How to Choose an Electronics Technology School

Electronics technology programs supply students with the educational foundation for a wide variety of career paths in electrical maintenance, repair, sales, installation, instrument manufacturing and security. Diploma, certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs are offered throughout the U.S. at 2- and 4-year schools and colleges.

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.

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