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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Electronics Technician, AAS


 

Advanced Manufacturing


The advanced manufacturing stackable credentials were designed with extensive input from community manufacturers to enhance the local workforce market.

The credentials begin with Tier I, which focuses on pre-employment and the cooperation, communication and critical thinking skills needed for dynamic team interactions. Tier II is the entry into the technical skills for industrial maintenance, machining and electronics technician. The Tier III program is developed to provide advanced skills in the respective areas. The Tier IV capstone semester is a project-oriented program with areas of design, re-design, fabrication and more developed experiences with equipment.

Community manufacturers will continue to provide input into these programs by participating in roundtable discussions with students regarding local workforce and internship opportunities. The manufacturers also will partner with FVCC instructors by serving on skills panels to help determine the types and levels of skills that will be required for graduates to succeed in the advanced manufacturing workforce. The stackable credentials will allow students to achieve levels of competency within one semester depending on their skill levels and academic direction.

The curriculum for these certificates was developed following the advanced manufacturing tracks designed through a TAACCCT Round 1 grant in the state of Washington and the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing. The state of Washington has served as an instrumental resource in the development of the structure of the advanced manufacturing program at FVCC.

“Amplifying Montana’s Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Industry” Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program (Grant Agreement #TC-23760-12- 60-A-30) was awarded on October 1, 2012. One focus of the $3 million grant is stackable credentials in advanced manufacturing. The grant also provided over $350,000 in new equipment for the advanced manufacturing programs at FVCC.

Programs  

Electronics Technician


This program is designed to give students the technical skills, as well as interpersonal skills, that will prepare them for placement into electronics technician positions. Students gain theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience with both basic and advanced electronics including circuits, controllers, and the machine to system interface. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Analyze, configure, troubleshoot and assist in designing and measuring electrical and electronic circuits and systems;
  • Read and describe the characteristics of basic circuitry and compute circuit capacity;
  • Demonstrate wiring design and identify basic electrical components;
  • Troubleshoot analog and digital circuits using standard and specialized test equipment;
  • Program and troubleshoot PLC systems for basic system control;
  • Describe how various industrial processes are coalesced using advanced PLC techniques;
  • Demonstrate the use of electrical, electronic solid state, digital, and pneumatic transmitters in practical process control instrumentation; and
  • Effectively communicate during problem solving and troubleshooting.

Electronics Technician Tier II, CT


Second Semester Total: 16


1 This course may be substituted with WRIT 122, Introduction to Business Writing, which is offered at other colleges in the Montana University System.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Note:


Upon completion of Tiers I and II, a student has met the requirements for a CAS, but may not receive both a Tier II Certificate and a CAS.

CAS Total Credits: 32


Electronics Technician Tier III, CT


First Semester Total: 17


*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Electronics Technician Tier IV, CT


Second Semester Total: 17


*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

1This course may be substituted with WRIT 122, Introduction to Business Writing, which is offered at other colleges in the Montana University System.

Note:


Upon completion of Tiers I, II, III, and IV, a student has met the requirements for an AAS degree, but may not receive both a Tier IV Certificate and an AAS degree.

AAS Total Credits: 66


Optional Course Offerings:


Admission Guidelines


  • A minimum mathematics score of 30 for Algebra on the COMPASS/ESL test is required for entry into the program.
  • A minimum score of 80 for the COMPASS/ESL.
  • English/Reading and Writing tests are required for entry into the program.
  • Applicants not meeting the above requirements may be admitted on an extended track to complete developmental math/communications classes before enrolling in ELCT 102* or higher ELCT classes.

Program Information


  • Each completed Tier’s courses constitute a certificate in that Tier. A student may apply for graduation in Tier I, II, III, or IV. Or, a student may apply for graduation with a Certificate of Applied Science in Electronics Technician upon completion of Tiers I and II. Alternatively, a student may apply for graduation with the AAS degree in Electronics Technician upon completion of all four Tiers.
  • If BMGT 205C * is completed in Tier II, then COMX 115C  must be completed in Tier IV.
  • Good mathematical skills are imperative.
  • Recognized by the Montana Department of Labor as an apprentice compliant program of study.
  • Includes American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Certification.

Opportunities after Graduation


  • In Flathead County, employment opportunities in electronics manufacturing have grown over 70% since 2006.
  • Typical wages for electronics technicians are above average both state and nationally.

Advisor:


Will Richards
OT 204
(406) 756-4862
pwade@fvcc.edu

For general information, contact the Admissions Office: (406) 756-3847.