Computer Engineering Technology

The Computer Engineering Technology Curriculum provides the skills required to install, service, and maintain computers, peripherals, networks, and microprocessor and computer controlled equipment. It includes training in both hardware and software, emphasizing operating systems concepts to provide a unified view of computer systems.

Coursework includes mathematics, electronics, digital circuits, and programming, with emphasis on the operation, use, and interfacing of memory and devices to the CPU. Additional topics may include communications, networks, operating systems, programming languages, Internet configuration and design, and industrial applications.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in electronics technology, computer service, computer networks, server maintenance, programming, and other areas requiring a knowledge of electronic and computer systems. Graduates may also qualify for certification in electronics, computers, or networks.

Unique Aspects

The CET curriculum provides a variety of related yet different skill sets. While major course focus is in-depth computer knowledge, several electronics courses provide a pathway into electrical troubleshooting and design featuring an array of microprocessors and microcontrollers. Students can choose from a wide array of technical elective classes to learn new or build on existing skills. Additional skills include computer programming, networking, information security and computer forensics.

Repair and Advanced Repair Certificates (C40160A & C40160B)

Sandhills offers two certificates in Microcomputer Servicing. Through hands-on experience you will learn computer upgrade and repair including hardware and software installation.

These certificates can satisfy the needs of beginners interested in a new career, as well as industry professionals who wish to enhance their skills. All the courses in these certificates count towards the Associate in Applied Science in Computer Engineering Technology.

Upon successful completion of the five classes that constitute the repair certificates, students will be prepared to take the industry recognized CompTIA A+ certification. This certification validates the knowledge and skills of entry-level computer service technicians. It is an international, vendor neutral certification recognized by major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers.

A CompTIA A+ credential is the perfect entry into an IT career. It is part of the certification track for employees of corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and others. Many technology companies including CompuCom and Ricoh have made CompTIA A+ certification mandatory for their service technicians.

Contact Information

Paul Steel, Professor, Computer Technologies
Coordinator
213 Little Hall
(910) 695-3815
steelp@sandhills.edu