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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Computer Engineering Technology

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/ecet/programs/cet.html

Let us remember, we as teachers educate technologists to use and improve existing technology and engineers who design and research new concepts.

Accreditation: The Computer Engineering Technology degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.


Computer Engineering Technology is a technological field requiring the application of scientific and engineering knowledge and methods, combined with technical skills, in support of computer activities. A computer engineering technologist is a person who is knowledgeable in computer hardware and software theory and design and who can apply them to a variety of industrial and consumer problems. Computers, controls/automation, robotics, instrumentation, and communications are just a few fields open to computer engineering technologists.

The program strives to prepare students for successful entry into the technical workforce. This means that the curriculum prepares students to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and computer engineering to problems.
  2. Design and construct experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data.
  3. Design systems, components, or processes to meet specified needs.
  4. Function effectively in teams.
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve problems in computer engineering technology.
  6. Understand their professional and ethical responsibilities.
  7. Communicate effectively.

The Educational Objectives for our Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering Technology are:

  1. Function as responsible members of society with an awareness of the social, ethical, and economic ramifications of their work.
  2. Become successful practitioners in computer engineering technology and other diverse careers.
  3. Pursue continuing and life-long learning opportunities.
  4. Provide necessary skills to advance technically and/or managerially
  5. Provide foundational education that allows for personal growth and flexibility through their career.

Computer Engineering Technology is a field where applications of science and engineering knowledge and methods are combined with technical skills in an engineering environment. The Computer Engineering Technology student/graduate:

  1. has an orientation toward laboratory technology skills, applications and hardware.
  2. understands present electronic technology such as computer and microprocessor based systems, integrated circuit devices and other electronic components, telecommunications systems, and computer software as a part of electronic/computer systems.
  3. is an important member of the team consisting of scientists, engineers, technologists and technicians who translate basic scientific principles into electronic systems/devices. The technologists also work with other members of the team in the tasks required to take a new product from concept, through design, development, testing, production, sales, operations, and service.

The Student Outcomes used in the Computer Engineering Technology program are identical to the ABET TAC a – k student outcomes for baccalaureate degree programs. The department faculty believe this list of outcomes is appropriate and are excellent indicators of what today’s Computer Engineering Technology students require for a successful career. The Student Outcomes are listed below for reference:

  1. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  2. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  7. 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;
  8. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
  11. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Admission to the Major is granted by the department. Minimum program admission requirements are:

  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C).

Contact the department for application procedures.

Students who do not have the required background for MATH 115 may have to take additional preparatory coursework as well. Consult with your major adviser to plan your general education and major requirements.

All students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credits of mathematics starting with Precalculus math and a minimum of 24 semester credits of mathematics and science courses.

Enrollment Facts

2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015 2013-2014
Total Student Enrollment1 49 47 41 40
Graduating Seniors 9* 9+ 9+ 5+

1Declared CET majors during Fall semester. Data from Institutional Assessment.
*Expected by enrollment in EE 477 Senior Design course.
+Declared CET majors award received during Fall semester. Data from Institutional Assessment.