Schools with Camera Repair Training Programs: How to Choose

Most camera repair workers learn their skills on the job, but individuals may improve their chances of finding employment by earning a certificate or degree in a related field. Diploma and undergraduate degree programs in electronics technology or a similar area can provide the fundamental electronics education needed for a career in camera repair.

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Most schools do not offer courses directly focused on camera repair, but certificate and associate's degree programs in electrical engineering technology can provide a sufficient background that can be used for camera repair. These programs are available at 2-year community and technical colleges.

10 Schools with Camera Repair Programs

Programs that encompass the skills and training needed for camera repair are offered at the institutions 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 Certificate, Associate's In-district $2,550; In-state $9,210; Out-of-state $11,340
Hawaii Community College Hilo, HI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,940; Out-of-state $7,932
Rogue Community College Grants Pass, OR 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,005; Out-of-state $4,761
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 Associate's In-state $2,745; Out-of-state $4,005
Salt Lake City Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public Certificate $2,071*
Tarrant County College Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $1,320; In-state $2,064; Out-of-state $4,920

Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

There are a number of things to keep in mind when choosing a program.

  • Time in school for a certificate program in electronics technology can often be one year or less and two years for an associate's degree.
  • Practical experience may not be provided specifically in camera repair, but rather students are trained to read schematics and construct electrical units, as well as perform troubleshooting and maintenance on electrical systems.
  • Some programs can be applied towards a bachelor's degree.
  • It may be important to review the job placement information of prior graduates if available to see if any of the schools have produced graduates who work in camera repair.

Certificate in Electronics Technology

Rather than enroll in a degree program, aspiring camera repair technicians can prepare for entry-level work by completing a short-term professional certificate or diploma program. Graduates of these programs receive awards such as a diploma in electronics technology or an engineering technology certificate.

Associate's Degree in Electronics Technology

Students who want to combine their technical training with general education courses can earn a 2-year degree, such as an Associate of Occupational Studies in Electronics Engineering Technology or an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology. Graduates of these programs can use their education to find entry-level work or transfer their credits toward a 4-year degree program.

A career in camera repair requires training that can be gained through an electronics technology program. Many colleges and institutions offer certificates and associate's degrees in this discipline, and some programs can be transferred towards a bachelor's degree.

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