Department of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology


The Department of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology (ECTET) prepares students for successful careers in industry or academia by providing a foundation of engineering theory through application-based instruction.

A laboratory- and project-intensive curriculum, taught by faculty dedicated to teaching and having a background in industry, offers students an engineering education rich in experiential learning. Co-op, study abroad, research opportunities, industrial connections, and modern facilities further enhance this relevant and engaging educational experience.

The ECTET department fosters a culture of support and nurtures the academic and professional growth of each student. Caring faculty and small class sizes ensure close student-faculty interactions and student-student collaborations.


The Bachelor of Science degrees in computer engineering technology and electrical engineering technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.  Visit the college's accreditation page for information on enrollment and graduation data, program educational objectives, and student outcomes.


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Latest News

  • January 11, 2021

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    RIT Sponsored Research garners $82 million

    RIT had its best year ever for sponsored research funding. For fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30, RIT received 382 new awards totaling $82 million. The record funding follows almost $58 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2019, also a record.

  • July 14, 2020

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    Student team develops plans to help make campus child care center more energy efficient

    Engineering technology and computing students at RIT found ways to reduce energy consumption at the university’s Margaret's House Child Care Center. Members of RIT’s student chapter of National Electrical Contracting Association (NECA) worked this spring with child care staff as part of the annual NECA Green Energy Challenge, an annual student design competition.

  • April 30, 2020

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    Jeanne Christman excites student learning with engaging teaching style

    Jeanne Christman thinks classrooms should be noisy. The more conversations between students and faculty, the more success she believes students will have in understanding and applying engineering and computing concepts. That approach to helping students understand and use today’s engineering concepts was one of the reasons Christman was honored with the 2019-20 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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Undergraduate Programs

ECTET offers two Bachelor of Science degrees: computer engineering technology and electrical engineering technology. Both are five-year programs, which include a full year of cooperative work experience. For students wanting to specialize their area of study, options are offered in audio, telecommunications, and power and energy. Each option consists of four elective courses.

A computer engineering technology degree that ensures your knowledge of effectively utilizing hardware and software for a range of exciting uses, such as medical diagnostic equipment, digital cameras, missile guidance systems, anti-lock braking systems, scanners, autonomous vehicles, routers, and smartphones.

Learn More about Computer Engineering Technology BS 

Develop an in-depth understanding of electrical and electronics theory and its application, applied design, and implementation to electrical and electronic systems in RIT's electrical engineering technology degree.

Learn More about Electrical Engineering Technology BS 

Graduate Programs

ECTET offers one Master of Science degree in telecommunications engineering technology. This program prepares graduates with advanced knowledge of the engineering aspects of emerging technologies and the policy/regulatory environment in which they are offered.

In cooperation with the Department of Computer Science, an accelerated degree option combining a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering technology and an MS in computer science is also available.

Communication is an ever changing industry, with new services and products being created and offered through the internet, mobility via wireless technology, extreme capacity created by fiber optics, as well as the evolution of policy and regulation. These are all shaping the communication networks of the future.

Learn More about Communication Networks MS 

Student Resources

The ECTET Department offers a variety of resources for our students such as: 

  • Academic Advisors
  • Student Clubs and Organizations 
  • Technical Information and Support
  • Software Help

Visit our Student Resources page for more information.