While many working repair technicians have only a high school diploma, earning a certificate or degree from one of the many technical, vocational or community colleges that offer electrical technology programs can help professionals land a job or enhance their existing skill sets. Programs mix hands-on learning with traditional classroom teaching.
10 Schools with Electrical Technology Programs
These schools offer undergraduate electrical technology programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Southwestern College||Chula Vista, CA||Two Year, Public||Associate||$1,336 in-state, $5,452 out-of-state|
|Cayuga County Community College||Auburn, NY||Two Year, Public||Associate||$4,742 in-state, $9,068 out-of-state|
|Virginia Western Community College||Roanoke, VA||Two Year, Public||Associate||$4,713 in-state, $10,551 out-of-state|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, VA||Two Year, Public||Associate||$5,138 in-state, $11,055 out-of-state|
|Central Community College||Grand Island, NE||Two Year, Public||Associate||$6,816 in-state, $9,798 out-of-state (2016-2017)**|
|Stanly Community College||Albemarle, NC||Two Year, Public||Associate||$2,523 in-state, $8,667 out-of-state|
|Chabot College||Hayward, CA||Two Year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,138 in-state, $6,970 out-of-state|
|Union County College||Cranford, NJ||Two Year, Public||Associate||$4,450 in-district, $8,900 in-state, $8,900 out-of-state|
|Vermont Technical College||Randolph, VT||Two Year, Public||Bachelor's||$13,490 in-state, $24,866 out-of-state|
|Del Mar College||Corpus Christi, TX||Two Year, Public||Associate||$2,546 in-district, $3,846 in-state, $4,808 out-of-state|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics and **school websites
School Selection Criteria
Students should consider the following when choosing an electrical technology program:
- Associate degree programs typically take two years to complete and include general education requirements, while certificate programs can be completed in under a year and do not include general education courses.
- Some programs may offer internship or apprenticeship opportunities that allow students to gain experience before entering the workforce.
- Some programs allow for specializations in areas such as electrical wiring or instrumentation.
Certificate programs prepare aspiring TV and VCR repair technicians for entry-level work. Some programs require students to complete different electrical courses each semester and follow specified study tracks, and some offer specialization options in areas such as electrical wiring or instrumentation.
Associate Degree Programs
An associate's degree in electrical and instrumentation technology is designed to prepare students for careers repairing TVs, VCRs and other technology. Most associate degree programs put emphasis on troubleshooting of various electronic systems and offer different study tracks, including communications maintenance and industrial controls and automation.
Electrical technology programs are commonly available at the undergraduate degree levels. Prospective students should consider program length, specializations, and internship or apprenticeship opportunities when choosing a school.