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Computer Engineering Technology


Computer engineering technology programs prepare people to help engineers design and build computer systems.

Computer engineering technology programs include topics such as:


In computer engineering technology programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in computer engineering technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in computer engineering technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer graduate degrees in computer engineering technology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

An associate degree program in this field typically includes courses in the following subjects:

A program that emphasizes software also includes courses such as the following:

A program that emphasizes hardware also includes courses such as the following:

A bachelor's degree program in this field usually emphasizes engineering technology. It often assumes that you have taken the math courses listed above while in high school. It typically includes the other core courses listed above. It also includes those listed for the software emphasis, plus the following:

Things to Know

Many jobs in this field require a lot of writing and clear communication. Taking writing and speaking courses will develop your communication skills.

With a bachelor's degree in an engineering technology, you may be able to work either as an engineer or as a technologist. Your options depend on what state you live in and whether your state requires a license.

If you want a license, you usually need a bachelor's degree from an engineering technology program recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. You also need several years of work experience and must pass an exam.


King-Snohomish Area

DigiPen Institute of Technology

North Seattle College

Spokane Area

Gonzaga University

Tacoma Area

Tacoma Community College

West Side Area

Lower Columbia College