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Program Overview

NOTE: This program is being withdrawn. Its inclusion in our catalog is for those students who are finishing the requirements.

This 16 credit-hour certificate program is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems and other related technology industries. A broad range of courses provides the student with a solid foundation in electronics, industrial controls and maintenance techniques, wireless communications systems and radio frequency identification systems. Contemporary RFID applications relevant to current industry needs such as material handling and transportation, electronic warehousing, inventory tracking and control, and potential homeland security applications are also examined. The curriculum is tailored to provide entry-level career training in a relatively short time. Emphasis is placed on system analysis, and equipment operation, application, installation and servicing while focusing on radio frequency and microwave technologies.

Students completing this program may find employment in various entry-level positions in technical sales, applications engineering, and customer or field service.

Students may also continue their education by pursuing as Associate in Applied Science degree. Students considering this option are encouraged to meet with the program coordinator and an academic advisor prior to beginning the program and also when planning their schedule each semester.

Program Requirements


Number Course Title Credits
ELT 110 4

Description: Introduces fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Covers basic electrical laws and principles. Presents electrical quantities, units, symbols and notation. Examines foundational electronic materials and components. Presents elementary DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current) network analysis, key semiconductor devices, and simple analog and digital circuits. Also covers electrical safety considerations, laboratory instrumentation and test and measurement techniques.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

ELT 120 2

Description: Introduces students to the fundamentals of industrial electronics maintenance. Provides an overview of the various technologies encountered in the field as they relate to industrial electronic control of buildings and facilities. This includes basic electrical and electromechanical components and machinery, motors and controls, electrical and electronic interfaces, and electronic controllers. Also covers fluid power and piping systems. Emphasis is placed on safety, installation and preventative maintenance. Use of tools, test instrumentation and the importance of record keeping will be discussed.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

ELT 147 2


Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

ELT 207 4

Description: Introduces students to communications systems. The historical, technical and commercialization aspects of key technologies and inventions from the onset of early communications equipment to contemporary telecommunications systems are discussed. Covers systems, equipment, and radiating systems and radiation. Topical areas in these segments include wireline and wireless systems, modulation and demodulation, receivers, transmitters and transceivers, transmission lines, antennas, matching networks and wave propagation. Emphasizes system applications, operation and analysis.

Prerequisite: ELT 110 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

ELT 215 4

Description: Introduces students to industrial control systems. Covers fluid power fundamentals, and pneumatic and hydraulic circuit theory. Examines the integration of optics, sensors, and various electronic control systems including programmable logic controller (PLC) and personal computer (PC) controllers. Infrared (IR) emitters and detectors, and laser systems are also examined. Introduces the application and control of automated robotic systems. The course culminates with a capstone team project involving the development, design, construction, presentation and ultimate demonstration of a fully operational automated industrial control system.

Prerequisite: ELT 110 and ELT 140 with grades of C or better, or consent of instructor.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

Last Updated: 3/16/20