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Developing A New Computer Engineering Technology Focus Area In Electrical Engineering Technology Program: Curriculum Enhancement

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Innovations in Computer Engineering Technology Curriculum

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Engineering Technology

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13.387.1 - 13.387.8



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Nasser Alaraje Michigan Technological University

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Alaa E. Abdel-Hakim Michigan Technological University

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Developing a new Computer Engineering Technology Focus area in Electrical Engineering Technology Program: Curriculum Enhancement


The School of Technology (SoT) plans to be nationally recognized for programs advancing technological education through excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement. To achieve this result, the electrical engineering program as part of SoT needs to continue improve and develop new majors that prepare graduates for careers in a wide scope industry and support a broad spectrum of technology. The Electrical Engineering Technology program needs to re-shape itself. The current focus of the program is Power and Industrial Control. Although this remains a key in the school of technology focus, the program needs to grow to serve a wide scope of industrial needs either local to state of Michigan or nationwide. This paper evaluates the current EET program, identifies a growth area of computer engineering technology and discusses the rationale for the addition of the Computer Engineering Technology focus area.

1 Introduction

In today’s world of advanced computer technology, numerous applications are computer based. The need for highly qualified computer engineering technologists is increasing at a fast rate. Whether it is a PC or an Embedded Microprocessor, computers have changed the way we live our life. To respond to the industry needs of computer engineering technologists, the electrical engineering technology program is stepping up to this challenge by introducing a new computer engineering technology focus area.

The EET program has identified areas of specialization to enhance and strengthen the current EET curriculum and faculty body. The new EET program will attract more students by providing them with areas of specialization that prepare them for careers in a wide scope industry. The new specialization areas will represent and build a stronger EET program within the School of Technology.

Students of computer engineering technology will be given the opportunity to learn and experience the design and implementation of computer-based application. Graduates of the program represent a pool of informed computer engineering technologist from which industry can draw their potential staff.

The career opportunity awaiting the computer engineering technologists are excellent. According to the United States Department of Labor, the job outlook is on the rise and will be more favorable by employers. The experts in the US Bureau of Labor believe that a graduate with a bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience will have higher chance in finding a job in this field. The graduate of the program will be able to work in hardware design, embedded system applications, FPGA design, computer systems analysis, and computer equipment maintenance/repair.

Alaraje, N., & Abdel-Hakim, A. E. (2008, June), Developing A New Computer Engineering Technology Focus Area In Electrical Engineering Technology Program: Curriculum Enhancement Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3774

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