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Several community colleges and a public university in New Jersey offer engineering technology associate's and bachelor's degree programs in various disciplines, including civil, manufacturing, surveying, electronics and mechanical engineering technology. Some associate's-level programs are designed for students who intend to later transfer to a 4-year university to earn a bachelor's degree.
Students must complete design projects or cooperative experiences as part of their programs. Below is an overview of the ten largest schools in New Jersey that grant degrees in this field, along with a comparison table that gives tuition rates for each school.
Bergen Community College
The general engineering technology associate's degree program at Bergen Community College, which is located in Paramus, requires students to complete 65 credits. Courses in the program include circuit analysis, electronics, drafting, physics, chemistry, civil engineering methods and principles of machine tools. Students must also complete general education courses covering English, humanities and social sciences. This program is intended for students who intend on entering the workforce and not those who wish to transfer to a four-year program.
Brookdale Community College
Brookdale Community College, in Lincroft, offers an electronics technology associate's degree program with a focus in electronics engineering technology. This program requires 61 credits and includes courses in programming for engineers, electrical circuits, computer architecture, digital circuits and analog electronic devices. The program can be useful to students planning to transfer to a bachelor's degree program in engineering technology at another school as well as those hoping to enter the workforce upon graduation.
Rowan College at Burlington County
Rowan College at Burlington County in Pemberton offers an electronics engineering technology associate's program. This program requires students to complete 64 total credits, which include courses in circuits, electronic computer graphics, digital circuits, solid state devices and analog integrated circuits. Students who complete the program can pursue entry-level employment as engineering technicians or continue their education at the bachelor's level.
Camden County College
Camden County College is seated in Blackwood, New Jersey, and has three engineering technology programs. Students may purse an associate's degree in electrical-electronics engineering technology, electromechanical engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology. The electrical-electronics and electromechanical engineering technology programs require students to complete 64 credits, while the mechanical engineering technology program requires a minimum of 66 credits. Students in each program must complete a design project or participate in an engineering co-op. Although all of the programs can prepare student to enter the workforce in a variety of capacities, each program has specific articulation agreements with other schools in the region.
Essex County College
Essex County College in Newark has Associate in Applied Science degree programs in civil construction, electronic and manufacturing engineering technology. The civil construction engineering technology program requires students to complete 65 credits and includes courses like construction methods and materials, surveying, hydraulics and drainage, structures, soil mechanics and engineering graphics. Students in the electronic engineering technology program can expect to take courses in electric circuits, electronics, linear circuit analysis and microprocessors. The manufacturing engineering program includes courses in mechanics, manufacturing processes, fluid mechanics and a mechanical engineering project.
Students in any of these programs can choose to transfer to a bachelor's program. All three of the programs also feature dual admissions options, which allow students to take their first two years at Essex County College and continue working towards a bachelor's degree at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
The bachelor's degree program in science and technology with an option in engineering science offered at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, requires students to complete 124 semester hours in general education and engineering science courses. Students may select a concentration in industrial, mechanical, electrical, construction, structural, general, chemical, transportation, biomedical or pharmaceutical engineering. This program is designed so students who complete it can enter a graduate program at the school.
Middlesex County College
Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, offers engineering technology programs in civil, electrical, mechanical and surveying engineering. Students can pursue an associate's degree in any of these disciplines or a certificate in civil or electrical engineering technology. The school offers engineering technology students the opportunity to participate in a joint admissions program with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which allows them to continue their studies at the bachelor's level after spending two years at Middlesex County College. The certificate programs can be completed in three semesters, and the associate's programs can be completed in two years or less.
Passaic County Community College
Passaic County Community College, located in Paterson, New Jersey, offers an Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology for students planning to enter the workforce or hoping to pursue a bachelor's degree after graduation. Associate in Applied Science programs at Passaic County Community College require students to complete 20 credits in general education courses in addition to 46 credits of coursework focused on engineering concepts. Electronics engineering technology courses offered include principles of electrical circuits, basic electronics, AC circuits, digital circuits, microprocessors and programmable logic controllers.
Thomas Edison State University
Located in Trenton, Thomas Edison State University offers engineering technology associate's and bachelor's degree programs in electronics and nuclear engineering technology. The Associate in Science in Applied Science and Technology programs in electronics and nuclear engineering technology require 60 credits in general education courses, electives and coursework in the area of study. Nuclear engineering technology students at the associate's and bachelor's levels can receive credit towards the program requirements if they have completed Navy Basic Nuclear Power School.
Students can also pursue a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology. Both of the nuclear technology bachelor's programs are accredited by ABET.
Union County College
Union County College is found in Cranford, New Jersey, and offers three programs in engineering technology. Students can choose a two-year program in civil construction, electronics/electromechanical or mechanical engineering technology. Union County College students may transfer to a bachelor's degree program in engineering technology at a four-year institution after graduating from the associate's degree program. Students in the electronics/electromechanical program can expect to receive hands-on training focused on troubleshooting and repairing equipment. All of the programs feature an introductory course in computer programming along with mathematical analysis and physics courses.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Engineering Technology Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Bergen Community College||Two-year; public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in General Engineering Technology||$4,278 in-district; $7,686 in-state; $8,046 out-of-state*|
|Brookdale Community College||Two-year; public; fringe rural||Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Technology with an Option in Electronics Engineering Technology||$3,653 in-district; $6,599 in-state; $7,199 out-of-state*|
|Rowan College at Burlington||Two-year; public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology||$4,065 in-district; $4,545 in-state; $6,495 out-of-state*|
|Camden County College||Two-year; public; large suburb|| Associate in Applied Science in Engineering Technology - Electrical-Electronic Engineering,
Associate in Applied Science in Engineering Technology - Electromechanical Engineering,
Associate in Applied Science in Engineering Technology - Mechanical Engineering
|$4,320 in-district; $4,440 in-state; $4,440 out-of-state*|
|Essex County College||Two-year; public; large city|| Associate in Applied Science in Civil Construction Engineering Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology
|$4,213 in-district; $7,358 in-state; $7,358 out-of-state*|
|Kean University||Four-year; public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology with an Option in Engineering Science||$11,581 in-state; $18,183 out-of-state*|
|Middlesex County College||Two-year; public; large suburb|| Certificate in Civil Engineering Technology,
Certificate in Electrical Engineering Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Surveying Engineering Technology
|$3,372 in-district; $6,744 in-state; $6,744 out-of-state*|
|Passaic County Community College||Two-year; public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology||$4,410 in-district; $5,115 in-state; $7,755 out-of-state*|
|Thomas Edison State University||Four-year; public; small city|| Associate in Science in Applied Science and Technology in Electronics Engineering Technology,
Associate in Science in Applied Science and Technology in Nuclear Engineering Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology in Electronics Engineering Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology in Nuclear Engineering Technology
|$6,135 in-state; $9,036 out-of-state*|
|Union County College||Two-year; public; large suburb|| Associate in Applied Science in Construction Engineering Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Electronics/Electromechanical Engineering Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology
|$4,450 in-district; $8,900 in-state; $8,900 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.