Computer Engineering Technology REVISED

Curriculum Description

Electrical Engineering Technology
Career Cluster:    Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Pathway:               Engineering and Technology

Program Major    Computer Engineering Technology

Pathway Description

These curriculums are designed to prepare students through the study and application of principles from mathematics, natural sciences, and technology and applied processes based on these subjects. 

Course work includes mathematics, natural sciences, engineering sciences and technology.

Graduates should qualify to obtain occupations such as technical service providers, materials and technologies testing services, process improvement technicians, engineering technicians, construction technicians and managers, industrial and technology managers, or research technicians.

Program Major Description
A course of study that prepares the students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills for installing, servicing, and maintaining computers, peripherals, networks, and microprocessor and computer controlled equipment.  Includes instruction in mathematics, computer electronics and programming, prototype development and testing, systems installation and testing, solid state and microminiature circuitry, peripheral equipment, and report preparation.  Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in electronics technology, computer service, computer networks, server maintenance, programming, and other areas requiring knowledge of electronic and computer systems.  Graduates may also qualify for certification in electronics, computers, or networks. 

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

NC CIP: 15.1201
POS Approved: Fall 2023

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ELC 131 Circuit Analysis I 3 3 0 4
ELC 127 Software for Technicians 1 3 0 2
EGR 131 Intro to Electronics Tech 1 2 0 2
ENG 110 Freshman Composition 3 0 0 3
MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry I 2 2 0 3
  Total: 10 10 0 14

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CET 111 Computer Upgrade/Repair I 2 3 0 3
ELN 131 Analog Electronics I 3 3 0 4
MAT 122 Algebra/Trigonometry II 2 2 0 3
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
  Total: 10 8 0 13

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ELN 132 Analog Electronics II 3 3 0 4
ELN 133 Digital Electronics 3 3 0 4
  Total: 6 6 0 8

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CET 211 Computer Upgrade/Repair II 2 3 0 3
CSC 134 C++ Programming REVISED 2 3 0 3
ELN 232 Intro to Microprocessors 3 3 0 4
ELN 237 Local Area Networks 2 3 0 3
ENG 115 Oral Communication 3 0 0 3
  Total: 12 12 0 16

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CET 212 Integrated Mfg Systems 1 3 0 2
ELN 233 Microprocessor Systems 3 3 0 4
ELN 238 Advanced LANs 2 3 0 3
PHY 131 Physics-Mechanics 3 2 0 4
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
  Total: 9 11 0 16

Total Credit Hours: 67


  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives — Select one: HUM 110, HUM 115, PHI 230, PHI 240, ART 111, HUM 220, MUS 110, PHI 215, REL 110

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

Program Educational Objectives

The Computer Engineering Technology Program at Forsyth Technical Community College strives to produce graduates who:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and ability required perform the tasks of an Entry Level Technician
  • Demonstrate the ability to advance to a more responsible position in their work
  • Demonstrate the knowledge required to engage in the lifelong learning of corporate sponsored education/training
  • Meet the requirements to enter a four year Engineering Technology Program

Student Outcomes

Students must demonstrate …

a. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;

b. an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles   but extensive practical knowledge;

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;

d. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;

e. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;

f. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

g. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

h. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and

i. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.