Engineering Technology Colleges in Chicago with Degree Overviews

Feb 18, 2019

Chicago Engineering Technology Schools

The Chicago area offers several engineering technology program options. This article looks at three schools within a 40-minute drive of downtown and the certificate and undergraduate degree programs they provide. There is a table of facts about each school, arranged so prospective students can easily compare them. This table offers information on topics such as school enrollment, type, tuition and the percentage of students who graduate on time. At the end of the article is some information on other nearby schools with relevant programs.

  • Triton College, which is almost 15 miles from downtown Chicago, offers certificate and associate degree programs in engineering technology.
  • Students may also pursue associate degree programs in electronics engineering technology or in applied engineering technology at South Suburban College, about 24 miles from Chicago.
  • Harper College is a school about 30 miles from Chicago that offers certificate and associate degree programs in electronics engineering technology.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are looking for the right school need lots of good information. The following table compiles important data to help them arrive at the best decision for their education.

Triton College South Suburban College Harper College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 10,672* 3,921* 13,749*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $4,020 in-district; $9,726 in-state; $12,076 out-of-state* $4,883 in-district; $10,786 in-state; $12,173 out-of-state* $3,498 in-district; $9,666 in-state; $11,478 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 61%* 94%* 51%*
Admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 63% for full-time students; 32% for part-time students* 57% for full-time students; 38% for part-time students* 74% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014 start date) 18%* 15%* 29%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Triton College

Triton College offers an associate degree program and certificate program options in engineering technology.

Engineering Technology/Design Certificate

Triton College offers engineering technology certificate programs in a variety of areas, such as advanced CAD, fabrication, mechatronics, design and Pro-E. These programs can help students prepare for entry-level positions or allow mid-level workers to obtain training in a specific area. The certificate programs require between 9 and 26 credits, depending on the specialization. Students in the design, mechatronics and CAD advanced programs can continue their studies and obtain the engineering technology associate degree offered at the school.

Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology/Mechanical Design

The associate degree program in engineering technology at Triton College requires students to complete between 65 and 68 credits. Courses in the program include electricity fundamentals, statistics, production drawings, mechanical AutoCAD, automation, machine design, materials manufacturing and fluid power. Students must also complete general education courses in humanities, history, physics and mathematics. This program also provides opportunities for students to seek internships while completing the program.

South Suburban College

South Suburban College is located in Holland, Illinois, and offers two programs in engineering technology.

Associate of Applied Science in Applied Engineering Technology

This associate degree program in applied engineering technology requires students to complete 62 credits. The program includes courses in industrial electronics, electrical drafting, computer technology, electronic circuits and digital electronics. Students can expect to gain a broad understanding of engineering technology; the program covers concepts like communications, security, CAD, electricity, networks and manufacturing. The school noted that this program is still waiting state approval, as the curriculum is still being developed.

Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology

The associate degree in electronics engineering technology at South Suburban College requires 62 credits to complete the program. Courses include electrical circuits, technical mathematics, digital electronics, industrial electronics and electrical drafting. Students may also select technology electives to complete the program. This program can also be used as part of the '2+2' computer science/electronics bachelor's program offered at the University of St. Francis.

Harper College

Harper College has electronics engineering technology training that can lead to an associate degree or one of six certificates.

Certificate in Engineering Technology - Electronics

The Electronics Engineering Technology Department at Harper College offers students certificate programs with specializations in advanced industrial electronics maintenance, alternative electrical energy, electrical maintenance, electronics, industrial electronics maintenance or radio frequency identification electronics. The certificate programs require students to complete between 10 and 24 credit hours. Each program is designed to provide entry-level training that prepares graduates for the workforce.

Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology

Harper College offers students an associate degree in electronics engineering technology that requires 67 credit hours of coursework. Courses in the program include introductory electronics, DC network analysis, semiconductor devices, digital electronics, analog electronics and communication systems. This two-year program can prepare students for work as technical writers, quality control technicians, applications engineers and engineering lab technicians.

Other School Options

The Chicago area has a number of additional options for students pursuing a career in engineering technology. East West University, located less than a mile from the downtown area offers associate and bachelor's degrees in electronics engineering technology. Degree programs in engineering are available at Purdue University in Indiana, which is located about 30 miles from downtown Chicago. Wilbur Wright College, about 12 miles from Chicago, offers associate degrees in engineering and physics.

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