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Schools with Electrical Repair and Inspection Programs: How to Choose

Students wishing to learn about electrical repair and inspection generally participate in electrical technology degree programs. Students should be mechanically inclined and possess their own tools. Community colleges and technical institutes are prominent school options.

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Electrical repair and inspection training is often found at technical schools and community colleges and can lead to a certificate, diploma or associate's degree. Most associate's degree programs take two years to complete and include courses that can transfer to a related bachelor's degree program.

10 Schools with Electrical Technology Programs

The list below contains just a few of the schools offering electrical technology programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Lansing Community College Lansing, MI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $3,020; In-state $5,660; Out-of-state $8,300
Manchester Community College Manchester, NH 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $6,880; Out-of-state $15,040
Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA 2-year, Public Diploma In-district $3,990; In-state $8,700; Out-of-state $12,840
GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,046; Out-of-state $7,830
Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,182; Out-of-state $7,398
Monroe Community College Rochester, NY 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,554; Out-of-state $8,354
Hinds Community College Raymond, MS 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,600; Out-of-state $5,200
Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,745; Out-of-state $4,005
Wallace Community College Dothan, AL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,260; Out-of-state $7,710
Virginia Highlands Community College Abingdon, VA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,365; Out-of-state $10,203

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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School Selection Criteria

There are several things to consider when choosing an electrical repair and inspection program.

  • Students interested in earning a degree might want to base their decision on program length. Options range from accelerated associate's degree programs that can be completed in as few as 18 months to three-year bachelor's degree programs. Four-year apprenticeship programs are also available.
  • Program coursework can cover a variety of topics, including industrial pneumatics and hydraulics, fiber optics, satellite systems and electrical robotics. Students should make sure a program includes instruction in the electrical systems or electronic components they're interested in working with.
  • Students might want to look for programs with internship components. These opportunities provide valuable industry experience to ease the transition from the classroom into a work environment post-graduation.
  • Electrical technician students may want to look for schools that offer information and assistance with certification.

Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology

These are 2-year programs that provide students the opportunity to gain entry-level employment after graduation. Optionally, graduates may transfer their coursework to enter a related bachelor's degree program. Coursework can cover electrical power systems, circuit analysis and wiring types.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

These programs usually take four years to complete. Students holding an associate's degree should be able to complete the bachelor's program in two years. Common courses provide instruction in sensors and signal processing, digital circuitry and process controls.

Electrical repair and inspection is a trade that can be learned through an electrical engineering or electrical technology program. Many colleges offer certificates, diplomas and associate's degrees in these disciplines, and it may also be possible to transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

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