According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Degrees specific to motor vehicle electronics are rare, but students interested in this career may consider several certificate programs or a degree in electronic technology, offered at various educational institutions around the country.
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10 Schools with Electronics Technology Programs
These schools offer electronics technology or technician programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-6)*|
|North Seattle College||Seattle, WA||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$4,458 in-state, $9,693 out-of-state|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state|
|Mesa Community College||Mesa, AZ||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$2,046 in-state, $7,830 out-of-state|
|Pueblo Community College||Pueblo, CO||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$6,761 in-state, $14,561 out-of-state|
|Durham Technical Community College||Durham, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$1,840 in-state, $6,388 out-of-state|
|Oakton Community College||Des Plaines, IL||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$3,285 in-district, $8,878 in-state, $10,866 out-of-state|
|Lehigh Carbon Community College||Schnecksville, PA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$3,800 in-district, $7,070 in-state, $10,340 out-of-state|
|Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City||Kansas City, MO||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$2,880 in-district, $5,280 in-state, $6,900 out-of-state|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, UT||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$3,569 in-state, $11,337 out-of-state|
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$1,320 in-district, $2,064 in-state, $4,920 out-of-state|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
School Selection Criteria
Most stereo repair programs are offered at 2-year community, technical and vocational colleges. Here is a list of considerations:
- Electronic technology programs generally have a broad focus, so students will need to find out whether a program provides coursework relevant to car stereos.
- Students should look for on-campus facilities that provide hands-on experience working with tools and practicing techniques.
- Certifications such as the Mobile Electronic Certified Professional (MECP), allow students to specialize in car stereo system technology and some schools prepare students for these certification examinations.
Certificate in Car Audio Systems, Mobile Electronic Technology or Electronic Technology
Certificate programs can be completed in less than one year. General electronic technology programs include coursework in circuitry and electronic devices. Car audio system and mobile electronic technology programs include coursework in circuitry, electric currents, and installation procedures.
Associate's Degree in Electronic Technology
Associate's degree programs require general education courses in math and English. Some programs offer a general electronic technology core and allow students to select a concentration, such as communications electronics. The number of contact hours may exceed the listed credit hours due to laboratory time and hands-on training. Specific coursework can include DC electronics theory, AC electronics theory, fundamentals of programming, and applied math for electronics.
Many training programs offer basic certification exam preparation in fundamental electronic principles. Advanced and master certifications have minimum experience requirements and more advanced exams. Basic certification must be renewed after two years while advanced and master certifications are renewed every four years. The five sections on the Basic Installation Technician Exam are basic electronics and vehicle electrical systems, entry-level installation, security and convenience systems, mobile audio and video systems, and safety and in-vehicle information systems.
Programs specifically for automobile electronics repair are rare. However, car stereo repair technicians may obtain a formal education through an electronic engineering technology or industrial electronics technology program.