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Computer Engineering Technology

Many of the products we utilize daily rely upon microprocessor technology. From cars to camcorders, toasters to toys, VCR's to vacuum cleaners,- all can contain microprocessors. Who designs and develops these technological wonders? Computer Engineers and Technicians.

CCCC offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in the rapidly growing field of Computer Engineering Technology (CET). Job forecasts for this developing profession are strong. Engineering technicians are needed in manufacturing facilities, in the field and in product development laboratories.

Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs that are found predominantly in the Research Triangle Park and Raleigh/Durham metropolitan areas. CET graduates find jobs as network administrators, applications specialists, programmers, network technicians, field service technicians, manufacturing test technicians, ,or design engineering technicians.

Instruction at CCCC includes numerous hands-on projects that are undertaken individually or in teams. As students' knowledge base expands they learn how to control and design products and systems incorporating digital electronics.

Students utilize modern computer based laboratories interfaced with state-of-the-art test equipment to understand how microprocessors are used. They work to troubleshoot computers and circuit boards, as well as program embedded processor systems.

The curriculum includes classes in fundamentals like DC/AC circuits, electronic devices, and digital electronics. Specialized classes in PC diagnostics, data communication, networking, operating systems and microprocessors round out the specialized skills required in the Computer Engineering Technology career.

CCCC offers the Associate in Applied Science Degree that is designed to be completed in two-years by a full-time student following the prescribed schedule. This is a day program offered at the Lee County Campus in Sanford.

What Students Learn

Students successfully completing the Computer Engineering Technology Program will be able to:

  • Use appropriate equipment and tools common to electronic repair, including hand tools, meters, generators, and oscilloscopes.
  • Evaluate, configure, test, measure, troubleshoot, and assist in the design of analog, digital and microcontroller circuits and systems.
  • Safely install, service and/or upgrade computer systems to perform within specifications, identify and resolve computer system conflicts, and optimize system performance.
  • Describe or explain and modify high-level language programs used to control embedded systems.
  • Describe or explain basic concepts of networking systems.
  • Use computer based tools to effectively complete technical tasks.
  • Effectively communicate technical ideas, procedures, and results with others in written, oral, and graphical formats.
  • Recognize the need to maintain currency in modern electronics applications, new products, and systems.