Computer Engineering Technology (AAS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

The computer engineering technology program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to secure employment as technicians or technologists who are capable of installing, designing, supporting, and maintaining computer systems and networks. This is a hands-on, technically oriented program with a focus on computer system hardware and network infrastructure, but does include software development and operating systems course work. The program is designed to prepare students for professional certification examinations leading to certifications such as the CompTIA A+ and Network+, Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

The first year of the program provides students with a foundation of knowledge in digital and electronic circuits and math, as well as an introduction to computer systems and networking. The second year of study builds upon the electric and computer background. In the following years the program continues developing skills in computer hardware, operating systems, and networking.

Students graduating from the computer engineering technology associate program will be eligible to continue for the bachelor of science degree in computer engineering technology.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the computer engineering technology program. See laptop specifications. Some courses may require specialized tools and/or electronic components.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives were established with the assistance of the Industrial Advisory Committee and are reviewed periodically. The AAS in computer engineering technology program produces graduates who:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics and science using critical thinking and creative skills to solve computer engineering problems;
  2. Function professionally with effective communication and with ethical responsibility as individuals and as members of a multidisciplinary team;
  3. Continuously improve and engage in life-long learning and adapt to a technologically advancing society;
  4. Apply knowledge of contemporary issues and anticipate the impact of computer engineering solutions on industry and the general public;
  5. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary to support computer engineering practice.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of computer engineering technology.
  • An ability to apply current knowledge in the computer engineering technology field and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
  • An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply results to improve processes.
  • An ability to apply creativity and critical thinking skills in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to program objectives.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams.
  • An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • An ability to understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities.
  • Respect for diversity and knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  • The application of electric circuits, computer programming, associated software applications, analog and digital electronics, microcomputers, operating systems, and local area networks to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.
  • The applications of physics or chemistry to computer systems in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Recommended: Physics


Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Students may earn A+ and Network+ certifications from CompTIA, as well as the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) certification upon successful completion of appropriate certification examinations.

Features & Facilities: 

Strong focus on:

  • Digital electronics
  • Computer systems
  • Networking technology and infrastructure
Graduation Requirements: 
  • 66 semester credit hours in program as listed below
  • 25 semester credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from at least five of the General Education content groups: mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, western civilization, American history, other world civilization, arts, foreign language, and basic communications (must include COMP 1503)
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and 2.0 grade point average in major courses (ELET, CISY)
  • Approval of department faculty
Career Opportunities: 
  • Computer Network Technician
  • Computer Network Computer Systems Integrator
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Computer Network Administrator
  • Computer Network Engineering Technician
  • Computer Systems Engineering Technician
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State computer engineering technology AAS graduates may enter directly into either the computer engineering technology BS or technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Graduates are eligible to continue their education by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree program in computer engineering technology at Alfred State or elsewhere. Our computer engineering technology AAS two-year degree program is the same as the first two years of the computer engineering technology BS four-year degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Approximately 12 to 15 hours are spent in classroom instruction each week with class size ranging from 20 to 30 students. Structured labs are nine to 12 hours a week. The student's academic adviser is a member of the engineering technology faculty.

First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition**3
ELET1202Intro to Electrical Technology2
ELET1111Digital Logic Laboratory1
ELET1133Digital Logic3
MATH1033College Algebra or higher*3
HPEDxxx1Physical Education Elective1
Second Semestercredits
ELET1003Intro to Computer Hardware3
ELET1104Circuit Theory I4
ELET1151Circuit Theory Lab1
MATH2043College Trigonometry or higher*3
LITR2603Introduction to Literature3
ELET1143Electronic Fabrication3
Third Semestercredits
ELET2103Electronics Theory I3
ELET2151Electronics I Laboratory1
CISY5123Scientific Programming in C/C++3
PHYS1024General Physics I4
MATH1063Technical Calculus I3
ELET2143Embedded Controller3
Fourth Semestercredits
ELET3143Intro Desktop Optg System3
ELET4233Intro to Server Optg System3
PHYS2023General Physics II3
ELET5113Electronic Communications3
CISY4003Introduction Data Structures3
SOCI1193Marriage and Family3

* If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

Enrollment and Graduation Rates: 
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Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
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Receiving Degrees131
Responding to Survey1 (100%)2 (67%)1 (100%)
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Employed in Field----1 (100%)
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