Study programming techniques and learn how embedded microcomputer systems sense their environments to control the systems that contain them.

Computer Engineering Technology

Computer Engineering Technology Major

A major in the Electrical Engineering Technology Program
in the School of Engineering Technology

This major is also available at the Purdue in Indianapolis campus. Learn more here.

The largest application of computers has nothing to do with the super computers, desktop computers, laptop computers, and smart devices we all think of when computers are mentioned. Most are never seen or recognized because they are embedded in the electronic systems you use every day. Your car contains many embedded computers: in the engine, in the braking system, in the radio, in the dash board. They are in many appliances throughout your home. They control robots and other automation equipment. They are at the core of most medical and healthcare equipment.

When you major in computer engineering technology at Purdue University, you will gain a broad understanding of how microcomputer systems can be designed to sense the environment and control systems that contain them. You will learn about the electrical challenges of interfacing computers to the real world and also the programming techniques used to drive common input and output devices.

Professors work very closely with students while stressing technical expertise, problem-solving skills and project management techniques in their classes and projects. These are traits that will make you very valuable to future employers. The tools familiar to all engineering professionals in industry will be used in your labs every day. You will gain valuable experience with class and team projects as you learn by building and testing computer systems. In the final year of your coursework, you will work on an industry-sponsored project that will help you put your knowledge to work solving a real-world problem.

In short, graduates of this program are professionals who understand the computer and the electronic systems that surround them.


  • Start your impact early by creating interesting electronic projects your first semester
  • Capitalize on the real-world experience of your professors and industry partners
  • Apply all you’ve learned to a senior capstone project aimed at solving a current business or industry problem
  • Earn your advanced degree sooner through our five-year combined BS/MS program
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

What can I do?

Application engineer
Test engineer
Systems engineer
Project engineer

Where can I go?

Advanced Micro Devices
BNSF Railroad


The electrical engineering technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s general criteria and program criteria for Electrical/Electronic(s) Engineering Technology and similarly named programs.

One of my favorite things about my major is conveying physical circuitry systems digitally. I am minoring in Theatre sound design and production, and for a class project I designed and built a new audio jack to plug in headphones and play music.
Jordan Nsonwu
Computer Engineering Technology
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About the school/department

The School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University provides degree programs in mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, industrial, and supply chain engineering technologies, capitalizing on where the disciplines overlap. The learning environment mirrors the engineering teams most graduates will work in. Faculty research projects provide immediate industry results and help students put theory into practice.

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