According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates of postsecondary electronics programs often advance more quickly in the field of elevator installation and repair than those who haven't taken these programs (www.bls.gov). Certificate, diploma and associate degree programs in electronics technology are offered at 2-year technical and vocational schools across the country.
10 Schools with Electronics Technology Programs
Electronics technology programs are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition* (2015-2016)|
|Mesa Community College||Mesa, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $2,046; Out-of-state $7,830|
|Durham Technical Community College||Durham, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $1,840; Out-of-state $6,388|
|North Seattle Community College||Seattle, WA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $4,458; Out-of-state $9,693|
|Austin Community College||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $2,550; In-state $9,210; Out-of-state $11,340|
|Davidson County Community College||Thomasville, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||In-state $2,460; Out-of-state $8,604|
|Metropolitan Community College||Omaha, NE||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $2,745; Out-of-state $4,005|
|Pueblo Community College||Pueblo, CO||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $6,761; Out-of-state $14,561|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, UT||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $3,569; Out-of-state $11,337|
|Tarrant County College||Fort Worth, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $1,320; In-state $2,064; Out-of-state $4,920|
|Columbus State Community College||Columbus, OH||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $3,808; Out-of-state $8,430|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of things to consider when selecting an electronics technology program.
- Students might want to consider enrolling in programs that have coursework relevant to obtaining some kind of professional certification or credentialing through an organization such as the National Association of Elevator Contractors.
- Length of program varies between certificate programs can be completed in 2-3 semesters and an associate's degree program which can take up to two years.
- Coursework and facilities that include hydraulic systems and print reading may be especially useful to aspiring elevator technicians.
- Internships give students the chance to gain hands-on experience and if the school offers career planning that can help the student enter into the profession.
Certificate in Electronics Technology
Certificate programs in electronics technology can be completed in 2-3 semesters.
Diploma in Electronics Technology
Diploma programs in electronics technology can typically be completed in two years or less. Coursework can include maintenance procedures, AC and DC currents, wiring, safety and operating systems.
Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology
Associate degree programs in electronics technology can be completed in two years and typically include general education courses. Projects and internship experiences may be included at this level. Coursework commonly includes technical writing, machinery controls, digital circuits and electronics systems.
Aspiring elevator technicians can prepare for a career in this field by earning a certificate, diploma or associate's degree in electronics technology. There are a number of institutions that offer these programs, and it may be possible to complete internships as part of the program to gain practical experience before entering this field.