What is an Engineer?

According to the National Academy of Engineering, engineering is “the application of science because engineers take abstract ideas and build tangible products from them … a design under constraint because to ‘engineer’ a product means to construct it in such a way that it will do exactly what you want it to, without any unexpected consequences.”

An engineer is curious and solves a really complex problem in society. A builder and a designer of machines, systems, and structures, an engineer is concerned with how and why things work and will apply the math and science principles to help understand the natural world. An engineer asks these questions: What problem needs to be solved? Who needs the problem solved? Why is the problem important to solve?

Apply to CFCC and start your journey to an engineering degree.

Transfer to a 4 Year College or University:

Associate in Engineering graduates can transfer to Bachelor of Science Engineering programs at North Carolina Colleges and Universities.

The Cost of Education:

Starting out a four year college or university in North Carolina could cost you $17,118 to $25,252 annually for in-state tuition and fees.

In-state tuition and fees at CFCC is less than $2000 annually. Completing an Associates in Engineer and transferring to a four years school can save you a lot of money.

Careers in Engineering:

Careers in Engineering are usually grouped into Four Main Branches:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.

The degree plan includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all state-funded Bachelor of Engineering programs. Students who follow the degree progression plan will meet the entrance requirements at all of the North Carolina public Bachelor of Science Engineering programs. Associate in Engineering graduates may then apply to any of these programs without taking additional and sometimes duplicative courses. Admission to Engineering programs is highly competitive and admission is not guaranteed.

To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the AE to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Articulation Agreement, community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.


Associate in Engineering – A.E. Degree (A10500)

GENERAL EDUCATION COMPONENT
42 SHC
English Composition
6 SHC
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry*u
3
ENG 112 Writing Research in the Disciplines*u
3
Humanities/Fine Arts
6 SHC
Take the following course:
COM 231 Public Speaking*u
3
Choose one of the following courses:
ENG 231 American Literature I*u
3
ENG 232 American Literature II*u
3
ENG 241 British Literature I*u
3
ENG 242 British Literature II*u
3
PHI 215 Philosophical Issues*u
3
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics*u
3
REL 110 World Religions*
3
Social/Behavioral Sciences
6 SHC
Take the following course:
ECO 251 Prin of Microeconomics*u
3
Choose one of the following courses:
HIS 111 World Civilizations I*u
3
HIS 112 World Civilizations II*u
3
HIS 131 American History I*u
3
HIS 132 American History II*u
3
POL 120 American Government*u
3
PSY 150 General Psychology*u
3
SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology*u
3
Mathematics
12 SHC
Take the following courses:
MAT 271 Calculus I*u
4
MAT 272 Calculus II*
4
MAT 273 Calculus III*
4
Natural Sciences
12 SHC
Take the following courses:
CHM 151 General Chemistry I*u
4
PHY 251 General Physics I*u
4
PHY 252 General Physics II*u
4
II. OTHER REQUIRED COURSES
6 SHC
Take the following courses:
ACA 122 College Transfer Success*
1
DFT 170 Engineering Graphics*
3
EGR 150 Introduction to Engineering*
2
III. OTHER GENERAL EDUCATION AND PRE-MAJOR ELECTIVE HOURS
12 SHC
Take one of the following courses:
EGR 212 Logic System Design I*
3
EGR 220 Engineering Statics*
3
EGR 225 Engineering Dynamics*
3
BIO 111 General Biology I*u
4
CHM 152 General Chemistry II*u
4
CSC 151 JAVA Programming*
3
ECO 252 Prin of Macroeconomics*u
3
EGR 212 Logic System Design I*
3
EGR 220 Engineering Statics*
3
EGR 225 Engineering Dynamics*
3
HUM 110 Technology and Society*
3
MAT 280 Linear Algebra*
3
MAT 285 Differential Equations*
3
PED 110 Fitness and Wellness for Life*
2
Total Requirement in Semester Hours
60/61


College Transfer Pathway for Associate in Engineering (P1052C)


GENERAL EDUCATION COMPONENT
42 SHC
English Composition
6 SHC
Take the following courses:
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry*u
3
ENG 112 Writing Research in the Disciplines*
3
Humanities/Fine Arts
3 SHC
Take the following course:
COM 231 Public Speaking
3
ENG 231 American Literature I*u
3
ENG 232 American Literature II*u
3
ENG 241 British Literature I*u
3
ENG 242 British Literature II*u
3
PHI 215 Philosophical Issues*u
3
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics*u
3
Social/Behavioral Sciences
3 SHC
Take the following course:
ECO 251 Prin of Microeconomics*u
3
Mathematics 8 SHC
8 SHC
Take the following courses:
MAT 271 Calculus I*u
4
MAT 272 Calculus II*
4
Natural Sciences
8 SHC
Take the following courses:
CHM 151 General Chemistry I*u
4
PHY 251 General Physics I*u
4
PHY 252 General Physics II*u
4
III. OTHER GENERAL EDUCATION AND PRE-MAJOR ELECTIVE HOURS
6 SHC
Take one of the following courses:
ACA 122 College Transfer Success*
1
DFT 170 Engineering Graphics*
3
EGR 150 Introduction to Engineering*
2
Total Requirements in Semester Hours
34 SHC


Contact Information

If you have any questions about this program, please call:

Orangel Daniels
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Email: odaniels@cfcc.edu
Telephone number:  910-362-7129

If you have questions about Career and College Promise (CCP) Associate in Engineering (AE) pathway for high school juniors and seniors please call:

Brian Weeks
Lead Educational Partnerships Liaison
Email: bweeks@cfcc.edu
Telephone number: 910-362-7115