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Electronic Technology Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

Several schools offer associate's and bachelor's degrees in electronic technology combining several disciplines, including electronics, technology and engineering. Important considerations for selecting a school include flexible scheduling, off-campus work experience and available concentrations.

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Students interested in studying electronic technology can find programs at community colleges, technical schools and universities. It's possible to pursue studies towards an associate's degree, or complete a bachelor's degree to prepare to enter this career field.

10 Schools with Electronic Technology Programs

These institutions offer electronic technology programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,046 In-state; $7,830 Out-of-state
Austin Community College Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $9,210 In-state; $11,340 Out-of-state
Durham Technical Community College Durham, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,840 In-state; $6,388 Out-of-state
North Seattle College Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,458 In-state; $9,693 Out-of-state
Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,745 In-state; $4,005 Out-of-state
Pueblo Community College Pueblo, CO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $6,761 In-state; $14,561 Out-of-state
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,569 In-state; $11,337 Out-of-state
Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,808 In-state; $8,430 Out-of-state
Hinds Community College Raymond, MS 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,600 In-state; $5,200 Out-of-state
Tarrant County Community College Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,064 In-state; $4,920 Out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

When choosing an electronic technology school there are some important things to keep in mind.

  • The majority of programs specifically in electronic technology exist at the associate's degree level and are offered by many community colleges and technical schools.
  • Students gain the hands-on experience they need to be successful by attending a school that provides access to up-to-date laboratories, equipment and tools.
  • The field of electronic technology encompasses a broad spectrum of concepts and skills, and many programs offer concentrations, including industrial electronics, communications or automation, that allow students to focus on a particular career path.
  • Some two-year degree programs can be transferred towards a bachelor's degree.

Associate's Degree in Electronic Technology

Students can qualify for entry-level positions by earning an associate's degree in electronic technology or electronics and computer technology. Associate of Applied Science programs are designed to prepare students for employment, while credit from an Associate of Science program can typically transfer to a 4-year university. Both programs can often be completed in two years or less.

Bachelor's Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology

Bachelor's degree majors consist of both electronics engineering technology and electrical engineering technology. Electronics programs often focus on devices and hardware, and electrical majors provide more coverage of theory and application. Bachelor's degree programs usually incorporate engineering principles, and completion could qualify graduates for engineering licensure.

Electronic technology programs are typically offered as a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree. Many public colleges offer certificate and associate's degree programs, and some associate's degrees can be applied towards a bachelor's degree.

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