IT Controlled Electronic Systems Certificate

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This certificate is intended for students who already have an Associates or Bachelor’s degree, or substantial professional experience, in an information technology related field.

The certificate prepares students for employment as electronic systems application or facilities engineers, security and field technicians, systems and sales consultants, technical support staff. Typical duties include installation, maintenance, and monitoring information technology systems and IT-controlled electronic systems such as security systems, entertainment systems, and HVAC systems.

Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Understand technical concepts and terms used in the electronics and IT fields.
  • 2. Troubleshoot electronic systems, hardware, and network problems.
  • 3. Install, configure, and test networking devices, servers, workstations, electronic and electrical systems.
  • 4. Interact & communicate effectively with users and coworkers to identify network problems and needs for upgrades.
  • 5. Integrate IT and electronic systems.
  • 6. Locate, evaluate, and apply relevant information from various sources.

Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior coursework. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this certificate with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk (*). See catalog for more information.

IT Controlled Electronic Systems Certificate Prerequisites: BUS169 or instructor permission

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer and advanced placement.



                        Program Requirements

Course Number

General  Education/Related Instruction Requirements (10 credits)

Credit Hours

BUS 118*

Project Management Introduction and Overview


BUS 236

Interpersonal Communication for the Workplace


Course Number

Certificate Requirements (25-30 credits)


EET 131

IT Essentials – A+ Certification


EET 137

Introduction to Robotics


EET 161

D.C. Principles of Electronics



Microsoft Track


IT 122*

Network Operating Systems 1


IT 124*

Network Operating Systems 2



UNIX Track


IT 135

UNIX Operating System


IT 138*

UNIX for Network Administration





IT 142*

Network Management – CISCO I


IT 144*

Network Management – CISCO II


IT 146*

Network Management – CISCO III



Total Credits: 35-40

 (excluding pre-requisites)

Total Credits
Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum

This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, summer quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters in the program.

1st quarter: BUS 236, EET 131, EET 137

2nd quarter: EET 161, IT 122 or IT 135 or IT 142

3rd quarter: BUS 118, IT 126 or IT 138 or IT 144

4th quarter: IT 146 (if needed)

Sequence Type

What skills do I need to be successful in this field?

What are some potential job titles?

  • • Security Systems Technician/Installer
  • • Fire Alarm Technician
  • • Electronic Systems Technician

Wages, employment trends and pathways

Program Contact

Tim Fiegenbaum              
(206) 934-0181         

NSC Advising Office                                                     
(206) 934-3658          

Program Website

Effective beginning: Fall 2016
IT Controlled Electronic Systems Certificate
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