Applied Electronics / Computer Technology

APPLIED ELECTRONICS and COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY 

~Associate in Applied Science Degree~

~Associate in Science Degree~

~Certificate~

 

DESCRIPTION:

The Applied Electronics and Computer Technology (AECT) program at Kennebec Valley Community College prepares men and women with the technical background and practical skills necessary for careers in the installation, maintenance, support, and troubleshooting of electronics, telecommunications, and computer technology based systems and equipment. The AECT program also offers graduates the opportunity for transfer into an Electrical/Computer Engineering Technology baccalaureate program offered at other colleges and universities.

The AECT program offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree, Associate in Science Degree, and a Computer Technology Certificate.

Advanced technical knowledge coupled with effective communication skills are essential for success in today’s technology-driven job market. Therefore, the AECT program requires each student to exercise critical thinking skills and problem solving techniques. The program also encourages each student to further develop both their written and verbal communication skills.

The Associate in Science path is designed for students who may wish to continue their education towards a B.S. in Electrical/Computer Engineering Technology. The Computer Technology Certificate Option provides alternative tracks for those students who do not wish to pursue an Associate Degree.

 

PROGRAM MISSION:

  1. Recognizing the need for lifelong learning, the Applied Electronics and Computer Technology program assists students at    various stages of life to achieve their personal and professional goals.
  2. The AECT program strives to maintain high academic standards for teaching and learning through a continuous process of self-evaluation. Students are exposed to a learning environment which is safe and supportive of student growth and achievement.
  3. The AECT program emphasizes hands-on learning using the latest training equipment, innovative teaching techniques, web-supported course delivery and highly trained faculty members, with a primary goal of preparing students for successful entry into a technology driven work force.
  4. The AECT program prepares graduates for transfer into an Electrical/Computer Engineering Technology baccalaureate program offered at other colleges and universities.

 

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the AECT program, each graduate will be expected to:

  1. Practice the technical skills of the electronics, telecommunications, and computer profession in a conscientious, responsible, and accountable manner, while recognizing the need of continuing education to expand upon their technical knowledge and skills.
  2. Communicate effectively and possess the interpersonal skills necessary for success in an information-based society.
  3. Utilize critical thinking skills and problem solving techniques to provide solutions for today's electronics, telecommunications, and computer technology challenges.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Each student will be encouraged to take the following nationally recognized professional certification exams during their senior year. These certifications will aid the graduate in gaining employment in the related field.

  1. A+ Computer Certification - The A+ Certification is a CompTIA-sponsored testing program designed to certify the competency of the Computer Service Technician. This credential validates that the holder has reached a level of competency commonly accepted and valued by the computer industry.
  2. Apple Certified Macintosh Technician Certification (ACMT) - The Apple Certified Macintosh Technician Certification verifies the ability to perform basic troubleshooting and repair of both desktop and portable Macintosh systems, such as the iMac and MacBook Pro. ACMT certification exams emphasize identifying and resolving common Mac OSX problems, and using Apple Service and Support products and practices to effectively repair Apple hardware.
  3. Network+ Certification - The Network+ is a CompTIA-sponsored testing program designed to certify the competency of the Computer Network Technician. This credential validates that the holder has reached a level of competency commonly accepted and valued by the computer networking industry.
  4. Certified Electronics Technician (CET) - Delivered through The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), this exam is designed to measure the degree of theoretical knowledge and technical proficiency of the electronics technician. If passed, this certification will enable the student to be recognized as an Associate Level Certified Electronics Technician.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Electronics: Computers - Networks: Telecommunications:
Audio/Video Technician Apple Computer Support Technician Cable Television Technician
Bio/Medical Electronics Technician Computer Network Support Technician Cellular Telephone Technician
Consumer Electronics Technician Computer Support Technician Communication Support Technician
Marine Electronics Technician Desktop Support Technician Electronic Communication Technician
Electro-mechanical Technician Information System Support Technician Telephone Company Technician
Electronics Technician Internet Support Technician Television Broadcast Technician/Engineer
Engineering Technician Technical Support  
Field Service Technician    
Industrial Electronics Technician    
Technical Equipment Sales    

 

NECESSARY TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:

1. Laptop Computer ≈ $400.00
                             Suggested Minimal Specifications:
                             Dual Core Processor 2.3 GHz
                             15.6" LCD or LED Display
                             2 GB DDR2 Memory
                             250 GB Hard Drive
                             CD/DVD Drive
                             Supports Windows 7
                             802.11 Wireless, 10/100 Network Card

Note: AECT Students are afforded full access to MSDNAA Microsoft Academic Alliance which offers the entire family of Microsoft operating systems and development software for student use.

2. Related tools, parts and equipment for laboratory $200.
The tools and equipment costs do not reflect the costs associated with the purchase of text books and lab manuals.

 

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION:

Students must complete 63 credits in the AECT Program or 69 credits in the AECTE Program, and achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all core courses (*). Students must attain a final GPA of 2.0 or higher.

The AECT program has established 2+2 articulation agreements with the University of Maine in the following degree programs:

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering Technology, University of Maine at Orono
  • B.S. Computer Information Systems, University of Maine at Augusta

 

~ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE - Program Requirements:
Specialty Concentration
____________________________________ 41 Credits
ETL113          Electrical Circuits I                                                          
ETL114          Electrical Circuits II                                                         
ETC110         Computer Technology Fundamentals                                   
ETC112         Apple Computer Support Essentials                                     
ETC119         Digital Electronics                                                            
ETC125         Semiconductor Devices                                                      
ETC210        
Web Applications                                                              
ETC211         Network Operating Systems                                                
ETC220         Microprocessor Applications                                                
ETC225         Analog Circuits                                                                 
ETC240         Electronic Communication Systems                                       
ETC241         Data Communication Systems                                              
ETC244         Electronic Applications Lab                                                  
ETC245         Networking Applications Lab                                       
ETC250         Computer Technology Applications                                         

Math and Science _________________________________________ 10 Credits
MAT114         Technical Math                                                                  
MAT117         College Algebra                                                                 
PHY111         Physics                                                                             

General Education Courses __________________________________12 Credits
ENG108         Technical Writing                                                               
COM104        Introduction to Communications                                           
_______        Social Science Elective                                                        
_______        Humanities Elective                                                             

 Total Credits __________________________________________________ 63

 

~ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE - Program Requirements:
Specialty Concentration
____________________________________ 35 Credits
ETL113          Electrical Circuits I                                                             
ETL114          Electrical Circuits II                                                            
ETC110         Computer Technology Fundamentals                                     
ETC119         Digital Electronics                                                             
ETC125         Semiconductor Devices                                                       
ETC210        
Web Applications                                                               
ETC211         Network Operating Systems                                                
ETC220         Microprocessor Applications                                                 
ETC225         Analog Circuits                                                                  
ETC240         Electronic Communication Systems                                       
ETC241         Data Communication Systems                                              
ETC244         Electronic Applications Lab                                                   
ETC245         Networking Applications Lab                                               

Math and Science _________________________________________ 16 Credits
MAT226         Precalculus                                                                       
MAT227         Calculus I                                                                         
PHY111         Elements of Physics                                                           
PHY211         Elements of Physics II                                                         

General Education Courses _________________________________ 12 Credits
ENG101         College Composition                                                           
COM104        Introduction to Communications                                          
_______        Social Science Elective                                                        
_______        Humanities Elective                                                             

Electives _________________________________________________ 6 Credits
_______        General Education Elective                                                   
_______        General Education Elective                                                    

Total Credits _____________________________________________ 69 Credits

         

~COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE - Program Requirements:
Specialty Concentration
____________________________________ 19 Credits
ETC110         Computer Technology Fundamentals                                   
ETC112         Apple Computer Support Essentials                                       
ETC210        
Web Applications                                                              
ETC211         Network Operating Systems                                                
ETC241         Data Communication Systems                                             
ETC245         Networking Applications Lab                                       
ETC250         Computer Technology Applications                                        

Math ___________________________________________________ 3 Credits
MAT114         Technical Math                                                                        

General Education Courses__________________________________ 3 Credits
ENG108         Technical Writing                                                                                                                                                          

Total Credits__________________________________________________ 25

 

~ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE - Semester Sequence:

First Semester

Credits 15

ETL113

Electrical Circuits I*                             

3

ETC110

Computer Technology Fundamentals*

3

COM104

Introduction to Communication

3

ENG108

Technical Writing

3

MAT114

Technical Math

3

Second Semester

Credits 15

ETL114

Electrical Circuits II*                               

3

ETC119

Digital Electronics*

3

ETC125

Semiconductor Devices*

3

ETC112

Apple Computer Support Essentials*

3

MAT117

College Algebra

3

Third Semester

Credits 17

ETC210

Web Applications*

3

ETC220

Microprocessor Applications*

3

ETC225

Analog Circuits*

3

ETC240

Electronic Communication Systems*

3

ETC244

Electronics Applications Lab*

1

PHY111

Elements of Physics

4

Fourth Semester

Credits 16

ETC211

Network Operating Systems*

3

ETC241

Data Communication Systems*

3

ETC245

Network Applications Lab*

1

ETC250

Computer Technology Applications*

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

 

Humanities Elective

3

Total Credits

Credits 63

 *Core Courses  
 

~ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE- Semester Sequence:

First Semester

Credits 19

ETL113

Electrical Circuits I*

3

ETC110

Computer Technology Fundamentals*

3

COM104

Introduction to Communication

3

ENG101

College Composition

3

MAT226

Precalculus

4

 

General Education Elective

3

Second Semester

Credits 16

ETL114

Electrical Circuits II*

3

ETC119

Digital Electronics*

3

ETC125

Semiconductor Devices*

3

MAT227

Calculus I

4

 

General Education Elective

3

Third Semester

Credits 17

ETC210

Web Applications*

3

ETC220

Microprocessor Applications*

3

ETC225

Analog Circuits*

3

ETC240

Electronic Communication Systems*

3

ETC244

Electronics Applications Lab*

1

PHY111

Elements of Physics

4

Fourth Semester

Credits 17

ETC211

Network Operating Systems*

3

ETC241

Data Communication Systems*

3

ETC245

Network Applications Lab*

1

PHY211

Elements of Physics II

4

 

Humanities Elective

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

Total Credits

Credits 69

 *Core Courses

 

 Program Contact

William I. Dolan
(207) 453-5111
wdolan@kvcc.me.edu 
 

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