Engineering Technology Trade Schools in the U.S.

Students pursuing an education in engineering technology often choose to do so through local trade schools. Read on to learn more about undergraduate options in this field.

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Engineering technology programs prepare graduates for entry-level technician jobs in a variety of industries. This training is available through associate's degree, bachelor's degree and undergraduate certificate programs.

Schools with Engineering Technology Programs

The table below lists a few of the schools that offer programs in engineering technology. Use it to discover the locations, programs and average tuition of the different institutions.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $2,834 (in-state)
$9,661 (out-of-state)
Houston Community College System Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associates $3,360 (in-state)
$3,756 (out-of-state)
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 2-year, Public Associate's $5,138 (in-state)
$11,055 (out-of-state)
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $3,184 (in-state)
$3,504 (out-of-state)
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,805 (in-state)
$9,450 (out-of-state)
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,064 (in-state)
$4,920 (out-of-state)
Riverside City College Riverside, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,426 (in-state)
$7,366 (out-of-state)
Valencia College Orlando, FL 2-year, Public Associate's $2,474 (in-state)
$9,383 (out-of-state)
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,598 (in-state)
$7,554 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Common specializations within the field of engineering technology include drafting, computer-aided design, land planning and surveying, heating and cooling systems, computer engineering technology and telecommunications technology. Consider the following when looking for engineering technology trade schools:

  • If wanting to specialize, make sure the school offers a specialization that will fit with a career you are interested in.
  • Prospective students may want to find out about the school's lab facilities in order to ensure that they will gain experience with up-to-date, industry-standard engineering equipment and computer software.
  • Students who need to balance their education with work and family demands may want to look for programs that are offered in online or part-time formats.
  • Some schools offer certifications or preparation for certification exams so that students can earn industry-standard recognition of their educational achievements.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs in engineering provide an introduction to the basic scientific, mathematical and computational concepts that underpin the field of engineering. They also complete hands-on technical training with the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of electronics and computer systems. General education coursework is also included in the curriculum. In total, these programs take two years of full-time study to complete, and they typically confer an Associate of Science (AS) degree.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering Technology programs are less common than associate's degree programs, but they are available at some schools. Like AS programs, BS programs combine basic engineering coursework with technical laboratory training and general education classes. In addition, students may have the chance to complete a cooperative experience in the field. They may also declare a concentration in a particular specialization area of interest, such as electrical, mechanical, biomedical or industrial engineering technology. Prior to graduation, students must submit a senior design project.

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Students who are interested in a particular aspect of engineering technology can enroll in an undergraduate certificate program. Topics include electronics engineering technology and computer-aided design (CAD) for engineering technicians. Often, credits from these programs can be applied toward an associate's or bachelor's degree in the future.

Aspiring technicians can gain relevant career training through undergraduate engineering technology programs. Students should consider the school's lab facilities and concentration options within the program when choosing between schools.

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