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Salt Lake Technical College

Electronics Assembly Technician (KELA)

The Electronics Assembly Technician program is eligible for Learn & Work funding to cover the cost of tuition. Utah residency is required. Please review this page for complete program and career details before clicking the Apply Today button.

Students learn to use the latest techniques and tools to ensure high reliability soldering in this two-part, hands-on program. The universal assembly and repair module covers all aspects of both single and double-sided through-hole circuit board technology, including: high reliability soldering, solder theory; assembly and rework techniques of wire connections; terminals; axial lead; DIPS; flat packs and multi leaded components.

The Surface Mount Technology (SMT) assembly and repair module stresses the safe installation and removal of surface-mount components, chip, SOTs, MELF, SOICs, QFPs and PLCC, using the latest equipment and techniques. Upon satisfactory completion of this program, students will be able to make "accept" or "reject" decisions for the appropriate class/classes of electronic assembly production, based upon the acceptability requirements of the IPC-A-610E standard.

Certificate of Achievement: 241 Hours

Occupations in this area.

For state and national occupation information, visit O*Net Online and enter the following O*Net code(s):

  • 51-2022.00 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • 51-2023.00 Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers

Required Courses (241 Clock Hours)

Clock Hours
Course KAOS 0170
Title Computer Concepts
Clock Hours 30
Semester A
Prerequisite None.
Course KAIT 0111
Title National Electrical Code/NEMA
Clock Hours 16
Semester A
Prerequisite None.
Course KELA 0172
Title IPC-A-610 Cert Specialist
Clock Hours 36
Semester A
Prerequisite None.
Course KELA 0151
Title Univ. Assembly & Repair
Clock Hours 72
Semester A
Prerequisite None: Recommendations:IPCA610E/F or equivalent Industry Experience.
Course KELA 0161
Title Surface Mount Technology
Clock Hours 72
Semester A
Prerequisite None: Recommendations:IPCA 610E/F, and KELA0151 or equivalent Industry Experience.
Course KWRK 0515
Title Job-Seeking Skills
Clock Hours 15
Semester A
Prerequisite Recommended Prereq: Word Processing and computer literacy exam.

Tuition and Fees

  • Application $40
  • Tuition $590.45
  • Student Fees $38.56
  • Lab Fees $90.00
  • Books/Supplies $319.23 - Students required to have books and materials for the first course

Total Estimated Cost: $1,078.24 (subject to change without notice)

Available Class Schedules

Westpointe Center
2150 W. Dauntless Ave. (1000 North)
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Mon-Thu 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mon-Thu 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Financial Aid

Please contact SLCC Veterans Services for VA Educational Benefits


CASAS Test Required:

  • Reading: 8.0
  • Math: 7.0
  • Ability to distinguish differences in color

Need a little help with Reading, Math, or keyboarding? Academic Readiness courses will get you up to speed!

Ready to get started? Visit the admissions page for instructions and steps to follow for enrollment!


Advising Notes

Stand-alone or PPT - All courses need to have their prerequisites confirmed by the Electronics department. Students must e-mail transcripts, etc., to department before registration/scheduling is approved.


This program is offered in a Competency Based Education (CBE) format. It is divided into several payment periods consisting of 7-weeks in duration for Full-time students, or 14-weeks in duration for Part-time students, except for the final one which is variable in length. This allows students to accelerate and complete as many courses as they can within each of those time periods while the tuition and fees remain fixed. Students will be expected to invest a minimum of 24 hours per week for Full-time students (if using a Pell grant or VA funding), or a minimum of 12 hours per week for Part-time students, on completing coursework. Students will enroll in each course according to the established sequence in the catalog.

Students who only need one or more courses for purposes other than earning a certificate for a full program of study may enroll for Personalized Professional Training (PPT) courses, available in select program areas.

Students receiving Federal Financial Aid or VA funding please contact your academic advisor for specific information regarding eligibility.


Students need a USB Flash Drive and headphones for the first day of class.


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