Computer Engineering Technology BS
- Bachelor of Science Degree (5 year)
- Approximately 135 students enrolled
Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component
- Students are required to complete 4 co-op work assignments. Students are available for two 6-month assignments.
Salary InformationCo-op: $19.97 $10.50 - $34.62
BS: $58,500 $40,000 - $71,000
Student Skills & Capabilities
- Students acquire knowledge in two disciplines learning how to design embedded systems and the software to run them.
- Skill areas include digital system design, computer hardware interfacing, machine language programming, high-level language programming, large-scale simulation/analysis.
- C++, C, UNIX
- Extensive laboratory-based coursework
AccreditationThe Computer Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
Equipment & FacilitiesEmbedded Systems Design Laboratory
Tektronix TLA714 132 Channel Logic Analyzer, Agilent Infinium Oscilloscope, Tektronix Test Equipment, Desktop Computer with Dual Monitors, State-of-the-Art Development Tools
Telecommunications Systems Laboratory
Nortel OC-3 SONET Gear , TELLABS 1/1 Digital Cross Connect System, Nortel and Cisco Routers, Switches, and VoIP equipment, Lucent Frame Switches & DSLAM, TTC T-BERD Equipment, Redcom MSP & PBX Equipment, Cisco ATM Switches, ISDN & P-com 38 GHz Microwave
Circuits Studio Laboratory
Textronix TDS 3012 Oscilloscope, HP 3000 Series Equipment, GW Instek Power Supply, Weller Solder Station, DC Motor Control Modules, Desktop Computer
Textronix TDS 3012 Oscilloscope, HP 3000 Series Equipment, Desktop Computer, Agilent Spectrum Analyzer, HP 8904 Signal Synthesizer, Weller Soldering Station, Labview Software, GW Instek Power Supply
Electronic Design Automation Laboratory
VHDL Development, Digital Simulation Software, Analog Simulation Software, Desktop Computer, Networking, DigiDesign M-Box 2 Pro
Nature of WorkComputer hardware engineersresearch, design, develop, test, and oversee the installation of computer hardware and supervise its manufacture and installation. Hardware refers to computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and related equipment such as keyboards, modems, and printers. (Computer software engineers—often simply called computer engineers—design and develop the software systems that control computers. These workers are covered elsewhere in the Handbook.) The work of computer hardware engineers is very similar to that of electronics engineers, but, unlike electronics engineers, computer hardware engineers work exclusively with computers and computer-related equipment. The rapid advances in computer technology are largely a result of the research, development, and design efforts of computer hardware engineers. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Training / QualificationsA bachelor's degree commonly is required for software engineering jobs, although a master’s degree is preferred for some positions. A bachelor’s degree also is required for many computer programming jobs. Employers favor applicants who already have relevant skills and experience. Workers who keep up to date with the latest technology usually have good opportunities for advancement. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)
Job OutlookEmployment for computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 3% from 2014-2024, slower than average for all occupations. A limited number of engineers will be needed to meet the demand for new computer hardware because more technological innovation takes place with software than with hardware. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.’16, ’17)
Job TitlesComputer programming, elementary electrical technician work, analog circuit design, system software projects, digital logic design, VLSI Design, computer interfacing, digital systems design, realtime systems, image processing, software engineering.
EmploymentComputer Hardware Engineers, Computer Software Engineers and Computer Programmers held about 1.5 million jobs in 2014. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H. ’16, ‘17)
Selected Employer Hiring PartnersAlstom Transport, Boeing Corp., CIA, Cisco Systems, Corning, Fisher Price, GE, Gorbel, Hamilton Sundstrand, Harris Corporation, IBM, Intel, ITT Water Systems, Lockheed Martin, McNeil Consumer Products, NASA, National Semiconductor, Paychex,, Raytheon, RE2, Redcom Labs, Robot, Savant Systems, Wegmans, Welch Allyn, Xerox
Contact UsWe appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Diedra Livingston, the program coordinator who works with the Computer Engineering Technology program. You can access information about services through our web site at www.rit.edu/careerservices.
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