School and Ranking Information
Selections for an electronics program in Tucson are slim. However, farther north in the Mesa area, several schools offer programs for students who wish to become electricians. Based on available degree paths, exam preparation and low tuition costs, the following school is the top pick in the area for electrical technology programs.
- Winner: Located roughly 90 miles northwest of Tucson in Mesa, Mesa Community College features associate's degree and certificate programs in electronics technology and electronics engineering.
School Info Chart
|Category||Mesa Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,974 (in-state); $7,758 (out-of-state)*|
|Electronics Technology Degrees Offered||Certificate; Associate's|
|Electronics Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||19*|
|Most Popular Electronics Technology Degree Level in 2012-2013||Associate's*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||12%*|
|Noteworthy||In 2012-2013, the job placement rate for certificate recipients was reported at 75%**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College
- Graduates of any of the school's electronics technology programs can sit for the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET) exam
- MCC's Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology is the only electronics program in Arizona that is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration
- The community college works with Arizona State University - Polytechnic for transferability once students complete an associate's degree in electronics
Mesa Community College (MCC) has four campuses in the Mesa area. The college has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1 and enrolls more than 23,000 students, with 68% attending part time. MCC offers over 200 programs of study through 20 departments, and the programs for aspiring electricians are offered through the applied sciences and technology department.
The AAS in Electronics Technology program includes an extensive algebra-based curriculum as well as courses in communication systems, industrial safety and circuit analysis. The electronics engineering technology associate's program features more math and fewer electronics courses than the AAS in Electronics Technology program. The 33-credit-hour certificate program in electronics technology contains some of the same courses as the AAS in Electronics Technology, including an algebra/trigonometry course along with classes in microprocessors and computer programming.