Electronics Technology

What do cellular telephones, wireless computer networks, digital video systems, medical imaging systems, advanced security systems, automobile engine/transmission controls, satellite navigation systems, and consumer electronic systems have in common? They all use sophisticated electronics and require highly skilled electronic technicians to build, troubleshoot, and maintain complex communication, control and instrumentation systems.

Students in the Electronic Technology program learn to work with electrical circuits, analog and digital electronics, microprocessors and microcomputers. Over half the time scheduled is devoted to hands-on activities in one of our well-equipped labs. Many of the courses in this program are transferable to four year colleges and universities. Students wishing to pursue a four year degree should discuss this with their advisor.

Previous knowledge of electricity or electronics is not required. Students must complete the Academic Placement Test before admission into this program. Recommended high school courses include three years of mathematics, including geometry and two years of algebra. Acceptance into this curriculum is subject to department approval based upon high school records and math skills.

Career Opportunities

Our Electronics Technology graduates find success in many different jobs with a wide variety of job titles. Some perform field service on electronic systems while others work in a single lab, shop or facility. Some work as part of a team and others make their own schedule as they travel to various locations. The jobs are as varied as the many applications of modern electronics technology. Highly-skilled, well-educated electronic technicians can find good jobs today that lead to rewarding careers tomorrow.

Employment may be found in areas including research, development, industrial process control, calibration, and the servicing of the latest electronic circuits. Opportunities exist throughout industry for electronic technicians, limited only by the technician’s own talent and motivation. Upon completion of this program, salary is directly commensurate with the technician’s ability, resourcefulness and drive.

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 64

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGLISH * 3
COMMUNICATION * 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
LABORATORY SCIENCE/MATHEMATICS * 7
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CMCIS 147
or
FUNDAMENTALS OF VOICE AND DATA CABLING I 
or
4
CMCIS 151 NETWORK FUNDAMENTALS  4
ELCTK 111 RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL WIRING  2
ELCTK 112 ELECTRONIC CAD APPLICATIONS I  2
ELCTK 150 INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICITY  4
ELCTK 220 TRANSDUCERS AND ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS  4
ELCTK 230 ADVANCED SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS  3
ELCTK 245 MICROPROCESSORS AND MICROCONTROLLERS  4
ELCTK 246 MICROCONTROLLER SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS  3
ELCTK 250 ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS  3
ELCTK 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY  1 to 5
ELCTS 131 INTRODUCTION TO BASIC ELECTRICITY  2
ELCTS 132 SERVICE ELECTRONICS - D.C. CIRCUITS  2
ELCTS 133 SERVICE ELECTRONICS - A.C. CIRCUITS  2
ELCTS 134 SERVICE ELECTRONICS - BASIC SOLID STATE  2
ELCTS 135 SERVICE ELECTRONICS - ADVANCED SOLID STATE  2
ELCTS 136 SERVICE ELECTRONICS - DIGITAL CIRCUITS  2
MECTK 231 INDUSTRIAL FLUID POWER  3

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1 ELCTS 131; ELCTS 132; ELCTS 133; ELCTK 111; Mathematics; English
Spring Semester 1 ELCTS 134; ELCTS 135; ELCTS 136; ELCTK 112; ELCTK 150; Laboratory Science
Fall Semester 2 ELCTK 220; ELCTK 245; ELCTK 250; CMCIS 147 or CMCIS 151; MECTK 231; Communication
Spring Semester 2ELCTK 230; ELCTK 246; ELCTK 255; Social Science; Humanities

Program Contact Information

Agriculture and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building
Room 209
(309) 694-5526

Illinois Career Cluster

Manufacturing

Career Pathway:
Maintenance, Installation and Repair

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