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Computer Engineering Technology

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, 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 requiring a knowledge of electronic and computer systems.  Graduates may also qualify for certification in electronics, computers, or networks.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What's in the CET Program?

The course contents for the Computer Engineering Technology program may be viewed online at:
College Catalog by using Adobe Reader. The CET degree contents begin on Page 67 of the catalog.

Note: the CET program exists in the ever-changing field of computer technology. Therefore, some curriculum content will change with the current state of technology while the fundamentals will remain fixed. Check with the department or instructors for the current content of the curriculum.

2. What can I do with an AAS in Computer Engineering Technology?

One of the most attractive aspects of the AAS in Computer Engineering Technology is the ability to choose between a 2-year and a 4-year program. The 2-year CET graduate from Isothermal may choose to pursue careers at the technician-level in industry engineering departments, information technology departments, and a multitude of other computer-related opportunities. To assist student only interested in a 2-year course of study, the CET program features preparation for the CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ certifications. These certifications are recognized throughout the computer technology industry.

3. How can I transform my AAS in Computer Engineering Technology into a 4-year degree in Engineering Technology?

 In cooperation with nationally accredited 4-year engineering technology programs such as those offered at UNC-Charlotte and Western Carolina University, it is simple to extend an AAS in engineering technology degree into a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology.

Through careful advising, Isothermal's program is designed to be accepted by these schools allowing you to enter a 4-year engineering technology program at the junior level. Of course, the student bears sole responsibility for coordinating their academic study in preparation for transfer into a 4-year engineering technology program. Links to these schools are provided to assist students in their academic planning with their advisor.

4. How can I learn more about the program?

For assistance or more information contact:

Isothermal Community College
PO Box 804
286 ICC Loop Road
Spindale, NC 28160
Phone:  (828) 286-3636 x305 or x366
Fax:  (828) 286-4014

Steve Hollifield ( and Chester Peeler (
Instructors, Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology.

5. Helpful Links

Links to the UNC-Charlotte Engineering Technology Department:

Link to the Western Carolina University Engineering Technology Department

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