Interest Area

Integrated Design, Engineering & Automation

Explore exciting careers in advanced technical fields. Students who complete an area of study within the IDEA school will acquire the skills to work in the electrical, electronics, automation, engineering, computer-aided design, photonics or model making fields. Additionally, students may choose to pursue our innovative transfer pathway and earn a university bachelor’s degree in engineering. Areas of study include Engineering, Electrical Technology, Electronic Technology, Drafting & Computer-Aided Design, Photonics, and Design, Model Making, & Rapid Prototyping.

Programs

Design, Model Making, Rapid Prototyping

ASCOA

Drafting

ASCOACOP

Electrical Technology

COP

Electronic Technology

ASCOACOP

Engineering

UC TransferCSU TransferASCOP
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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  • Associate's Degree
  • 8%
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-9%

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  • 81%
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  • 12%
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-2%

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  • 1%
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  • 47%
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  • 51%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 1%
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-15%

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  • 18%
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  • 55%
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  • 4%
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  • 57%
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-9%

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+16%

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  • 10%
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-19%

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  • Some College
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  • Bachelor's Degree
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-10%

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-23%

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  • H.S. Diploma or Less
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  • 12%
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-20%

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  • 9%
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  • 21%
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-14%

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  • 11%
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+14%

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+3%

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  • 4%
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  • 15%
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+11%

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  • Master's Degree
  • 21%
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  • Bachelor's Degree
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  • Master's Degree
  • 38%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 5%
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  • Certificate
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  • Associate's Degree
  • 19%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 10%
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+13%

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  • Associate's Degree
  • 17%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 57%
  • Master's Degree
  • 17%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 7%
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  • Associate's Degree
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  • 5%
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  • 5%
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  • 27%
  • Some College
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  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 10%
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  • Certificate
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  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 11%
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  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 4%
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  • 10%
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  • 23%
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  • 12%
  • Bachelor's Degree
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-10%

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  • Master's Degree
  • 9%
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+13%

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  • Associate's Degree
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  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 90%
  • Master's Degree
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$110,122

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-19%

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  • 70%
  • Master's Degree
  • 30%
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$103,953

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 2%
  • Some College
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 75%
  • Master's Degree
  • 17%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 2%
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