Electronic Technology

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Electronic Technology

Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 68

Location: Peosta

Entry: Fall

Contact email: motternd@nicc.edu


The electronics industry offers many opportunities with high salaries and steady advancement for people with strong mathematical and analytical skills. This program enables students to develop abilities in a practical, hands-on curriculum. Employer demand for people who can analyze problems and implement solutions is always high. Computers, cellular phones, wireless services and other fields of electronics continue to expand. The Electronic Technology program offers excellent opportunities for articulation into four-year colleges and universities.

This two-year program provides the student with job-entry skills needed by electronic technicians working in manufacturing, research and development, installation and maintenance of electronic equipment.

Electronic technicians work with and under the direct supervision of experienced technicians, engineers or managers. Jobs are in three primary areas: customer service including market support, product services and quality assurances; manufacturing including assembly, testing and quality control; and product development including engineering support, assembly, testing and quality assurance.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, applicants to this program must complete a high school algebra course prior to entering the program. Additional math and science courses are also helpful.

Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CIS:122 Programming Logic and Design 3.0
ELT:317 Digital Logic Circuits 2.0
ELT:373 DC Circuit Analysis 4.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
MAT:744 Technical Math OR 4.0
* Math Elective (transfer-level) 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


Term 2
CIS:160 Intro to Visual Languages 3.0
ELT:310 Digital Circuits 4.0
ELT:378 AC Circuit Analysis 4.0
ELT:530 Semiconductors 3.0
  Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0


Term 3
ELT:123 Programmable Logic Controllers 3.0
ELT:531 Advanced Semiconductors 3.0
ELT:580 Microelectronic Circuits 4.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
  General Education Elective 3.0


Term 4
ELT:410 Electronic Communication Systems 4.0
ELT:613 Microprocessors 4.0
ELT:715 Intro to Automation Systems/Robotics 3.0
PHY:710 Technical Physics 3.0
  General Education Elective 3.0


Math Electives: MAT:128, MAT:130, MAT:210, MAT:216, MAT:219

Note: Articulation agreements are in effect with the following colleges and universities:

  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Southern Illinois University
  • University of Northern Iowa


Employment Information

With an annual income range of $29,452- $55,931 and a projected growth of 66%, the career outlook for Electronic Technology graduates is outstanding.

Salary Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.

Employers of NICC Alumni

Alliance Pipeline, Maquoketa, IA
John Deere, Dubuque, IA
Lactalis, Belmont, WI
Maquoketa Valley Electric Coop, Maquoketa, IA
Racom, Dubuque, IA
Rentec Nitrogen Partners, East Dubuque, IA
Unison Solutions, Dubuque, IA

Sample Job Titles


Additional Information

Articulation Agreement

Northeast Iowa Community College maintains articulation agreements with many area colleges and universities. The Electronic Technology program has an official articulation in place with the University of Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Doug Mottern
Electronic Techonology Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 242