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.