While many working repair technicians have only a high school diploma, earning a certificate or degree from one of the many technical, vocational or community colleges that offer electrical technology programs can help professionals land a job or enhance their existing skill sets. Programs mix hands-on learning with traditional classroom teaching.
10 Schools with Electrical Technology Programs
These schools offer undergraduate electrical technology programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2018-2019*|
|Southwestern College||Chula Vista, CA||Two Year, Public||Associate||$1,338 in-state, $6,602 out-of-state|
|Cayuga County Community College||Auburn, NY||Two Year, Public||Associate||$5,290 in-state, $9,948 out-of-state|
|Virginia Western Community College||Roanoke, VA||Two Year, Public||Associate||$5,355 in-state, $11,283 out-of-state|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, VA||Two Year, Public||Associate||$5,610 in-state, $11,618 out-of-state|
|Central Community College||Grand Island, NE||Two Year, Public||Associate||$6,816 in-state, $9,798 out-of-state (2016-2017)**|
|Stanly Community College||Albemarle, NC||Two Year, Public||Associate||$2,673 in-state, $8,817 out-of-state|
|Chabot College||Hayward, CA||Two Year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,142 in-state, $7,742 out-of-state|
|Union County College||Cranford, NJ||Two Year, Public||Associate||$5,140 in-district, $10,280 in-state, $10,280 out-of-state|
|Vermont Technical College||Randolph, VT||Two Year, Public||Bachelor's||$15,108 in-state, $27,780 out-of-state|
|Del Mar College||Corpus Christi, TX||Two Year, Public||Associate||$2,729 in-district, $4,029 in-state, $5,334 out-of-state|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics and **school websites
School Selection Criteria
Students should consider the following when choosing an electrical technology program:
- Associate degree programs typically take two years to complete and include general education requirements, while certificate programs can be completed in under a year and do not include general education courses.
- Some programs may offer internship or apprenticeship opportunities that allow students to gain experience before entering the workforce.
- Some programs allow for specializations in areas such as electrical wiring or instrumentation.
Certificate programs prepare aspiring TV and VCR repair technicians for entry-level work. Some programs require students to complete different electrical courses each semester and follow specified study tracks, and some offer specialization options in areas such as electrical wiring or instrumentation.
Associate Degree Programs
An associate's degree in electrical and instrumentation technology is designed to prepare students for careers repairing TVs, VCRs and other technology. Most associate degree programs put emphasis on troubleshooting of various electronic systems and offer different study tracks, including communications maintenance and industrial controls and automation.
Electrical technology programs are commonly available at the undergraduate degree levels. Prospective students should consider program length, specializations, and internship or apprenticeship opportunities when choosing a school.