Telecommunications Engineering Technology
This program is designed to meet the ever increasing need of the telecommunications industry for people who understand state-of-the-art principles, applications, equipment, and regulatory policies. Telecommunications service providers, equipment manufacturers and telecommunications users all need a cadre of those capable of utilizing equipment to its fullest, both from a technical and from a managerial perspective.
The BS program in telecommunications engineering technology started in 1989 and officially began accepting students in the fall of 1990. It was the first bachelor of science program in the United States accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET in telecommunications engineering technology.
In addition to the BS degree programs, the ECTET department offers three certificate programs in telecommunications that are available either on-campus or completely via online learning.
The BS program is offered on campus. It is possible to obtain a BS degree in an online learning format provided appropriate transfer credit is granted for those courses not presently offered in that format.
The list of required courses for each program and the schedule of course offerings by quarter are available at the ECT department Web page (www.rit.edu/ect) in the Prospective Students section. Many of the telecommunications courses, all the math courses, and a selection of liberal arts courses are available in online learning format. Three of the telecommunications lab courses will require a visit to the Rochester, N.Y., campus for on-campus lab activities. These activities take place one weekend during the quarter in which you are enrolled in the course. This is a required part of the program, and it provides the opportunity to gain experience working with specialized telecommunications equipment, test equipment, and software to supplement the theoretical work.
Transfer is available for students with coursework from an associate degree in telecommunications technology, electrical or electronics technology, and other related areas on a courseby- course evaluation. Normally, students from closely related programs, such as telecommunications technology or electrical/ electronics technology, can graduate in 15 quarters. Graduates of other related programs are also welcome to apply but may expect to take longer to complete the program. The upper division program assumes transfer of 100 quarter hours of credit from a lower-division program. Required mathematics, computer programming, and liberal arts courses are also provided to students for their upper-division program.
In addition to the bachelor’s degree program, three certificate options in telecommunications technology are also available. The certificate programs have been designed to provide college level education for telecommunications professionals or those employed in a related field. Most courses in the certificate programs can be applied to the bachelor’s degree.
The Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), http://www.abet.org .
Technical Option - Upper Division, Suggested Sequence:
1016-319 Data Analysis
0609-333 Concepts in Signals/Systems
1016-304 Differential Equations for Eng Tech
0614-465 Voice Telecommunications
0614-466 Voice Telecommunications Lab
0614-480 Intro to Telecommunications Policy
0614-440 Ethics, Economics and Planning for Engineers
0614-483 Telecom. Trans. Systems
0614-484 Telecom. Trans. Systems Lab
0614-477 Networking Technologies
0614-475 Switching Technologies
0614-479 Network Management
0609-534 Communication Systems I
0614-561 Telecommunications Network Engineering
0614-562 Telecom. Network Eng. Lab
0614-574 Networking Planning Design
Software engineer, field service engineer, network/telecommunications engineer, account representative manager, systems engineer
Network management/support, voice and data communications support, long distance service analysis, technical sales and support
Frontier, General Electric, Worldcom, MCI, Motorola, NORTEL, PepsiCo., Sprint, US Cellular