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Engineering Technology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University offers two bachelor’s degrees in engineering technology. The first degree based in Cullowhee is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET. 
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Key facts:

  • Engineering Technology program is applied on systems technology, preparing graduates for careers in process and systems design, technical sales, and manufacturing operations, among other areas. The second degree is offered at our distance locations across western North Carolina, concentrating on technical operations. The curriculum is designed for career-focused working adults who wish to pursue their degree through part-time study. 
  • The first two years of the program may be taken at any North Carolina Community College or on campus in Cullowhee. Students receive instruction through online courses and evening classes at off-site locations. This second program is not ABET accredited. Graduates of our ABET-accredited BSET program are landing outstanding jobs with employers in industries such as aerospace/aviation, automotive, online retail, heavy equipment, outdoor recreation, and many more.
  • Each program furnishes students with the technical skills needed to succeed in their chosen careers. Students follow a rigorous curriculum building on a background of applied sciences and mathematics and emphasizes Project-based Learning (PBL). The applied systems technology degree places strong emphasis on the integration of theory and applications for mechanical systems, computer-based modeling, manufacturing and production processes, and related areas. Students in this concentration complete a two-semester senior capstone project for industrial sponsors under the guidance of faculty members and mentors. 
  • The technical operations degree features courses from the disciplines of mathematics, English, engineering technology, electrical and computer disciplines, and mechanical disciplines. Courses include Technical Writing, Engineering Graphics, Engineering Analysis, Electrical Systems, Project Management, and 3-D Modeling.
  • With a degree in engineering technology from Western Carolina University, graduates enter careers in product design and development, manufacturing operations, applied systems design, maintenance and project management, engineering and technical sales, and service functions in industrial and manufacturing settings and government agencies depending on the degree option selected. Career specialties include production manager, consultant, quality control supervisor, industrial designer, cost estimator, safety engineer, personnel or facilities manager, and technical education instructor. Graduates of the Applied Systems Technology program are eligible to sit for the Professional Engineering exam.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    125 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Engineering Technology program curriculum include:

  • Electrical Systems
  • Technical Writing
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Engineering Practices and Principles I 
  • Engineering Practices and Principles 
  • 3-D Solid Modeling
  • Engineering Practices and Principles 
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Engineering Capstone
  • Engineering Materials and Processes
  • Engineering Statics
  • Advanced 3D Computer Modeling and Rapid Prototyping 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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