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Embedded Systems Technician, Certificate of Achievement

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_ELES
Control Number: 41436

The Embedded Systems Technician Certificate is geared towards students who want to take their programming and circuit building skills to the next level. Students will become proficient in programming a variety of microcontrollers to perform tasks in an embedded application in C-based programming languages. Students who have obtained this certificate will be proficient at the use of multimeters and oscilloscopes to analyze circuit design and troubleshoot problems. Students will gain familiarity with digital communication protocols. This certificate is designed to teach students the skills necessary to build a career working with embedded electronics commonly found in consumer devices, IoT-connected devices, and autonomous vehicles.

Students earning this certificate are encouraged to continue their education by completing the additional requirements for the Associate of Science degree. They are also encouraged to pursue a bachelor's degree in an Electrical Engineering or Computer Science discipline. Students must complete the Robotics Technician Certificate of Achievement (12-13 units) as a prerequisite to entry into the Embedded Systems Technician program. 

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will acquire skills necessary to program common microcontrollers using C. 
  2. Students will gain familiarity with different communication protocols to interface between electronic systems. 
  3. Students will be proficient at using multimeters, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers to analyze circuits. 
  4. Students will acquire the skills necessary to methodically identify problems in circuits and propose solutions. 

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Robotics Technician Certificate of Achievement 

Course Title Units
ELEC A100Electronic Problem Solving3-4
or MATH A115 College Algebra
or MATH A120 Trigonometry
ELEC A111D.C. Circuits3
ELEC A121Robotics 1- Mechanics & Design3
ELEC A122Robotics 2- Sensors, Control Theory, and Programming3
Total Units12-13
Course Title Units
ELEC A223Embedded Control Systems4
ELEC A224Digital Communication Systems3
ELEC A102Safety, Maintenance, and Calibration1
ELEC A103Computer Hardware Configuration & Diagnostics3
or ELEC A290 Electronic Troubleshooting
Subtotal11
Total Units23-24