Isothermal Community College

Applied Sciences and Technologies

Computer Engineering Technology

Available Programs

Diploma and Certificate are also available in this curriculum.

Program Description

The Computer Engineering Technology curriculum provides the skills required to install, service, and maintain computers, peripherals, networks, and microprocessor and computer controlled equipment. It includes training in both hardware and software, emphasizing operating systems concepts to provide a unified view of computer systems. Coursework includes mathematics, 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.

Course Checklist

Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand and mathematically demonstrate basic engineering-related laws and theory (e.g. Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Laws)
  • Demonstrate competency with field instruments (e.g. Digital Multimeter, Oscilloscope)
  • Demonstrate competency with semiconductor applications (e.g. Transistor Theory, sensors, I.C.'s)
  • Understand and Demonstrate basic digital logic design and troubleshooting (e.g. Gate logic, digital devices)
  • Demonstrate competency with automation technology (e.g. PLC programming, Microcontrollers)

Students may also extend their AAS in Computer Engineering Technology by pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology through a 2+2 university program. Universities with 2+2 Programs include:

  • UNC Charlotte
  • Western Carolina University

What fields or jobs are available for Computer Engineering majors?

  • Automation design and maintenance
  • Computer support, upgrade and  repair
  • Manufacturer warranty repair
  • Technical customer service
  • Technical retail sales/service

Who employs Computer Engineering majors?

  • Business with computer/network needs
  • Computer service firms
  • Manufacturing companies

Preparing for a career in Computer Engineering Technology:

The first thing you need to become a Computer Technician or Engineer is a genuine interest and enjoyment in technology and computer systems. Preparing yourself to pursue a career in the computer field includes developing basic algebra skills, problem-solving skills, and committing to the effort required to learn the technology. You may also want to search current job postings in your chosen career field and read the job descriptions, required qualifications, and salary ranges. This helps students become aware of the job skills and education level required to achieve their individual goals. Job boards include www.monster.com and www.careerbuilder.com.

Where do I find more information?

  • Computering Enginneering Advisor- 828-395-1521 or 828-395-1627
  • Learning Support and Retention Counselor - 828-395-1436
    • Assess your interest and abilities
  • Applied Sciences Department - 828-395-1441
  • http://et.uncc.edu
  • http://www.wcu.edu/3624.asp
  • Also, check out related books in the Isothermal library

Gainful Employment Information - Diploma