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Electronics Certificate Programs in Chicago, IL with Course Info

The Chicago, IL, area has five schools that offer electronics programs. Get some information about the certificate programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Chicago, IL, Schools with Electronics Programs

The Chicago area offers several opportunities for students interested in earning electronics certificates. Programs are found in various areas of electronics and electronics engineering, such as basic or industrial electronics. Some schools offer studies in related areas of electrical engineering. Two colleges within a commutable distance of Chicago and their electronics certificate studies are highlighted here. Read details about course topics for each program, and learn facts about the schools in the table provided at the beginning of this article.

  • Harper College is based 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The college offers four certificate programs in electronics or related areas.
  • Joliet Junior College, located approximately 45 miles southwest of Chicago's downtown area, has certificate programs available in electrical/electronics, electronics engineering technology and industrial electronics.

Comparison of Schools

When researching electronics certificate programs, it is often a good idea to examine all factors about a school before making your choice. Below you will find helpful facts about each school's tuition, population, graduation rates and more.

Harper College Joliet Junior College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 14,957* 15,776*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $3,228 in-district; $9,396 in-state; $11,208 out-of-state* $3,450 in-district; $10,508 in-state; $11,187 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 50%* 59%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 68% for full-time students; 47% for part-time students* 59% for full-time students; 42% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011 start date) 21% (29% transfer-out rate)* 14% (35% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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Harper College

Located in Palatine, IL, Harper College is a public, 2-year college that enrolls nearly 15,000 students. Harper College offers several certificate programs related to electronics.

Certificate in Electronics

The 16-credit program offers a flexible curriculum, which allows students to tailor their program to their interests in the field. Available coursework covers DC and AC network analysis, semiconductor devices and circuits, digital electronics and analog electronics. Other possible courses include industrial control systems, radio frequency network analysis and microprocessors.

Certificate in Radio Frequency Identification Electronics

Intended for students interested in radio frequency identification (RFID) systems careers; this 16-credit certificate program offers foundational electronics training and emphasizes RFID equipment operation and servicing, as well as system analysis. Required courses include RFID systems, industrial electronics maintenance, industrial control systems and communications systems. Students who complete the program can find entry-level jobs in applications engineering, technical sales and customer service.

Certificate in Industrial Electronics Maintenance

Industrial control systems, electronics and electrical wiring are required subjects for this 16-credit-hour certificate program. Possible electives include DC and AC motors, optics, sensors and programmable logic controllers. Graduates could become apprentice electricians, facilities technicians or electrical technicians, and may continue their training in pursuit of an associate's degree.

Certificate in Alternative Electrical Energy

This 24-credit certificate program emphasizes the operation, installation and maintenance of electronic equipment needed for entry-level careers in alternative energy. Required courses include solar and wind power generation systems, electrical wiring, AC and DC motors and industrial control systems.

Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College, located just outside of the downtown Joliet area, is a 2-year public institution that enrolls nearly 17,000. The college offers associate's degree and certificate programs, as well as study abroad and distance learning opportunities.

Basic Electronics Certificate of Completion

Topics covered during the 8-credit basic electronics certificate program include installing surface mount devices, using heat sources and wire solder, circuit board soldering and component removal techniques. Students are also required to complete either a digital electronics course or an electrical circuits course.

Electrical/Electronics Certificate of Completion

This electronics certificate requires four classes totaling 16 credit hours. Coursework explores industrial controls, troubleshooting, basic wiring and circuit design.

Electronics Engineering Technology Certificate of Achievement

The 34-credit program examines solid-state circuitry, electronic soldering, electrical circuits and digital electronics. Students are also required to complete seven credits of general education requirements and eight credits of electives, which may include wireless communications, industrial electronics and electronic communications systems.

Industrial Electrical/Electronics Certificate of Achievement

The 42-credit industrial electronics program delves into motors and drives, basic wiring, circuit design and industrial circuits. Participants are educated in process control, instrumentation and automated systems. Students must complete six credit hours in general education, which is comprised of English and math courses.

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