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Schools with TV and VCR Repair Programs: How to Choose

When there is a problem with a TV or a VCR, consumers often seek the help of a TV or VCR repair professional. While educational requirements to repair TVs and VCRs aren't mandatory, a certificate or an associate degree in electrical technology can prepare students to maintain and fix a variety of electronic devices.

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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

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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

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.

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