COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

AAS Degree – Code #1602

BS Degree - Code #1357

The computer engineering technology program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to secure employment as technicians or technologists who are capable of installing, designing, supporting, and maintaining computer systems and networks. This is a hands-on, technically oriented program with a focus on computer system hardware and network infrastructure, but does include software development and operating systems course work. The program is designed to prepare students for professional certification examinations leading to certifications such as the CompTIA A+ and Network+, Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

The first year of the computer engineering technology program provides students with a foundation of knowledge in digital and electronic circuits and math, as well as an introduction to computer systems and networking. In the following years, the program builds upon the electric and computer background and continues developing skills in computer hardware, operating systems, and networking. In the fourth year of the program, students can either complete a senior project or do an internship with an employer. The internship program provides real-world experience for students by having them work for an entire semester at a company.

Students may enter the Bachelor of Science program in computer engineering technology as freshmen for an eight-semester sequence, or in the fifth semester as transfer students with the appropriate technical background. Typically, graduates of AAS computer engineering technology programs can be articulated to complete the bachelor program in two years. Additionally, students entering the bachelor of science program in computer engineering technology as freshmen can apply for an AAS degree in computer engineering technology upon completion of the AAS requirements (typically at the end of the fourth semester). This, along with potential industry certifications earned, can enable the student to obtain meaningful summer or part-time employment opportunities while completing studies.

Both computer engineering technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the computer engineering technology program. The college will provide a list of appropriate laptops and wireless modem cards to all students who have been accepted to attend Alfred State. Some courses may require specialized tools and/or electronic components.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES - AAS Degree

a. An ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.

b. An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.

c. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.

d. An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.

e. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.

f. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.

g. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

h. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.

i. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

j. The application of electric circuits, computer programming, associated software applications, analog and digital electronics, microcomputers, operating systems, and local area networks to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.

k. The application of natural sciences and mathematics at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES - BS Degree

a. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities.

b. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.

c. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.

d. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.

e. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

f. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems.

g. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.

h. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

i. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.

j. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.

k. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

l. The application of electric circuits, computer programming, associated software applications, analog and digital electronics, microcomputers, operating systems, and local area networks to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.

m. The application of natural sciences and mathematics at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.

n. The ability to analyze, design, and implement hardware and software computer systems.

o. The ability to apply project management techniques to computer systems.

p. The ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of computer systems and networks.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES (PEOs)

Program educational objectives were established with the assistance of the Industrial Advisory Committee and are reviewed periodically. The AAS in the computer engineering technology program produces graduates who:

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics and science using critical thinking and creative skills to solve computer engineering problems.

2. Function professionally with effective communication and with ethical responsibility as an individual and on a multidisciplinary team.

3. Continuously improve and engage in life-long learning and adapt to a technologically advancing society.

4. Apply knowledge of contemporary issues and anticipate the impact of computer engineering technology solutions on industry and the general public.

5. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary to support computer engineering practice.

The BS in computer engineering technology program produces graduates who:

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics and science using critical thinking and creative skills to solve computer engineering problems.

2. Function professionally with effective communication and with ethical responsibility as an individual and on a multidisciplinary team.

3. Continuously improve and engage in life-long learning and adapt to a technologically advancing society.

4. Apply knowledge of contemporary issues and anticipate the impact of computer engineering technology solutions on industry and the general public.

5. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary to support computer engineering practice.

6. Design computer engineering systems, components or processes to meet industry needs.

7. Design computer engineering experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data to support the problem solving process and project design.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State computer engineering technology AAS graduates may enter directly into either the computer engineering technology BS or technology management BBA degree programs.

TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates from the associate-level computer engineering technology program are eligible to continue their education by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree program in computer engineering technology at Alfred State or elsewhere. Our computer engineering technology AAS two-year degree program is the same as the first two years of the computer engineering technology BS four-year degree program.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Computer Engineering Technology (AAS degree) - 100 percent transferred to continue their education.

Computer Engineering Technology (BS degree) - 100 percent are employed.

ENROLLMENT AND GRADUATION DATA

Computer Engineering Technology (AAS degree) - Enrollment - 11; 9% graduated in 2 years and 18% graduated in 3 years.

Computer Engineering Technology (BS) - Enrollment - 4; 25% graduated in 4 years and 50% graduated in 6 years.

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ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS (AAS)

Required:

Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Recommended:

Physics

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS (BS)

Required:

Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with recommended SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.

Recommended:

Physics