Computer Engineering Technology (AE)

School of Engineering and Computing

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.

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 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 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 identify and use appropriate technical literature
  • Understand the need for and engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  • Understand and commit to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  • Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

Educational objectives that are demonstrated during their workforce careers include:

  • Professional skills: being immediately employable and productive in the workplace
  • Engineering management skills: possessing qualifications for positions of responsibility based on knowledge of necessary skills
  • Engineering skills: demonstrating knowledge in both theory and application
  • Innovation skills: engaging in lifelong learning; adapting to new and emerging technologies; continuing their formal education

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

Program enrollment and graduation count.

Careers in Computer Engineering Technology

Placement Rate
100%
Vermont Tech
VS
%
National

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Computer & Information Tech occupations
Job projections

THAT TRANSLATES INTO

488,500

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2014-2024


Projected Employment Growth for Computer & Information Technology Occupations, 2014-2024 (source: BLS)  National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)


Median Pay
$0
$0
All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Computer & IT Occupations) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech Data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
  • UTC Aerospace Systems IBM
  • Being Advanced Memory Corp. Redco Audio Inc.
  • Hypertherm Inc. Vermont Federal Credit Union
  • Vermont Systems Inc. Simon Pearce
  • The Home Service Store, Inc. Union Bank
  • Intralot, Inc. MISys Inc.
  • Silver Bay
  • Associate Engineer, Software Computer Engineering
  • IT Architect Applications Engineer
  • Senior Lab Technician Computer Programmer/Engineer
  • Circuit Board Technician IS Specialist
  • Programmer IT Support
  • System Administrator Help Desk Technician
  • People Manager Lead System Operator
  • Software Development Intern IT Director

News & Events

12Sep
Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the college has been ranked 19th among the Best Northeast Regional Colleges for 2019 in the annual best college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The college has risen in two important categories this year, in both the public college... Read More
29May
Vermont Tech congratulates the students who achieved the honors of President's and Dean's List during the Spring 2018 semester. To be accorded Dean's List honors a student must be enrolled in at least 12 letter-graded credit hours and attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who have been awarded... Read More
24May
Vermont Technical College hosted its three commencement ceremonies this weekend. Two were held on Friday, May 18th and another was held Saturday, the 19th. Vermont Tech conferred certificates and degrees for 504 graduates from 32 programs. Nursing students were also presented with their Nursing... Read More

Alumni

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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