The Computing Systems Engineering Technology (Co–op) program prepares students for the field of scientific and engineering computing. A combination of programming theory and practice, networking, and electronics ensures the graduate will be prepared to work in the fields of cloud computing and mobile device application development, as well as develop the foundation for the emerging fields of machine learning and Big Data. Graduates will obtain theoretical foundations as well as practical hands on experience with analog electronics, digital systems, including logic, microprocessor interfacing, and embedded microcontrollers and applications. Students will work with mobile devices, robotic systems, and wireless control. Specialized skills in the software stream include, but will not be limited to, object-oriented programming, databases, networking, and modern web technologies. Graduates of this three year program receive the Diploma of Computing Systems Engineering Technology (Co-op).
Graduates completing this program are automatically eligible for membership in the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL), as well as any similar association in Canada.
Upon completion of this program graduates may choose to further their education by completing a bachelor degree in technology or engineering at one of several institutions that have articulation agreements with College of the North Atlantic.
Graduates enrolled in this program will also complete courses in the Cisco Networking Academy program which will place them on the path to Cisco certification at the CCNA level.
: This program may not be suitable for applicants who do not have normal colour perception.
This program is accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board under the mandate of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.
This program is also CEWIL Canada (Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada) accredited.
The academic credentials of graduates of accredited technology programs are recognized internationally by the signatories of the Sydney Accord.
As engineering technologists, graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills that will allow them to:
- Analyze, build, implement, and maintain computing systems and applications.
- Design, develop, and implement relational database management systems.
- Develop applications using object-oriented programming methods and practices.
- Design and develop applications for mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets.
- Prepare a quality assurance plan for testing and evaluation of software.
- Design and implement computing systems suitable for cloud computing applications.
- Specify, select, design, build, and troubleshoot micro-processor or micro-controller based systems.
consisting of Project Management Skills (theoretical and applied), Communication Skills (oral and written), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Electrotechnology, Engineering Graphics, Technology Awareness and Student Success.
in various aspects (theory and principles) of the computing engineering discipline including database design, Internet application development, embedded system development, graphical programming, and mobile application development, in addition to digital logic systems, microcontrollers, and IP networking.
in various aspects of the theory and principles of computing and programming.
Laboratory and field experience, gained from compensated work terms, in the application embedded electronics and computing systems.
The graduate from the program will be a technologist who specializes in integrating computing technology into consumer and industrial products, who finds employment with hi-tech companies utilizing computers in new and innovative ways.
Graduates with two years of progressive work experience may be eligible to receive the designation of Professional Technologist (P. Tech) upon completion of a Professional Practice and Ethics Exam.
Note: Students will also be required to complete a number of non-credit co-op education seminars throughout the 3-year program (resume writing, job search skills and interview preparation).
Students in the Computing Systems Engineering Technology (Co-op) program are required to obtain the following external certifications throughout the program:
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Standard First Aid/Heart Start
*Students should be aware that additional fees may apply to external certifications.
Eligibility for admission to an Engineering Technology program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
i. English (2 credits) (minimum 60%) from: 3201
ii. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
Students who received a combined average of 70% in high school Academic Mathematics 2201 and 3201, or a pass in both high school
Advanced Mathematics 2200 and 3200 can be exempted from Math 1700. Students must apply for the exemption.
iii. Science (4 credits) two of which must be selected from:
Earth Systems: 3209
The remaining two Science credits to be chosen from the highest Science mark in level 1, 2 or 3.
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
i. Math (60% MINIMUM) MA1040
ii. Two Science courses chosen from one of the following three combinations:
It is strongly recommended that CAS students who intend to enroll in Engineering Technology programs complete both of the Chemistry courses and both of the Physics courses.
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Degree and Technical Profile including the following courses (or equivalent):
i. English (60% minimum) 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
ii. Mathematics (60% minimum) 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
iii. Science from one of the following sections:
a. Biology 1101, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
b. Chemistry 1102, 2102A, 2102B, 2102C, 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
c. Physics 1104, 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, 3104C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different Profile may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
4. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are 19 years at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
International Applicants – English Proficiency
All international applicants must meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The College will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0, or Pearson PTE 53 or greater, etc.).
If a language proficiency test other than those referenced above was used, applicants can forward for assessment.
If an international applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.
: Some programs may require specific English language requirements and proficiency scores that differ from those stated above; therefore international applicants are advised to please refer to the specific program admission requirements as identified in the College Calendar.