School and Ranking Information
Students interested in careers in electrical engineering technology have only three public schools from which to choose within a 50-mile radius of Atlanta, GA. Based on rankings, graduation rates, tuition and programs offered, the top schools for electrical engineering technology degree programs are Southern Polytechnic State University, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Chattahoochee Technical College.
- Winner: Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU), located less than 15 miles from Atlanta in Marietta, GA, offers both a bachelor's and a master's degree program in electrical engineering technology. SPSU has been ranked among the top 100 regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
- Runner-Up #1: Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) in Clarkston, GA, offers both diploma and associate degree programs in electrical and computer engineering technology. It's the closest of these three schools to Atlanta, at about 10 miles away.
- Runner-Up #2: Chattahoochee Technical College is a public school that offers an electrical and computer engineering technology associate degree program. It had the lowest tuition costs of these three schools as of 2012-2013.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Southern Polytechnic State University||Georgia Piedmont Technical College||Chattahoochee Technical College|
|Ranking(s)|| 89th for Regional Universities (South)*
45th for Top Public Schools among Regional Universities (South)*
|Location||Marietta, GA (14.9 miles from downtown Atlanta, GA)||Clarkston, GA (9.5 miles from downtown Atlanta, GA)||Marietta, GA (14.9 miles from downtown Atlanta, GA)|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $5,627 (in-state, undergraduate),
$16,385 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
|$2,378 (in-state, undergraduate),
$4,298 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
|$2,289 (in-state, undergraduate),
$4,209 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
|Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technology Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degree||Diploma and associate degree||Associate degree|
|Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technology Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||64**||5**||13**|
|Most Popular Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technology Program (2011-2012)||Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree (64 awarded)**||Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate Degree (5 awarded)**||Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate Degree (13 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time)||35% (25% transfer-out rate) for 2006 Entering Class**||22% for 2009 Entering Class**||12% for 2009 Entering Class**|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: Southern Polytechnic State University
- All programs at SPSU are focused on technology.
- SPSU freshmen rank among the top four highest SAT scores in the University System of Georgia.
- Electrical Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Part of the University System of Georgia, Southern Polytechnic State University is a 4-year school that serves students from 36 states and 64 countries. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) Department at Southern Polytechnic offers a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology, as well as a master's degree in engineering technology with a concentration in electrical. The bachelor's degree program requires completion of 128 credits, which include courses in electronics, circuits, design fundamentals, control systems and data communications. Students also complete a project-based practicum course.
Graduates of an ABET-accredited bachelor's degree program in electrical or computer engineering or engineering technology can pursue the master's degree. To complete the 34-credit master's degree program, students must choose either the project-based or research-based option; a specific number of credits must be from graduate-level courses. The ECET department provides students with the flexibility of completing courses during the day or evening.
Runner-Up #1: Georgia Piedmont Technical College
- Programs prepare students for immediate employment after graduation.
- GPTC offers the HOPE program, which helps students financially so they can earn their degree or certificate.
- GPTC offers classes year-round (fall, spring and summer terms).
Formerly known as DeKalb Technical College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a public school that offers academic programs covering more than 120 occupations. Students interested in careers in electronics or electrical and computer engineering technology have more than one option available. The electronics technology program at GPTC is aimed at students interested in careers in the electronics profession. This program, which is an electrical and computer engineering technology program, is offered as a 56- to 58-credit diploma program or a 60-credit associate degree program. Both programs include some general education courses and offer the following areas of concentration: communications electronics technology, field occupation electronics technology and telecommunications electronics technology.
Students interested in a 2-year program can pursue the Associate of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. This 66-credit program offers students a specialization in electronics engineering technology or computer engineering technology.
Runner-Up #2: Chattahoochee Technical College
- Offers day, evening, weekend, hybrid and fully online courses.
- Students in the ECE technology program can join the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an organization that allows students to show their talents in an annual competition.
Offering eight campuses, Chattahoochee Technical College is a 2-year school that covers six counties in Northern Georgia. Students who enjoy using the hands-on approach and have a fascination for technology can pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical/Computer Engineering Technology at the school's North Metro Campus. To earn the degree, students must complete 61-66 credit hours; of this total, about 23 are general education credits.
Students complete courses in circuit analysis, electronic circuits, digital circuits, engineering technology and networking systems; they also design a project individually or as part of a team for the capstone course. The project is designed to demonstrate what they've learned throughout the program. This AAS program offers an alternate specialization in biomedical engineering technology.