Computer Engineering Technology
|Duration:||6 Semesters (3 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Summer, Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Advanced Diploma|
Seneca’s Computer Engineering Technology program provides you with a sound inter– disciplinary foundation in electronics and communications systems, as well as computer hardware, software and programming, and networking. The School of ECET incorporates curriculum and content from a number of widely–recognized companies and organizations, including CompTIA (A+ and Network+) and CISCO (the School is a recognized CISCO Academy). In addition, ECET supports strong ties with major companies in Information and Engineering Technology, including Microsoft, Redhat, Rogers, Altera, and Agilent. These linkages are critical to providing pathways for you to gain exposure to current practices in Computer Engineering Technology, and also offer opportunities that can lead to key industry certifications such as CCNA, A+, Network+, and MCSE. In addition, option courses in upper semesters allow you to specialize in your career field of interest, with courses which address current industry trends. As a graduate, your knowledge of both relevant equipment and its use will enhance your career opportunities in the computer and information processing fields.
Program Learning Outcomes:
This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Diagnose, solve, troubleshoot, and document technical problems involving computing devices using appropriate methodologies.
- Integrate multiple software and hardware components using appropriate network architecture.
- Participate in analyzing, planning, designing, and developing the architecture of computing devices and systems.
- Plan, install, configure, modify, test, and maintain a variety of computer systems to meet functional requirements.
- Apply principles of digital and analog circuits to the implementation of embedded computing devices.
- Analyze, build, test, implement, and maintain applications.
- Evaluate and document security issues associated with a variety of computing devices and propose alternatives to increase product reliability.
- Articulate, defend, and conform to workplace expectations found in technology environments.
- Contribute to the successful completion of the project applying the project management principles in use.
Essential Employability Skills:
Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
- OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading)
- Students who do not meet these requirements may be given an alternate offer for the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals Certificate Program.
- Graduates of the Seneca College two–year Electronics Engineering Technician program, with a minimum grade point average of 2.8, will be required to take additional credit courses in order to make the transition to the three–year Computer Engineering Technology program. For specific credit requirements, please refer to the Computer Engineering Technology program description on our website, or seek advice from a program co–ordinator. It is recommended that Technician students considering such a transition investigate current requirements prior to the end of their first year in the Technician program.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
The six–semester Computer Engineering Technology advanced diploma program prepares you for a successful career in the computer and information processing fields. After graduation, you may pursue a career in computer and computer network design, installation, and support. Specific roles include: programmer, network analyst and/or network installer, systems analyst, network designer, software specialist, product development or in– process control technologist support. You’ll find employment opportunities in both small and large organizations serving many sectors.
Areas of Study
Mathematics provides a basis for the study of electronics, data communications, and digital signaling. You’ll gain extensive training in programming, including structured programming techniques using, C and C++, Assembler, Visual Basic, and Java. In addition, you’ll study the Microsoft family of operating systems (from DOS to Windows 7) in addition to UNIX, LINUX, and AS400. PC hardware assembly and trouble-shooting, as well as computer network design, installation, and support, including CISCO router implementation, are addressed.
Common First Year
In the School of Information and Communications Technology, all electronics and computer engineering diploma programs (ECT, ELCB, ELCC, ELCM, ELM, ELN) have the first two semesters in common, facilitating easy transfer between programs before second year.
FAST TRACK into Semester 3
If you already have a post–secondary education in Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, or directly related technology disciplines, you may qualify to FAST TRACK your studies and be given direct entry into the second year of this program. The granting of credits beyond semester two is possible in exceptional cases. FAST TRACK entry may, at the discretion of the department, be offered to partially qualified candidates, in conjunction with requirements to complete additional subjects from semesters one or two.
Co-operative Education Option
All Computer Engineering Technology students who meet the requirements are eligible to apply for co–operative education work–terms. Students may apply to co–op as early as semester two. After completion of the third academic semester, you'll have the opportunity to begin your first work–term with co–operative employers in a position related to your field of study. The final two work–terms alternate with the three remaining semesters. This co– operative program allows you to gain valuable work–related experience, develop an effective job search strategy and to establish employer contacts – useful when seeking permanent employment.
Students in the co–op option will take CPP100 (Co–op Professional Practice) in the semester preceding their first work–term and CPP 200 in the semester following their first work–term. Students must successfully complete CPP100, CPP200 and at least 2 co–op work–terms to graduate from the co–op option. For further information about co–op, please refer to www.senecacollege.ca/coop.
CTAB Nationally Accredited Program
The Computer Engineering Technology program has met national technology accreditation requirements as mandated by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).
Affiliations and Associations
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
- Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)
- York Technology Association (YTA)
- Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)
- CISCO Academy
- Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)
Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist
OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Computer Engineering Technology program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category. Application and additional requirements (i.e. work experience and qualifying professional practice exam, etc.) to become certified are available from OACETT.
Diploma to Degree... and Beyond
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|Seneca College||• Bachelor of Technology, Informatics & Security|
• Bachelor of Technology, Software Development
|York University||• Any relevant major|
|Algoma University||• Bachelor of Arts in a related field|
• Bachelor of Computer Science
|Lakehead University||• Bachelor of Engineering|
|McMaster University||• Bachelor of Technology, Computing and Information Technology|
|University of Ontario Institute of Technology||• Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) (Honours) - Networking and Information Technology Security - Direct Entry|
• Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) (Honours) in Nuclear Power - Bridge
|Western University||• Bachelor of Engineering Science|
|Athabasca University||• Bachelor of Science (Post Diploma)|
• Bachelor of Science - Computer and Information Systems (Post Diploma)
• Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
|British Columbia Institute of Technology||• Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management|
|Camosun College||• Bridge Program to University of Victoria - Bachelor of Engineering (Computer or Electrical)|
|University at Buffalo||• Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering|
|Davenport University||• BSc - Technology Management - Global IT Project Management|
|Griffith University||• Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering) or Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering)|
|Queensland University of Technology||• Bachelor of Information Technology|
Important Academic Dates
Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.
|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ICA002||Introduction to Computers and Applications||2|
|LIN155||Electronic Lab Instrumentation and Techniques||3|
|PRG155||Programming Fundamentals Using "C"||4|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ECR255||AC Circuit Principles||5|
|PRG255||Advanced Programming Using "C"||4|
|Semester 3||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|MTH356||Mathematics - Introductory Calculus and Statistics||4|
|PRG355||Object Oriented Programming Using C++||4|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|CPP100||Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)||1|
|CWT100||Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)|
|Semester 4||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|PRG455||Event Programming and Visual Basic||4|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|CPP200||Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)||1|
|CWT200||Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)|
|Semester 5||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|DAC554||Data Acquisition Interfacing and Control||5|
|DCM555||Data Communications I||6|
|CWT300||Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)|
|Semester 6||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|NSP655 *||Network Servers and Peripherals||4|
|OLS655 *||On-line Systems||6|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
* Must be taken in either semester 5 or semester 6.
A broad range of professional option courses in the areas of Communications, Computer Networking, Programming, and Embedded Systems are available. In addition, a course preparing you for the OACETT Professional Practice exam is offered twice per year. You may also receive Professional Option credit for selected courses offered through the Faculty of Business. Please consult a student advisor or co–ordinator for more information.
Course offerings in a given semester are subject to change. It is suggested that you check our website ict.senecacollege.ca for more information. For additional details, please consult with a program co–ordinator.
Note: Two required semester–six courses, OLS655 and NSP655 are considered "floating options" and may be taken during either semester 5 or semester 6 dependent on the options desired in semester 6.
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Angelie Ramirez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
|International Admissions Advisor:||Aakashni Ram
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22085
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
|Student Advisor:||Diana Samuel-DeRoche
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22765
|Co-op Coordinator:||Krista Lonergan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26833
|Program Chair:||Evan Weaver
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33211