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 educational objectives for graduates of the Associate of Engineering in Computer Engineering Technology program include:
Having the capability to be immediately employable and productive in the workplace
Possessing qualifications for positions of responsibility based on knowledge of necessary skills
Demonstrating knowledgeable in both theory and application
Engaging in lifelong learning and adapting to new and emerging technologies
Continuing their formal education
A student with an Associate of Engineering in Computer Engineering Technology will be able to:
Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of computer engineering technology to narrowly defined engineering technology activities
Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to computer engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge
Conduct standard tests and measurements and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments related to computer engineering technology
Function effectively as a member of a technical team
Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined computer engineering technology problems
Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and to identify and use appropriate technical literature
Understand the need for engaging in self-directed continuing professional development
Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
Demonstrate 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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