This program emphasizes understanding of radio frequency fundamentals, employing a systems approach along with component-level troubleshooting and analysis. Systems integration and networking are also studied. This multi-faceted approach to understanding the operation and troubleshooting of communication systems enables graduates to become effective technicians in the wireless industry.

Wireless Communications graduates are currently employed by various wireless companies and government agencies, including Rural Cellular Communications, Nextel, AT & T, Qwest, Nortel, MnDOT, Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, the FBI, and many others.

Both electronics programs require the same core courses for the first two semesters. Students choose between Electronics Technicians and Wireless Communications near the end of the second semester.

 
Course Outline
 
Required Courses
(19 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
ELEC 1514 Semiconductors
ELEC 1602 Soldering and Cable Assembly
ELEC 1612 Digital Logic II
ELEC 1794 Introduction to Programming
ELEC 1814 Electronics 1
ELEC 1815 Electronics 2
ELEC 1816 Electronics 3
ELEC 1817 Transistor Fundamentals
ELEC 1818 Advanced DC Circuits
ELEC 1819 Advanced Transistor Fundamentals
ELEC 2211 Digital Logic I
ELEC 2212 Digital Logic I Lab
ELEC 2313 Introduction to RF Communications
ELEC 2414 Solid State Application
ELEC 2634 Telecommunication Systems
ELWC 2633 Wireless Communictions Circuit Analysis
ELWC 2733 Radio Communication System Fundamentals
ELWC 2734 Advanced Radio Communication Systems
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
Total Credits: 52  
 
Elective Courses
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
CST 1700 CCNA R & S Introduction to Networks
ELEC 1701 Beginning Router Configuration
ELEC 2614 Electronic Product Development and Manufacturing
ELWC 2844 Voice Over IP Fundamentals
ELWC 2845 Radio and Voice over IP Network
ELWC 2934 Wireless Technician Certification
 
Goal Area 1: Communications
(1 Course)
Choose from Goal areas 5 and 6 to complete the MnTC requirements.
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 3: Natural Sciences
(1 Course)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
PHYS 101 College Physics
Total Credits: 4  
 
Goal Area 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning
(select 7 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
MATH 112 College Algebra
MATH 116 Trigonometry
Total Credits: 7  
 
Goal Area 5: History and the Social/Behavioral Sciences
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 3  
 
Total AAS Degree Credits: 72