Associate in Engineering

Associate in Engineering

Transfer into a four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering at one the UNC system universities with the Central Piedmont Associate in Engineering (A.E.).

What You Will Learn

The Associate in Engineering degree focuses on courses in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, but can help prepare you for any type of engineering you may want to proceed into that is offered at UNC system engineering programs. The Associate in Engineering combines general education, English, mathematics, natural science, and pre-major engineering courses.

The engineering degree is a predominantly math and physics-heavy program, requiring advanced mathematics coursework, including calculus courses. Other coursework draws heavily from the natural sciences and engineering disciplines.

Learn about options to transfer to a four-year institution

Why Choose Central Piedmont

Due to our Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the 17 public universities in North Carolina, you can transfer up to 60 general education and major course credits to a UNC institution — meaning you can enter a four-year, public college as a junior. Many students choose this path in order to not incur a lot of student debt. That's because at Central Piedmont, you can save more than $38,000 in tuition over two years, compared to many four-year schools.

Engineering Pathways is a joint project of the NC Community College System and UNC engineering programs focused on developing the pathways for you to begin engineering studies at a community college and then transfer as seamlessly as possible to one of the UNC engineering programs. The Engineering Pathways group, including 31 NC Community College System participants, worked together to develop a uniform articulation agreement that supports an Associate in Engineering designed specifically to meet prerequisite requirements of the UNC engineering programs.

With the Career & College Promise dual enrollment engineering pathway, you can graduate high school with an associate degree.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

From the moment I set foot on campus to register for classes, everyone was helpful and made the process easy. In the classroom, instructors cared about my success... I now see Central Piedmont as more than a college. It is my second home. Vie Villafuerte '19 Read Vie's Story

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Engineering. The college catalog details program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. You are encouraged to speak with the program chair before enrolling in any courses to determine the best academic direction for you.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer engineering course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Requirements

    For detailed information on Associate in Engineering degree course requirements, visit the college catalog. You will need to complete core math and physics courses before you can enroll in higher level courses. Your math readiness at the time you enter the program will determine your course schedule and when you can graduate.

    Contact the program chair before enrolling to ensure you meet pre-requisites.

  • Available Courses, Locations, and Delivery Methods

    For detailed information on engineering courses at Central Piedmont, visit the college catalog. Course offerings, delivery methods, and location availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm current course offering locations and delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Explore Careers

    Visit Central Piedmont's Career Coach for detailed career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

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  • Admitted Students: Find Your Advisor

    Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. The faculty advisor for Associate in Engineering students is Jacob Garbini.