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Communications Engineering Technology Degree in Grand Rapids, MI

There are a few schools within 60 miles of Grand Rapids, Michigan, that offer communications engineering technology or related degrees. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Grand Rapids Schools with Communications Engineering Technology Degrees

There are just a few schools within a 55-minute drive of Grand Rapids that offer degree programs in communications engineering technology or closely related fields of study, such as electronics technology. This article looks at programs offered at three schools and also includes a table that compares various categories that a prospective student should consider.

  • Grand Rapids Community College, located in the very heart of downtown, is the largest school on this list. The school offers an associate degree program in electronics technology.
  • Ferris State University, which is 52 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, offers a bachelor's degree program in electronics technology, which is generally for students who have an associate degree in the field.
  • Muskegon Community College is a small school for students who want to earn an associate degree in manufacturing engineering technology. Muskegon is about 32 miles from Grand Rapids.

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Comparison of Schools

Students looking to pursue studies in this field will want to look at several factors when deciding on a school. The following table makes it easy to compare various aspects of these three institutions.

Grand Rapids Community College Ferris State University Muskegon Community College
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 14,269* 13,798* 4,311*
Campus Setting Midsize city Distant town Small city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $3,487 for in-district students; $6,945 for in-state students; $10,081 for out-of-state students* $11,628 for in-state students; $18,588 for out-of-state students* $5,550 for in-district students; $9,190 for in-state students; $12,310 for out-of-state students*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 67%* 96%* 84%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admission policy* 74%* N/A - open admission policy*
Retention Rate (2017) 57% for full time students; 48% for part-time students* 79% for full time students; 54% for part-time students* 62% for full time students; 44% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 14% (28% transfer rate) (for those who began their studies in 2014)* 45% (30% transfer rate) (for those who began their studies in 2011)* 16% (29% transfer rate) (for those who began their studies in 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Grand Rapids Community College

The Applied Technology Department at Grand Rapids Community College helps students transition to careers in the service and manufacturing industries. Students will have access to high-level technology and software commonly used by professionals in the engineering technology field. All of the courses are designed to be practical so that students can be fully prepared for technology-based careers. In addition to employment opportunities, the program prepares students for the bachelor's degree program at an area university.

Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Electronics Engineering Technology

This program has three tracks: electronics technology, biomedical electronics and computer electronics. It generally takes two years for students to earn this associate degree. In total, the program requires students to earn 61 credits. Classes cover technical electricity, electronic servicing, digital circuits and industrial electricity. Students will be trained as electricians and service technicians who can work in business, broadcasting and industry. In addition to learning about electronics equipment, students will learn about equipment theory and computer systems, which can help with future employment opportunities. All of the classes involve hands-on activities, assignments and lessons.

Ferris State University

The Engineering Technology College at Ferris State University helps students enter careers that involve programming, control networks, controls and industrial automation. There are students who enter the program after earning an associate degree in electronics technology at a community college. Students who enter the program with an associate degree can earn their bachelor's degree in about two years.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology

Students who already have an associate degree will need to have a minimum 2.35 GPA in math courses to enroll in this bachelor's degree. Courses cover fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, digital design, statistics and electric power. There are also several courses that cover communications. Students can also take part in an internship to gain professional experience in electronics technology. The goal of the program is to combine theory and practice, which allows students to enter careers as electronics specialists, developers and designers. There's also a strong emphasis on hands-on classes where students learn electronics technology.

Muskegon Community College

Programs at the community college are meant to give students practical experience that can help them transition into entry-level employment. Students will have the opportunity to take classes online as well on-campus. In addition, the community college has an internship office that encourages students to earn course credit and professional experience through internships.

Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Students need to earn a total of 62 credits to earn this associate degree. The engineering courses cover drafting, programming and statistical process control. There are a number of engineering technology electives that cover hydraulics, solid works, quality control and design modeling. The associate degree can help students train for work or prepare them for a bachelor's degree in electronics technology.

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