According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor of Labor Statistics, most elevator mechanics receive training through apprenticeship programs in conjunction with employers and unions, which do not require postsecondary education (www.bls.gov). However, aspiring elevator mechanics may wish to pursue diplomas, certificates or associate degree programs in electronics technology. These programs, offered by community colleges and technical schools, provide advantageous technical experience that could be preferred by employers.
10 Electronics Technology Schools
These institutions offer electronics technology programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Bryant and Stratton College||Cleveland, OH||4-year, Private||Associate's||$16,482*|
|University of California Riverside||Riverside, CA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$2,800**|
|Colorado Technical University||Westminster, CO||4-year, Private||Associate's||Not Available|
|New England Institute of Technology||East Greenwich, RI||4-year, Private Non-profit||Associate's||$23,031*|
|North Seattle College||Seattle, WA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $4,458; Out-of-state $9,693*|
|Thomas Edison State College||Trenton, NJ||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $6,135; Out-of-state $9,036*|
|Eastfield College||Mesquite, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $1,770; In-state $3,330; Out-of-state $5,220|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $3,766; Out-of-state $8,374|
|Victoria College||Victoria, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $2,640; In-state $4,050; Out-of-state $4,650|
|Pittsburgh Technical Institute||Oakdale, PA||2-year, Private||Certificate||$16,192|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), **School website
School Selection Criteria for Electronics Technology
There are a number of things to consider when selecting an electronics technology program.
- Certificate and diploma programs are typically shorter and more focused, while associate degree programs offer a wider variety of classes in relevant areas but take longer to complete.
- Internships or other practical experiences in the field could be useful preparation for professional work as an elevator mechanic, especially when using on-site, up-to-date electronic technology facilities.
- It's important to consider if the program is recognized by professional associations for elevator mechanics.
- Students may want to ensure the school has the most up-to-date technology incorporated into the curriculum.
Diploma in Electronic Technology
Diploma programs can range from a semester to two years depending on the school and curriculum.
Certificate in Electronic Technology
Certificate programs in electronic technology can typically be completed in less than a year. Some programs restrict coursework only to electronic circuits and computer technology, while others provide coursework that extends into AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) electronics. Other coursework can include digital circuits, power generation and electronic design.
Associate Degree in Electronic Technology
Associate degree programs take two years to complete and may transfer directly into bachelor's degree programs. Coursework includes basic electronic and computer systems study. Real-world experiences and internship opportunities are typically available. Electives for the program can include pneumatics, hydraulics, automated systems and physics.
Although it may be possible to pursue a career as an elevator mechanic without formal college training, some employers may prefer those who have a certificate, diploma or associate's degree in electronic technology. These programs are offered at many institutions and can be completed in two years or less.