Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Computer Engineering Technology (CpET) Bachelors Degree (BS)

Advances in computer engineering technology have revolutionized the world in applying electronics to a vast array of activities from large manufacturing systems to e-commerce to small hand-held devices to measurements and testing. Computer systems in all forms, including PCs and embedded microprocessors, have changed the way people live and work. Almost daily, new computer systems are introduced that have more powerful processors, better memory systems, and new software. These computer systems are the heart of applications such as industrial controllers, robotics, auto electronics, instrumentation, network applications, medical equipment, and handheld electronic devices, to name a few.

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The purpose of the new Computer Engineering Technology program is to train engineering technicians and technologists to design, develop and implement modern computer-based applications. The CpET program is offered by a partnership arrangement between the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Computer and Information Technology. The technical portion of the program is a combination of revised ECET courses, CIT courses, and new CpET courses. A major emphasis of the CpET program is practice-oriented, hands-on training in laboratories for each CpET course to provide students and graduates with a rich experience in computer applications.

Graduates of the new Computer Engineering Technology program will be trained for exciting careers in software design and hardware development for computer systems. Graduates of the CpET program might work in high-tech areas such as automation, telecommunications, embedded microprocessor systems, and product development. The graduates for these jobs are in very high demand. 

The program began Fall 2001. 

The program educational objectives for the Computer Engineering Technology program are:

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze, design, apply electronics and software programming to one or more of the following areas: computers, system integration, industrial controls, microprocessors, digital systems, telecommunications, or computer communication and networks.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function in a group environment in the workplace and to communicate effectively in oral, written, and visual modes in interpersonal and group environments.
  • Demonstrate and upgrade skills with changing technology (life-long learning).
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in the workplace and appreciate diversity.
  • Deomonstrate a commitment to quality work, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Career options open to graduates of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology

Graduates of the ECET Department are employed in many different positions with many different responsibilities throughout the industrial community.

Our graduates work in the following areas:

  • industrial controls
  • electronic and microprocessor systems design
  • communications design
  • engineering sales and services
  • test engineering
  • product design and evaluation

Graduates with ECET degrees might carry the title:

  • Advanced Software Engineer
  • Instrument Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Senior Design Engineer

Some local employers include:

  • AES/IPL
  • Cinergy
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Delphi Energy & Engine Management Systems
  • Horner APG
  • integrator.com
  • Kokusai
  • Lilly
  • Precision Control Systems
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Thomson Multimedia
  • United Medical Manufacturing

Some US employers include:

  • Cooper Power Systems, located in Tennessee and Wisconsin
  • IBM, located in North Carolina
  • Intel, located in Arizona
  • Texas Instruments, located in Texas
  • MERCK, located in Pennsylvania