Sep 29, 2020  
2018-19 Academic Catalog 
2018-19 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Systems Engineering Tech - CSET.COC

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Cisco projects an increase in datacenter workloads by two-fold and a three-fold increase in cloud workloads from 2015 to 2020. This increase in local datacenter and cloud utilization will bring new security, local datacenter administration, and networking challenges to the industry. The Computer Systems Engineering Technology (CSET) program at STCC prepares students to tackle the challenges of information technology, cloud computing and virtualization with a focus on security, system administration, and networking.

Students will take courses in topics such as Windows Server and Linux server administration, Cisco networking, datacenter storage management, the Internet of Things (IoT),  cryptography, firewalls, cloud computing,  and server virtualization.

The CSET curriculum draws from the following industry standard certification exam objectives for its core classes and labs.

  • Cisco CCENT and CCNA
  • CompTIA Security+, Linux+, A+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • Microsoft Server
  • VMWare Certified Associate

Our students are given access to the latest educational resources and materials through the Cisco Networking Academy, the Dell/EMC Academic Alliance, and the VMware Academic Program. Since security is a process that must be stressed throughout the Information Technology field, all courses in the CSET program are designed with a high security posture in mind.

Graduates are encouraged to pursue an associate’s degree and then a bachelor’s degree upon completion of their certificate. Students are also encouraged to build on this foundation in their professional development through the pursuit of industry certifications.

Please contact the Department Chair for more information, advising, or a tour of the labs.


Minimum Grade Requirements: Students in Computer Systems Engineering Technology must receive a grade of “D” or better. A QPA of 2.0 must be achieved for graduation.

Upon the successful completion of requirements for this program, graduates will earn an Certificate of Completion in Computer Systems Engineering Technology.

(CSET.COC) Curriculum

ELGRP - Elective-CSE, ELE, LEO, TCM 6 credits

 Student must take two college level courses, minimum of 3 credits each, from the following subjects: Computer Systems Engineering Technology  (CSE), Electronic Systems Engineering Technology  (ELE), Laser Electro Optics Technology  (LEO) or Telecommunications Technology  (TCM).



  • CSE 240 : Students with Windows desktop experience entering the Certificate program in the Spring can take CSE-240/240L. Contact the department chair or the faculty teaching the course if more information is desired.
  • Most classes with labs are 4 credits total. There are some 3 credit classes. Depending on the selection of courses the total number of credits for each student may vary slightly.
  • We can make adjustments to better fit the student’s background and educational goals. Contact the department chair for advice in course selection.

Total (CSET.COC) Curriculum Program Credits: 23

Department Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Edward Bigos Professor/Department Co-Chair 17/637 413-755-4544
Nicholas Bishop Electronic Technical II 17/613 413-755-4577

Andrew Collins Instructor 17/637 413-755-4578
Jeffrey Cooper Associate Professor 17/631 413-755-4578
Rick Jagodowski Professor / Electrical Engineering Tech. Dept. Chair 20/120 413-755-4594
Nicholas Massa Professor 17/637 413-755-4579
Gary Mullett Professor/Department Co-Chair 17/635 413-755-4600
Eliano Soares Staff Assistant 17/219 413-755-4593
Peter Vangel Professor 17/637 413-755-4665

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