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Graduates complete the program fully prepared for employment in businesses and industries utilizing the latest state-of-the-art equipment and techniques in electronics technology. Students receive training for entry into telecommunications, computer maintenance and repair, radio and television repair, microprocessors, two-way radio systems, and electronic controls systems in industry and industrial instrumentation.

The program consists of classroom instruction in theory, laboratory time and practical experiences required to develop the knowledge and physical skills necessary to become a qualified technician. Full-time day and evening classes are available on the main campus.

Employment Stats

  • Program Length 12 months (Diploma)
  • Cost $5105

About Program

Electronic Technicians install and maintain all of the electrical and Electronic systems for our homes, businesses, and factories. They install and maintain the wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows. They also install and maintain electrical equipment and machines in factories and a wide range of other businesses.

Electronic Technicians generally focus on either construction or maintenance, although many do both. Electronic Technicians specializing in construction primarily install wiring systems into factories, businesses, and new homes. Electronic Technicians specializing in maintenance fix and upgrade existing electrical systems and repair electrical equipment. 

Job Expectations

In addition to jobs created by the increased demand for electronics work, openings are expected over the next decade as technicians retire. This will create good job opportunities, especially for those with the widest range of skills, including voice, data, and video wiring. Job openings for electronics technicians will vary by location and specialty; however, it will be one of the fastest growing in this country.

Electronics technicians work mainly indoors, at construction sites, in homes, and in businesses or factories. The work may include bending conduit, lifting heavy objects, and standing, stooping, and kneeling for long periods. Electronics technicians cannot be colored blind because of the different colored wires they must install.

Expected Earnings

Employment of electronics technician should increase 10 percent between 2013 and 2018, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the population grows, electronics technicians will be needed to wire new homes, restaurants, schools, and other structures that will be built to accommodate the growing population.  Graduates entering the workforce as an electronics technicians can expect to earn anywhere from $10-$30 per hours.

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall, spring or summer term provided space is available. Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time classes
  • Day and Evening classes
  • Enrollment is limited to 10 students in each class
Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)
Semester Day Class Evening Class Days
Fall (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Spring (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Summer (390 hours) 7:45am – 2:45pm 4:00pm – 11:00pm Monday - Friday


Tool List
Quantity Description
1 ¾” X 12’ Length Measuring Tape
1 10” Adjustable Wrench
1 6” Adjustable Wrench
1 6” Wire Cutter/Stripper
1 7 ¾” Curved Diagonal Cutting Pliers
1 9 ¾” Crimping and Cutting Tool
1 9” Rounded Nose Lineman’s Pliers
1 Ball-Peen Hammer 12oz
1 Hex Wrench Set ( Ball Driver ) Metric 1.5-10
1 Hex Wrench Set ( Ball Driver ) SAE .050-3/8
1 Industrial Razor Locking Utility Knife
1 Leather Gloves
1 Multimeter: Should measure Volts, Amps, Ohms, AC, and DC.
1 Punch and Chisel Set: Assortment of various sizes.
1 crewdriver Set: Assortment of various screwdrivers, large and small, flat and Phillips.
1 Tongue and Groove Pliers 10” #430
1 Tool Bag or Tool Box
1 Vice Grips
1 12 inch combination Square
1 Torpedo Level
1 gig flash drive
1 Calculator: (Book Store) TI 30X A or TI-30XIIS or eq.
1 Safety Glasses
1 Combation Wrench Set ¼” thru 1-¼”
1 Socket and Ratch Set 7/16” thru 1-1/4”


3 semesters – 1,290 clock hours
450 hours $1,235.00
450 hours $1,235.00
390 hours $1,235.00
Tools (estimate) $800.00
Books (estimate) $600.00

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • High School Equivalency Test (Hi-SET) - $75
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)


  • Electronics Systems Technician Trainee Guide Level One CSTCC Bookstore
  • Electronics Systems Technician Trainee Guide Level Two CSTCC Bookstore
  • Electronics Systems Technician Trainee Guide Level Three CSTCC Bookstore
  • Electronics Systems Technician Trainee Guide Level Four CSTCC Bookstore
  • Practical Problems in Mathematics for Electricians CSTCC Bookstore
  • Experiments in Electricity for use with Lab-Volt EMS Equipment


First Semester

  • Introduction to the Trade
  • Wood and Masonry Construction Methods
  • Concrete and Steel Construction Methods
  • Pathways and Spaces
  • Craft Related Mathematics
  • Hand Bending of Conduit
  • Introduction to the Electrical Code
  • Low-Voltage Cabling
  • DC Circuits
  • AC Circuits
  • Switching Devices and Timers
  • Semiconductors and Integrated Circuits
  • Test Equipment
  • Introduction to Electrical Drawings
  • Introduction to Codes and Standards
  • Cable Selection
  • Wire and Cable Terminations
  • Power Quality and Grounding

Second Semester

  • Busses and Networks
  • Fiber Optics
  • Wireless Communication
  • Site Survey, Project Planning, and Documentation
  • Fundamentals of Crew Leadership
  • Rack Assembly
  • System Commissioning and User Training
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Audio Systems
  • Video Systems
  • Broadband Systems
  • Media Management
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Residential and Commercial Building Networks
  • Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Overview of Nurse Call and Signaling Systems

Third Semester

  • CCTV Systems
  • Access Control Systems
  • Motor Control
  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Programmable Logic Control
  • Variable Frequency Drives

Career Opportunities

Electronics Apprentice
Residential Wiring
Railroad Signal Repairer
Maintenance Technician
Office Machine Maintenance
Elevator Repairer
Electronics Estimator