Engineering Technology College and Schools in New York City

The New York City area has more than ten colleges that offer engineering technology programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 30 miles of downtown, and make an informed educational decision.

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New York City Engineering Technology Schools

A variety of degree programs for aspiring engineering technicians and/or technologists are available within 40 minutes of New York City. This article looks at three schools and the undergraduate programs they offer in various relevant fields. It also includes a table of information about each school that prospective students can use to help them decide which is the right choice for them. Facts about enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate are provided. At the end of the article is some information about a few other nearby schools with relevant program offerings.

  • The New York City College of Technology (City Tech) is a part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system and is just five miles from the heart of the city. Here, students can earn associate's degrees in telecommunications engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, civil engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology. City Tech also offers a Bachelor of Technology in Telecommunications Engineering Technology.
  • The New York Institute of Technology offers an associate's degree program in engineering technology as well as a bachelor's program in electrical and computer engineering technology. It is about 25 miles from the city center.
  • Approximately 28 miles from downtown, Nassau Community College offers associate's degree programs in civil engineering technology and electrical engineering technology.

New York City College of Technology

City Tech offers various engineering technology degrees through three departments, including the Department of Construction Management & Civil Engineering Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Department of Electrical & Telecommunications Engineering Technology. In addition to engineering technology, the mechanical and civil engineering departments offer programs in construction management and industrial design technology.

Associate in Applied Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology

City Tech participates in the Verizon's Next Step Program, which allows employees at the telecommunications company to enroll in customized associate's degree programs, such as this one in telecommunications engineering technology. This 67-credit program trains students in areas such as data transmission, telecommunications installation and data communication. In addition to coursework, students can participate in an internship.

Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Students learn both practical and theoretical skills through lectures and lab projects in electronic and electrical circuits and systems. Graduates can execute an array of professional tasks, such as finding electronic component positions on panels, conducting cost estimates and assisting with the construction of prototype equipment. Classes include digital electronics, circuit analysis, communication electronics and electrical drafting.

Associate in Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Students are trained for technician and assistant careers in areas such as metallurgy, production planning, plant layout and materials testing. The curriculum investigates areas such as machine design, solids modeling, thermodynamics and computer-aided manufacturing. In the final semester of the program, students can complete a machine design course or internship.

Associate in Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology

Courses cover areas such as soils, statistics, fluid mechanics and hydraulics. The program prepares students for Level 1 Field Inspector certification from the American Concrete Institute. Students learn to communicate effectively, determine stresses for structures, solve technical problems and produce engineering documents.

Bachelor of Technology in Telecommunications Engineering Technology

City Tech's bachelor's degree program in telecommunication engineering technology is an expansion of the associate's degree program. Students deepen their knowledge in areas such as analog communications, satellite transmission, switching theory and telecommunications network management. In addition, students can specialize in one of three areas, which include wireless communications, optical communications and network management. An optional internship is also available.

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

The School of Engineering and Computer Sciences' department of electrical and computer engineering technology offers computer and software training to aspiring engineering technologists. Students learn through the school's updated labs, classroom-based theoretical training and by working up-close with expert staff members.

Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Technology

The electrical technology program includes 63-65 credits of training in electrical and computer systems. Students complete 16 credits in electrical technology courses and 21 credits in computer technology, as well as foundation, math and physics courses. Courses students may encounter include programming techniques, digital electronics and electronics technology.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

NYIT's 130-132 credit bachelor's degree program in electrical and computer engineering comprises a comprehensive array of courses in areas such as foundations, math, electrical technology, computer technology, engineering management and electives, in addition to a senior capstone project. Electrical technology courses include communication circuits, control systems technology and electrical technology. In addition to hard engineering skills, students may also acquire the ability to communicate and work in teams, creatively solve complex problems and design software computer systems.

Nassau Community College (NCC)

NCC offers associate's degree programs in various aspects of engineering technology through its engineering/physics/technologies department. Some of the courses taken here are transferable to four-year schools in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, one of the largest state systems of public colleges and universities in the country.

Associate in Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology

The civil engineering technology program examines residential construction methods, blueprint reading, technical writing, construction estimating and route surveying. The courses in the four-semester program can be completed both on-campus and online, and it is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Coursework delves into areas such as reactive circuits, resistive circuits, digital technology and interpersonal communication. Graduates from this program may find employment in a variety of industries and fields, including aerospace, energy conversion, communications and digital computer controls. Students learn about technical practices employed in the field, fundamental concepts of currents and voltage and the steady response of circuits.

Comparison of Schools

When choosing a school, individuals need access to a variety of information. This table offers pertinent facts about each of these institutions in a way that makes comparison easy.

New York City College of Technology New York Institute of Technology Nassau Community College
School Type Four-year; public Four-year; private not-for-profit Two-year; public
Total Enrollment 15,961* 8,306* 23,550*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $5,469 in-state; $11,379 out-of-state* $27,290* $4,495 in-state; $8,485 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2010-2011) 84%* 95%* 56%*
Acceptance Rate 77% (2010)* 69% (2011)* N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2011) 74% for full-time students; 67% for part-time students* 71% for full-time students; 16% for part-time students* 71% for full-time students; 57% for part-time students*
Undergrad Graduation Rate (2011) 15% (39% transfer-out rate)* 48% (36% transfer-out rate)* 14% (9% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Other School Options

Engineering technology programs are also available at Bramson ORT College, located about 11 miles away from the city center, CUNY Bronx Community College, located about 13 miles away, CUNY Hostos Community College about 11 miles from Time Square and CUNY College of Staten Island located about 16 miles away.

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