Algonquin College

Computer Engineering Technology - Computing Science

Advanced Diploma

Gain the analytical thinking and problem-solving skills for a career in programming and software development.
The three-year Computer Engineering Technology - Computing Science Ontario College Advanced Diploma program prepares you for an information technology (IT) career in the private or public sectors. You gain the knowledge and skills to use a broad range of IT-based analytical thinking and problem-solving skills in support of the day-to-day operation of an enterprise`s software systems or in the development of new systems.
Learn a variety of programming languages (Java, C#, C++, C, and others) and operating systems (Windows, Unix/Linux, and QNX). In addition, you study the development tools and debugging techniques used to design, code and test integrated and/or embedded applications and software systems.
In your final year, you work in teams on sponsored real-world projects to develop a comprehensive application as part of the software engineering portion of the program. You also have the opportunity to select an elective course from an approved list, in areas that include game programming, business programming (Cobol), and business intelligence and data analytics.
The majority of the program consists of courses in systems programming, software development, testing and maintenance. The balance of the curriculum consists of courses in technical communications skills (both oral and written), mathematics and general education electives.
Students also have the option to gain real-world experience through a paid co-operative education (co-op) work term (see Additional Information for more details). Please note that places in the co-op work term are subject to availability and academic eligibility. Please note admission to the co-op program does not guarantee a co-op placement.
Graduates may find employment as systems, integration, and applications programmers and/or testers, and as customer service representatives providing training and product support to clients of high technology corporations.
Graduates may also pursue careers in such diverse areas as:

game and multimedia development
GUI (graphical user interface) development
IT communications, IT security, real-time and database systems
web-based applications
technical roles in all levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal)
This program is well-suited for students who:

Can work effectively in a teamwork environment.
Can apply critical and analytical thinking and have good problem-solving skills.
Are imaginative, attentive to detail and enjoy challenging their minds.
Are interested in computers and various software applications.
Have a strong commitment and dedication to their studies.

Program Duration:
3 Years
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
Winter 2023:
Fall 2023:
Spring 2023:
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