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Schools for Aspiring Electronic Systems Technicians

Dec 09, 2019

Electronic systems technicians (ESTs) aid in the development, maintenance and design of electronics systems such as home entertainment systems, security equipment and communications systems. Training and degree programs can be found through certificate, associate degree and apprenticeship programs.

Individuals interested in becoming electronic systems technicians can find degree, diploma and certificate programs at technical and community colleges. Apprenticeship programs are available through professional organizations, as well as technical and community colleges.

Electronic Systems Technician Schools

These colleges offer programs for aspiring electronics systems technicians:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,070 In-state; $7,854 Out-of-state
Macomb Community College Warren, MI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,375 In-district; $5,952 In-state; $7,649 Out-of-state
Southeast Community College Lincoln, NE 2-year, Public Associate's $3,128 In-state; $3,758 Out-of-state
Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,944 In-state; $12,414 Out-of-state
Northampton Community College Bethlehem, PA 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's $4,380 In-district; $9,570 In-state; $14,100 Out-of-state
Pitt Community College Winterville, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's $1,930 In-state; $6,538 Out-of-state
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public Certificate $3,843 In-state; $12,206 Out-of-state
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,340 In-state; $9,200 Out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are several things to consider when selecting a program in this field:

  • Students interested in short-term training that can prepare them for assistant or entry-level positions might consider certificate and diploma programs, while individuals who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of the industry and increase their employment opportunities should look into associate's degree programs.
  • Students interested in working in a specialty area, such as telecommunications, might want to ensure a program's coursework and equipment training will prepare them for a job in their field of interest.
  • Look for programs that have internships or hands-on practical training opportunities.
  • Examine the job placement rates for program graduates to ensure that employers value a school's program.

Electronic Systems Technician Certificate or Training

Training programs for electronic systems engineers may last from 6-18 months and will provide individuals with basic skills and knowledge of the industry. Topics explored include equipment repair and maintenance, job safety and design basics.

Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Technology

This 2-year degree program provides students with theoretical knowledge in electronic principles, electrical test equipment, fiber optics and system troubleshooting. In addition to general education requirements, associate's degree programs also offer practical experience through labs and real-world experiences.

Electronic System Technician Apprenticeship Program

EST apprenticeship programs provide individuals with the skills and experience needed to have successful careers in the industry. These 3- to 4-year programs combine supervised work and courses in such topics as project planning, cable splicing, wiring and installation.

A number of two-year colleges offer programs for aspiring electronic systems technicians. Curricula might cover an area of specialization and typically results in an associate's degree or certificate.

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