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.

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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 $42,000 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

Engineering Careers and Average Salaries

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