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Engineering Technology Trade Schools in the U.S.

Students pursuing an education in engineering technology often choose to do so through local trade schools. Considerations when choosing a trade school include the types of programs and certifications available, the length of programs and the scheduling of classes.

Engineering technology programs introduce students to the various fields of engineering. Students may find these programs in a number of schools typically as certificate or associate's programs, where they may find different specializations offered.

Schools with Engineering Technology Programs

The table below lists a few of the schools that offer programs in engineering technology. Use it to discover the locations, programs and average tuition of the different institutions.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $2,834 (in-state)
$9,661 (out-of-state)
Houston Community College System Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associates $3,360 (in-state)
$3,756 (out-of-state)
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 2-year, Public Associate's $5,138 (in-state)
$11,055 (out-of-state)
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $3,184 (in-state)
$3,504 (out-of-state)
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,805 (in-state)
$9,450 (out-of-state)
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,064 (in-state)
$4,920 (out-of-state)
Riverside City College Riverside, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,426 (in-state)
$7,366 (out-of-state)
Valencia College Orlando, FL 2-year, Public Associate's $2,474 (in-state)
$9,383 (out-of-state)
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,598 (in-state)
$7,554 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Common specializations within the field of engineering technology include drafting, computer-aided design, land planning and surveying, heating and cooling systems, computer engineering technology and telecommunications technology. Consider the following when looking for engineering technology trade schools:

  • If wanting to specialize, make sure the school offers a specialization that will fit with a career you are interested in.
  • A major consideration of students entering engineering technology programs is the length of those programs which is usually two years or less.
  • Students studying engineering technology often take advantage of the flexibility offered by some trade schools to balance the varied demands of work, family and their education.
  • Some schools offer certifications or preparation for certification exams so that students can earn industry-standard recognition of their educational achievements.

Students who wish to learn the basics of engineering for careers in which they assist engineers or in preparation for their own engineering profession may find engineering technology programs are for them. These programs may vary depending on different areas of specialization.

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