Associate in Science in Computer, Software & Networking Technology
The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) concentration in the Computer, Software and Networking Technology Associate in Science degree program is specifically designed to combine IT knowledge with RFID expertise for employment in industries, such as retail, transportation, healthcare and government. The program is ideal for individuals with basic math, science and information technology knowledge and an interest in RFID or other wireless technologies. In addition to RFID technology, coursework includes computer and networking security, embedded programming, networking, technical mathematics, computer systems, and computer applications and languages. Employability skills required in industry, and crucial to job placement and career success, are emphasized throughout the program. Hands-on training will be provided in a modern new RFID laboratory. The program’s general education component adds the broader-based educational background valued by all employers. The program features industry internships or specialized lab projects for qualifying students, depending on availability.
Career and Transfer Outlook:
Graduates of the program may be employed as RFID technicians in R&D, field equipment installation, and customer support positions. Graduates can anticipate working in computer, software and networking related industries or other industries deploying RFID technology. Some examples of positions that MCC graduates have held in the past are electronics, software, network, test and customer service technicians. Many graduates of the CSNT program have also continued their studies toward a bachelor’s degree in engineering, engineering technology and information technology. The RFID concentration will expand potential opportunities for graduates into a new and growing field. Articulation discussions for the RFID concentration are in the early stages.
Graduates of the RFID program are prepared to:
Test reader and tag positioning and evaluate the effects of RF interference, reflection and absorption on performance;
Perform a site survey and analyze the pertinent characteristics that impact an RFID system installation;
Design an RFID system, configure equipment and middleware, program tags and a database to address system functional requirements, site characteristics and information security;
Apply ethical principles to analyze business cases that illustrate issues involving RFID;
Work effectively in teams;
Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Incoming students who are eligible for Applied Technical Math for Computers and Networking I (TMA 075) should take TMA 075, as well as Principles of Electric Circuits (NST 101), Digital Systems Fundamentals (NST 111) and Computer System Fundamentals (NST 121) in the first semester. Students who test into MAT 070 or below on the college placement test should take the math needed to qualify for TMA 075 as soon as possible, and are encouraged to enroll in Exploring Technology (ITC 100).