Telecommunications Technician

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Telecommunications Technician Program consists of courses from basic electronic concepts and safety to courses in computerized receiver and transmitter systems. It is designed to prepare students for employment as technicians in the wired and wireless communication of electronic information.

Recommended High School Preparation

Courses in electricity, electronics, English, algebra, physics, chemistry, and computers.

Program Costs

In addition to the normal student expenses (for textbooks, personal equipment, and supplies), laboratory materials fees may be required. Students will be responsible for providing some of their own parts and a basic electronics tool kit. These will be available as ready-made sets in the College Store. For specific class-required materials and texts, check with the electronics faculty or the College Store. These fees may vary each semester. If these fees create a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate safe work practices for telecommunication equipment.
  • demonstrate the proper use of basic telecommunication test equipment to include digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, signal sources.
  • use a standard schematic diagram of a telecommunication system to identify and test its parts.
  • explain common telecommunication terminology.
  • estimate telecommunication system circuit performance using mathematical tools.
  • analyze and compare calculated telecommunication system circuit performance to actual performance.
  • measure common telecommunication system circuit parameters using appropriate test equipment.
  • set up and install basic telecommunication equipment.
  • design proper preventive maintenance, calibration, and system testing procedures for telecommunication equipment.
  • perform proper preventive maintenance, calibration, and system testing on telecommunication equipment.
  • diagnose common telecommunication system failures down to the source of the problem.
  • solve telecommunication system problems by replacing failed parts.

Associate in Science Degree

The Telecommunications Technician Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grade of “C” or better or equivalent.