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2021 Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate's Degree Trade Schools

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Finding the Best Engineering Technologies Associate's Degree School for You

With 85,272 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, engineering technologies is the #4 most popular major in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which trade school program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Trade College Search has created the Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate's Degree Trade Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 1,040 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular associate's degree programs for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Engineering Technologies program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate's Degree Colleges.

Our analysis found California University of Pennsylvania to be the most popular school for engineering technologies students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. Cal U is a medium-sized public school located in the small suburb of California.

Women make up 51% of the engineering tech majors at the school.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Texas State Technical College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Waco, TSTC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 536 students majoring in engineering tech at TSTC, 88% are male and 12% are female.

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#3

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ivy Tech Community College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public school located in the large city of Indianapolis.

Women make up 9% of the engineering tech majors at the school.

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#4

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

The in-demand associate’s degree programs at Columbia Southern University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular engineering technologies schools in the United States. Columbia Southern University is a very large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Orange Beach.

Women make up 22% of the engineering tech majors at the school.

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The in-demand associate’s degree programs at New York City College of Technology helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular engineering technologies schools in the United States. City Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Brooklyn.

About 16% of the students majoring in engineering tech at the school are women while 84% are male.

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#6

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Excelsior College is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Albany.

Women make up 10% of the engineering tech majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #7, River Parishes Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for engineering technologies students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the rural area of Gonzales, River Parishes Community College is a public college with a small student population.

Of the 252 students majoring in engineering tech at River Parishes Community College, 84% are male and 16% are female.

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San Jacinto Community College ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 18% of the students majoring in engineering tech at the school are women while 82% are male.

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#9

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree engineering technologies programs. Located in the distant town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 225 students majoring in engineering tech at Ferris, 85% are male and 15% are female.

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#10

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND

Bismarck State College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree engineering technologies programs. BSC is a small public school located in the city of Bismarck.

Women make up 12% of the engineering tech majors at the school.

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#11

Lee College

Baytown, TX

Lee College ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the small city of Baytown, Lee College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

About 19% of the students majoring in engineering tech at the school are women while 81% are male.

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Columbus State Community College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree engineering technologies programs. Located in the city of Columbus, Columbus State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 13% of the engineering tech majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #13, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for engineering technologies students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the rural area of Perkinston, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Of the 212 students majoring in engineering tech at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 81% are male and 19% are female.

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#14

Olympic College

Bremerton, WA

Olympic College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for engineering technologies students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of Bremerton, OC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 210 students majoring in engineering tech at OC, 77% are male and 23% are female.

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With a ranking of #15, SOWELA Technical Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for engineering technologies students working on their associate’s degree. SOWELA is a small public school located in the city of Lake Charles.

Of the 208 students majoring in engineering tech at SOWELA, 83% are male and 17% are female.

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Cincinnati State Technical and Community College ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Cincinnati State is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Cincinnati.

Women make up 13% of the engineering tech majors at the school.

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#17

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, MI

With a ranking of #17, Washtenaw Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for engineering technologies students working on their associate’s degree. Washtenaw Community College is a large public school located in the large suburb of Ann Arbor.

About 47% of the students majoring in engineering tech at the school are women while 53% are male.

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#18

ITI Technical College

Baton Rouge, LA

ITI Technical College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree engineering technologies programs. Located in the large suburb of Baton Rouge, ITI Technical College is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Of the 178 students majoring in engineering tech at ITI Technical College, 88% are male and 12% are female.

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#18

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA

ECPI University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the large city of Virginia Beach, ECPI University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 13% of the engineering tech majors at the school.

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#20

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, CA

With a ranking of #20, Pasadena City College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for engineering technologies students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Pasadena, Pasadena City College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 23% of the students majoring in engineering tech at the school are women while 77% are male.

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With a ranking of #21, Pittsburgh Technical College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for engineering technologies students working on their associate’s degree. Pittsburgh Technical College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Oakdale.

About 11% of the students majoring in engineering tech at the school are women while 89% are male.

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Southeast Community College Area came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Lincoln, Southeast Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Of the 147 students majoring in engineering tech at Southeast Community College, 91% are male and 9% are female.

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Houston Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for engineering technologies students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Houston Community College is a very large public school located in the city of Houston.

Women make up 20% of the engineering tech majors at the school.

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#23

Stark State College

North Canton, OH

Stark State College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree engineering technologies programs. Stark State College is a large public school located in the large suburb of North Canton.

About 11% of the students majoring in engineering tech at the school are women while 89% are male.

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#25

Ranken Technical College

Saint Louis, MO

Ranken Technical College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Ranken Technical College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Louis.

Of the 141 students majoring in engineering tech at Ranken Technical College, 94% are male and 6% are female.

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#27

Bates Technical College

Tacoma, WA
#30

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
#31

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, SC
#36

Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN
#43

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, PR
#46

Nunez Community College

Chalmette, LA
#46

Owens Community College

Perrysburg, OH

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate's Degree Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 1040 different United States engineering technologies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
50 Portland Community College Portland, OR
53 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
53 Dunwoody College of Technology Minneapolis, MN
55 New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
56 Erie Community College Buffalo, NY
56 Bellingham Technical College Bellingham, WA
56 Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY
56 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
60 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
61 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
61 San Juan College Farmington, NM
63 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
63 Gadsden State Community College Gadsden, AL
63 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
63 Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Okmulgee, OK
67 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
68 Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg, SC
68 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
70 Great Basin College Elko, NV
70 Valencia College Orlando, FL
72 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
72 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
74 University of Northwestern Ohio Lima, OH
74 St Philip’s College San Antonio, TX
76 Weber State University Ogden, UT
76 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
76 Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT
79 Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, PA
80 Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Ponce Ponce, PR
80 Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Guayama Guayama, PR
80 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
83 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
83 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
83 Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics West Mifflin, PA
83 Mech-Tech College Caguas, PR
87 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD
87 Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX
87 Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
90 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
90 Victoria College Victoria, TX
92 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
92 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
92 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
95 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville, NC
95 Coastal Alabama Community College Bay Minette, AL
95 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
98 J-Tech Institute Jacksonville, FL
98 Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Oklahoma City, OK
100 San Diego Miramar College San Diego, CA
100 Motlow State Community College Tullahoma, TN
102 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
102 Springfield Technical Community College Springfield, MA
102 Antelope Valley College Lancaster, CA
102 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
106 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
107 University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla Aguadilla, PR
108 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
108 Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de San Juan San Juan, PR
108 Western Technical College El Paso, TX
108 Piedmont Technical College Greenwood, SC
108 Grantham University Lenexa, KS
113 Vermont Technical College Randolph, VT
114 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
114 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA
114 Eastfield College Mesquite, TX
114 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
118 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
118 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
120 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
120 Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
120 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
120 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
124 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
124 Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, SD
124 The Refrigeration School Phoenix, AZ
124 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
124 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
129 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
129 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
129 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
132 SUNY Broome Binghamton, NY
132 Nashville State Community College Nashville, TN
132 Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, VA
132 Onondaga Community College Syracuse, NY
136 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
137 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
137 Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo, MI
139 Edison State Community College Piqua, OH
139 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
141 James A Rhodes State College Lima, OH
141 BridgeValley Community & Technical College South Charleston, WV
141 Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Boston, MA
144 Bakersfield College Bakersfield, CA
144 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
144 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
144 Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Manati Manati, PR
144 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
144 York Technical College Rock Hill, SC
150 Northwest State Community College Archbold, OH
150 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
150 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
153 Lake Land College Mattoon, IL
153 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
153 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
153 DeVry University - Illinois Chicago, IL
153 South Central College North Mankato, MN
153 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate's Degree Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
159 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
159 Three Rivers Community College Norwich, CT
159 Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA
159 Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria, MN
159 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
159 National University College Bayamon, PR
165 Morrison Institute of Technology Morrison, IL
165 Virginia Western Community College Roanoke, VA
165 North Central State College Mansfield, OH
168 University of Puerto Rico - Carolina Carolina, PR
168 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
168 Gaston College Dallas, NC
168 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
168 North Lake College Irving, TX
168 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
174 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
174 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
174 Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA
174 Zane State College Zanesville, OH
178 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
178 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
178 Central Carolina Community College Sanford, NC
178 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
178 Ventura College Ventura, CA
178 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
184 Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ
184 Cuyamaca College El Cajon, CA
184 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
184 Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
184 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
189 Augusta Technical College Augusta, GA
189 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
189 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
189 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
189 Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC
189 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
189 Bowling Green State University - Firelands Huron, OH
189 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
197 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
197 Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence, SC
197 Island Drafting and Technical Institute Amityville, NY
197 Terra State Community College Fremont, OH
197 University of Puerto Rico - Ponce Ponce, PR
197 Solano Community College Fairfield, CA
203 Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta, GA
203 Wichita Area Technical College Wichita, KS
203 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
203 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
203 Athens Technical College Athens, GA
208 Kent State University at Tuscarawas New Philadelphia, OH
208 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
208 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
208 Johnson College Scranton, PA
208 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
208 South Puget Sound Community College Olympia, WA
208 University of Cincinnati - Clermont College Batavia, OH
208 Lakeland Community College Kirtland, OH
208 Lincoln Trail College Robinson, IL
208 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL

Engineering Technologies by Region

View the Most Popular Engineering Technologies Associate's Degree Trade Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Engineering Tech Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Industrial Production Technology 13,900
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,669
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,578
Environmental Control Technology 9,823
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,732
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,586
Computer Engineering Technology 3,908
General Engineering Technology 3,871
Construction Engineering Technology 3,636
Quality Control Technology 3,601
Engineering-Related Fields 1,840
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,466
Civil Engineering Technology 1,357
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,341
Engineering-Related Technologies 825
Mining & Petroleum Technology 705
Nuclear Engineering Technology 388
Nanotechnology 46

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to KUKA Systems GmbH.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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