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Associate Engineering

Earning the Associate Engineering prepares students to apply to any one of the public university engineering programs.

Engineering students inspecting testing equipmentThe 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.

The estimated average salary for an Associate In Engineering can run from $60,000 to $80,000 per year depending on degree level, experience, company and job location.

Thanks to a new partnership between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina, aspiring engineers can start their engineering bachelor’s degree at Catawba Valley Community College.

Check out North Carolina Engineering Degree opportunities through Engineering Pathways and contact us to get started.

Please see the catalog for more information about the Associate in Engineering degree option.


Jim Thomas
Department Head
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4202

For information about enrolling in the Associate in Engineering at CVCC, contact the Admissions Office at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4216