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Fundamentals for Electronic Systems Technicians


Online Course Length: 8 hours | Course Price: $149
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Build a solid foundation for installing digital systems

This comprehensive course delivers a solid foundation in construction methods, electrical basics, job site safety, tools and industry standards. Technical principles of structured wiring including cabling, components, and outlets are explained, along with design and installation procedures, testing and troubleshooting methods.


Students should have a basic understanding of what residential technologies are and the benefits they provide, but no prior technical knowledge is required.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Identify residential electronic systems and their benefits
  • Recognize different methods of residential construction
  • Create a safe working environment on the jobsite
  • Use project plans and documents
  • Pre-wire and document a structured wiring system
  • Terminate cables and attach connectors
  • Test and troubleshoot a structured wiring system

Learning Process and Evaluation

Each student receives a user name and password that provides private and monitored access to the online course.
Progression through the course is managed through an LMS (Learning Management System).
Each course is divided into 10 to 14 sections and at the end of each section the student is given a Quiz consisting of 5 to 10 questions randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 100% is required to progress to the next section. The student is notified which questions are correct or incorrect. The student can then review the materials and answer the questions again. There are unlimited attempts at each Quiz.
Upon completion of all the course material and section Quizzes, the student is required to take a 25 to 40 question Final Test randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 80% or better is considered a passing grade and the student will receive notification of his score. A Certificate of Completion will be available for the student to print when the Final Test is successfully completed.

Course Outline

1. Course Introduction

  • System Requirements
  • Navigating the Course
  • Course Learning Objectives

2. Introducing Electronic Systems

  • Electronic Systems Defined
  • Components of Structured Wiring
  • Electronic System Services
  • Electronic System Subsystems

3. Benefits of Electronic Systems

  • Occupant Benefits
  • Builder Benefits
  • Technology Contractor Benefits

4. Construction and Electrical Basics

  • Basics of Construction
  • Running Cables
  • Drilling in Walls
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Installing Electrical System Components
  • Surge Prevention

5. Jobsite Safety

  • Jobsite Hazards
  • Jobsite Safety Rules
  • Jobsite Injuries
  • First Aid
  • Jobsite Standards of Governing Agencies

6. Tools and Industry Standards

  • Planning Tools
  • Symbols and Abbreviations
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Applying Industry Standards
  • Industry Certification

7. Fasteners and Anchors

  • Types of Fasteners
  • Fastener Uses
  • Types of Anchors
  • Anchor Uses

8. Components of Structured Wiring

  • Physical and Performance Characteristics of Wire
  • Low Voltage Cable Types
  • Types of Distribution Panels
  • Types of Distribution Modules
  • Wall Outlets and Access Points

9. Layout of Structured Wiring

  • Home Run Layout
  • Daisy Chain Layout
  • Wire Run Industry Standards
  • Outlet and Audio Speaker Locations
  • Surge Protection Importance

10. Designing and Installing Structured Wiring

  • Installation Stages
  • Conduit Types
  • Conduit Selection
  • Low Voltage Cable Installation Guidelines

11. Terminating Structured Wiring

  • Cable Termination Steps
  • TIA-568A and TIA-568B
  • Termination Tools
  • Distribution Panel Termination
  • Distribution Module Installation

12. Testing and Troubleshooting Structured Wiring

  • Importance of Testing
  • When to Test
  • Common Wiring Problems
  • Common Testing Tools

13. Course Summary