Kansas City Electronics Engineering Technology Schools
Students have a few options when seeking electronics engineering technology training in the Kansas City area. This article looks at three schools within an hour's drive of downtown and at the relevant programs they offer. There is a table of information about the schools that prospective students can use in their decision-making process. That information includes school size, costs, campus setting and the graduation rate. Finally, there is a brief paragraph about two other area schools with related programs.
- Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology Campus is about three miles from the city center. It offers an associate's degree in engineering technology that emphasizes computers and electronics.
- Students looking for a school that offers low tuition costs may be interested in the electronics technology associate's degree program available at Johnson County Community College. This school is 19 miles from downtown Kansas City.
- Although at 55 miles from downtown, Missouri Western State University takes a bit longer to get to, it offers the only program in electronics engineering technology in the region accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ETAC of ABET).
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information that individuals should consider when choosing a school in a format that allows for easy comparison.
|Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology Campus||Johnson County Community College||Missouri Western State University|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Two-year; public||Four-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||14,874*||18,638*||5,533*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize city||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,120 in-district; $5,520 in-state; $7,140 out-of-state*||$2,790 in-district; $3,300 in-state; $6,600 out-of-state*||$7,570 in-state; $13,465 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||77%*||60%*||98%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||55% of full-time students; 34% of part-time students*||67% of full-time students; 49% of part-time students*||66% of full-time students; 33% of part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||21% (17% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014*||22% (20% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014*||29% (30% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2011*|
|Distance from Downtown||3 mi. (7 min.)||19 mi. (25 min.)||55 mi. (55 min.)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology Campus
Metropolitan Community College (MCC) offers an associate's degree in computer and electronics engineering technology, which is only available at the Business & Technology campus in Kansas City. Students hoping to eventually obtain a four-year degree may have the opportunity to gain dual enrollment at this school and a four-year institution that MCC has an agreement with.
Associate in Applied Science in Engineering Technology - Computer and Electronics Emphasis
This program requires the completion of 64-67 credits. In addition to general education courses, students can take courses in basic electronics, engineering graphics and AC and DC circuit analysis. The curriculum also includes a design or build project towards the end of a student's studies.
Johnson County Community College
Johnson County Community College offers an electronics technology program that can be completed in four semesters.
Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology
The electronics technology program consists of 64 credits and offers students the opportunity to pursue employment or transfer to a four-year university. This program can teach students how to install, maintain and test electronics systems and gives them a broad perspective of electronics. Required courses in the program cover topics in digital electronics, circuit analysis, technical writing, electronics devices and electronic communications systems. Students have an opportunity to pursue electives in robots, programmable controllers, sensor systems, microcomputers or light and lasers. The program also includes electronic internship opportunities, subject to department approval.
Missouri Western State University
This school offers a four-year program in electronics engineering technology that can provide students with a broad foundation in science, math, computers and engineering. The curriculum features a mix of laboratory and classroom learning. Students can choose either a general concentration or a concentration in computer engineering technology.
Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology
This 120-credit program begins with basic courses covering electronic circuits, math and chemistry. Students then take courses covering electronic amplifiers, applied calculus, computer-aided drafting and microcomputer systems. With the approval of the department, students can also participate in an electronics internship that gives them practical experience to reinforce their classroom learning.
Other School Options
Students can pursue related studies at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, which offers an electrical engineering master's program as well as computer and electrical engineering programs at the bachelor's and doctoral levels. Students seeking a short program may be interested in the electronics technology certificate offered at Hillyard Technical Center, which is about 54 minutes outside of Kansas City.