There are two pathways in the Engineering Technology Department. One leads to a Bachelor of Science in Lean Systems Engineering Technology, and the other leads to a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology. The programs are a 2-plus-2 arrangement that allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) from a designated Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems School and a Bachelor of Science (BS) from the University of Kentucky, in two years. Students will work towards their Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Kentucky during the second two years.
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Integrated Engineering Technology (BCTC)
Program offered at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).
The AAS in Integrated Engineering Technology (IET) Program offers students the opportunity to build a career in integrated manufacturing systems found in advanced manufacturing. The program leads students through a mechatronics approach to maintaining and troubleshooting highly automated and complex manufacturing systems that include programmable logic controllers, robots, various types of drives, sensors, photoeyes, and electro-hydraulics and electro-pneumatics. Students have the opportunity to earn the following certificates:
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
The AAS in IET is the feeder program into the B.S. in Lean Systems Engineering Technology.
The B.S. in Lean Systems Engineering Technology (LST) is a unique program that gives students the skills to improve quality output, streamline processes and reduce waste. The LST program prepares students to thrive in a highly competitive global marketplace by developing advanced skills in just-in-time manufacturing, problem-solving, project management, lean enterprise development, logistics & supply chain management, material & information flow charts and more. The curriculum is based on a solid foundation of intensive classroom and laboratory experience complemented by in-depth instruction in Just-in-time processes, built-in quality, and productivity improvement.
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Engineering Technology
Program offered at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) and UK Pigman College of Engineering Paducah Campus.
The AAS in Computer Engineering Technology (CET) program will prepare computer engineering technicians to pursue careers in designing and maintaining digital systems, network development and testing, and basic database programming and maintenance. Students in this program study networking and computer systems fundamentals, digital circuits design and analysis, programming in multiple computer languages, and database design.
Students have the opportunity to earn the following certificates:
- A+ Prep
- Computer Tech Basic
- Informatics Programming
- Net+ Prep
- Computer Maintenance Technician
The AAS in CET is the feeder program into the B.S. in Computer Engineering Technology.
The B.S. in Computer Engineering Technology (CPT) provides in-depth knowledge of hardware and software design, development, and maintenance. The curriculum is based on a solid foundation with intensive classroom and laboratory experiences. Students will gain a strong background in cutting-edge development with programming languages currently used in industry. Students would learn industry-standard approaches to application software development and state-of-the-art problem-solving techniques for developing application code and firmware, including networking/web operations. The hardware focus of the curriculum is on digital systems design and development. Students gain an architectural understanding of computer systems from low-level gate design to high-end microprocessors and current bus standards. The curriculum includes in-depth design and analysis of combinational logic, sequential logic and state machines, microcontroller systems, microprocessor systems, and state-of-the-art computer technology.
Students in the Department of Engineering Technology have many opportunities to enhance their education beyond the classroom by:
- participating in the co-op program, where students get real-world industrial experience in alternating semesters
- conducting research in professional laboratories
- joining one of the student-led teams, including Solar Car or Formula SAE, which design, build and race cars against teams from universities around the world