Student working on lab project

BS in Computer Engineering

ABET AccreditationTrine University Student AchievementsThe Bachelor of Science in computer engineering program covers both computer hardware and software. We emphasize computer hardware - from the scale of individual transistors - up through embedded computers, networks, high-level languages, and software engineering. We design and implement digital logic and computer systems that integrate hardware and software components into functioning systems that meet a user-defined set of specifications.

We love the inside, and outside, of computer systems.

Senior Design Project: Stair Climbing Robot
by students: Joe Brown, Maxwell Frame, Kyler Koets, and Chris Ryan<

The Experience

You can expect discussion and hands-on learning experiences in hardware, software and everything in between, such as:

  • Theory of Computation
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Programming methodology and languages
  • Computer elements and architecture

To enhance your in-depth theoretical explorations, you will spend a significant amount of time in our various laboratories. Laboratories will emphasize experimentation as well as design, and are developed around industry practices and demands. This provides you with the most immersive and relevant engineering curriculum, giving you not only the technical knowledge, but also the practical skills that employers desire. 

The Results

Over the past 10 years over 90% of our graduates have started their first professional career position within six months of graduation. Many have their first job arranged before they graduate. Most of our graduates go into the commercial world in industries such as aerospace, telecommunications, software development, and consumer electronics. Some of our graduates (about 10%) decide to go on to graduate school and some work for federal government agencies.

Additional Information

Below are some job/internship opportunities you can explore while attending Trine:

  • Wright-Patterson Airforce Base–Summer research.
  • Cooper Tire–Computer-controlled manufacturing.
  • DLZ–Multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm.
  • BAE Engineering–Aircraft engine controls
  • Delphi–Integrated circuit fabrication.
  • ITT–Military radio design

Cooperative employmentis formalized in a full-time Trine University course: CO 050 - Co-Op Employment. Students must pre-register for this course before each semester's work assignment.  A co-op experience may also be used for program credits through the course: CO 453 Co-Op Work Experience.  This is a 3-credit course that students may register for in their senior year if they have completed three co-op assignments (including summer) the last term of co-op being within a calendar of graduation. The 3-credit course may be counted in the degree credit hour requirement (132 hours).  Senior students in the 3-credit course are expected to submit a formal report detailing technical aspects of their employment.

For additional information on cooperative education or internships, contact the Career Services office by calling 260.665.4124,, or visit the Career Services website.

Below is a sample of companies employing recent Trine grads:

  • Adaptive Micro-Ware, Fort Wayne, IN The design of digital system for communications
  • The Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate study in computer engineering
  • BAE Systems, Fort Wayne, IN Control systems for aircraft
  • Epic Systems, WI Software engineering for healthcare systems
  • ITT Exelis, Fort Wayne, IN The design and test of radio communication systems
  • LHP Control Systems Embedded computer for engine control
  • Raytheon Net-Centric Systems, Fort Wayne, IN Computer hardware design for communications
  • Rockwell Automation Computer-integrated control systems
  • ThermoFisher Scientific Clinical and scientific instruments
  • University of Notre Dame Semiconductor device research
  • Whirlpool, Benton Harbor, MI Embedded computer design for appliances
Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.