Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Computer Engineering Technology AAS degree is designed for students who would like to acquire technical training in information system support and transfer to the baccalaureate degree program in computer engineering technology at Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), with which KCC has an articulation agreement. Reverse transfer is part of this agreement. Students who graduate with this AAS degree will have most of their first two years of lower-division course work completed for OIT.
Students who pursue this degree will have a strong foundation in hardware, software, networks, and embedded systems as well as a solid background in general education courses in communications, mathematics, and social science. The curriculum will familiarize student with the theory and application of computer technology while offering an intensive, hands-on experience working with networks, hardware, and software.
A degree holder will have the additional benefit of being amply prepared for entry-level jobs in information systems support including positions involving a network environment and/or computer repair. The program includes an internship with a local company’s information system (IS) department as well as the chance to earn industry-recognized, third-party certifications in hardware, software, and networking.
Work in the field of computer engineering includes the following: application-specific integrated circuit development, hardware development, embedded systems design, network design and administration, and software development and testing. Career opportunities for students who wish to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation include information systems support technician, computer repair technician, and network and systems administrator.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Apply the common network protocols, standards, and the fundamentals of IP addressing.
- Demonstrate how to connect network hardware and configure network software in a server system.
- Demonstrate how to configure a wireless network.
- Demonstrate workplace safety and hardware handling procedures.
- Identify, test, and install PC hardware components.
- Demonstrate the procedures for installing, configuring, and backing up software.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate with nontechnical end users and provide a high level of customer service.