Training for electronics engineering technology (EET) usually entails completing an associate's degree program in electronics engineering technology or electrical engineering technology, which have similar curricula. Students in Wisconsin will most commonly find relevant education at 2-year technical colleges. EET programs are generally accredited by ABET.
The associate's-level programs may feature daytime and evening classes. Students receive classroom instruction along with hands-on experience that is obtained through laboratory work and internships. It may be possible for graduates to transfer into 4-year degree programs. The following are six Wisconsin schools that offer electronics or electrical engineering technology programs.
Fox Valley Technical College
Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton has a two-year electronics engineering technology program that prepares students for careers in electronics, wired and wireless communications, computer programming and data networking. The theory courses are complemented with lab courses. Students learn to test electronic equipment, build electronic circuits, identify electrical safety hazards and configure devices to support telecommunications. Students complete 70 credits to earn the degree, including 24 general education credits.
Gateway Technical College
Gateway Technical College, which is located in Kenosha, offers an electrical engineering technology program that integrates hands-on learning into each course, allowing students to put the theories they learned in class into practice. The two-year program offers many self-paced courses that can be completed during the day or in the evening. Students obtain the skills to assist in designing and testing the electrical and wiring components in a variety of high-tech equipment. Students work in the advanced electronics lab with state-of-the-art equipment like breadboards, digital oscilloscopes and variable power supplies. Most courses are offered at the SC Johnson Integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (iMET) Center. The college offers various resources to help electronics students gain experience, such as conferences, trade shows and student clubs.
Madison Area Technical College
The electrical engineering technology program at Madison Area Technical College in Madison teaches students the skills needed to assist in designing, analyzing and implementing electronic systems and circuits. In addition to courses in analog and digital electronics and computer programming, the program places heavy emphasis on upper-level math and science courses, such as physics and trigonometry. Upon completion of this program, students are prepared to transfer to four-year universities for additional training, such as the Milwaukee School of Engineering. This two-year program is offered at the Madison Truax Campus.
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology program at its West Allis campus. Coursework teaches students to analyze, troubleshoot and repair electronic equipment and systems. The program requires students to take upper-level math and science courses and exposes them to microprocessors, electronic circuits and digital systems. Students can start this program in January and August.
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
The Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology to Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (AAS-EET to BSEE) program at Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee is designed for students that have already completed an associate degree in electrical engineering technology. Courses students may take include transient circuit analysis, differential equations, thermodynamics and heat transfer, data communications and electromagnetic field applications.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Located in Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has an electrical engineering technology associate degree program that prepares students for careers as electrical/electronic technicians, electrical test technicians or electrical/electronic maintenance technicians. The program offers a transfer and general track, and students learn to analyze, service and troubleshoot electrical and electronic devices that are found in computers, communication equipment and various types of machinery. Courses include datacomm, linear electronics, analog comm, power electrical and digital. Applicants must provide high school transcripts or the equivalent and must have adequate assessment scores.
Waukesha County Technical College
Pewaukee-based Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) offers an electrical engineering technology program that's accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Through the guidance of three instructors, students learn about digital electronics, AC circuit analysis, calculus-based physics, elect fabrication techniques, electronic data communications and microcontrollers. Additionally, the digital electronics course is offered to high school students through agreements with high schools.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Electronics Engineering Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Fox Valley Technical College||Two-year, public; midsize suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology||$4,565 in-state; $6,578 out-of-state*|
|Gateway Technical College||Two-year, public; midsize suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology||$4,454 in-state; $6,467 out-of-state*|
|Madison Area Technical College||Four-year, primarily associate degrees, public; midsize city||Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology||$4,407 in-state; $6,512 out-of-state*|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Two-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology||$4,589 in-state; $6,602 out-of-state*|
|Milwaukee School of Engineering||Four-year, private, not-for-private; large city||AAS-EET to Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering||$40,749*|
|Northeast Wisconsin Technical College||Two-year, public; midsize city||Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology||$4,479 in-state; $6,492 out-of-state*|
|Waukesha County Technical College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology||$4,405 in-state; $6,271 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator