Denver Schools with Electronics Engineering Certificate Programs
Two public schools within 30 minutes of downtown Denver offer certificate programs in electronics engineering technology. This article looks at those institutions and explores the programs they offer. It also includes information about each school that prospective students should know, such as school size, tuition and the graduation rates, presented as a chart.
- Metropolitan State University of Denver is the larger of the two schools on this list and offers a certificate program in electronics engineering technology. This public school offers a hands-on education with access to engineering internships. It is less than a mile from the heart of Denver.
- Students who prefer a smaller school can enroll at Pickens Technical College, about 12 miles from downtown. It offers a certificate and an expanded certificate in general electronics technology.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are deciding on a school for their training need to be aware of many facts. This table lists some important information about each of these two institutions in an easy-to-use format.
|Metropolitan State University of Denver||Pickens Technical College|
|School Type||Four-year; public||Less-than-two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||21,674*||1,804*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition||$6,420 for in-state students; $20,057 for out-of-state students (2015-2016)*||Total estimated costs for each certificate program: $2,695 (2016-2017)**|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014)||68%*||50%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||65%*||N/A - open admission policy*|
|Retention Rate (2014)|| 63% of full-time students
46% of part-time students*
| 59% of full-time students
81% of part-time students*
|Graduation Rate||24% (32% transfer-out rate) (Students began in 2008)*||77% (Students began in 2011)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Pickens Technical College
Metropolitan State University of Denver
The faculty members at Metropolitan State University of Denver are highly experienced engineers who all have at least a master's degree in the field. Outside of the classroom, students can apply for internships to gain professional experience in electronics engineering technology. There are also numerous clubs on campus that allow engineering students to network and take part in special projects and competitions.
Electrical Engineering Technology Certificate
Students who want to earn this certificate are required to complete 19 credits of coursework. Before beginning the core coursework in the program, students must complete five prerequisite courses that cover calculus and physics. Students take specific courses in electrical engineering that include lessons on circuits, microcontrollers and technical programming applications. The courses in the certificate program can also be applied towards the bachelor's degree program.
Pickens Technical College
The programs at Pickens Technical College are designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs as electrical equipment technicians of electronic test technicians. Students can also choose to continue their studies and pursue undergraduate degrees. Although the college does not offer programs specifically in electronic engineering technology, each of the following options cover concepts and include courses typically found in engineering electronics technology programs. The school offers evening and daytime program options.
General Electronics Technology Certificate
Students in this certificate program take a combination of analog electronics and digital electronics courses. The coursework covers transistors, operational amplifiers, digital devices, microcontrollers and microprocessors. Students must earn 30 credits for this certificate, which can be completed in two semesters. Throughout the program, students learn how the concepts taught in the courses can be applied to solid state and digital systems.
General Electronics Technology Expanded Certificate
This certificate program involves a total of 32 credits. Courses include soldering, advanced transistors, digital devices and micro controllers. This expanded program includes all of the courses required in the general certificate program but also includes an internship. This component allows students to gain hands-on experience as technicians, which can help with employment opportunities after completing the certificate program.