ECET - Student Resources

Student Clubs and Organizations

Along with student organizations available at the university level, the College of Engineering Technology also offers a variety of student focused clubs, organizations and activities for you to consider getting involved in! Many of our student clubs allow you to apply directly what you learn in the classroom to projects and activities with your classmates in fun, relaxed settings. Listed below are some of the college’s student clubs:

Technical Information and Support

Below you will find important information to help you along as you work your way through your courses. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via E-mail, at for Ken Garland (our Facilities Manager) or Steve Praino, or pay the office a visit at ENT 3128. MMET and Packaging Sciences students can also email Steve Praino (the MMET/PS Systems Administrator) at, or visit his office at GOL 1330.

Personal computers are not required by RIT for course work as all assignments and projects can be completed using the computer labs provided by the university. However, most students find having a computer while attending RIT beneficial for academic and personal use.  Additionally, laptops are the recommended style computer as students can bring them to class, to their labs and directly to the faculty for help.   However, if you choose a desktop follow the same basic hardware guidelines found below.

Scaled down tablet devices such as the Microsoft Surface, iPads, and Android tablets are not really sufficient if you wish to run the higher end CAD tools and Engineering software packages you will be working with in class. 

Recommended Manufacturers (not an exhaustive list):

  • Dell
  • Lenovo
  • HP

NOTE:  Although Apple manufactures fine hardware, the software used in the department does not run on MacBooks or MacBook Pros. 

Operating System

Windows 10 64-bit OS

Hardware Recommendations

Processor  i7 processor recommended.  Please see this link for laptop processor benchmarking information -

RAM At least 8GB recommended, 16GB better.

Hard Drive:  At least 128GB hard for the boot drive(hard drive with operating system and main applications), 256 GB recommended.  Solid State drives are strongly recommended.  External or secondary drive for additional storage can be 7200RPM SATA drives or better.  * Some server space is provided to students, see towards the bottom of the page.

Graphics Card:

At Least 1GB Memory that supports Open GL. 

Some examples are:  Nvidia GeForce, Nvidia Quadro, or AMD FirePro series

If possible, use the SolidWorks System/Graphics Card Requirements matrix to find recommended graphics when configuring a new PC – see link here for certified models.

Laptop screen size:

This is up to your preference, some models listed have 12.5 inch screens and some go up to 17 inch screens.  The 17” laptops can be quite cumbersome.  Most models have docking stations so that you could hook a larger monitor and standard keyboard and mouse in your rooms.  15” would be the suggested size.


It is strongly recommended to purchase at least a 3 year warranty that covers failed hardware.  Some vendors such as Dell also offer complete care which covers accidental damage from drops, liquid spills, etc.


An external hard drive or USB thumb drive large enough to backup your important files externally is recommended.   Additionally, cloud services such as Dropbox offer space off your computer to securely store important files.

Additional information

Almost all manufacturers have educational discounts ranging from 5% - 10% off. The manufacturer website will have an education section in the online store.

Upon logging into your lab computer, if you open Windows Explorer, you will notice your computer has multiple Networked Drives. Each of these drives has a specific purpose. The S drive is a personal slice of the CET server, any files you put here can be accessed from any other lab machine connected to the CET network. The space in this drive is limited to 2GB, and we recommend backing up important coursework on a flash drive or with Google Drive as this drive is not backed up. The T drive has all the software you will need for your coursework. Simply navigate to your program, and look for your required software. This software is provided so you can install it on a home machine, you should not need to install it on the lab computers.

Access to labs in rooms 70-1320, 70-1180, and 09-1200 require you to register your ID for swipe access. Visit to do so.

Some of your coursework will require you to purchase lab kits or pay lab fees. The only accepted form of payment to do so is Tiger Bucks, a virtual currency provided to students by RIT. Tiger Bucks can be purchased from RIT E-Services by visiting, logging in, navigating to dining accounts, selecting Tiger Bucks (not Dining Debit!), and purchasing the required amount. You may also visit Student Services to purchase Tiger Bucks with cash. Some examples of courses which require kits or fees are Digital Fundamentals Lab (CPET 142) which has a kit which costs 25$, and DC Circuits Lab (EEET 112) which has a 23$ fee. These are not the only courses that require lab fees, and we recommend you read your syllabus and check with your instructors if you are unsure.

Software Help

Students please click here for instructions on how to download and install Solidworks on your personal machine.

This installation will require you to have access to an SMS capable phone and secondary Email address.

  1. Visit to begin.
  2. Click the "Can't Access your Account?" button.
  3. Enter your RIT email address and respond to the Captcha.
  4. Check your email for instructions on how to reset your password.
  5. Proceed with microsoft to verify your identity using SMS and Email. You must do both before you can move on.
  6. Click the 'Install Office 2016' button in the upper right corner. Follow installer prompts.
  1. Visit and select the link for Students.
  2. Follow the instructions provided by ITS to recieve a license for your software.
  3. Install and License MATLAB as instructed by ITS. Run MATLAB.
  1. This install will only work for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  2. Visit and fill out the form
  3. Click Install Software and run the pim_installmgr_mathcad.exe
  4. Follow the installer instructions.

Microsoft products, including Project, Visio, Operating Systems, and more...

Azure Dev Tools for Teaching, formerly MSDNAA, can be found at for students interested in downloading any software provided to RIT by our partnership with Microsoft.

Sign in using your full RIT email address, and choose "Work or school account" when prompted.

-Engineering Equation Solver-

-Automation Studio-

-Rockwell Studio 5000 / RSLinx Classic-

  1. Visit Ignore any security warnings presented.
  2. Enter "MAIN\username" and substitute your username. Enter the password associated with your username.
  3. Select your desired application. A small Remote App file will be downloaded. Run the file.
  4. In the remote app dialog, make sure that Drives is checked, and choose connect.

-RIT VPN Usage-

Visit to download and install the RIT VPN. Usage instructions can be found at the provided link as well.