Electronic & Communications Systems Technology

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Downtown Campus

Laura Robertson
Instructor
253.680.7358

Bob Traufler
Career Advisor
253.680.7412

Location Downtown Campus

Hours Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - 2: 45 p.m.

Comm Systems TechStudents prepare for employment in the electronic and communications industry working to install, repair, test  and maintain a wide variety of equipment, including radio and mobile communications, avionics, marine electronics, cellular and satellite, as well as associated electronic equipment and systems. 

Communications technicians may install and maintain structured cable or fiber optic systems to meet the needs of communication services such as telephony, data, video, computer, broadcast  or wireless networks. Graduates are employed as field or bench technicians, with opportunities to work anywhere from an outdoor mountain top repeater station to a comfortable indoor work environment. 

A career in the high demand field of technology is professionally, personally and monetarily rewarding. Most companies have medical, dental, vision and retirement plans. Some larger organizations pay for continuing education classes. Field technician graduates often use company vehicles, cellular phones, and laptop computers at employers' expense. 

Students also prepare for industry certifications and licenses, including the Federal Communications Commission, Network Cabling Specialist, Certified Fiber Optic Technician, and Certified Electronics Technician.  

With a degree or certificate in Electronic and Communications Systems, graduates are well-positioned for employment as: 

  • Fiber Optics Systems Specialist
  • Cellular Systems Technician
  • Cable Systems Installer
  • Data/Voice Network
  • Mobile Radio Technician
  • Wireless Systems Support
  • Electronic Technician
  • Telecommunications Specialist

Program Length: Six quarters (approximate)

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 113 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100+ Level Human Relations 5
100+ Level Communications 5
100+ Level Mathematics 5

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ETECH 101 Introduction to Electronics 2
ETECH 102 DC Circuits 5
ETECH 103 AC Circuits 5
ETECH 104 Analog Circuits 5
ETECH 105 Digital Circuits 5
ETECH 106 Microcontrollers 5
ETECH 108 CET Certification Preparation 3
ECS 201 Telecommunications Network Cabling Systems 5
ECS 202 Fiber Optics 5
ECS 203 FCC Licensure Prep I   5
ECS 204 FCC Licensure Prep II  5
ECS 205 Wireless/RF Communications 4
ECS 206 Wireless Personal Area Networks 2
ECS 207 Wireless Local Area Networks  3
ECS 208 Wireless Broadband Networks  4
ECS 210 Introduction to RF Communications 2
ECS 211 Amplitude Modulation   3
ECS 212 Single Sideband and Frequency Modulation 4
ECS 213 Transmission Lines and Antennas 2
ECS 214 Microwave, Telephony,  and Cellular 2
ECS 215 Data and Networking Fundamentals 2
ECS 216 Advanced Communications Principles 2

Students must chose 18 credits from the electives list.

Certificate of Competency: 81 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
90+ Level Human Relations 5
90+ Level Communications 5
90+ Level Mathematics 5

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ETECH 101 Introduction to Electronics 2
ETECH 102 DC Circuits 5
ETECH 103 AC Circuits 5
ETECH 104 Analog Circuits 5
ETECH 105 Digital Circuits 5
ETECH 106 Microcontrollers 5
ETECH 108 CET Certification Preparation 3
ECS 201 Telecommunications Network Cabling Systems 5
ECS 202 Fiber Optics 5
ECS 205 Wireless/RF Communications 4
ECS 206 Wireless Personal Area Networks 2
ECS 207 Wireless Local Area Networks  3
ECS 208 Wireless Broadband Networks  4

Students must choose eight credits from the electives list.

ELECTIVES LIST CREDITS
ECS 230  Telecommunications Fundamentals Lab 2
ECS 231  Radio Communications Lab 3
ECS 232 Microwave Lab Fundamentals 2
ECS 233 Signal Processing Lab 4
ECS 236 RF Communications Lab 5
ECS 249 Job Search and Preparation 3
ECS 290 Independent Study I 3-5
ECS 291 Independent Study II 3-5
ECS 296 Work-based Learning Experience  3-5
ECS 297 Work-based Learning Seminar 1-2
ECS 298 Work-based Learning  No Seminar 1-9
INFO 101 Computer Applications Essentials   5
INFO 104 A+ Essentials 5
INFO 105 A+ Practical 5
CNST 201 Cisco Network Fundamentals 5
CNST 202 Cisco Routing Protocols and Concepts 5

Electronics Technician

Certificate of Training: 30 Credits

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ETECH 101 Introduction to Electronics 2
ETECH 102 DC Circuits 5
ETECH 103 AC Circuits 5
ETECH 104 Analog Circuits 5
ETECH 105 Digital Circuits 5
ETECH 106 Microcontrollers 5
ETECH 108 CET Certification Preparation 3