In an AS and AAS programs in computer engineering technology, students gain the knowledge to troubleshoot, analyze, install and repair computer systems. They may also have opportunities to participate in supervised internships. These two-year programs can prepare students to either find immediate, entry-level employment or go on to baccalaureate programs at colleges or universities. Applicants must have high a school diploma or the equivalent for admission.
Associate of Computer Engineering Technology
Students learn through a blended curriculum of theory and practical exercises in computer labs, which provide hands-on training. They study electrical circuits, microprocessor design, network systems and programming. Students can expect courses such as:
- Scientific and tech writing
- Object-oriented programming
- Instrumentation and process management
- Circuit theory
- Network administration
Popular Career Options
Graduates should be prepared to find careers monitoring and repairing computer, network and electrical systems. Possible career titles include:
- Electrical engineering technician
- Electronic engineering technician
- Engineering technician - instrumentation
- Computer network technician
- Computer network support specialist
Career Outlook and Salary Information
As indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electrical and electronic engineering technician job opportunities will decline 2% between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). A decline in the manufacturing industry is the largest factor in this expected lack of growth, the BLS says. On the other hand, computer network support specialists are expected to see an 8% increase in job opportunities over the same time period. According to the BLS, electrical and electronic engineering technicians realized a median annual salary of $61,130 as of May 2015, while computer network support specialists earned a median annual wage of $62,250.
Continuing Education Information
Graduates may join the workforce immediately as technicians or may choose to pursue further education. Individuals may pursue bachelor's degrees in computer or electronics engineering or a related field and work as computer analysts, computer support specialists or networks or systems administrators.
Graduates may also enhance their employment opportunities by gaining work experience and obtaining certifications, which demonstrate knowledge and skill in the profession. Certifications can be obtained through computer product vendors and certifying agencies. Some programs also offer courses that prepare students to take specific certification examinations.
Through AS and AAS programs in computer engineering technology, students develop the basic IT skills they need for entry-level employment or more advanced studies in related subjects.