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Sustainable and Conventional Energy & Control Technology


This pathway meets requirements for the Certificate in Sustainable and Conventional Energy and Control Technology (SCEC)*. The program emphasizes a practical, hands-on approach to the field of industrial power and control and prepares students for a career as an electronics technician in this field.

Students in this pathway learn to analyze and troubleshoot direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) circuits, solid state and integrated circuit-based analog and digital electronics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), industrial motor controls and drives, energy generation and conversion, fluid power systems, robotics, and information technology (IT).

Students interested in building on this certificate in order to meet requirements for the Industrial Power and Control AAS degree complete an additional 28 approved credits.

*This certificate has a name change pending. The new certificate name will be “Industrial Power & Control” to align with the associated degree and reflect program changes.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time: 6
Part Time: 8
71.0 - 73.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

For Placement Testing: contact Testing Center, 527-3674

A minimum of 15 credits of this certificate must be taken in residence at North Seattle College

To begin program, students must test into the English and Math courses listed below:

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : IT 101 - Software Applications (5 credits) or equivalent computer experience

This Office 2016 for Windows hands-on environment (for PC's not for MAC's) allows students to learn the basics of word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), database (Access), and presentation graphics (PowerPoint). Students will create a variety of business documents and learn editing and formatting techniques. In addition, students will be introduced to file control features such as creating and naming folders; and renaming, deleting, copying, and moving files. Computer Fee.

BUS 169 5.0

Course Substitute : ENGL 098 - College Prep Writing IV (5 credits) or higher ENGL course

This course provides students with opportunities to develop the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed to write in academic settings. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, study skills, and grammar instruction. Upon completion, students should be able to apply those skills toward understanding a variety of academic and career-related texts and composing unified and coherent sentences, paragraphs, and short essays.

ENGL 97 10.0

Course Substitute : higher MATH course or have taken an equivalent or higher MATH course

Basic operations with algebraic expressions; solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities; solving absolute value equations; systems of linear equations; applications of linear equations and systems; laws of exponents; operations on polynomials.

MATH 84 5.0

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time Cost

Resident Non-Resident International
$8,458.23 - $8,696.49 $9,587.84 - $9,857.92 $21,791.32 - $22,405.16

North offers electronics courses (designated with the "EET" prefix) on-campus in the day time, evenings, online, and hybrid (part on-campus, part online). Most classes meet twice per week (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs) or once per week throughout the quarter.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online: Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.
  • Evening: Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.
  • Daytime: Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM


Course Course ID Credits Availability

This first course in Industrial Power and Control Technology covers the principles of electrical machines (AC and DC rotating equipment, including wind turbine technology) used in electrical generation and conversion to mechanical energy. The course reviews fundamentals of electricity, magnetism, transformers, and single-phase circuits: three-phase circuits are introduced. Prerequisites: EET109 or MATH&141 and EET 162.

EEL 201 5.0

This second course in Industrial Power and Control Technology covers electromagnetic control devices and circuits for starting, accelerating, stopping, and reversing AC and DC motors. Students will learn to program basic control circuits using the Allen-Bradley/Rockwell Automation MicroLogix 1000 and SLC 500 families of programmable logic controllers. Prerequisite: 201

EEL 202 5.0

This is the third class in a three quarter sequence of evening classes offered by the Industrial Power & Control Technology program. This course is devoted to the study of electric drives. The fundamentals of power electronics and electric drives are covered, followed by the study of electronic control of direct drives are covered, followed by the study of electronic control of direct current and alternating current motors. Advanced PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programming is also discussed and practical applications of using a PLC to control an electric drive are investigated in the lab. Prerequisite: EEL 202.

EEL 203 5.0

Survey disciplines within the field of electronics and technologies related to electronic occupations to give students a knowledge of the standards, practices and skills necessary for employment in electronic-related occupations. Guest speakers, field visits, reading, media or general discussion with class members. Computer Fee.

EET 105 2.0

Introduction to fluid power systems used in industry. Covers fundamentals of hydraulic and pneumatic systems including fluid power components and schematic diagrams. Includes electrical/electronic control of fluid power systems and information on several electro-hydraulic servo systems. Prereq. EET 109 or MATH& 141 or higher.

EET 112 5.0

Physics for students in a vocational technical field. Covers the basic laws of physics as applied to mechanics, matter and heat, wave motion and sound, electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics. Includes physical concepts as applied to industrial-technical fields. Prereq: EET 109 or MATH& 141.

EET 114 5.0

**Please Note: This course replaces EET 136**This course introduces foundational concepts in building and programming robots. Students build, program and configure a robot using various electronic devices to enable a wide variety of robotic activity.

EET 137 5.0

First in a series of lecture-lab courses designed for an in-depth study of electronics. Performance goals will allow students to analyze series and parallel circuits. Basic concepts of energy, work, power, current and voltage are studied as well as Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws. Achievement of course goals is supported using computer models and hands-on labs. Prerequisite: MATH 081 or equivalent, or higher

EET 161 5.0

This second course in a series designed for an in-depth study of electronics covers the sinusoidal waveform, its generation and measurement, and basic AC topics including frequency, inductance, capacitance, reactance, resonance, filters, and transformers. Computer models, as well as labs with the oscilloscope, are used throughout.

EET 162 5.0

Analysis of characteristics of analog semiconductor devices and their applications in common electronic circuits. Course begins with construction of simple power supplies and moves to more complex amplifier circuits. Construction and measurement of devices and circuit parameters verify math analysis of circuits explored. Prerequisites: EET 162 or instructor permission.Computer Fee.

EET 163 5.0

Continued analysis of characteristics of semiconductor devices and their applications in common electronic circuits. Explanation and analysis of field-effect transistors (FETs), thyristors, and operational amplifiers, their nomenclature and identification, characteristics, parameters, and basic circuit applications. Explanation and analysis of special-purpose diodes (particularly the zener) and their applications. Prerequisite: EET 163 or instructor permission. Computer Fee.

EET 165 5.0

Fundamentals of digital electronics and interface circuits. Course covers number systems, logic gates, Boolean algebra and logic simplification (including DeMorgan's theorems and Karnaugh maps), encoders and decoders, multiplexers and demultiplexers, and an introduction to flip-flops, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Prerequisite: EET 161 or instructor permission. Computer fee.

EET 170 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : HUM 105 - Intercultural Communication (5 credits) or ISP 101 - The Global Society (5 credits) or ISP 110 - Introduction to Global Studies (5 credits) or POLS 112 - Contemporary World (5 credits) or SOC& 101 - Introduction to Sociology (5 credit

This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.

BUS 236 5.0

Course Substitute : MATH& 141 - Precalculus (5 credits) or higher MATH course

This is an overview of basic mathematical applications for electronic circuit analysis. Includes fundamental concepts of operations with numbers, the metric system, fundamental algebraic concepts, graphing, exponential and logarithmic functions, right triangles, basic trigonometric functions, vectors and complex numbers. Prerequisite: MATH 081 or equivalent.

EET 109 5.0

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. Prereq: Eligibility for ENGL&101.

ENGL& 101 5.0

Course Substitute : ENGL& 235 - Technical Writing (5 credits)

Presents formats and mechanics of writing needed in occupational areas related to engineering technologies. Emphasis on project types, layout and design, use of illustrations, schematics and mathematics, writing for specific audiences, research and documentation, and résumé writing. Prereq: ENGL& 101.

ENGL& 230 3.0