Mar 27, 2023  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

Computer Engineering Technology

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Institution/s with this A.A.S. Degree:

Southwest Tennessee Community College


Institution/s with a concentration using this title under a different A.A.S. degree: (include the degree for which the concentration is listed, such as a Concentration in Computer Information Technology within the A.A.S. in Business)



Institution/s with Technical Certificate: (include the name of any related Technical Certificates and the required SCH)

Industrial Computer Fundamentals Technical Certificate, 18 SCH (Southwest Tennessee Community College)


Proposed Academic Program Inventory Title:  

A.A.S. Degree in Computer Engineering Technology       

Proposed Academic Program Inventory Title including concentrations: (optional) N/A

A.A.S. Degree in __________________ with concentrations in: 


CIP Code: 15.1201


SOC Code/s:

SOC 1: 17-3023 SOC             4:  15-1132

SOC 2: 17-3029 SOC             5:  15-1133

SOC 3: 15-1131


Program Description:

The mission of the Computer Engineering Technology program is to prepare computer engineering technicians to pursue careers in the design, fabrication, and maintenance of digital systems. The program focuses on the theory and application of computer hardware and software. Students in this program study electric/electronic circuit analysis, digital circuits design and analysis, programming in multiple computer languages, microprocessor/microcontroller interfacing, digital communication, and computer systems and networks. 


Program Outcomes:

The Computer Engineering Technology student will have demonstrated the following attributes upon graduation: 

  1. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.  
  2. 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.  
  3. 3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.  
  4. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  5. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems
  6. 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.  
  7. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.  
  8. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.  
  9. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.  
  10. a knowledge of the application of electric circuits, computer programming, associated software applications, analog and digital electronics, microcomputers, operating systems, and local area networks, and engineering standards to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.  
  11.  knowledge of the application of natural sciences and mathematics at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.  



Concentrations are optional but if applicable please list name of the concentration and a description of the concentration and concentration outcomes. N/A


Technical Certificates:

Each certificate should be identified with a title, program description, and outcomes (see above).  


Industrial Computer Fundamentals Technical Certificate

Program Description:

The Industrial Computer Fundamentals Certificate Program emphasizes the basic skills needed to begin a career in the computer engineering technology field. Designed for high school graduates or those entering industry for the first time, the program covers several essential areas. These areas include: introduction to engineering technology; computer systems applications such as word processing and spreadsheets; hardware/software essentials; introduction to electric circuits; digital circuits; introduction to programming.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the Windows operating system and application programs; including Word, Excel, Visio, and software development tools.
  2. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of a high-level programming language including software troubleshooting.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of a variety of digital circuits and number systems. 
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify, install, configure and troubleshoot hardware components to support computing needs.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to solve technical problems in basic DC circuits using a scientific calculator.


CIP Code:

Please assign CIP codes that are appropriate for degree and/or certificates.  In addition, identify a specific CIP Code for all concentrations.  



Professional Accrediting Body:

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET


State Agency/Entity Oversight: If applicable



Applicable Certification/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded: If applicable

(Specify whether the credential is awarded as a component of the degree/certificate or if it is optional, meaning that the student is prepared and eligible to take the test for the credential. Also, each course summary form should identify whether the course contributes to the opportunity to earn a specific credential.)



Articulation with Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT): (Which courses are projected to align with TCAT programs?)


Concentration(s) within the A.A.S. in ___N/A      


(Note:  A concentration description with a minimum of 9 SCH is required for EACH concentration recommended by the Statewide Curriculum Committee.  The institution will also be required to specify a minimum or 6 additional SCH to define the concentration.  In the future, it is possible that a concentration will require a minimum of 12 defined SCH required as the “concentration core” and 6 additional SCH defined by the institution.  This is not currently required.  Currently a concentration is defined as a minimum of 15 SCH, but this may increase to 18 SCH.)


Specializations or special career paths can be defined by the institution without having to establish a formal concentration that appears on the Academic Program Inventory.  However, the only way to identify these specializations is to manually type it into “comments” for the transcript.  


Conversations with some industry representatives indicate that they rely on the students resume to identify any specializations or special skills.  As long as the transcript had courses to support that position there should be no concern.  It is rare that an employer would request a transcript from an A.A.S. graduate.

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