Individuals considering studying electronics engineering technology should look for programs that are accredited by ABET. However, ABET doesn't currently accredit any fully online electronics engineering technology diploma or associate's degree programs, though some programs may allow general education classes to be completed online. In fact, to provide students with practical training, many programs partner with local businesses and require students to complete internships as well as provide numerous onsite laboratory experiences. Programs in electronics engineering technology are often offered at community and technical colleges.
Students can pursue accredited, fully online programs in electronics engineering technology at the bachelor's level of study. These programs deliver all course content and real-world lab experiences in an online setting.
Math and science classes are a substantial portion of an electronics engineering technology curriculum, including studies in algebra, pre-calculus and physics. Coursework teaches students how to use software and measurement tools to test, troubleshoot and maintain equipment. Students learn how to work with circuitry, including diode and basic power supply circuits. Diploma programs often require three semesters to complete.
Electronics engineering technology students take classes in computer hardware and software. Students seeking an undergraduate diploma usually complete a total of 37-40 credits, of which courses often include:
- AC circuits
- Motors and motor controls
- Network communications
- Microprocessor systems
Through a 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, students gain much of the fundamental skills taught at the diploma level, with additional emphasis placed on general education studies, such as composition, social science, economics, communication and computers. While major courses must often be completed on campus, students may be able to take general education courses entirely online or in hybrid formats via virtual instructional platforms, such as Blackboard. Through this online space, students are able to access and submit assignments, participate in class discussions and contact instructors.
At the associate level, electronics engineering technology students take courses in technical math and physics. They may complete a major field-specific project as well as take courses in the following:
- Computer-aided drawing
- Machinery and controls
- Digital and AC electronic systems
- Embedded microsystems
- Electronic amplifier and switching systems
- Technical report writing
Individuals who complete an online college program in electronics engineering technology can pursue the following positions:
- Electronics technician
- Engineering technician
- Computer systems technician
- Electronics designer
- Electronics laboratory technician
Electronics engineering technicians typically work within a company's research and development division, or as employees of private engineering firms. Employment opportunities for engineering technicians depend on local and national economic conditions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted a -2% job decline for electrical and electronics engineering technicians from 2014-2024.
ABET-accredited programs in electronics engineering technology do not exist as fully-online programs at the diploma and associate's degree levels, though students may be able to complete some course content online or choose to pursue an online bachelor's degree program in this field. Regardless of their choice, these programs prepare students for jobs as electronics technicians and designers, among other options.