Certificate and diploma programs in electronics technology may lead directly to specific entry-level positions, or they may serve as a foundation for apprenticeship or internship experiences. Associate and bachelor's degree programs in the field can prepare individuals for management and leadership roles in the industry, and students may find that the completion of these programs offers a more comprehensive overview of electronics knowledge.
Ten Electronics Technology Schools
These institutions offer electronics technology programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Mesa Community College||Mesa, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$2,046 in-state, $7,830 out-of-state|
|Bismarck State College||Bismarck, ND||4-year, Public||Certificate||$3,604 in-state, $8,383 out-of-state|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||Wilsonville, OR||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,838 in-state, $24,825 out-of-state|
|Southeastern Technical College||Vidalia, GA||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate||$2,774 in-state, $4,910 out-of-state|
|Brookdale Community College||Lincroft, NJ||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,653 in-district, $6,599 in-state, $7,199 out-of-state|
|Dona Ana Community College||Las Cruces, NM||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,632 in-district, $1,968 in-state, $5,184 out-of-state|
|Quinsigamond Community College||Worcester, MA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$5,302 in-state, $10,246 out-of-state|
|Rogue Community College||Grant Pass, OR||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,005 in-state, $4,761 out-of-state|
|North Seattle College||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$4,458 in-state, $9,693 out-of-state|
|Casper College||Casper, WY||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$2,640 in-state, $6,624 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of things to consider when choosing an electronics technology program.
- Prospective students who are considering certificate or associate degree programs may want to find out if credits can be applied to higher degree programs in the future.
- Students who want to focus their studies on a particular subfield, such as biomedical or industrial electronics, should look for schools that offer specialized certificates or concentration options in that area.
- Working professionals may want to look for schools that offer courses in the evenings or on weekends.
- Students should look for schools with up-to-date facilities that provide hands-on training opportunities with the industry-standard engineering, electrical wiring and computer technologies.
Certificate and Diploma Programs
Certificate and diploma programs in electronics technology typically take one year or less to complete and include a short series of introductory electronics courses. Some schools also offer certificate programs that focus on a particular subfield, such as industrial electronic technology or biomedical electronics. In some programs, the credit earned can be applied to an associate's degree in the field.
Associate Degree Programs
Associate degree programs are designed to be completed in two years, and they commonly include general education courses as well as basic electronic and computer courses. Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs, or they may transfer directly into bachelor's degree programs. Some schools also offer coursework that prepares students for industry certifications.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electronics Engineering Technology programs provide a more comprehensive overview of the field. They usually take four years to complete, but some schools also provide two-year degree completion programs for students who already hold an associate degree. Prior to graduation, students may be required to submit a senior design project.
Studies in electronic engineering and electronics technology are available at several colleges and universities across the country. Undergraduate certificate and degree programs are available for interested students.