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Electronics (with optional Biomedical specialty) Program Code 106051

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Electronics (with optional Biomedical specialty) program offers students the option between tracks specializing in biomedical or general electronics. The biomedical track prepares the student for a position as a technician for hospitals or medical equipment manufacturers. The general electronics track prepares the student to operate, test, maintain, and troubleshoot electronic equipment and work with research and design engineers.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Electronic Development Technician: assists engineers in the design and development of experimental and prototype electronic equipment and products.

Electronic Maintenance Technician: services and programs in-plant automatic control equipment, computers, robots, and other electronic equipment.

Electronic Test Technician: tests, troubleshoots, and inspects electronics products (quality control testing).

Electronics Technician: maintains electronic equipment including motor controllers, cables, communication equipment, computers, security systems, CNC equipment, programmable controllers, robots, and automatic production equipment; works with an electronics engineer in building breadboard and prototype devices; and evaluates and tests electronic devices and systems.

Field Service Technician: services and overhauls equipment in the customer’s facility; works with sales personnel; and demonstrates new equipment to potential customers.

Biomedical Equipment Technician, also called Biomedical Engineering Technicians or BMETs:
constructs, tests, repairs, and maintains electro-medical equipment of all sorts, including electrosurgical equipment, cardiovascular equipment, kidney dialysis machines, respirators, vital signs data equipment, telemetry transmitters and receivers, radiology equipment and nuclear medicine equipment.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Computer Field Service Supervisor
. Electronics Production Superintendent
. Electronics Maintenance Supervisor

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

. 906052, Biomedical Electronics

Program Outcomes

. Describe the various digital modulation techniques.
. Identify power switching devices and circuits.
. Program microprocessor interface circuits.
. Measure electrical parameters of RF circuits.
. Describe wireless analog communication techniques.
. Implement a project using embedded computer systems.
. Measure wide-band circuit parameters.
. Describe transfer characteristics of frequency sensitive linear circuits.
. Analyze an ON/OFF machine control circuit.
. Predict operation of circuits containing active components.
. Identify the component and appropriate nomenclature of basic electronic symbols.
. Apply Boolean theorems to basic digital circuits.
. Apply circuit theorems to AC/DC RLC circuits.
. Use basic electronic tools.
. Work in teams.
. Develop an industry acceptable work ethic.
. Communicate both orally and in writing using common technical terminology.
. Write a technical document.
. Use office suite software package tools.
. Apply mathematics to the field of electronics.
. Use common test equipment to measure circuit parameters.
. Compare measured values to theoretical calculations.
. Practice workplace safety standards.
. Identify regulations and standards in communications related industries.
. Understand anatomy and medical terminology.
. Analyze, troubleshoot and calibrate biomedical electronics equipment.
. Identify regulations and standards in health related industries.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Algebra: (45); Reading: (77); Writing Skills: (74). Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Beginning courses require mastery of algebra skills. For a description of algebra skills, see the Basic Education section of this catalog.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Additional Requirements for Students Pursuing the Biomedical Track

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27.) The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into health programs must complete a background information form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the background information form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to clinical placement at the discretion of the clinical site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical placement, or guarantee graduation.
Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Electronics (with optional Biomedical specialty) associate degree in the number of semesters shown.


10-660-100 Electronic Fabrication - Intro
10-660-101 Digital 1: Logic
10-660-102 Digital 2: Sequential
10-660-103 Digital 3: Registers
10-660-104 DC 1: Introduction
10-660-105 DC 2: Circuits
10-660-106 DC 3: Circuit Theorems
10-804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
** 10-890-101 College 101


10-620-140 Machine Wiring and Safety
10-809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App


* 10-806-134 General Chemistry


10-660-107 AC 1: Properties
10-660-108 AC 2: Reactance
10-660-109 AC 3: RLC Circuits
10-660-110 Electronics 1: Diodes-Basic
10-660-111 Electronics 2: Trans-Basic
10-660-112 Electronics 3: Op-Amps-Basic
10-660-113 Digital 4: ALU
10-660-114 Digital 5: Characteristics
10-804-196 Trigonometry w Apps
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies




* 10-501-101 Medical Terminology


10-605-160 Linear Electronics 1: BJT Amps
10-605-161 Linear Electronics 2: JFET Amp
10-605-162 Linear Electronics 3: Filters
10-605-163 Micro 1: Introduction
10-605-164 Micro 2: Technique
10-605-165 Micro 3: Interfaces
10-605-170 Datacomm 1: Introduction
10-605-171 Datacomm 2: Basic Networking
10-605-172 Datacomm 3: Network Protocols
* 10-801-136 English Composition 1


10-806-143 College Physics 1


* 10-806-189 Basic Anatomy


10-605-169 Electronics Design Integration
10-605-174 Datacomm 5: Fiber Optics-Intro
10-605-175 Datacomm 6: Fiber Optics-Adv
10-605-180 Analog Comm 1: Noise Effects
10-605-181 Analog Comm 2: AM/SSB
10-605-182 Analog Comm 3: FM Systems
10-801-197 Technical Reporting
10-809-195 Economics


10-605-157 Power Electronics 1: Devices
10-605-158 Power Electronics 2: Drives
10-605-173 Datacomm 4: Digital Modulation
10-620-159 Power Electronics 3: Drives


* 10-605-106 Biomed Electronics 1
* 10-605-107 Biomed Electronics 2
* 10-605-108 Biomed Electronics 3
* 10-605-109 Biomed Electronics 4



Curriculum Note
* In order to successfully complete the Biomedical track, no final grade lower than a “C” is acceptable in any of the courses marked with an asterisk.
** The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements.

Suggested Electives
Automation 3: PLC, 10-664-102
Automation 4: PLC, 10-664-103
Control 1: Discrete Systems, 10-664-160
Control 2: Process Systems, 10-664-161
Control 3: Motion Systems, 10-664-162
Control 4; Drive Performance, 10-664-163
Control 5: Servo Systems, 10-664-164
Control 6: Servo Systems, 10-664-165


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

10-605-106 BIOMED ELECTRONICS 1: SIGNALING ...the study will present the characteristics of biomedical electronics signaling and provide a survey of biomedical electronics signaling systems. (Prerequisites: 10-605-162, Linear Electronics 3: Filters; 10-605-172, Datacomm 3: Delta Modulation)

10-605-107 BIOMED ELECTRONICS 2: INSTRUMENTATION will present the characteristics of biomedical electronics instrumentation and provide a survey of biomedical electronics instrumentation. (Prerequisite: 10-605-106, Biomed Electronics 1)

10-605-108 BIOMED ELECTRONICS 3: NETWORKING will present the characteristics of biomedical electronics networking and provide a survey of biomedical electronics networking systems. (Prerequisite: 10-605-107, Biomed Electronics 2)

10-605-109 BIOMED ELECTRONICS 4: CALIBRATION will present the characteristics of biomedical electronics calibration and provide a survey of biomedical electronics calibration. (Prerequisite: 10-605-108, Biomed Electronics 3)

10-605-157 POWER ELECTRONICS 1: DEVICES ...the device characteristics and applications of thyristors, power transistors, and switching devices. (Prerequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-605-158 POWER ELECTRONICS 2: DRIVES ...power circuitry of AC and DC drives and basic setup and application of an industrial DC and AC drives to DC and AC motors.

10-605-160 LINEAR ELECTRONICS 1: BJT AMPLIFIERS the characteristics of the bipolar junction transistor and Class A, Class AB and Class B bipolar junction transistor amplifiers. (Prerequisites: 10-660-109, AC 3: RLC Circuits; 10-660-112, Electronics 3: Op-Amps-Basic)

10-605-161 LINEAR ELECTRONICS 2: JFET AMPLIFIERS ...characteristics of the junction field-effect (JFET) transistor amplifier and types of commonly used field effect transistor amplifiers. (Corequisite: 10-605-160, Linear Electronics 1: BJT Amplifiers)

10-605-162 LINEAR ELECTRONICS 3: PASSIVE/ACTIVE FILTERS the characteristics of the passive RL, RC, RLC active filters, introduction to all types of commonly used passive and active filters. (Prerequisite: 10-605-161, Linear Electronics 2: JFET Amps)

10-605-163 MICROPROCESSORS 1: INTRODUCTION ...use of simulation software, fundamentals of C language programming, basic logic and control, analog and digital inputs, flowcharting, motor control, objects, and PWM techniques.

10-605-164 MICROPROCESSORS 2: TECHNIQUE ...bitwise operations, pseudo-ops, more C programming techniques, LCD display, control logic, and continued use of simulation software. (Prerequisite: 10-605-163, Micro 1: Intro)

10-605-165 MICROPROCESSORS 3: INTERFACES ...more C language programming for arrays, logic and control, scaling, input and output, software standards, and continued use of simulation software. (Prerequisite: 10-605-164, Micro 2: Technique)

10-605-169 ELECTRONICS DESIGN INTEGRATION, coordinate, and apply electrical, electronics, and/or microprocessor skills into an integrated final project. (Prerequisites: 10-605-165, Micro 3: Interfaces; 10-605-162, Linear Electronics 2:Filters; 10-605-172, Datacomm 3: Delta Modulation)

10-605-170 DATACOMM 1: INTRODUCTION ...introduction to fundamental communication concepts, including physical transmission media, data rate, frequency, bandwidth, sampling, quantization, modulation techniques, multiplexing, and more. (Prerequisite: 10-660-103, Digital 3: Registers)

10-605-172 DATACOMM 3: NETWORK PROTOCOLS ...details and inner-working of network, transport, and application layers. In-depth study of protocols and services associated with each layer (Prerequisite: 10-605-171, Data Comm 2: Basic Networking).

10-605-173 DATACOMM 4: DIGITAL MODULATION ...introduction to digital modulation, line coding and synchronization, principles of differential phase shift keying, spread spectrum techniques, and bit error measurement. (Prerequisite: 10-605-172, Datacomm 3: Delta Modulation)

10-605-174 DATACOMM 5: FIBER OPTICS-INTRODUCTION ...introduction to fiber optic signal processing, transmission, and reception. (Corequisite: 10-605-172, Data Comm 3: Delta Modulation)

10-605-175 DATACOMM 6: FIBER OPTICS-ADVANCED ...advanced demonstration of skills required to analyze and troubleshoot fiber optic signal processing, transmission, and reception. (Corequisite: 10-605-174, Datacomm 5: Optics-Introduction)

10-605-180 ANALOG COMMUNICATIONS 1: NOISE EFFECTS ...characteristics of noise in communications systems and analyze amplitude modulation. (Prerequisite: 10-605-162, Linear Electronics 3: Filters)

10-605-181 ANALOG COMMUNICATIONS 2: AM/SSB ...characteristics of single sideboard transmission and receiving systems. (Prerequisite: 10-605-180, Analog Comm 1: Noise Effects)

10-605-182 ANALOG COMMUNICATIONS 3: FM SYSTEMS ...characteristics of frequency modulation transmission and receiving systems. (Prerequisite: 10-605-181, Analog Comm 2: AM/SSB)

10-620-140 MACHINE WIRING AND SAFETY ...introduction to machine wiring, including basic documentation, labeling, and wiring practices; an overview of NFPA 70 machinery, safety and installation standards.

10-620-159 POWER ELECTRONICS 3: DRIVES ...power circuitry of AC drives and application of industrial AC drives to AC motors. (Corequisite: 10-605-158, Power Electronics 2: Drives)

10-660-100 ELECTRONIC FABRICATION - INTRO TO ...the study will include an introduction to electronics fabrication techniques, including basic soldering and assembly, and an overview of connectors and printed circuit board construction.

10-660-101 DIGITAL 1: LOGIC ...AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, logic operation using switch logic, ladder logic, and gate logic. Simplification methods using Boolean theorems and Karnaugh Maps, and timing diagram analysis.

10-660-102 DIGITAL 2: SEQUENTIAL ...operation and connection of latches, RS flip-flops, JK flip-flops, and D flip-flops using timing diagram analysis, and some simple applications are studied. (Corequisite: 10-660-101, Digital 1: Logic)

10-660-103 DIGITAL 3: REGISTERS ...analyze and design asynchronous up counters, down counters, presettable counters, ring counters, and Johnson counters, and analyze synchronous counters. Analyze and design various types of shift registers. (Prerequisite: 10-660-102, Digital 2: Sequential)

10-660-104 DC 1: INTRODUCTION ...introduction to the concepts of DC electricity and simple series circuits. Voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, power and Kirchoff's Voltage Law are defined.

10-660-105 DC 2: CIRCUITS ...analysis of parallel and series-parallel circuits. Application of Kirchoff's Current Law to parallel circuit combinations. Introduction of current sources and source conversions. (Corequisites: 10-804-118, Interim Algebra w Apps OR equivalent; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro)

10-660-107 AC 1: PROPERTIES ...introduction to the properties of capacitors and inductors including types and behavior in switching circuits. Inductor basics include a study of magnetic fields. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-660-108 AC 2: REACTANCE of the way inductive, capacitive and resistive components behave in a circuit excited by a sine waveform. Effective and average values of the sinewave are derived. (Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-660-109 AC 3: RLC CIRCUITS ...power flow in complex AC circuits based on resistive and reactive components. Description of the power triangle and power factor. Calculation of voltages and currents in complex AC circuits. (Corequisite: 10-660-108, AC 2: Reactance)

10-660-110 ELECTRONICS 1: DIODES-BASIC ...introduction to the characteristics and usage of semiconductor diodes in rectifiers and linear power supplies. Special diodes and diode circuits are also considered. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-660-111 ELECTRONICS 2: TRANSISTOR-BASIC ...introduction to the characteristics, bias and usage of semiconductor transistors in amplifying circuitry. BJTs, JFETs, MOSFETs and general amplifier characteristics are studied. (Corequisite: 10-660-110, Electronics 1: Diodes-Basic)

10-660-112 ELECTRONICS 3: OP-AMPS-BASIC ...introduction to the circuit characteristics of integrated operational amplifiers. The various connections, inverting, non-inverting and comparator will be studied as well as specialized applications such as summers and filters. (Corequisite: 10-660-111, Electronics 2: Transistor-Basic)

10-660-113 DIGITAL 4: ALU ...unsigned and signed arithmetic using binary numbers, the construction of adder circuits and subtraction circuits, and the analysis of a computer ALU is studied. (Prerequisite: 10-660-103, Digital 3: Registers)

10-660-114 DIGITAL 5: CHARACTERISTICS ...propagation delay, rise time, fall time, setup and hold time, asynchronous timing considerations, Schmitt trigger devices, one-shots and astable multivibrators, and synchronous counter design are studied. (Corequisite: 10-660-113, Digital 4: ALU)

10-660-106 DC 3: CIRCUIT THEOREMS ...analysis of circuits using various advanced methods. Branch, loop and node methods are studied. Eight network theorems are presented for the solution of circuit voltages and circuits. (Corequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits) 1 cr.

10-804-118 INTERM ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS ...algebra content with applications. Topics include properties of real numbers, order of operations, algebraic solution for linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomial and rational expressions, operations with rational exponents and radicals, algebra of inverse, logarithmic and exponential functions. (Prerequisites: Compass Algebra = 45 or ACT-Math 21 or 10-834-110, Elem Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass-Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-134 GENERAL CHEMISTRY ...covers chemistry fundamentals. Topics: metric system, problem-solving, periodic relationships, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, properties of water; acids, bases, and salts; and gas laws. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass Reading=77 or ACT-Reading=17 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 cr.

10-804-196 TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS ...topics include circular functions, graphing of trigonometry functions, identities, equations, trigonometric functions of angles, inverse functions, solutions of triangles complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, polar coordinates, and vectors. (Prerequisites: Compass College Algebra=60 or ACT-Math=24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Introduction to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-143 COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 ...presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include laboratory safety, unit conversions and analysis, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, and heat. (Prerequisites: Compass Reading=77 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND Compass Pre-Algebra=27 OR ACT Math=15 OR 10-834-109, Pre-Algebra w “C” or better or equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY ...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading = 70 OR ACT-Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better) 3 cr.

10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.