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Computer Engineering Technology

Available: Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Description

Seneca's Computer Engineering Technology program provides you with a sound inter-disciplinary foundation, combining the three primary branches of Information and Communications Technology: electronics, software development and IT infrastructure.

The School of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Technology (SEMET) incorporates curriculum and content from a number of widely recognized companies and organizations, including CompTIA (A+ and Network+) and Cisco (the School of SEMET is a recognized Cisco Academy). In addition, the School of SEMET supports strong ties with major companies in Information and Engineering Technology, including Microsoft, Red Hat, 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 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

In addition, option subjects 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 technology fields.

Areas of Study

The Computer Engineering Technology program uses an "electronics first" approach to computers by providing a strong foundation in 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 operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Unix/Linux. PC hardware assembly and trouble-shooting, as well as computer network design, installation and support, including Cisco router implementation, are also addressed.

Common First Year

In the School of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Technology, all electronics and engineering diploma programs (ECT, EEN, EET) have the first two semesters in common, facilitating easy transfer between program before second year.



6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Your Career

In today's world, computers and electronics are at the core of almost everything we do. The Computer Engineering Technology advanced diploma program prepares you to be a triple threat, able to work on circuitry, to write computer programs and to build computer networks, each of which is a job category of its own. As a Computer Engineering Technologist, you will be able to pursue a myraid of career paths involving computer technology. Specific roles include: programmer, network analyst, network installer, systems analyst, network designer, software specialist, product development specialist or technology support. You'll find employment opportunities in both small and large organizations serving many sectors.


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics 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)

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Co-op

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional co-op work term(s) in a formal work environment. In most cases the work term(s) is a full-time paid position completed between two academic semesters.  In programs with limited co-op opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility.  Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional co-op stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Professional Certification

The Electronics Engineering Technology program has been designed to meet national technology accreditation requirements as mandated by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT), the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist

The Computer Engineering Technology program has been designed to meet the academic requirements set by OACETT for certification in the Technologist category. Application and additional requirements (i.e. work experience and qualifying professional practice, etc.) to become certified are available from OACETT.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • 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).

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

David Finlay 416.491.5050 ext. 22431

Program Chair

Romel Cipriani 416.491.5050 ext. 22446


Grace talks about his time at Seneca and working in the Centre for Development of Open Technology. Video

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network