Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology - Indiana State University

General

Program Description

The ECET department serves as a home for four BS degree programs which include, Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Automation and Control Engineering Technology and Information Technology. Each of these programs allows our graduates to enter the job market with specific skill sets, allowing them to launch their careers in well-paid entry-level job positions. The breadth of study in these degree programs allows our graduates to relatively quickly move into positions of responsibility in fields such as design, testing, manufacturing, system integration, maintenance, production support, customer support and business systems support.

Automation and Control Engineering Technology (A.C.E.T.)

Industrial automation is the use of control systems, predominately computer-based, to control industrial machinery and processes. Automation has and will continue to play an increasingly important role in the global economy as well as our daily experiences. The automation and control engineering technology program provides the knowledge and management skills needed to pursue a rewarding career in the field of automation.

Careers

Are there career opportunities in the field of automation? Yes! The automation and control engineering technology program at I.S.U. will equip you with the knowledge to launch a professional career in a wide variety of roles in business and industry that involve automated systems. Automation professionals are responsible for the direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting.

Typical job positions include: automation engineer, controls engineer, production engineer, project engineer, manufacturing engineer, quality engineer and maintenance engineer. With experience you will advance to managerial positions such as: team leader, supervisor, project manager, maintenance manager and technical manager. With extended experience, automation professionals have the background to move into upper level management roles that exist in business and industry.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students. In addition, the College of Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards. For information about these awards, visit the College of Technology.

Computer Engineering Technology (C.E.T.)

The computer engineering technology program at Indiana State University prepares students for careers as technical professionals in an environment that requires a practical, problem-solving approach. The course work emphasizes hands-on skills with modern productivity tools (e.g. design, analysis, control, diagnostic, and project management tools).

Program Educational Objectives

Indiana State's computer engineering technology program is distinctive in its emphasis on blending classroom learning with practical experience and extracurricular activities that result in an exciting and challenging study.

Graduates of the Indiana State University Computer Engineering Technology Program will be able to demonstrate:

  • Technical competency and technical proficiency by applying general and disciplinary reasoning and critical thinking to identify, analyze, and solve problems.
  • Communication skills in both oral and written form to articulate technical knowledge, ideas, and proposals to peers, senior management, and other potentially diverse audiences.
  • Managerial organizational skills, and increasing managerial skills at higher levels of management in their chosen field.
  • Ethical, social, and professional responsibility through an awareness of the impact of professional, ethical, and social responsibility in the practice of engineering technology in the state of Indiana and in a diversified world.
  • Teamwork mentality through the ability to function effectively and think independently in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Lifelong learning by a continuing individual desire and commitment to remain technically current by engaging in continuous self-improvement and lifelong learning.

Coursework

Coursework follows a logical sequence from basic concepts to highly technical principles, with an emphasis in the following areas:

  • Computer engineering technology
  • Data communications
  • Design
  • Digital technology
  • Economic analysis for engineering and technology
  • Information technology (from an infrastructure perspective)
  • Networking
  • Telecommunications

Several professional courses are included to assist students in developing managerial skills. Internships and co-ops are available. Many students increase their employment opportunities by adding a minor in mathematics or business, or by earning a second bachelor degree in information technology or electronics engineering technology.

Student Learning Outcomes

The computer engineering technology program learning outcomes are developed to fulfill program educational objectives, encompass the Technology Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. general criteria, and address specific criteria for a computer engineering technology program. To this end, the following outcomes have been developed to represent the desired capabilities of students who, upon graduation, should have the ability to:

  • Apply principles of mathematics, science, engineering technology, and programming languages to solve technical problems in broad technical areas including digital systems, computer hardware, electronics, and networking.
  • Use modern computational and simulation tools for technical problem solving, analysis, and design.
  • Incorporate systematic methods and emerging technology to identify, formulate, and generate original solutions within the fields of computer engineering technology.
  • Conduct experiments competently in a laboratory setting including making measurement and operating equipments; collecting and critically examining data; interpreting, reporting, and applying results for the purpose of understanding and improving practical systems.
  • Apply fundamental management principles and techniques in business operations, and display leadership qualities in organizing teams and reconciling differences.
  • Understand the impact of technology in a global and social context, and develop professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Engage in lifelong learning to pursue increasing knowledge of current and emerging technical and non-technical issues.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with members of various backgrounds and personalities in multi-disciplinary teams, and to value and respect cultural diversity.
  • Communicate with clarity and conciseness both verbally and in writing with peers, clients, and targeted audiences.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates obtain professional positions in a variety of areas, including: computer applications in industrial processes, computerized manufacturing, instrumentation and controls, technical sales, and field service.

A few of the employers who hire our graduates include: Allen-Bradley Applied Extrusion Technologies Crane Naval Depot Delco Electronics Hewlett-Packard Lilly Pharmaceutical Merck Chemical Mobile New Castle Engineering Public Service Indiana Siemens Corporation TRW.

Professional Organizations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (I.E.E.E.)
  • International Society of Automation (I.S.A.)
  • Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (A.T.M.A.E.)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (S.M.E.)
  • Epsilon Pi Tau

Electronics Engineering Technology (E.E.T.)

I.S.U.’s Electronics Engineering Technology major optimizes the practical learning experience to clarify and support the theoretical design of electrical and electronic circuits, components, and systems. Use of modern design techniques, computer modeling, state-of-the-art laboratory experiences, and small learner-oriented classes help each student reach their fullest potential.

Program Description

The Electronics Engineering Technology program at Indiana State University is a model of experiential learning. Classes are structured to provide a maximum of hands-on laboratory-based experience for the learner from their very first introductory course through the final completion of the program of study. This serves to prepare the graduate for immediate application based positions in the "real world." Both a practitioner’s and a theorist’s degree, the program provides technical and managerial skills. Among technical subjects studied are electronics, circuit analysis, electronic devices and instrumentation design, industrial electronic pulse circuits, and programmable logic controllers. Managerial study in computer systems management, industrial organization, and industrial supervision is combined with technical competence to create a program of quality and diversity.

As a technically competent person with excellent social and leadership skills, you will be qualified to move into a promising professional career.

Career Opportunities

Completion of the degree requirements for the bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering Technology qualifies you for careers in:

  • Electrical Power
  • Technical Sales
  • Technical Services
  • Control Specialists
  • PLC Programming and Installation
  • Project Design
  • Process Improvement
  • Field Service
  • Electrical Project Design
  • System Integration

Graduates of Indiana State's Electronics Engineering Technology program hold positions with companies such as TRW, Lilly Pharmaceuticals, Allen-Bradley, Siemens Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Applied Extrusion Technology, Duke Energy, Florida Power and Light, Merck Chemical, Mobile, Bemis, Rockwell International, Indiana-Michigan Electric, IBM, Caterpillar, and Crane Naval Depot.

Professional Organizations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (I.E.E.E.)
  • International Society of Automation (I.S.A.)
  • Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (A.T.M.A.E.)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (S.M.E.)
  • Epsilon Pi Tau

Information Technology (IT)

This major provides students with a real world, hands-on program that bridges the gap between computer scientists and general users. The Information Technology Program is multidisciplinary involving hardware, software and IT management focused courses. The information technology major requires a core curriculum of 36 hours of coursework in computer science, electronics and computer technology, and management information systems. Students also complete a 15-hour specialized track developed in conjunction with a faculty advisor. An internship is highly encouraged. Students majoring in information technology will be prepared for entry-level positions in networking, database development and administration, web programming and development, applications development, digital communication, and digital multimedia.

Graduates are expected to demonstrate:

  1. Technical competency. Demonstrate technical proficiency by applying general and disciplinary reasoning and critical thinking to identify, analyze and solve problems.
  2. Communication skills. Demonstrate effective communication skills in both oral and written form to articulate technical knowledge, ideas, and proposals to peers, senior management, and other potentially diverse audience.
  3. Managerial skills. Demonstrate organizational and increasing levels of managerial skills in their chosen field.
  4. Ethical, social and professional responsibility. Demonstrate awareness of the impact, and professional, ethical and social responsibility of the practice of information technology in the state of Indiana and in a diversified world.
  5. Teamwork mentality. Demonstrate the ability to function effectively and think independently in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  6. Lifelong learning. Demonstrate individual desire and commitment to remain technically current by engaging in continuous self-improvement and lifelong learning.

Career Opportunities

Completion of the degree requirements for the bachelor's degree in Information Technology qualifies you for careers in: IT systems manager, IT specialist, project manager, database system manager, IT technical support professional, Software support specialist, Web systems manager, IT technology manager, Network engineer, IT security specialist.

Who employs graduates with this major? Essentially every hospital, commercial business, school, not-for-profit organization, government office and organization, manufacturing company, web-based business or sales company and computer equipment or related support company has computer systems that require IT professionals who can effectively manage these key resources.

Professional Organizations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (I.E.E.E.)
  • International Society of Automation (I.S.A.)
  • Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (A.T.M.A.E.)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (S.M.E.)
  • Epsilon Pi Tau
Last updated Feb 2018

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