Electronics engineering technology (EET) education is generally obtained through electronics or electrical engineering technology programs, which are very similar. They are found at the 2-year associate's degree level, although some may be bachelor's degree programs. Featuring concentration areas, internships or capstone courses, some programs might also be taken on a full- or part-time basis. Students could have the option of transferring to 4-year programs.
As students build practical skills, they may be required to work on electronics design projects. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) usually accredits programs that include college algebra, trigonometry and science courses. The following nine schools in Illinois offer electronics or electrical engineering technology degree programs.
College of DuPage
Located in Glen Ellyn, the College of DuPage has an electronics engineering technology associate degree program that teaches students the basics of engineering and electronics. Students learn about electronic communications, microcomputers and digital electronics. The program provides hands-on training working on projects, utilizing what was learning through theory-based courses. The 66-credit program includes courses in circuits, electronic materials and fabrication, renewable energy fundamentals and electronic communication. To complete elective course requirements, students can take courses in green energy systems, drive components and industrial controls.
College of Lake County
The College of Lake County in Grayslake offers an Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology program that prepares students to work in research, design or similar fields. Offered through the Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Division, the program coursework includes solid-state electronics, electronic laboratory techniques, AC and DC circuit analysis, microprocessors and digital electronics. Additional coursework in this 71-credit program includes electronic communications systems, electrical machinery, psychology, physics, math and economics.
William Rainey Harper College
The EET program at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine can be completed on a full- or part-time basis with classes offered in the spring, fall and summer semesters. Students develop critical-thinking skills through courses in physics, math and computer science. Course topics include electrical laws and principles, digital and analog circuits, industrial electronics and network analysis. Upon completion of this 67-credit program, students have an understanding of wireless communication systems, semiconductor device applications, electrical applications and electrical safety procedures.
Joliet Junior College
Students planning a career in electronics engineering technology can complete an associate degree program in two years at Joliet Junior College in Joliet. Requiring 64 credit hours, this program has the student completing 17 credits of general education courses, 32 credits of EET courses and 15 credits of EET and non-EET electives. The curriculum combines theoretical courses with hands-on training working with microprocessors, computers and electronics.
Lake Land College
Located in Mattoon, Lake Land College has an EET associate degree program that prepares students to enter four-year electronic degree programs at Southern Illinois University or Indiana State University. Offered through the technology division, the program teaches students about electric circuits, electronic design and fabrication, solid-state devices, industrial controls, linear electronics and microcontroller applications. During the final semester, the student demonstrates an electronic project he or she designed, fabricated and tested based on his or her area of interest and career goals.
Oakton Community College
With campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie, Oakton Community College offers an electronics and computer technology associate degree program that teaches students about the emerging technologies and provides hands-on training installing, analyzing and troubleshooting electronic and computer systems and components. To earn the associate degree, students complete various electronics and computer technology courses, as well as 18 credit hours of general education courses. Students complete courses in semiconductor theory, integrated circuits, networking essentials and microcomputer hardware systems. The student also learns about electronic drafting using CAD (computer-aided drafting).
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
The Department of Technology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale offers various engineering programs, including an engineering technology bachelor's degree program. Offering a concentration in electrical engineering technology, this program teaches students about the production, development, installation and testing of electronic and electrical devices and circuits. Through theory and lab courses, students learn to plan and install power distribution systems and to operate and maintain complex electronic systems. They also have opportunities to complete internships at various companies in the area. Additionally, this program includes a focus area in electronics and embedded systems design.
Southwestern Illinois College
Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville has several technical education programs designed to prepare students for immediate employment after graduation. The Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Technology program includes a specialization in electrical electronics technology. The two-year program includes various electronics-related courses that provide students with technical training, as well as general education courses. Topics of study include math for electricity and electronics, electrical circuits, electrical wiring principles, robotics, digital electronic circuits and instrumentation fundamentals. Students also complete a two-credit electrical and electronics capstone course.
Waubonsee Community College
Waubonsee Community College, with campuses in Aurora, Plano and Sugar Grove, has an electronics technology associate degree program that provides training in working with digital and microprocessor controlled systems. To earn the degree, students must complete 16 general education credits, 24 electronics technology credits and 20 electives credits. Elective courses may be from various categories, such as industrial technology, computer-aided design and drafting, electronics technology and computer information systems. Students learn about DC and AC circuit analysis, digital fundamentals, microprocessors and solid-state devices.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Electronics Engineering Technology Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|College of DuPage||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology||$10,885 in-state; $12,985 out-of-state*|
|College of Lake County||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology||$8,358 in-state; $11,046 out-of-state*|
|William Rainey Harper College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology||$9,396 in-state; $11,208 out-of-state*|
|Joliet Junior College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology||$10,508 in-state; $11,187 out-of-state*|
|Lake Land College||Two-year, public; distant town||Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology||$7,282 in-state; $13,084 out-of-state*|
|Oakton Community College||Two-year, public; small city||Associate in Applied Science in Electronics and Computer Technology||$8,878 in-state; $10,866 out-of-state*|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Four-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology - Electrical Engineering Technology||$13,137 in-state; $26,390 out-of-state*|
|Southwestern Illinois College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Technology - Electrical Electronics Technology||$12,120 in-state; $15,750 out-of-state*|
|Waubonsee Community College||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Technology||$7,002 in-state; $7,587 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator