Associate in Engineering AE

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Associate in Engineering AE

Program Code: A10500

Our Associate in Engineering (AE) program is offered through a unique partnership with North Carolina State University (NC State). There is no other community college in the state that can offer you a program such as this.

The AE program is a progression degree plan which meets the entrance requirements at all of the North Carolina public Bachelor of Science engineering programs. Graduates of this program may then apply to any of these programs without taking additional and sometimes duplicate courses.

The AE program enables you to take advantage of opportunities like these:

  • Receive an introduction to engineering from NC State faculty
  • Access NC State facilities on the Havelock campus for hands-on design projects
  • Participate in enrichment opportunities such as design competitions, community outreach design projects, robot competitions, engineering club, plant tours, and technical seminars
  • Obtain all courses needed to transfer to one of the four-year engineering schools in North Carolina
  • Take sophomore-level mechanical engineering courses from NC State while still a Craven CC student
  • Work directly with some of the over 900 Department of Defense engineers at Cherry Point
  • Obtain a four-year Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering Systems from NC State without ever leaving Craven County

This program is also available to high school students through our Career & College Promise program.

Skills You’ll Learn

The Associate in Engineering program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:

  • Integrating content across STEM disciplines
  • Demonstrating the ability to formally collect, interpret, and formulate conclusions from data using both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Writing and speaking with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness
  • Demonstrating how historical, philosophical, cultural, global, and socioeconomic factors affect human interactions and behaviors
  • Using the theories of calculus and physics to model the physical world in order to make decisions or solve problems

Career Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for Associate in Engineering graduates, including:

  • Research and development or laboratory opportunities
  • Positions in education on primary or secondary level
  • Other fields requiring mathematics/engineering proficiency

Plan of Study

The recommended course sequence for this program and a complete list of related classes are available in the Academic Catalog. Click the button below to view a copy of this plan of study, which is also available as a PDF.

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Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

Craven Community College has special relationships with upper-level colleges and universities for transfer. These transfer institutions include:

  • Four-year institutions in the University of North Carolina System
  • Private North Carolina four-year institutions
  • Partnership on the Havelock campus for a four-year Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering Systems from NC State

To be eligible to transfer credits under the AE to BSE articulation agreement, a student must earn an AE degree in a North Carolina Community College with a GPA of at least 2.5 and a grade of C or better in all AE courses.

To provide for a smooth transfer, students should consult with both an academic advisor and the potential transfer institution for academic course selection and guidance.

Students who wish to enter the NC State/Craven CC engineering program must first enroll at Craven Community College to complete courses required to transfer to a four-year engineering program. Once completed, students can apply for transfer admission to NC State in Havelock, NC State-Raleigh, ECU, UNC-Charlotte, or NC A&T. To get started, complete a Craven CC online application and then make an appointment to speak with a Craven CC advisor.

If you are ready to start in MAT 271, then you will be enrolled directly into the Associate in Science or Associate in Engineering program and can be ready to transfer in two years. For some engineering disciplines and students on financial aid, it may benefit you to transfer after one year at Craven CC. Make sure you talk with the NC State engineering advisor before the end of your fall semester. Email or call 252-444-8209 for an advising appointment.

If you are not ready for MAT 271, Craven CC is still the place for you. Math is your first priority and at whatever level you are in math, Craven CC offers the courses you need to prepare for MAT 271. A Craven CC advisor can help you develop a plan.

Specific requirements for the four-year engineering degree and transfer requirements can be found on the NC State/Craven CC engineering site and the two-year degree requirements while at Craven CC should follow the Associate of Science or the Associate in Engineering degree’s course of study.

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.

Before initiating study for an A.E. degree, a student must have achieved a mathematical proficiency, to include MAT 171-Precalculus Algebra and MAT 172-Precalculus Trigonometry. If this is not the case, the student must speak with an advisor in order to choose the proper preparatory courses.

Calculus I is the lowest level math course that will be accepted by the engineering programs for transfer as a math credit. Students who are not calculus-ready will need to take additional math courses.

For degree completion, students are required to successfully complete 42 general education hours and 18 hours of elective credit. Craven Community College has also identified Introduction to Engineering and ACA as required courses. You may learn more about the program of study for the AE degree by reviewing the degree plan or by contacting a Liberal Arts & University Transfer Center Advisor.

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.

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New Bern Campus

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