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Technology changes quickly; our Computer Engineering Technology program gives students a solid foundation in all aspects of computer technology so that they can adapt to changes in the field long after graduation. The theory developed in the classroom is reinforced with lab work, which allows students to develop confidence and skill in their newly acquired knowledge and to accurately report the results of their observations. Along with two networked computer labs, students also use the facilities available in three additional instrumented electronics labs. Practical experience ranges from soldering circuit boards, to user interface programming, to the latest wireless networking technologies. Because hardware, software, and systems topics overlap in the real world, we equip graduates to evaluate the entire computer system and understand how all aspects interact. With a command of the total environment, a computer  engineering technician is able to relate to both programmers and hardware engineers.

Associate degree students focus on AC and DC circuits; program in C and Java; delve into the basic concepts of object-oriented programming; develop microcontroller applications; and explore other current programming techniques.

Computer Engineering Technology students share many common first-semester courses with the Electrical Engineering Technology students. This first semester provides students with a firm base in fundamental principles. Subsequent semesters’ offerings stress a systems approach, with students investigating computer-based applications from both a hardware and a software perspective. Interfacing computers with their peripherals and network applications are emphasized. Graduates are well-prepared for admission to Vermont Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology. With an extra year’s work, students may pursue a dual associate degree with Electrical Engineering Technology.

The Associate of Engineering in Computer Engineering Technology program will:

  • Provide students with the capabilities to be immediately employable and productive in the workplace
  • Instill the necessary skills so that graduates are qualified for positions of responsibility
  • Provide the education to mold graduates who are knowledgeable in both theory and application
  • Provide the base of knowledge so that graduates are prepared for lifelong learning and can adapt to new and emerging technologies
  • Provide the base of knowledge so that graduates can continue their formal education

Students with an Associate of Engineering in Computer Engineering Technology will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of computer engineering technology to narrowly-defined engineering technology activities
  • The ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to computer engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge
  • The ability to conduct standard tests and measurements and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments related to computer engineering technology
  • The ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team
  • The ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined computer engineering technology problems
  • The ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  • An understanding of the need for engaging in self-directed continuing professional development
  • An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

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Grace De Gues

  • Associate Software Engineer, Sensors & Integrated Systems, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Aerospace Systems, United Technologies, Vergennes, Vermont
  • Graduated with a B.S. in Computer Software Engineering, 2013

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For the past five years, U.S. News & World Report has listed Vermont Tech among the top 15 best public colleges in the North. This year, we're ranked #8.

Our Computer Engineering Technology, graduates are well prepared for careers that focus on digital electronics and computer architecture as well as programming, networks, and system administration. Career opportunities include sales, service, programming, and manufacturing of computer-based systems.

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