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The 2 year AAS in Electronics Engineering Technology

  1. Oct 18, 2007 #1
    I am in a little dilemma. I have taken interest in a 2 year EET program at my local community college but am unsure if it is marketable. From my research, an AAS in Electronics Engineering Technology would qualify you for a technician's job. Are technician's in high demand these days? For the record, this AAS program is ABET/TEC accredited.
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  3. Oct 18, 2007 #2
    It is what it is...I doubt it's exactly "high" demand (or highly paid), but it's decent stuff and, well, electronics are in everything these days. But they also get thrown out / replaced where they once might have been repaired. BLS.gov has lots of interesting data that might help you.

    Without knowing about your goals and so forth it's hard to really say more...I wouldn't go for it personally, but that's because I don't think I'd be satisfied with it.
  4. Oct 18, 2007 #3
    Thanks for the reply.

    My goal is to obtain a degree where I can do a little design work but mainly to troubleshoot. I love to fix things and solve problems. I would prefer to do more hands-on, on the floor work as opposed to sitting behind a computer doing CAD work all day.

    The other option I have is a AS degree in Engineering science (They call it a "University Parallel" program) which basically covers the math through linear algebra and the calculus based physics sequence and some other gen ed stuff and transfers to a 4 year engineering program at a University.

    I have ruled out a direct 4 year engineering program due to lack of evening classes. I am only 21 but have to work full time to pay for school and living expenses.
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  5. Oct 18, 2007 #4
    The AS would be more flexible. It would also leave you with a better base to come back and complete a 4 year program later if you want/need to, which AAS doesn't really do well.

    Check if the AAS program courses can be taken by people that aren't enrolled in it. You may be able to take the ones you think will give you interesting/useful experience as electives / in addition to the AS courses. Best of both options, that way.
  6. Oct 18, 2007 #5
    That is an excellent idea. I have not thought about doing that. I will contact my school and see if that is a possibility. Thank you for the suggestion!

  7. Oct 19, 2007 #6
    If you are very good tech, there is bound to be a job out there for you. It can mean writing tests to test circuits to helping design engineers by soldering, testing prototypes, and etc. Good techs are hard to find and a lot of them work hourly and get a lot of overtime.
  8. Oct 21, 2007 #7
    Why dont ya take the math and science you have done and just go for a EE degree,
  9. Oct 21, 2007 #8
    i went for the CET (computer engineering technology degree) that was an AAS degree. i could transfer it to a college and get the bachelors degree in ECET. after getting a job working for 2 electrical engineers, i realized how much more you can do with the EE degree. i am therefore switch to Computer Engineering. Tech degrees are fine if thats all you want to do. but there are more options with an engineering degree.
  10. Oct 22, 2007 #9
    Sounds like you're on the right track. I actually started out in an EET program, but ended up going for my BSEE after a talk with my professor the first week of class. I wanted to focus more on the design side of things, though. If you're interested in just troubleshooting, I would start with the Associate degree...just make sure it will transfer well into a EE program in case you change your mind. They all don't line up so perfectly.

    Don't completely rule out the BS degree just because you need to work. I work part-time to help pay the rent and other bills, but in the end, I just had to suck it up and take out the loans. I won't lie...it's tough...but definitely worth the effort. I absolutely love going back to school. Fortunately, I was also able to find a program that does mostly evening classes, so that has helped a lot.

    Good luck!
  11. Oct 22, 2007 #10
    Is it correct to classify that engineers design and technicians troubleshoot?

    Slideman- I was not aware that there were evening programs in engineering. Are they more common in larger schools like the state universities?
  12. Oct 22, 2007 #11
    Not really.
  13. Oct 23, 2007 #12
    I can't really comment on the differences between engineers and technicians, since I don't have any experience yet, but what you described is kinda how my professor explained it to me. There is probably a lot of crossover between the two, but if you want to do significant design work, you'll probably be better off with the bachelor's degree.

    As for the evening course, I was lucky enough to find one locally, although I don't think they're really all that common. I'm going to the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which has a joint engineering program with Washington University. So all my engineering classes are at Wash U in the evenings (usually after 4 PM). Unfortunately, that means a rather inflexible schedule as far as electives go...and you still have to take your non-engineering courses during the day, for the most part. Looking back, I personally would have preferred to do it all the standard way...trying to cram everything in like I'm doing leaves no time for research or any other extra-curricular activities. I'm already starting to regret it...I think trying to work a significant amount and go to school at the same time will hurt my education more than it's worth.

    I don't know your financial situation, but if you're not significantly in debt and you definitely want the bachelor's degree, my advice would be to do it the standard way. It'll be worth it in the long run, especially if you want to get the most out of your education.
  14. Oct 23, 2007 #13


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    No, engineers can indeed, and quite often, do both. Of course it depends on your particular job duties.

    A lot of universities have what's called a 2 Plus 2 program. It basically is the pre-engineering AS degree you were talking about earlier that you complete at a local community college, then take the last two years either on campus or in your case online.

    Noth Carolina State University has a program similar to this...check it out...

    http://distance.ncsu.edu/programs/2plus2.html [Broken]

    I'm sure (assuming you don't live in NC) a local university will have a similar program near you.
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