The Microcontroller Systems Technician four-term certificate is designed for students seeking
entry-level positions servicing, upgrading, and repairing personal computer and microcontroller-based
equipment. The coursework emphasizes electronics studies aimed at the hardware portion of
the field as well as computer science courses involving operating systems, networking, and related
Technical courses involve lecture, lab work, and real-world experience in the lab using industry
standard test equipment and practices. This program will help students gain skills for entry into
one of today’s most dynamic occupations. Typical occupations include those of PC/microcontroller
support technicians, network specialists, microcomputer technicians, and field service technicians.
Training also provides excellent positioning for lateral movement into areas such as technical
sales or technical writing. Certificate courses are aligned for continuation into the Electronics
Technology AAS degree and Computer and Embedded Systems Engineering Technology AS degree for transfer to Oregon Institute of Technology.
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technical certificate programs to prospective students. Data includes Standard Occupational
Classification (SOC) codes, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs for books and supplies,
job placement rates for students completing the programs, and median loan debt incurred by students
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Program Learning Outcomes
The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for electronics technology programs are:
Identify and solve real-world problems through the application of electronics theory and concepts.
Calibrate, test, and repair analog and digital circuitry using industry standard test equipment.
Organize, interpret, and use technical information and documentation.
Communicate effectively across a variety of audiences: technicians, engineers, management, and customers.
Function collaboratively as a member of a team to achieve specified and measurable results.
Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, and time management skills commensurate with industry productivity needs.
Demonstrate the ability to adhere to personal and industry safety standards.
Demonstrate life-long learning towards professional growth.
Negotiate and abide by the terms of agreement that define their employment.
Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading
and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with courses within their
skill levels as determined by placement test scores. Students are also required to complete any prerequisites
listed. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase
their employability and success.
Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
policies and the Electronics Technology Department chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure
that coursework is current, program courses over three years old must be reviewed and approved
by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Official transcripts
must be filed with Enrollment Services and the Electronics Technology Department.
Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their
certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for
these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.