Computer Engineering Technology Associate Degree

An accredited associate's degree program in computer engineering technology can open up avenues in computer hardware design and software development. Learn about the available programs, the program in general, online study options and career prospects. Schools offering Computer & Electronics Engineering Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Computer Engineering Technology Associate's Degree?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that usually a bachelor's or master's degree is required for a position in computer engineering (www.bls.gov). A computer engineering technology associate's degree may qualify you for an entry-level position in the computer field and pave the way for your advancement.

A program can prepare you to perform repair and maintenance on computers and other electronic equipment and related devices such as disc drives and printers. You can become qualified to develop, program and install software and hardware systems. Theoretically, you may be able to build a computer from basic components.

You should be able to locate a suitable program through the ABET, which maintains an online directory of schools that offer accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Field Focus Repair and maintenance of computers and related devices, hardware and software development and implementation
Online Options Yes, both fully and partially, but they're rare
Common Coursework Operating systems, digital logic, programming; internships or work experience may be included
Career Outlook (2014-2024)* 12% employment growth for computer support specialists

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Are Some Program Details?

It usually takes about two years to finish a program that can consist of 63-71 credits. Completion can lead to an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree. You'll often find that credits earned will transfer readily toward a 4-year bachelor's degree program.

Since these are degree programs, there are a specified number of general education courses that you must complete in addition to the major requirements. Typical major courses you may encounter include computer concepts and applications, operating systems, programming languages, AC/DC circuit analysis and digital logic. Programs generally include courses with fairly extensive lab sessions.

A school may require you to participate in an internship or a cooperative work experience component. A program may contain a capstone project, through which you demonstrate your ability to put theory and research to practical use. Completion of a program may prepare you to sit for industry certification examinations such as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer or Administrator, CompTIA A+ or Cisco Certified Network Associate.

What About Online Opportunities?

You may be able to find similar programs offered fully or partially online through some for-profit schools. However, because of the large amount of hands-on training, associate's degree programs in computer engineering technology are typically found on campus.

What Are Some Employment Projections?

The BLS projected that employment opportunities for computer support specialists would increase 12% from 2014-2024. The increase in the use of computers and constant development of new technologies and applications may call for an increased need for these professionals. The BLS further states that opportunities will be best for those who hold a bachelor's degree.

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