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Computer Engineering Technology

This program is offered at the Lexington and Paducah Campus.

What do Computer Engineering Technologists Do?

Computer Engineering Technologists are employed as embedded software technologists, computer support specialists, networking support specialists, automation engineers, applications engineers, telecommunications engineers, network support technical engineers, and network administrators. Computer Engineering Technologists are employed by industry, academia and government labs for manufacturing and analysis.

How Much Do They Earn?

In May 2019, the median annual wage for Computer Systems Analyst was $85,291, and the median annual wage for Computer Hardware Engineers was $81,785.

The employment of Computer Engineering Technologists is projected to grow 10-15 percent between 2019 to 2028.

*Source: Data was collected from Burning Glass; they represent actual job postings in the last twelve months and BLS projections from 2019-2028.

Where Do They Work?

  • Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial equipment design
  • Consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Energy and environmental solutions
  • Aviation
  • Automotive

The Fujio Cho Department of Engineering Technology offers integrated collaborative programs between UK and KCTCS, where students earn AAS and B.S. degrees. The undergraduate program provides flexibility and sufficient depth and breadth of study through its variety of course offerings. Students will conclude the program with a two-semester senior capstone project incorporating design, creation and collaboration with participating companies under real-world conditions.

The Engineering Technology Program will be eligible for accreditation by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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AAS in Computer Engineering Technology (IET)/ BS Computer Engineering Technology

Total Program Credit Hours 125

Years 1 – 2 at BCTC (for UK) or WKCTC (for UK Paducah)

Year One, BCTC or WKCTC, Fall Semester
ENG 101 Writing I 3
MAT 170 Elementary Calc & Its Applications 3
CIT 111 Introduction to Software and Hardware 4
Social and Behavioral Science Course 3
CIT 120 Computational Thinking 3
Year One, BCTC or WKCTC, Spring Semester
ENG 102 Writing II 3
STA 296 Statistical Methods and Motivations 3
CHE 170 Gen College Chemistry I 4
Oral Communication Course 3
CS 115 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
Year One, BCTC or WKCTC, Summer
Heritage 3
CIT 170 Database Design Fundamentals 3
Year Two, BCTC or WKCTC, Fall Semester
MAT 171 Algebra & Trig for Calculus 5
CS 215 Introduction to Pgm Design Abstraction/prob solv 4
Humanities 3
ELT 110 DC Circuits + Lab 5
Year Two, BCTC or WKCTC, Spring Semester
PHY 201+202 General Physics 5
Social and Behavioral Science Course * Needs to be different than the 3
ELT 120 Digital Logic + Lab 3
CIT 160/161 Introduction to Networks 4

Years 3 – 4 at UK or UK Paducah

Year Three, UK or UK Paducah, Fall Semester
MA 113 Calculus I 4
WRD 204 Technical Writing 3
CPT 314 Wireless Communication 3
CPT 287 Introduction to Embedded System + Lab 3
Year Three, UK or UK Paducah, Spring Semester
CPT 223 AC Circuits + Lab 3
CPT 315 Digital System Design 3
CPT 316 Electronics Prototyping and Construction 4
CPT 317 Software Engineering Process and Methods 3
Year Four, UK or UK Paducah, Fall Semester
CPT 409 Capstone I 3
CPT 419 Signals, Systems, and Transforms + Lab 3
CPT 420 Embedded Applications 4
CPT/LST 400 Engineering Economics 3
Technical Elective 3
Year Four, UK or UK Paducah, Spring Semester
CPT 410 Capstone II 3
CPT/LST 402 Fundamentals of OSHA 2
CPT/LST 425 Project Management 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3

Capstone Design

The engineering technology curriculum includes a Capstone Design project. It is a two-semester sequence, LST 409 and 410 for the BS LST and CPT 409 and 410 for the BS CPT program.

The courses include lectures and assigned work on the major topics in design. Students are organized into teams of four to six students, and each team is assigned a project for the two-semester sequence. Each team is expected to organize and carry out the design tasks. Faculty and industry sponsors serve as advisors.


The program would seek proposals for projects to assign to the student teams. Projects need to allow substantial design and conceptualization potential, not merely design changes of scale or duplication of existing systems. It must be possible to complete them within the two-semester time-frame.

Industry representatives would define the project requirements and provide guidance to the student team during the semester. These projects are often those that the company needs to have completed, but they do not have the resources to complete or are willing to treat them as “back-burner” needs. Sometimes the project can provide an opportunity for a fresh look at efforts underway within the company. The company needs to identify a resource person within the firm to answer student questions, meet with the student team periodically for progress reviews and attend the final presentation at the end of the semester. We would address any requirements for confidentiality with industry sponsors when needed.

How you can help?

We seek brief proposals for possible projects. All we need is a paragraph or two describing the project requirements. We will contact potential sponsors for any required clarification. If the project seems to be a good fit, we will present it to student teams. The students will contact sponsors during the year to define a project plan and carry out the work.