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Computer Engineering Technology


    
          Computer Engineering Technology

What Do Computer Engineering Technology Graduates Do? Are you excited by the thrill of devising creative solutions to help advance computer technology for the benefit of humanity?

Would you like to gain technical knowledge in areas such as computer architecture, digital systems, and electronics?

Are you looking for fresh new ways to apply a basic understanding of computer programming languages to your work?

With a degree in Computer Engineering Technology, you can dream up innovative technologies of the future and collaborate on cutting-edge projects that make a difference!

Computer Engineering Technology Graduates

  • Work in many industries at tasks including: analog and digital design, microprocessor hardware and software applications, network administration and design, and digital communications.
  • Install, configure, and network computer systems, as well as perform programming and systems analysis.
  • Analyze, develop, operate, and repair both hardware and software systems for their customers.

Famous Computer Engineers

  • Ada Lovelace - the world’s first computer programmer most commonly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine
  • Niklaus Wirth - Swiss computer scientist best known for designing several popular programming languages including Pascal, Euler, Algol W, Modula, and Oberon
  • Bill Gates - co-founder, ex-executive officer, and current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company
  • Ken Thompson - designed and implemented the original Unix operating system and also invented the B programming language
  • Dennis Ritchie - American computer scientist who created the most commonly used C programming language for software applications and operating systems

Areas of Employment

  • Financial institutions
  • Large-scale retailers
  • Government agencies
  • Application engineering
  • Engineering sales
  • Manufacturing
  • Technical management
  • Product design and development support
  • Software specialist
  • System analyst
  • Network and telecommunications specialist
  • Interface designer
  • Digital technician
  • Failure analysis technician

Career Guidance Suggestions for Pre-University Students

Coursework to Consider:
  • Pre-algebra
  • Geometry
  • Advanced algebra
  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Circuit analysis
  • Computer applications
  • Digital systems design
  • Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Physics
  • Computational problem solving
  • Operating systems
  • Foundations of algorithms
  • Probability and statistics
  • Robotics
  • Programming
Suggested Extracurricular Activities:
  • Competitions
  • Summer programs
  • Afterschool programs
  • Clubs
  • Internships
  • Online puzzles and games
  • Online courses
  • Maker faires
  • Design projects
Local Programs Offered by:
  • Science centers and museums
  • Professional societies like IEEE
  • Universities
Important Skills:
  • Math skills: use math for system analysis, design, and troubleshooting.
  • Analytical skills: identify appropriate design elements for microprocessor hardware and software applications.
  • Communication skills: convey information effectively through written technical reports and/or presentations.
  • Critical thinking skills: reflectively process and order information to design complex algorithms.
  • Problem-solving skills: identify and analyze technical problems before they occur and formulate solutions for customers in a timely manner.
  • Research skills: gather data and conduct research for the development and implementation of computer systems.
  • Interpersonal skills: be able to work as part of a larger team of engineers, technicians, and scientists.

Engineering Majors

More than 25 major specialties are recognized in the fields of engineering and engineering technology. Select a degree field from the list below to find out more:

 

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