Academic Catalogs

Electronics Technology (ELEC)

ELEC A1003 Units (54 lecture hours; 0 lab hours)  
Electronic Problem Solving  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course is an introductory course for students who want to learn the fundamentals of electricity and college level math. This course will cover the fundamentals of electricity and electronic circuits. Students will learn how to use math to answer questions about electricity. Students will identify electronic components and basic circuits. Students will be introduced to electronic schematics, Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Laws and the concepts of resistance, capacitance, and inductance. The course will cover metric prefixes, unit conversions, number systems, and binary logic.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A100

    ELEC A1021 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
    Safety, Maintenance, and Calibration  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

    Transfer Credit: CSU.

    Students will learn the fundamentals to safely work with high energy systems in accordance with NFPA 70e standards. This course explores the safety standards adopted and established by the NFPA and OSHA. Students will acquire hands-on experience using multimeters and oscilloscopes to safely diagnose electrical problems. This course covers the foundational concepts of calibration in electronic test equipment.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A102

      ELEC A1033 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
      Computer Hardware Configuration & Diagnostics  

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      This course covers computer design, components, and assembly. Students will learn to assemble working computers, install an operating system, find and install drivers, and connect the computers to the internet. Students will learn to install and troubleshoot both Windows and Linux operating systems. This course will also cover troubleshooting of common hardware, operating system, and software issues as well as recovery of data from non-functional computers. Finally, students will learn to image computers for quick recovery in the event of corruption.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A103

        ELEC A1113 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
        D.C. Circuits  

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

        Transfer Credit: CSU.

        D.C. Circuits is an in-depth study of Direct Current (DC) electronic circuits. Students will learn how to interpret and create electrical schematics. Topics of study include Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Laws, resistance, capacitance, and inductance. Students will gain hands-on experience with wiring to include soldering, crimping, and heat shrinking. In the lab, students will learn how to use multimeters, power supplies, and oscilloscopes to build and analyze common DC Circuits. The lab work will focus on validating theoretical calculations by building circuits and testing them for expected performance.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A111

          ELEC A1123 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
          A.C. Circuits  
          Advisory: ELEC A111.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          An in depth study of Alternating Current (AC) electrical circuits. This course of study focuses on the math describing AC circuits, specifically the relationship between impedance, resistance, and reactance. Students will use these concepts to anticipate power factor and learn how to mitigate large inductive loads. Students will design, analyze, build, and test RLC circuits, inductance motor drivers, and filter circuits for audio signals. The lab work will focus on validating theoretical calculations by building circuits and testing them for expected performance.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A112

            ELEC A1213 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
            Robotics 1- Mechanics & Design  
            Advisory: ELEC A100 or concurrent enrollment.

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

            Transfer Credit: CSU.

            This course covers robotic systems, engineering design, and mechanics. Students will learn to use the engineering design process to define a problem to be solved, establish requirements and specifications, and brainstorm solutions. During Lab, students will build robotic mechanisms, assemble robots according to instructions, and learn to solder. The course culminates with students prototyping the mechanical mechanisms for a robot of their design.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A121

              ELEC A1223 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
              Robotics 2- Sensors, Control Theory, and Programming  
              Advisory: ELEC A121.

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              This course covers many sensors used by robots to sense the environment. Sensors include limit switches, photo eyes, ultrasonic time of flight distance sensors, shaft encoders, and potentiometers. Includes a study of electronic speed controllers, servos, and stepper motors. Students will study the basics of control theory and program a closed loop speed controller (cruise control) using PID control implemented in C. Finally, students will continue their mechanical prototype developed in Robotics 1 by adding a digital control system, sensors, and autonomous code to complete their prototype.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A122

                ELEC A1314 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                Automation 1- Industrial Control Systems  
                Advisory: ELEC A111 and ELEC A112.

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                This course is a hands-on study of the basics of industrial control systems. Students will learn how to control various processes without the use of PLCs such as temperature control, liquid level control and conveyor motor control. Students will gain proficiency drafting schematics and wiring diagrams and experience wiring control systems using terminal blocks. This course will focus on relays, motor drives (VFDs), motor contactors, photo eyes, thermocouples, and contact limit switches. Students will learn how to implement emergency stop circuitry and add safety components.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A131

                  ELEC A1354 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                  Symbolic Logic with Digital Applications  
                  Advisory: Math placement above MATH A030, ELEC A047 or concurrent enrollment, and ELEC A173.

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                  Introduction to logic as it applies to discrete Boolean mathematics, deductive reasoning, and digital applications including computer programming, architecture, and embedded systems. An in-depth study of obverse, inverse, AND/OR logical operations. Boolean algebra techniques are applied to simplify complex equations. Students will build, measure, test, analyze and troubleshoot series, parallel and complex circuits. Reading documentation commonly found in industry, i.e., schematics, specifications, assembly and test procedures, will also be included.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A135

                    ELEC A1403 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                    Technical Electronics  

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                    An introduction to electricity and electronics for non-technicians. Vocabulary, power, voltage, current, resistance, safety, test equipment, circuits and devices are studied. Students will build, test, and troubleshoot circuits and devices. In addition, students will learn how to read documentation commonly found in industry, i.e., schematics, specifications, assembly and test procedures.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A140

                      ELEC A1721 Unit (54 lab hours)  
                      Electronics Laboratory 2  
                      Prerequisite(s): ELEC A150 or ELEC A201 or ELEC A246 or concurrent enrollment.

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                      Second semester laboratory will reinforce safe shop practices, maintenance & instrument handling procedures, technical documentation, and workspace preparation. Student will work on AC and/or DC circuit projects. Mastery of theory, technical documentation, assembly skills, and teamwork skills will be emphasized.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A172

                        ELEC A1731 Unit (54 lab hours)  
                        Electronics Laboratory 3  
                        Prerequisite(s): ELEC A135, ELEC 155, ELEC A260 or concurrent enrollment.

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                        Third semester laboratory will develop essential skills for a Test Technician: research, documentation, prototype construction, diagnostics methods and, critical thinking skills. Students will work on A/C circuit, robotics and/or semiconductor circuit for motor control projects. They will develop essential skills for a Test Technician: research, documentation, prototype construction, and diagnostics methods.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A173

                          ELEC A1741 Unit (54 lab hours)  
                          Electronics Laboratory 4  
                          Prerequisite(s): ELEC A245 or ELEC A253 or ELEC A260 or concurrent enrollment.

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                          Fourth semester laboratory develops technical and leadership skills essential for the Industrial Automation Technician, including design, strategic planning, problem solving, and project management. Students will demonstrate the ability to oversee project through the entire process, from design through commissioning of complex systems per client specifications.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A174

                            ELEC A2153 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                            Communications Systems  
                            Prerequisite(s): AMT A182.

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                            A study of basic communications systems, including AM, FM, television, radar, antennas, and transmission lines.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A215

                              ELEC A2234 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                              Embedded Control Systems  
                              Advisory: ELEC A111.

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                              An advanced course designed to develop hands-on skills and knowledge of microchips used in embedded systems. Emphasis is on the ATmega microprocessor as implemented on the Arduino Development Platform. Students will learn how to develop circuits, integrate sensors, control outputs, write code in C, and compile and flash programs to the microprocessor. This course includes an introduction to Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) commonly used in embedded control systems.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A223

                                ELEC A2243 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                Digital Communication Systems  
                                Advisory: ELEC A111.

                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                Communications system is a hands-on overview of the numerous electronic means of communication. This course focuses on wireless communications, serial communication, and networked systems. Students will learn how electrical signals are modulated to carry data across a variety of channels. Communication protocols covered include AM, FM, FSK, FHSS, WIFI, xBee, ZWave, Cellular Networks, GNSS, i2c, UART, RS485, USB, Ethernet/IP, DOCSIS, Fiber, ModBus, CAN, and ControlNet to name a few. Students will use these protocols to establish communication links between devices in the lab.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A224

                                  ELEC A2324 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                  Automation 2 - Programmable Logic Controller  
                                  Advisory: ELEC A111.

                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                  Students will learn how to connect to PLCs, upload and backup programs, and obtain diagnostic data from operational PLCs. This course is a hands-on course that uses both Allen-Bradley and Siemens control systems. Students will become proficient at interpreting and drafting ladder logic diagrams. This course will cover connecting various process sensors to PLC inputs as well as connecting relays to outputs to drive motor contactors, indications, and handshaking. Students will learn to describe a control process in documentation and then implement the process using ladder logic programming on the PLC. Transfer CSU.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A232

                                    ELEC A2334 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                    Automation 3 - Industrial Networks, HMI, and SCADA  
                                    Advisory: ELEC A232.

                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                    This course covers connecting PLCs and control components together using industrial network protocols. Students will learn how to create Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) which are touch displays that control industrial processes. Finally, students will learn how to implement Supervised Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems to collect data and monitor a network of PLCs.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A233

                                      ELEC A2604 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                      Automation 2 Semiconductor Motor Control Circuits  
                                      Advisory: ELEC A047, ELEC A135, ELEC A150, and ELEC A173 or concurrent enrollment.

                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                      Diagnose semiconductor circuits for industrial motor control: power supplies, amplifiers, active filters, oscillators, solid state motor control, phase inverters, Variable Speed Drives (VSD).

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A260

                                        ELEC A2892 Units (18 lecture hours; 72 other hours)  
                                        Internship  
                                        Prerequisite(s): ELEC A135 and ELEC A155.
                                        Co-requisite(s): ELEC A170.

                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                        A supervised internship, as an assembler or technician, with scope of work related to classroom-based instruction previously completed. The student will research companies and prepare for internship interview. Course includes a directed study of the worksite environment, assigned duties, techniques and skills required for job performance. Student will complete objectives specified by the employer. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A289

                                          ELEC A2903 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                          Electronic Troubleshooting  
                                          Advisory: ELEC A111 and ELEC A112.

                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                          In this course students will develop the fundamental problem solving skills necessary to troubleshoot simple and complex electronic circuits. Students will learn how to identify problems, localize problems to subsystems, and sequentially test a circuit to quickly identify faulty components or subsystems. Students will gain hands-on experience with diagnostic tools such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and current clamps. Finally, students will learn to solve these issues by weighing the cost of repair or replacement.

                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELEC A290