Schools for Electronics System Technicians: How to Choose

Programs designed for electronics system technicians, typically known as electronic technology programs, prepare students for careers in technical support, maintenance and development of electronic systems, oftentimes dealing with computers. To learn more about these programs and the schools that offer them, keep reading.

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Certificate, diploma and associate degree programs in electronic technology are widely available at technical and community colleges, as well as 4-year colleges and universities. Programs can be completed in two years or less, depending on the type of credential being sought.

10 Schools with Electronic Technology Programs

Some electronic technology programs in the United States are offered at the institutions listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,046; Out-of-state $7,830
Austin Community College Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $2,550; In-state $9,210; Out-of-state $11,340
Durham Technical Community College Durham, NC 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,840; Out-of-state $6,388
North Seattle College Seattle, WA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,458; Out-of-state $9,693
Rogue Community College Grants Pass, OR 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,005; Out-of-state $4,761
Pueblo Community College Pueblo, CO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $6,761; Out-of-state $14,561
Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,745; Out-of-state $4,005
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $3,569; Out-of-state $11,337
Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $3,808; Out-of-state $8,430
Tarrant County College Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $1,320; In-state $2,064; Out-of-state $4,920

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

School Selection Criteria

There are some things to consider when selecting an electronics system technician school:

  • While diploma and certificate programs prepare graduates for entry-level positions in the electronics industry, an Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Technology also accomplishes this goal and allows for a simple transition into applied technology or electronic engineering bachelor's degree programs.
  • Diploma programs can be completed with as little as 15 credit-hours of coursework and may not require a GED or high school diploma as a prerequisite. Certificate programs include a more advanced curriculum with courses in calculus and advanced digital systems.
  • Electronics technician programs are widely available at public colleges, which typically offer reduced tuition to students who live in the same state or in the school's district.

Diploma for Electronic Technology

Diploma programs are commonly available through technical institutes and 2-year community colleges. Diploma programs vary in length across institutions from 15-90 credit-hours.

Electronic Technology Certificate

Certificates typically entail 30-100 credit-hours, depending on the level of the certificate. Certificate programs require a GED or high school diploma for acceptance and will prepare students for entry-level positions in the electronic technology industry in areas of maintenance, technical support and repair.

Associate Degrees in Electronic Technology

Offered with varying levels of specification in computers, control systems and electronics, associate degree programs in electronic technology are commonly designed specifically to meet the needs of aspiring electronics system technicians. Credits earned in an associate's program may be transferable to a bachelor's program. Students may also have opportunities to engage in cooperative work experiences.

Those interested in a career in electronics technology can opt to pursue a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree. These programs are available at many community colleges, and with an associate's degree, it may be possible to transfer to another institution and complete a bachelor's degree.

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