Individuals planning to become electronics engineering technicians may consider earning a degree or certificate in electronics engineering technology (EET). Most are applied programs offered at the associate's degree level, but some can also be found at the certificate and bachelor's degree levels. Even some programs in electronics technology, which may differ slightly from EET programs, train students for careers in the field. Programs may also have specializations included.
Students can gain practical experience through co-ops or projects. Read below about 6 colleges in Oregon with programs that provide career education in electronics engineering technology.
Chemeketa Community College
Chemeketa Community College in Salem, which is roughly halfway between Portland and Eugene, offers a 6-term Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program with 5 concentration options. Students who elect for the general track are prepared to help manufacture, design, install and repair various electronic systems, such as microelectronics, telecommunications, medical equipment and robots. The computer electronics program option trains participants to maintain and repair computerized systems and automated office equipment, while the industrial electronics option teaches students how to work with computer-based manufacturing systems and electronic manufacturing equipment. The process control track educates learners about monitoring system performance for the biofuel, solar and food processing industries, and those who choose the renewable energy management option can be prepared to design, install and maintain renewable energy systems for wind, hydroelectric and geothermal energy companies.
The school also offers 3-term certificate programs for electronic engineering technicians. The electronics certificate option gives students a basic understanding of electronics through studies in semiconductor devices, blueprints and safety practices. Those interested in specializing in process control systems can find a 37-credit certificate program in the field as well.
Clackamas Community College
Clackamas Community College is located in the Portland suburb of Oregon City and has associate's degree and certificate programs in EET. These programs can provide students with the skills necessary for becoming manufacturing equipment and field service technicians. The curriculum highlights several areas, including basic electronics, digital logic, physics, semiconductor linear circuits and troubleshooting.
Students entering the EET program can complete a 55-credit EET certificate program in 3 terms, and they have the option of completing 3 additional terms to finish the 104-credit A.A.S. degree program. Course options include laser and fiber optics, semiconductor circuits, linear circuits, microcontrollers and industrial safety.
Oregon Institute of Technology
Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) of Klamath Falls is part of the Oregon University System. OIT offers the only EET bachelor's program in the state that's accredited by ABET. This degree program is offered at the school's Wilsonville campus in Portland and is suited best for working professionals who have completed a related program at the associate's level. In fact, OIT has articulation agreements with EET associate's degree programs at Chemeketa Community College, Clackamas Community College and Portland Community College.
Some of the upper-level courses focus on complicated electronics systems, team communication and specialized math. During the final year, students must complete a senior project. To earn the bachelor's degree, undergraduates must earn 187 total units.
Portland Community College
Portland Community College (PCC) is located about 8 miles south of downtown Portland and is the largest higher education institution in the state. PCC offers an A.A.S. degree program in EET with specializations in 5 areas of study. In addition to a general EET option, students may specialize in mechatronics, automation and robotics engineering technology, wireless and data communication engineering technology, biomedical engineering technology as well as renewable energy systems. The general EET degree program option requires completion of 101 credits and includes courses in PC architecture for technicians, C programming, microcomputer systems and electronic control systems. Students can also expect to complete a capstone project.
PCC also offers a 1-year certificate program in EET, which is designed to prepare students for the workforce and includes courses in electronic testing equipment, industrial safety and PC architecture. Those interested in only pursuing studies in renewable energy systems can earn a 42-credit career pathway certificate. This program covers wind mechanics, solar manufacturing and solar voltaic processing.
Rogue Community College
Tucked in the southwest corner of the state is Grants Pass, which is home to Rogue Community College. The school's A.A.S. degree program in electronics technology has much of the same coursework as most EET programs and trains students to work as electronics test technicians or field engineers. Students who complete this program may have the option to pursue an engineering degree at a 4-year school.
During the program, students learn about electronics troubleshooting and prototype development. This program takes about 2 years to complete and may include electives in research and development, electronics assembly, alternative energies and renewable energy systems. A cooperative work experience in electronics is also available for those who wish to gain hands-on experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Electronics Engineering Technology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Chemeketa Community College||2-year; public; midsize suburb|| Certificate of Completion in Electronics Engineering Technician,
Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technician
|$4,230 in-state; $11,520 out-of-state*|
|Clackamas Community College||2-year; public; large suburb|| Certificate in Electronics Engineering Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology
|$4,268 in-state; $11,918 out-of-state*|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||4-year; public; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology||$8,838 in-state; $24,825 out-of-state*|
|Portland Community College||2-year; public; large city|| Certificate in Electronic Engineering Technology,
Career Pathway Certificate in Renewable Energy Systems,
Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology
|$3,766 in-state; $8,374 out-of-state*|
|Rogue Community College||2-year; public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology||$4,005 in-state; $4,761 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics