The Department of Computer Systems Technology (CST) prepares students to pursue technical, as well as technical management careers in all employment sectors. The program emphasizes acquisition of sound theoretical studies, as well as intensive hands-on experiences in the area of electronics technology. The CST department emphasizes development of real world competencies demanded by employers. Students receive thorough grounding in electronics; digital and microprocessor systems; computer technologies, including hardware, software and computer networking; communication systems; power distribution; and automation and control systems.
Additional emphasis is placed on courses in business management, statistical process control, humanities, computer programming, safety and project management, and manufacturing processes to provide students the background they need in the economic and managerial aspects of the business enterprise.
After graduation, our students are prepared to manage projects and/or people in the corporate sector, software companies, telecommunications, the banking industry, etc. Companies that hire our graduates include: John Deere, Verizon, USAA, Lockheed Martin, Fidelity Investments, Accenture, IBM, just to name a few.
Within the Department of Computer Systems Technology, students can select a concentration in one of the following areas: Storage Technology, Wireless Systems, Mainframe Computing, High Performance Computing, Computer Engineering Technology, Information Management, Enterprise Computing, Security, and Networking.
The Electronics Technology program is seeking ABET accreditation under the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC). The following state the program’s Mission Statement, the Program Educational Objectives, and the Student Outcomes.
The mission of the Department of Computer Systems Technology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, strategically aligned with that of the university, is to provide students with the fundamental technical skills and knowledge required for gainful employment in the electrical, electronics, or information technology fields.
Program Educational Objectives
Relevant and sustained employment in electrical engineering technology and related field and/or pursuit of advanced study and research.
Steady career progress, continuous professional development, demonstrated leadership, and a strong commitment to ethical principles.
- Engagement in the solutions of social, economic, environmental, and/or cultural problems of countries throughout the world, with a special emphasis on African-Americans and other underrepresented communities.
General Criteria (a) through (k) of ETAC
a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
g. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Program Specific Student Outcomes
The application of circuit analysis and design, computer programming, associated software, analog and digital electronics, and microcomputers, and engineering standards to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems; and
The application of natural sciences and mathematics at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of electrical/electronic systems.
The ability to analyze, design, and implement one or more of the following: control systems, instrumentation systems, communications systems, computer systems, or power systems;
The ability to apply project management techniques to electrical/electronic(s) systems; and
- The ability to utilize differential and integral calculus, as a minimum, to characterize the performance of electrical/electronic systems.