Computer Engineering Technology (AE)

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:

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve narrowly defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline
  2. Design solutions for narrowly defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline
  3. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in narrowly defined technical and non-technical environments; identify and use appropriate technical literature
  4. Conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments related to the discipline and interpret the results to improve processes
  5. Function effectively as a member of a technical team

Educational objectives that are demonstrated during their workforce careers include:

  • Professional skills: be immediately employable and productive in the workplace
  • Engineering management skills: possess qualifications for positions of responsibility based on knowledge of necessary skills
  • Engineering skills: demonstrate knowledge in both theory and application
  • Innovation skills: engage in lifelong learning; adapt to new and emerging technologies; and continue 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 2018. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2017 (December 2018)

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

THAT TRANSLATES INTO

557,100

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2016-2026


Projected Employment Growth for Computer & Information Technology Occupations, 2016-2026 (source: BLS)  National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)


Median Pay
$0
$0
All Occupations

2017 Median Pay (Computer & IT Occupations) vs. National Median for All occupations (2017), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'17
  • 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 Lamoille N. Modified Unified
  • Union School District
  • 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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