Associate of Engineering or Associate in Electronics Engineering Technology Degree

The Associate of Engineering, or Associate in Electronics Engineer Technology, is a two-year technical degree offered at select community colleges and technical schools across the nation. The most common Associate of Engineering degree is the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Engineering, with the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Engineering coming in a close second.

The typical Associate of Engineering degree takes 2 years to complete. However, given the depth and technical nature of the subject matter, it may take up to 3 years to complete an Associate in Engineering degree program. Some schools that offer the ability to complete this degree, in part, online–but most programs are campus based.

Below you can search our database of colleges and universities offering associate degree programs in engineering and engineering technology.

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Coursework and Concentrations
Even though the Associate of Engineering is an undergraduate degree program, coursework can be challenging and demanding. Programs typically include intensive study of engineering technology, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and science. When selecting an Associate in Engineering program, students have several options to choose from, including engineering science, pre-engineering and engineering technology. Engineering science and pre-engineering programs provide great preparation for a bachelor's degree in engineering. A degree with an emphasis in Engineering technology will prepare students to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering or entry-level career opportunities as an engineering technician.

Within the Associate of Engineering degree program there a variety of tracks and specialties students can pursue. Some of the more popular associate degrees in engineering include:

  • Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Applied Engineering Technology
  • Associate of Science in Engineering Technology
  • Associate of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Associate of Petroleum Engineering Techology
  • Associate of Engineering Management Technology

Engineering is such a vast discipline that the above list represents only a small sample of all the concentrations and tracks available for engineering and engineering technology students studying at a community colleges and technical schools across the United States. Of course, program offerings will vary by institution.

Career Options
Many students who complete the Associate of Engineering or Associate of Electronics Engineering Technology degree will enter the work force upon graduation. These students will be prepared for a variety of entry-level career opportunities in government, business, and scientific and technical service industries. Graduates from Associate in Engineering degree programs often pursue positions as:

  • Electronics technicians
  • Electrical engineering technicians
  • Mechanical engineering technicians
  • Civil engineering technicians
  • Industrial engineering technicians
  • Aerospace/aviation engineering technicians
  • Geotechnical engineering technicians

Those who pursue career opportunities in engineering, after earning their associate's degree, often work under the direct supervision of a licensed enineer in their respective discipline or career field. Engineering techicians can earn anywhere from $33,000 to $74,000 a year. Engineering technician is among the 25 top high paying jobs you can get an associate's degree.

A Stepping Stone to a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
While there are a wide variety of job opportunities available to students who earn an Associate of Engineering degree, most students use this degree as a stepping stone into a four-year bachelor's degree in engineering. Students who plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree in engineering, after they earn their associate's degree, need to make sure (1) they earn their associate degree in engineering from a regionally accredited community college or technical school and (2) the credits they earn will transfer to their new college and be applied toward their bachelor's degree.

Some community colleges have articulation agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities. Articulation agreements ensure that upon graduation, students will automatically be accepted to a four-year college, and that their credits will be counted toward the completion of their bachelor in engineering degree. Given all the time and effort required to earn an associate degree in engineering, it's important to make sure your degree will transfer to a four-year college if you plan on pursuing a bachelor degree in engineering upon graduation, or down the road.

Certification Options
Through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) students who graduate with an Associate of Engineering Technology degree can earn their engineering technician certification. Areas of certification include electrical and mechanical engineering technology and civil engineering technology. Certification is extremely useful for students who are looking to qualify themselves for career opportunities. To become certified, students must pass a written and multiple choice exam and submit several letters of recommendation.

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