Electronics and Computer Technology

Do you enjoy technical problem-solving? Do you like taking a hands-on approach to solving problems? Are you interested in how electronic and computing devices work? The Electronics and Computer Technology Program at Oakton provides knowledge of emerging technologies and gives you the hands-on skills to analyze, troubleshoot, install, configure and maintain electronic and computer systems equipment.

The program will introduce you to basic electrical concepts such as AC/DC circuits, Ohm’s Law, semiconductor devices, digital circuits, and microcontrollers. These are the basic building blocks of electrical devices in use today. In addition, the program also covers computer hardware which can prepare you for CompTIA’s A+ certification.

Students may enroll in ELT 101 and declare a major in Electronics and Computer Technology during their first semester. Those who have had previous college credits, work experience or military experience in electronics should contact the chairperson before declaring a major.

Degrees and Certificates

This program provides knowledge of emerging technologies and hands-on skills to analyze, configure, design, test and trouble-shoot analog and digital circuits, install and service electronic equipment and systems, and install, operate and service modern electronic and data communication systems.

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This 11 credit-hour course can be completed in one semester. You will take four courses to earn this certificate.

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Our 36 credit-hour course features classes in computer software and concepts, introduction to electronics and semiconductor theory.

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This 42 credit-hour program introduces you to electronics, semiconductor theory and digital circuit fundamentals. 

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This certificate can be completed in one semester.

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Job Outlook

Overall employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 70,400 openings for computer support specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The median annual wage for computer network support specialists was $65,450 in May 2020.

The median annual wage for computer user support specialists was $52,690 in May 2020.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Oakton's professors and lecturers are experts in their fields with advanced degrees and years of real-world experience. In addition to classroom learning, students receive support from our panel of expert advisors.

Reza Dai
Chair, Electronics and Computer Technology
Professor of Electronics, Local Area Networks, and Mathematics
B.S.E.E. Oregon State University
M.S. Oregon State University
M.s. Purdue University
M.S.E. Purdue University
Office: Room P111, Skokie

Meet our part time faculty

Casimer Bialobrzewski
B.S.E.E. Illinois Institute of Technology
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Mahyar Farahmand
B.S.E.E. K.N.Toosi University of Techn (Iran)
M.S.E.E. University of Tehran
Office: Room  2810 , Des Plaines

Angelo J. Gero
B.S. University of Illinois, Chicago
Office: Room 2180, Des Plaines

Wai Choi
Senior Engineer
Excelitas Technologies, Inc.

Casey Bialobrzewski
Network Designer

Jake Young
Chicago Service Center Manager

Reza Dai
Professor of CNS
Oakton Community College

Alireza Tajfar
Hardware Engineer
University of Illinois at Chicago

Rado Tratza
Clinical Engineering
Advocate Health Care

Sal Scafidi
Strategic Business Manager
Omron Electronics LLC.

Angelo Gero
Engineer Consultant

Roger Miller
Chicago Service Center Supervisor

Nate Johnson
Facility Manager

Syed Abidi
Application Leader
Ikonix Group

Majid Ghadiri
Chair, Electronics & Computer Technologies
Oakton Community College

Robert Sompolski
Dean, STEM and Health Careers
Oakton Community College

William Thieme
Maine South High School

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

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Reza Dai
Chair, Electronics and Computer Technology

Each certificate has it's own learning outcomes; browse the Career Programs and Pathways page to find the program you are interested in, the certificates available for the program, and the learning outcomes for the certificate.

Licensure Requirements: Each state and territory has different licensure and certification requirements.  Oakton has researched and/or contacted state licensing authorities to confirm that the program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure or certification.  

Licensure information is reviewed and updated on this site in June of each year. As of July 1, 2020, we have determined that individuals that sit for and pass The A+Certification examinations after successful completion of Oakton’s A+ Certification Preparation course or the A+ Computer Diagnostic Specialist Certificate curriculum:

Meets the education requirements leading to licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,New Hampshire, New Jersey,New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Does NOT meet the education requirements For licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: 

We have not made a determination if the program curriculum meets the requirements for licensure/certification in these states and US Territories: 

If you intend to practice in any state other than Illinois, you should contact the appropriate licensing agency to independently verify whether Oakton’s program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in a particular state before beginning Oakton’s program. Be aware that state licensure requirements may change from time-to-time and that states may have conditions for licensure in addition to educational requirements.