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Bring Your Own Device Model

Courses at the Portland-Metro campus require students to bring a laptop. This is to ensure students have a more consistent, comfortable, and productive experience while completing school work. Laptop stations are located in the classrooms where students can use monitors on campus as their second screen by utilizing a courtesy HDMI cable. Financial aid is available for students who do not have laptops or have out-of-date laptops.

Oregon Tech encourages students to decide on which brand and model best fits their academic and financial requirements. Below are program specific recommendations for laptops and documentation to provide assistance in locating and installing your program's software. Dell has a special website with discounts just for Oregon Tech students www.dell.com/oit




CSET/ESET LAPTOP GUIDELINES


Laptops for the students in the CSET/ESET programs must be able to run database and virtualization software efficiently. The following recommendations are for a laptop that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Core Software: Visual Studio, Android Studio, Arduino, Java, Eclipse, MinGW, and SQL Server

Recommended Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 (8000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 5 (2000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 12GB - 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Webcam and Microphone

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU is important for IT/HI/Cybersecurity software. The CPU computes most of the calculations in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 12 GB should be sufficient for running a virtual machine or your software. However, if you have 2 virtual machines or more running simultaneously then your system will be slow and you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 256GB is enough for school programs and some personal use. 512 GB allows you to keep videos, install video games or store lots of pictures and music. A solid-state drive is important for speed and performance of your software. A NVMe solid state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA based solid state.

Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: We require Windows 10. Mac computers are not supported by several pieces of engineering software and IDEs. Some programs may have a Mac version, but they often are missing many key features. If you have a Mac that meets the requirements or strongly prefer one, you will also need to purchase a license of Windows and use Boot Camp to install Windows on your Mac.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Sample Computers:

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP
Lenovo

Software Guidelines:

Microsoft Office
Visual Studio
Arduino
Android Studio
Git
Python
and more

(these links will take you to TECHweb where you will need to log in)

EERE Laptop Guidelines


New Requirements coming by the end of May 2020

Laptops for the students in the EERE program must be able to run solid modeling and CAD software efficiently. The following recommendations are for laptops that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Core Software: AutoCAD, Matlab, Vivado, Transys, Equest, and Labview

Minimum Specs:
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 (8000 series or newer)
  •           AMD Ryzen 5 (2000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • GPU: Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • OS: Windows 10 Home or above
  • Other: USB 3.0 (preferably 2 ports)
               Webcam and Microphone
Recommended Specs:
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 (8000 series or newer)
  •           AMD Ryzen 7 (2000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 512GB Solid State Drive
  • GPU: Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • OS: Windows 10 Home or above
  • Other: USB 3.0 (preferably 2 ports)
               Webcam and Microphone

About the Specs

CPU: The CPU is very important for engineering software. The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. We recommend having 12-16 GB of RAM to allow you to run multiple applications at the same time such as a web browser, CAD software, and Microsoft Office.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 256GB is enough for school programs and files. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games, or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid-state drive (SSD) is important for speed and performance of your software. A NVMe solid state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA based solid state.

Graphics Card: A graphics card can render 3D images more efficiently than a CPU. Programs like AutoCAD depend on a graphics card to improve performance. Like CPUs, if you would like a comparison between cards you can visit PassMark Software. (Ex the minimum recommended graphics card scores 1223 and the recommended scores 5826)

Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: We require Windows 10. Mac computers are not supported by several pieces of engineering software. Some programs may have a Mac version, but they often are missing many key features. If you have a Mac that meets the requirements or strongly prefer one, you will also need to purchase a license of Windows and use Boot Camp to install Windows on your Mac.

USB 3.0: You will be using several different microcontrollers and FPGAs. USB 3.0 provides higher data and power throughput. One port is enough, but you might find that having two or more ports handy.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Sample Computers:

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
Lenovo
HP 

 

More Resources:
The Best Laptops for Engineering Students and Engineers (2019)
Run Windows on Your Mac: VirtualBox vs VMware Fusion vs Parallels

Software Guidelines:

Microsoft Office
AutoCAD Electrical
AutoCAD Fusion 360
Arduino
LoggerPro
LTSpice
and more

(these links will take you to TECHweb where you will need to log in)

EMS LAPTOP GUIDELINES


New guidelines coming by the end of June 2020

Laptops for the students in the EMS will be used for test taking and school work. There isn't a requirement for EMS students to have a laptop.These are guidelines for a laptop that will last you 4 years.

Recommended Specs:

  • CPU: Intel i3 or i5 core
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Most of your work will not require anything more than an i5 Intel Processor. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. A 256GB drive is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid state drive is important for speed and performance of your software.

Screen Resolution: At this time, 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. Any lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, some software does not scale well and appears tiny in addition to using more resources when rendering. A touch screen is not needed for your school work at this time, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. If you prefer, you may use a Mac to complete your school work.

Sample Computers:

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP
Lenovo

Software Guidelines:

Microsoft Office
Antivirus
and more

(these links will take you to TECHweb where you will need to log in)

IT/HI/Cybersecurity Laptop Guidelines


Laptops for the student in the IT/HI/Cybersecurity programs must be able to run database and virtualization software efficiently. The following recommendations are for a laptop that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Core Software: VMs with Windows Server OS and Linux, Wireshark, MS SQL, Visual Studio, Visual Paradigm, VMWare Player

Recommended Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 – Intel Core i7 (8000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 5 – AMD Ryzen 7 (2000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 16GB or greater
  • Hard Drive: 512 GB – 1 TB SSD (see description)
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Built in Webcam and Microphone
  • Ethernet Port

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU is important for IT/HI/Cybersecurity software. The CPU computes most of the calculations in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, having more RAM means more programs can be running at once. VMs (virtual machines) will use 2-4 GB of RAM each. In order to run three VMs at the same time and other applications, you should have 16 GB of RAM or more.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 512GB is enough for school programs, VMs, and files. If you wish to store personal videos, install video games, or keep lots of pictures and music you will need a 1TB drive. A solid-state drive (SSD) is important for speed and performance of your software. A NVMe solid state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA based solid state. Large capacity internal storage is convenient, but you can get an external USB 3 SSD to make up the difference.

Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: We require Windows 10. MacOS is not supported by several pieces of IT or business software. Some programs may have a Mac version, but often they are missing many key features. If you have a Mac that meets the requirements or strongly prefer one, you will also need to use Boot Camp to install Windows on your Mac.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Ethernet Port: Thin and light laptops remove the ethernet port to save space. If your laptop does not have an ethernet port, purchase an USB ethernet adapter.

Sample Computers:

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP
Lenovo

Software Guidelines:

Microsoft Office
Notepad ++
Packet Tracer
SQL
Visual Studio
and more

(these links will take you to TECHweb where you will need to log in)

MANAGEMENT LAPTOP GUIDELINES


Laptops for the students in the Management will be used for test taking and school work. The following recommendations are for laptops that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Recommended Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or i5 (8000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 (2000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Webcam and Microphone

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU is the main “engine” in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. A 256GB drive is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid-state drive (SSD) is important for speed and performance of your software.

Screen Resolution:  1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: We recommend Windows 10.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Sample Computers:

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP
Lenovo

Software Guidelines:

Microsoft Office
Antivirus
Microsoft Project
and more

(these links will take you to TECHweb where you will need to log in)

MLS LAPTOP GUIDELINES


Laptops for the students in the MLS will be used for test taking and school work. The following recommendations are for laptops that will be proficient for the next 4 years.
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or i5 (8000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 (2000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Webcam and Microphone
  • Keyboard and Trackpad/Mouse

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU is the main “engine” in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. A 256GB drive is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid-state drive (SSD) is important for speed and performance of your software.

Screen Resolution:  1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: We recommend Windows 10. If you strongly prefer Macs, MacOS is acceptable but you might. The required test taking software does not work with Chromebooks, iPads, or Android tablets and only works with Windows or MacOS.

Other:

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Keyboard and Mouse/Trackpad: You well need a keyboard for typing reports. You will need the accuracy of a mouse or trackpad while test taking.

Sample Computers:

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP
Lenovo

Software Guidelines:

Microsoft Office
Antivirus
ChemSketch
and more

(these links will take you to TECHweb where you will need to log in)

MMET Laptop Guidelines


Laptops for the students in the MMET program must be able to run solid modeling and CAD software efficiently. The following recommendations are for a laptop that will to be proficient for the next 4 years.

Core Software: SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Matlab, and Labview

Minimum Specs:
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 (8000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 5 (2000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Webcam and Microphone
Recommended Specs:
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 (8000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 7 (2000 series or newer)
  • RAM: >16GB
  • Hard Drive: 512GB Solid State Drive
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Webcam and Microphone

About the Specs

CPU: The CPU is very important for engineering software. The CPU does almost all the calculations in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. We recommend having at least 16 GB of RAM to allow you to run multiple applications at the same time such as a web browser, CAD software, and Microsoft Office.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 256GB is enough for school programs and files. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid-state drive (SSD) is important for speed and performance of your software. A NVMe solid state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA based solid state.

Graphics Card: A graphics card can render 3D images more efficiently than a CPU. Programs like AutoCAD and Solidworks depend on a graphics card to improve performance. Like CPUs, if you would like a comparison between cards you can visit PassMark Software. (Ex the minimum recommended graphics card scores 1223 and the recommended scores 5826)

Screen Resolution:  1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: We require Windows 10. Mac computers are not supported by several pieces of engineering software. A few engineering programs have a Mac version, but often they are missing many key features. Solidworks has stated that there is not enough demand from industry to develop a Mac client since the majority of product design teams use Windows.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Sample Computers:

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
Acer
HP

Software Guidelines:

Microsoft Office
AutoCAD
Solidworks
and more

(these links will take you to TECHweb where you will need to log in)

PSY/ABA LAPTOP GUIDELINES


Laptops for the students in the PSY/ABA will be used for test taking and school work. The following recommendations are for laptops that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Recommended Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or i5 (8000 series or newer)
    AMD Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 (2000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Webcam and Microphone

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU is the main “engine” in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. A 256GB drive is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid-state drive (SSD) is important for speed and performance of your software.

Screen Resolution:  1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. If you prefer, you may use a Mac to complete your school work.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Sample Computers:

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP
Lenovo

Software Guidelines:

Microsoft Office
Antivirus
and more

(these links will take you to TECHweb where you will need to log in)
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