The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree is designed for students desiring to pursue a four-year engineering degree. 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 duplicate courses. Admission to Engineering programs is highly competitive and admission is not guaranteed.
The PIRATES (Providing Inclusive Residential and Transfer Experience Scholarships) program provides scholarships to students enrolled in the Associate in Engineering degree program who plan to transfer into an engineering degree program at East Carolina University. Eligible students are awarded scholarships up to $3,000 a year for two years at WCC, and then up to $10,000 a year for two years at ECU.
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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.
Employment: Opportunities are vast depending the path students choose upon entering a four-year institution, including: architectural and engineering manager, mechanical engineer, fuel cell engineer, mining and geological engineer, nuclear engineer, petroleum engineer, biochemical engineer, validation engineer, energy engineer, manufacturing engineer, mechatronics engineer, microsystems engineer, photonics engineer, robotics engineer and much, much more.
Salary: Normal pay for engineers in a variety of industry settings averages between ~$35 hourly pay to upwards of ~$50 hourly pay, or between $53,000 or $104,000 on an annual basis, depending on level of experience and education.
Tuition for students taking fewer than 16 semester hours is $76.00 per semester hour for in-state students and $268.00 per semester hour for out-of-state students. Students enrolled for six or more semester hours credit will be charged a $30 student activity fee and a $16 technology fee; those enrolled for less than six semester hours will be charged a $15 student activity fee and an $8 technology fee. No student activity will be charged during the Summer Term.