Computer Engineering Technology

student working in Computer Engineering Technology program
A.A.S./Certificate

Computer Engineering Technology

Computer Engineering prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills for installing, servicing and maintaining computers, peripherals, networks, microprocessors, and computer-controlled equipment.

Computer Engineering prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills for installing, servicing and maintaining computers, peripherals, networks, microprocessors, and computer-controlled equipment. Course work includes mathematics, physics, electronics, digital circuits, and programming, with emphasis on the operation, use, and interfacing of memory and devices to the CPU. Additional topics may include communications, networks, operating systems, programming languages, Internet configuration and design, and industrial applications.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in electronics technology, computer service, computer networks, server maintenance, programming, and other areas of knowledge in electronics and computer systems. Graduates may also qualify for certification in electronics, computers, or networks.

 

Programs

Title Credential Credit Hours Link to program details
Computer Engineering Technology A.A.S. Degree 74 ‌‌

Career Opportunities

Computer Engineering

A.A.S. Degree
Computer Programs
2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $38.08/hr
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

Computer Network Support Specialist
2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $27.87/hr
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

 

Good to Know

Computer engineers develop new computer hardware, design and implement software applications, and enhance the capabilities of networks and communication systems.

The following is a list of several qualities that are helpful in computer engineering:

  • Creativity - a large part of working with computers is solving technical problems and although engineering is not considered a traditionally creative profession like writing, acting or art, being able to apply creative thinking to complex problems will help significantly.
  • Curiosity - the natural curiosity of needing to know how and why things work will help you tolerate some of the less exciting aspects of engineering and computers. It may also help you find new and better solutions to difficult problems.
  • Attention to detail - often in computer work it is the smallest detail, such as leaving out a word or symbol, that makes the difference between solving a problem or not. Being detail-oriented will help you avoid making mistakes and may also help you locate them later on.
  • People skills - Most computer engineers work as part of a team. Good communication skills will help you understand the needs of your company, clients, and team members.
  • Logical thinking - computer technicians have to rely on logic to plan out programs and build hardware circuits. Logically arranging things makes it easier to understand; a disorganized mess is much less likely to work than a clearly defined and orderly process.
  • Problem-solving skills - much of computer engineering work is resolving problems: technical, electrical, logistical, and others. Problem-solving skills are highly respected and sought after in the computer technology field.

Daniel Mancuso
Chair, Electrical, Electronics, & Computer Engineering Technologies