How Long Does it take to Earn an Electronics Engineering Technology Degree?
How long is a piece of string? This is the sort of riddle that makes little children squirm and most adults smack their heads. A similar question: how long will you need to earn an electronics engineering technology (EET) degree? Just as the first poser is frustratingly vague for anyone with a mechanical or mathematical mind, the second question is vague because of the many ways to pursue a degree in electronics engineering technology.
How Long Does It Take to Earn an EET Degree?
Getting a solid education in electronics engineering technology can mean three different levels of engagement:
- Associate of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology
- Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology
- Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology
Besides three different degree programs, most students can also choose from traditional programs (attending an actual school and classes in real classrooms) or accelerated programs that allow you to keep working while attending classes.
How Long Do You Need to Dig Half a Hole?
Riddles can be vexing or simply annoying. A hole is a hole, so with the first turn of the spade, you have a hole; riddle solved. When pursuing a degree in electronics engineering technology, though, you have to take some time to solve the riddle of degrees. Can you decide right away if you are going for an Associate degree, which will take less time, or a Bachelor of Science degree, which will take more time?
An Associate of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, which may be called an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology in some jurisdictions, can take as little as 18 months through an accelerated (year-round) program. Most programs at traditional schools require two years for this, with flexible programs for working adults that stretch out to three years.
A Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology can be yours in as little as 2.5 years. At some community colleges and trade schools, this process typically takes four years, though flexible programs allow five or even six years if you are working full-time.
How do Students Benefit from Accelerated Degrees?
If you are newly emerging from high school, you may feel comfortable devoting two years to pursuing an Associate’s degree, or four years to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Perhaps an accelerated program is not for you.
If, though, you are already earning a living, you want to increase your education and marketability as rapidly as possible. This is because the opportunity cost of getting the education is outweighed by the earning losses of continuing in your current position.
Suppose you are currently working in a technical, mundane job. Say you are an electrical assembler. You work in a factory, assembling electrical components for convection ovens. You may make $14.46 an hour (or $30,080 a year), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It is not a terrible job; it does pay less than the national average of $36,200 annually, but it is unchallenging, indoor work. While continuing with that low-paying position, you could attend school and earn an Associate’s degree in 1.5 years. Immediately upon completion, you could apply for an entry-level position as an electronics engineering technician.
The BLS tells us that electronics engineering technicians make a national average of $29.39 an hour, or $61,130 annually. Compare that to the $14.46 an hour ($30,080 annually) you made while attending school. More than double your salary by spending a little money, some brainpower, and a mere 18 months advancing your education. The cost is far less than the gain.
Who Should Take an Accelerated Degree Program?
In grade school and high school, you knew the kids who did as little as possible. They may have been sociable, athletic, or artistic. They may have been wildly popular, but they did not put much effort into their work, nor did they drive themselves to learn more or do more. Those kids grew into adults who would not benefit from an accelerated degree program.
If, however, you are internally driven to do more, be more, and learn more, an accelerated program is for you. If circumstances outside yourself — a new or growing family, the grim potential of layoffs in your current job, or fears of being replaced by a robot — drive you to get smarter, faster, then an accelerated program is for you.
In short, if you rise above the rest, consider an accelerated degree program in electronics engineering technology.
At ECPI University, we could tell you that a piece of string is twice as long as half its length, or we could tell you all about our Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. If you want more from your life, contact us today to learn how you can attend ECPI University and solve the riddle of finding a career you will love.
It could be the Best Decision You Ever Make!
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