Computer engineering is a steadily growing field, and the world needs skilled professionals who can work comfortably on both the software and hardware sides of a computer system. A computer engineering degree from Michigan Tech will make you uniquely qualified to bridge this gap and succeed as a computer-integration specialist.
As a Michigan Tech student, you will be taking advantage of some of the best opportunities in the nation for laboratory-based learning, real-world design, and engineering entrepreneurship.
20ECE Advisory Board members from top levels of major US corporations
1student per bench in labs
1,230square feet in our Plexus Innovation Lab and electronics makerspace
Tomorrow Needs Computer Engineers Who Bridge the Gap
Computer engineering (CpE) is a true hybrid of computer science (CS) and electrical engineering (EE), combining knowledge from both fields into a single discipline.
What is Computer Engineering?
Computer engineers study the whole computer system in its entirety, and are thus equally comfortable working with both hardware and software. They also understand how the hardware and software interact with each other, and can evaluate design trade-offs between the two. This ability to work both sides of the hardware/software divide makes the computer engineer uniquely qualified to design, build, and program complete computer systems from scratch.
By contrast, a computer scientist primarily focuses on only the theoretical and software (programming) aspects of a computer system, while an electrical engineer primarily focuses on the circuitry and hardware (electronic) aspects of the system with less emphasis on software
As a graduate of the computer engineering program, you will have developed the versatility to work in numerous fields, including embedded systems, computer networks, robotics, or VLSI system design. Your career options can range from movie special effects to designing nanotechnology for bionic implants and beyond.
Career Opportunities for Holistic Computer Engineers
Many computer engineers choose jobs that exploit their hardware/software integration abilities to design complete systems in automotive, aerospace, and many other industries. Another popular field is embedded systems.
More than 350 companies come to campus to recruit Michigan Tech students each year, and over 60 percent of those are looking to hire electrical and computer engineers. Our graduates have a job placement of nearly 100 percent within six months of graduation.
Companies interested in our graduates include: Amazon, Nvidia, Microsoft, ArcelorMittal, ITC, Ford, Boston Scientific, Rockwell-Collins, GM, Caterpillar, Dow Chemical, Mercury Marine, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Consumers Power, among many others.
Engineering Enterprise Concentration
Pursue an Enterprise concentration as part of your degree by taking part in Michigan Tech's award-winning Enterprise Program. It's a great way to enhance your undergraduate degree with client-based teamwork. Enterprise is when students work in teams on real projects, with real clients, in an environment that's more like a business than a classroom. Choose any one of 20-plus Enterprise teams on campus to invent products, provide services, and pioneer solutions. Apply the skills learned in your major and gain some valuable new skills. Tackle real-world design projects for industry sponsors or take part in a national competition (or both). This concentration adds courses in business and entrepreneurship.