One of WCU’s six academic colleges, the College of Engineering and Technology offers a variety of degree programs in engineering, technology and construction management. Each program is centered on two interlocking goals: to prepare students for career success through project-based learning and engage students and faculty in productive partnerships with business and industry for economic development.
Preparing students for post-graduation success
Project-based learning is an integral part of the curriculum for every program in the College of Engineering and Technology. Our students work in teams with faculty and staff, corporate partners, and project sponsors to discover solutions to problems that will have impact far beyond the classroom. We offer students and partners access to incredible facilities with the latest engineering technologies. As a result, we have undergraduates who have received patents for new inventions and others whose work has been published in prestigious journals. Thanks to our project-based approach, our graduates have a distinct advantage in the job market.
The art of project management is something that Western Carolina University alum Joseph Foxx learned quickly. The 35-year-old technical support engineer is the father of a 15-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son who worked full time at a manufacturing company in Fletcher. He did all of that while driving back and forth from the Asheville area to Cullowhee to take engineering classes.
The next time a student claims he or she will never use the math they’re struggling with in school, have them talk to Western Carolina University alumnus Thomas Farrell, a laser process engineer who works on commercial aircraft engines at GE Aviation Asheville.
The College of Engineering and Technology partners with business and industry to research, design, prototype, test new products and processes, and reverse engineer products through The Rapid Center, WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology's in-house research and development facility.
Through the Rapid Center, businesses and industry can work with engineering and technology students in the School of Engineering + Technology on research and development projects. We accept project proposals year round and conduct projects in the fall and spring.