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Welcome to the El Camino College Utilities Responsive Training (URT) web site. We invite you to explore this site to learn more about URT certificates and transferring requirements from El Camino College, Department of Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology.  You may want to check out the Career Advancement Academy for a program similar to this one as well as in other areas. 

Are you interested in teaching at a SoCalROC program or in a high school industrial & technology related field?  Come see the CTE Teacher Pipeline page for more information about a paid internship with a teacher at one of these sites.  Some popular fields include automotive, construction (woodworking), and welding.

This program may lead to exciting and rewarding careers in the utilities sector and related industries including, electrical power, water & power, refineries, aerospace, and green power generation with companies such as Exxon Mobil, Department of Water & Power, Northrop Grumman, Sempra Utilities, and Southern California Edison.

 


SUMMER UTILITIES RESPONSIVE TRAINING (SURT)

The Summer Utilities Responsive Training (SURT) Program ran during the summer of 2011.  This 10 week, 90 hour program, trained 24 students on industry-recommended areas including Reading for Information, Locating Information, and Applied Mathematics, ElectronicsSoft Skills (Communication, Teamwork, Leadership), and Career Information & Readiness.  Nancilyn Burruss and John Weitzel facilitated workshops and Roberto Pandolfi of the Business Training Center facilitated the Electronics component. The 10 week session concluded with a Student - Industry Meet & Greet on August 18, 2011. Industry Partners present were the Southern California Edison, the Southern California Gas Company, Energy Pathways, Northrop Grumman, Electrical Training Institute, Honeywell Energy Solutions, and Global Energy Services.  To date several students from this program are continuing or beginning their education here at El Camino College in Electronics or related fields, a few have found employment, and some are continuing to hunt for opportunities.  According to the evaluations all of the students found the program useful to them and helped them figure out a path to success.  The Career Advancement Academy is taking up the charge to train entry level utilities workers.

POWER ELECTRONICS CERTIFICATE (PEC) PROGRAM

The entry level technician Certificate of Accomplishment includes the following courses:

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 11, 62, 64, 95abcd, and Technical Math 1. These courses will prepare students to apply to entry level positions in utilities, refineries, and power companies. *Note, Technical Math 1 has been moved to Spring 2012. In the Fall students need ECHT 11 and then in the Spring ECHT 62 and 64, and Technical Math 1.

 Power Electronics Certificate:

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 11

Introduction to Electronics

3 units

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 62

Introduction to the Electrical Power Industry

2 units

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 64

Electrical Power Industry Safety

2 units

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 95abcd

Cooperative Work Experience Education

2 units

Technical Math 1 (ALTERNATE COURSE PENDING)

Math 12 or 23 recommended ***

Technical Mathematics for Vocational Students

Arithmetic or Pre-Algebra

3 units

Total Units 12

 

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 11
Introduction to Electronics (Fall 2011)

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is an introduction to electronics for students preparing to enter the field and for students interested in consumer electronics; it provides the basis for further studies in electronics and computer hardware technology. Topics include safety, employment opportunities, the basic theory and applications of electricity, analysis of circuit values using a standard scientific calculator, component identification and schematic diagrams, and the techniques of electrical measurement. Also introduced are alternating current measurements and the use of the oscilloscope. Common devices employed in automotive and air conditioning systems are also covered.

MATH COURSE RECOMMENDATION

Math 12 or 23 (see link for more information on these courses)

 

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 62
Introduction to the Electric Power Industry (Spring 2012, pending instructor)

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course, students are introduced to electric power generation and transmission. Topics will emphasize employment opportunities in the powerline industry. The course will include a general overview of the types of power systems, electricity generation, basic electrical theory, history of power generation and distribution, power system protection, system reliability, and power industry governance.

Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

 

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 64
Electric Power Industry Safety (Spring 2012, pending instructor)

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course addresses OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations for the electric power generation and distribution industry. The topics covered include OSHA regulations for the utility industry, personal protective equipment, fall protection, hazardous material handling, fire protection, hand and power tools, and electrical distribution safety components. Students successfully completing the course will be eligible to take the examination for the OSHA (30 hours) safety-training certificate.

Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

 

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 95abcd or alternate arragement / course
Cooperative Career Education (Summer 2012)

2-4 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation:
Parallel Plan (Work and Attend School at the Same Time): Enrollment in a minimum of seven units, including Cooperative Career Education; employment in a job related to the major or career goal by the third week of the semester; completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major
Alternate Plan (Work and Attend School Alternately): Successful completion of one semester at El Camino College including one course from the major before initial enrollment in plan; enrollment limited to one other class during the semester; employment in a job related to the major or career goal by the third week of the semester; successful completion of at least seven units of other class work at El Camino before re-enrolling in plan

Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU - limitations apply

Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, employer, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare these to personal potential and expectations.

Note: The maximum total units earned for CCE under both plans may not exceed 16 units.

 


Information about Career Pathways, Labor Market Information, and Job Listings, (Click Here)


John L Weitzel, M.S., M.A., Grant Programs Coordinator

Utilities Responsive Training Grant Program

(310) 660-3593 x3609
jweitzel@elcamino.edu

The contents of this website were developed under a Utilities grant from the State of California Economic & Workforce Development and the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges. However, contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the State of California, and you should not assume endorsement by the State Government.

 Last Published 6/26/12