Schools with Radio Repair Programs: How to Choose

Radio repair may not be offered as a specific program, but aspiring radio mechanics and installers may be expected to complete postsecondary programs in electronics that also include computer knowledge.

Certificate, diploma, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs in electronic communications, industrial electronics and electronic engineering may qualify graduates for professional radio repair positions. These programs can be found at electronic engineering technology or technical departments at community colleges, technical schools and universities.

10 Schools with Electronic Engineering Programs

These schools offer electronic engineering programs at varying levels.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
University of Hartford West Hartford, CT 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $36,460
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,334 in-state, $16,204 out-of-state
California State University at Long Beach Long Beach, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,452 in-state, $17,612 out-of-state
Grantham University Online 4-year, Private Associate's, Bachelor's $6,500
Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $8,580 in-state, $18,708 out-of-state
Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,366 in-state, $20,124 out-of-state
Wayne State University Detroit, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $11,814 in-state, $25,254 out-of-state
University of Massachusetts at Lowell Lowell, MA 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's, Certificate $13,427 in-state, $29,125 out-of-state
Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,696 in-state, $12,938 out-of-state
University of Nebraska at Lincoln Lincoln, NE 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $8,367 in-state, $22,534 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should consider these things when choosing a school:

  • Individuals entering the field with a bachelor's degree may enter directly into radio repair positions, while those who have completed lower-level certificate, diploma or associate's degree programs may begin with entry-level jobs and advance with experience.
  • Students may wish to enroll in programs that prepare them for additional credentials, such as the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) general radiotelephone operator license.
  • Programs that allow for work experience or internships within the curriculum could help students gain hands-on practice with radio repair, installation and maintenance.
  • Some programs may be available online.

Certificate in Electronic Telecommunications

Certificate programs in electronic telecommunications may be completed in two or three semesters. The curriculum is typically concentrated, without electives or general education requirements.

Diploma in Electronic Technology

Diploma programs in electronic technology may be completed in one or one and a half years and offer a concentrated curriculum, similar to certificate programs.

Associate's Degree in Industrial Electronics

Associate's degree programs in industrial electronics include general education courses as well as a variety of elective classes, which may be relevant to radio repair.

Bachelor's Degree in Electronic Engineering

Bachelor's degree programs in electronic engineering feature general education courses in addition to core courses. The curriculum may also include laboratory experiences and student projects.

Students who are interested in radio repair should consider which starting position they want in their future career, as well as whether a program prepares students to earn additional credentials. Other considerations may include the availability of hands-on experience and online programs.

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