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Computer/Electronic Controls Tech 
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Curriculum code 1281
Course Requirements


This Moraine Valley Community College program prepares students for entry-level positions as an electronic controls technician found in manufacturing, chemical plants, process control environments, and packaging and automated warehouse environments. The program prepares students for a rewarding career at the forefront of the technological revolution in the automation of industrial and office environments. Each course focuses on developing skills required for various computer/electronics positions. Electrical, electronic industrial, PC and PLC controls are examined. Lab exercises simulate real-world problems that technicians confront daily on the job.

The Electronic Computer/Controls Tech Program is for individuals just beginning training to pursue a career in this field, as well as those already working in the industry who need to upgrade their skills for on-the-job tasks, new supervisory responsibilities, or career growth. This program is intended to lead to employment. Students considering transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program should make an appointment with an academic advisor to review options.

Nature of Work—This program prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions as an electronic technician in the process control and automated manufacturing environment. Graduates of this program should be able to install, configure, maintain, troubleshoot, and replace digital, microprocessor and PLC-based control systems.

Related Job Titles—Electronic technician, technical consultant, field service technician, PLC technician, computer controls technician, electronic installer/repairer

Related Programs—Electronic Controls Technician certificate (42 credit hours), Electronics Technician certificate (18 credit hours), Integrated Systems Technology A.A.S. degree.

Employment Outlook—Many job openings should result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force. Slower than average employment growth is projected for electrical and electronics installers and repairers of commercial and industrial equipment. This equipment will become more sophisticated and be used more frequently as businesses strive to lower costs by increasing and improving automation. Companies will install electronic controls, robots, sensors, and other equipment to automate processes such as assembly and testing. As prices decline, applications will be found across a number of industries, including services, utilities and construction, as well as manufacturing. Improved reliability of equipment should not constrain employment growth.

Median hourly earnings of electric motor, power tool and related repairers were $16.96 in 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $13.48 and $21.57. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.47, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $26.40. In 2008, median hourly earnings were $16.57 in commercial and industrial machinery and equipment (except automotive and electronic) repair and maintenance the industry employing the largest number of electronic motor, power tool and related repairers.

Median hourly earnings of electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay were $29.34 in 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $25.68 and $33.72. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20.91, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $38.43. In 2008, median hourly earnings were $29.66 in electric power generation, transmission, and distribution the industry employing the largest number of electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation and relay.

Median hourly earnings of electronics installers and repairers, and motor vehicles installers and repairers were $13.29 in 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.79 and $16.89. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.85, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $21.07. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737. www.morainevalley.edu/jrc. 

 
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