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Electronics Technician Tier II, CTS

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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 Tiers I and II, which focus on basic skills and knowledge, safe work practices, and habits appropriate for the workplace environment. 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.

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, CTS

Second Semester Total: 16

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.


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

Admission Guidelines

  • 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 an AAS degree in Electronics Technician upon completion of all four Tiers.
  • If BMGT 205  is completed in Tier II, then COMX 115  must be completed in Tier IV.  Students who wish to graduate with an AAS degree must complete both BMGT 205  and COMX 115 .
  • Good mathematical skills are imperative.
  • 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.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Program Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor
Will Richards
OT 204
(406) 756-4862


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