Engineering Technology Schools in San Jose with Degree Overviews

Oct 08, 2018

There are four schools within 50 miles of San Jose, California, that offer engineering technology degree programs. Learn about the programs at two of these schools, requirements, and admission info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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San Jose, CA, Engineering Technology Schools

Schools around the San Jose area offer certificate and associate's degree programs in engineering technology. Check out a table of facts about two schools, such as enrollment, tuition and graduation rate, as well the percentage of first-year students who receive financial aid. The table below is formatted in a way that makes it easy to compare these schools.

  • Located about 28 miles from downtown San Jose, Cabrillo College offers an Associate of Science and a certificate program in engineering technology. These programs are designed for students interested in performing hands-on work related to manufacturing, design drafting and electronics.
  • San Francisco City College, approximately 38 miles from the center of San Jose, offers two associate's degrees in engineering technology, one focusing on mechanical engineering technology and another on electronic engineering technology.

Comparison of Schools

The following table offers a look at important aspects of these schools. Individuals can use this information to help them decide which school might be their best option.

Cabrillo College City College of San Francisco
School Type Two-year; public* Two-year; public*
Total Enrollment (2017) 11,836* 26,299*
Campus Setting Midsize suburb* Large city*
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,268 in-state
$7,028 out-of-state*
$1,598 in-state
$9,010 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 68%* 59%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions* N/A - open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 72% of full-time students
48% of part-time students*
72% of full-time students
44% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014) 26% (12% transfer-out rate)* 32% (11% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College's associate's degree and certificate programs are offered by the Engineering Technology Department, a component of the college's Natural and Applied Sciences Division.

Engineering Technology Certificate of Achievement

Students must complete 30-33 credit hours to earn this certificate. Students who complete the program should have the ability to troubleshoot electrical circuits and mechanical systems. Required courses include printed electronic design, principles of green design, and AutoCAD.

Associate of Science in Engineering Technology

This program requires the completion of 60 credit hours of study. Its curriculum covers topics in three-dimensional modeling, computer-aided manufacturing, blueprint reading, and AutoCAD. The program also includes a course that provides instruction about finding a job in the field, and students can leave the program with a portfolio displaying their skills in working with a particular technology.

City College of San Francisco

The associate's degree program is administered by the school's Engineering and Technology Department and gives students focus options in mechanical or electronic engineering technology.

Associate in Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Students in this program must complete 60 total credit hours with 18.50 of those hours focused on core mechanical engineering technology coursework. Courses in the program cover topics like technical drawing, design graphics, computer-aided design (CAD), manufacturing processes, and structural CAD drafting. The program also requires students to take foundation courses like technical math, physics, and introduction to engineering design during their first semester.

Associate in Science in Electronic Engineering Technology

This two-year program requires completion of 25 credit hours of core courses in electronic engineering technology plus an additional 35 credit hours of general education and foundation courses. Students begin the program by taking courses in physics, technical math, calculus, and electronic measurements. Courses focused on electronic engineering technology include basic and intermediate digital/analog circuits and measurements and micro-control interfaces.

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