marketing and e-Commerce 3
_____ Any computer applications course, CIS125 or above 1-4
EET104 Introduction to Manufacturing Electronics 4
EET106 Electronic Assembly 3
EET112 Introduction to Mechatronics 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
MFG210 AC/DC Electrical Systems for Manufacturing 3
MFG230 Statistics and Quality Control 3
MTH65 Fundamentals of Algebra II or higher level math (if not taken as a required course) 4
WR121 English Composition I 4
WR122 English Composition II 4
WR227 Technical Writing 4

1 Required for graduation.

2 A maximum of 4-8 elective credits are required for graduation.

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

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