Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree at Valencia College will prepare you for an advanced career in electrical engineering or computer engineering.

Our program was developed in partnership with Central Florida High-Tech and Engineering Industries and incorporates the same state-of-the-art equipment found in the research and development departments of major companies. This enhances and better prepares you to meet both industry demands and employer expectations by the time you graduate. And with small class sizes of only about 22 people, you’ll get the same individual instruction and support that students have come to expect from Valencia.

All courses are held on Valencia’s West Campus.


Valencia is the only school in Central Florida to offer a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology.


Concentrations

• Computer Systems
• Electrical/Electronic Systems
• Lasers and Photonics


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PROGRAM DETAILS

Coursework

LOWER-DIVISION COURSEWORK

To fulfill the lower-division (first half) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree, you must complete an Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in one of the following areas.

Choose from Four Associate Degrees:

A.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology
Become a highly-skilled technician capable of assisting in the design, production, operation and servicing of electronics, lasers and photonics, robotics and mechatronics, and telecommunication and wireless systems.

A.S. in Sound and Music Technology with an Audio Engineering Technology specialization
Gain a foundation in audio and electroacoustics systems and learn the skills required of sound recording engineers, audio electronics specialists, sound post-production engineers, sound designers, re-recording mixers, and audio equipment consultants.

A.A. Articulated Pre-Major in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology
Through this path, you will complete all general education requirements and prerequisites for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree and will have the option to take additional technical courses related to electrical and computer engineering technology.

A.A. Transfer Plan in Engineering
Through this path, you will complete all general education requirements as well as the prerequisites required for most types of engineering bachelor’s degrees.

UPPER-DIVISION COURSEWORK

After completing a qualifying lower-division associate degree, you may move on to the upper-division (second half) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree.

Choose from Four Concentrations:

Computer Systems
Learn to analyze, design and implement hardware and software computer systems. Apply circuit analysis, design and computer programming to the building, testing, operation and maintenance of logic and microcontroller devices and computer and network security.

Electrical/Electronic Systems
Learn to analyze, design and implement control systems, instrumentation systems, communications systems and power systems. Apply circuit analysis, design and computer programming to the building, testing, operation and maintenance of electrical systems.

Lasers and Photonics
Learn to analyze, design and implement optical communication systems, optical detectors and electro-optical devices and systems. Apply circuit analysis, design and computer programming to the building, testing, operation and maintenance of laser and optical systems.

Admissions and Program Details

Admissions and Program Details

For admission requirements, program details and program requirements, see the following.

Admission Requirements

Degree Requirements with an A.S.

Degree Requirements with an A.A.

Steps to Completion

5 Steps to Your Bachelor’s Degree

1. Complete a qualifying associate degree as your lower-division coursework (including all prerequisites.) If your degree is in another field, you must undergo a formal evaluation.

2. Apply for the bachelor’s program. There is a $35 application fee for those who are not current Valencia students.

3. Once you’ve gained acceptance, enroll in classes.

A.S. degree holders must complete:

  • 18 general education credits
  • 25 credits in upper-division core courses
  • 24 credits in an upper-division concentration area
  • 3 credits of a program exit requirement

A.A. degree holders must complete:

  • 18 credits of lower-division technical courses
  • 25 credits in upper-division core courses
  • 24 credits in an upper-division concentration area
  • 3 credits of a program exit requirement

4. Complete a three-credit program exit project. This project may be evaluated by a professional from within your industry of concentration. This is a great chance to network and gain an understanding of industry expectations.

5. Graduate with your bachelor’s degree.

Total credit hours for the program = 130

  • 60 credit hours from the A.A. or A.S. degree
  • 70 credit hours of upper-division coursework


Program Length

 2 to 4 years

You can complete the entire B.S. degree program in as little as four years. Or, if you already have an associate degree in the field, you can complete your upper-division studies in as little as two years.



CAREER OUTLOOK

Job Outlook

Job Outlook

As an engineer, you’ll supervise/lead a team of junior engineers, working to support a designer. Depending on your concentration, you could work within the industries of aviation and aerospace, entertainment, power, telecommunications and homeland security, doing research and development, product design and evaluation, or maintenance. Companies that hire people with such skills include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Siemens, Microsoft, Duke Energy, L-3 Communications, Harris Corporation, NASA, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

Potential Careers

Potential Careers

Computer Systems:

  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Systems Development Engineer
  • Software Systems Engineer
  • Networking and Communications Engineer

Electrical/Electronic Systems:

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Wireless Communication Systems Engineer
  • Electronic Systems Engineer
  • Power Systems Engineer

Lasers and Photonics:

  • Laser Electronics Engineer
  • Electro–Optical Engineer
  • Optical Communications Engineer
  • Photonics Engineer

Audio and Electro-Acoustical Systems:

  • Audio and Sound Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Digital Audio Engineer
  • Electro-Acoustical Systems Engineer


AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
$45,000 – $65,000
($21.63 – $31.25 per hour)


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