The answers to questions frequently asked by current electrical and computer engineering technology students can be found below.
What is Engineering Technology?
Engineering Technology is a branch of engineering education that emphasizes the practical aspects of engineering rather than abstract concepts or theories. It is a blend of the application of science, engineering knowledge, and technical skills used in support of engineering activities. It provides an alternate pathway to a career in the engineering. Engineering technology graduates could fill four out of every five engineering positions in the U.S., and industry and educational leaders consider our graduates among the best.
What is Electrical Engineering Technology?
Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) is an engineering technology field that implements and applies the principles of electrical engineering. Like electrical engineering, EET deals with the "design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation and/or maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems." However, EET is a specialized discipline that has more focus on application, theory, and applied design, and implementation, while electrical engineering may focus more of a generalized emphasis on theory and conceptual design. Electrical/Electronic engineering technology is the largest branch of engineering technology and includes a diverse range of sub-disciplines, such as applied design, electronics, embedded systems, control systems, instrumentation, telecommunications, and power systems.
What is Computer Engineering Technology?
Computer engineering technology (CpET) is an engineering technology field that implements and applies the principles of electrical engineering and the computing sciences. Students learn the technical skills they needed to work in the design of computer hardware and software systems. Computer engineer technology majors learn to work on the design of embedded systems that find applications in many of today's modern technologies such as medical diagnostic equipment, digital cameras, missile guidance systems, anti-lock braking systems, scanners, copiers, switches, routers, cell phones, etc. Our CpET program focusses on the application of microprocessors and microcontrollers in embedded systems. In particular topics in hardware interfacing and programming are emphasized.
Are the degree programs accredited?
Both the Electrical Engineering Technology and the Computer Engineering Technology degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET.
Kennesaw State University (KSU) is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and all degrees must adhere to their accreditation requirements.
Can I get a Professional Engineer’s License with a CpET or EET degree?
Registration as a professional engineer is required for engineers making final decisions that can have an impact on the health and welfare of the general public. A large majority of the electrical and computer engineers across the country are not licensed professional engineers. It is a more common requirement in the civil engineering disciplines. Engineers working in the building design and consulting fields often find it beneficial to be licensed. In Georgia the process to become licensed is:
- Graduate from an accredited engineering or engineering technology program,
- Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam,
- Work in industry for a minimum of 4 years for an engineering degree and 7 years for an engineering technology degree under the guidance of a professional engineer,
- Pass the Practice of Engineering Exam.
Most states allow graduates from 4-year engineering technology programs to obtain their Professional Engineer’s license. However, the required number of years of working under the guidance of a licensed professional engineer varies from state to state.
What if I already graduated with an ECET degree from SPSU/KSU and want an Electrical Engineering (EE) degree?
ECET graduates can return and take the requisite courses to satisfy the EE degree. If you graduated from KSU's ECET programs AND have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam (formerly the E.I.T.), then you only have to take those courses which are unique to the EE degree. That's about 32 semester hours of courses. Please consult with the EE Department Chair for details.
What can I do with my degree when I graduate?
Graduates of the Computer Engineering Technology program are qualified for employment with companies that utilize computers in computation and control activities as well as companies that design, manufacture, market, install, and service computers and computer networks.
Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technology program are qualified for employment with companies in a variety of fields such as communications, instrumentation, automation, control systems, power, robotics, computers, and medical electronics to name a few. They are typically involved in areas such as: development, design, quality assurance, technical documentation, production, maintenance, test, field service, or technical sales.
What companies hire ECET graduates?
Below is a list of some of the companies who have hired ECET graduates.
- Automated Logic
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
- Cisco Systems
- Cox Communications
- Georgia Pacific
- Georgia Pacific
- Georgia Power
- Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
- Hewlett Packard
- Home Depot
- Intel Corporation
- Marietta NDT
- Shaw Industries
- WellStar Health System
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