College of Science and Technology

Applied Engineering Technology



Welcome to the website of the Department of Applied Engineering Technology! All the faculty and staff look forward to working with you in obtaining a high-quality education. We offer engineering technology programs from the baccalaureate level up to the doctoral level. Our goal is to graduate well-prepared individuals for success in their interested careers. 

Our faculty members have years of professional experience in private industries and public service sectors.  Their knowledge and support will strengthen your communication skills, critical thinking skills, technical knowledge, and professionalism.  The department faculty continually strives to achieve the highest quality in the design and delivery of our programs.  Our faculty conducts applied research in many engineering and technology areas. They are engaged in numerous professional organizations where they provide leadership in creating the future of engineering technology. We cordially invite you to browse our web pages and read further to find out more about our department and our programs.


The vision of the Department of Applied Engineering Technology is to be a preeminent learner-centered community to prepare graduates as future technology innovators and industry leaders.


The Department of Applied Engineering Technology prepares students for success in transforming society through innovation and technology leadership. We advance knowledge through applied research and create innovative and responsible solutions to global challenges.

We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs leading to the BS Degree in Applied Engineering Technology, BS Degree in Automotive Engineering Technology, BS Degree in Computer Graphics TechnologyMS Degree in Technology Management, and PhD Degree in Applied Science and Technology.  

Our programs serve the diverse needs of students who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technology enterprises and government agencies. Our curricula focus on applied science and engineering as well as hands-on learning activities and projects. Our degree programs enable students to apply basic science and engineering principles, technical and management skills to secure application-oriented technical and management positions. Graduates of our degree programs are successful in securing employment in industry and government. 

Our graduates are highly sought-after and working for 3D Systems, 3M, Amazon, AT&T, Atlas Copco, Bank of America, Boeing, Cargill, Caterpillar, Collins Aerospace, Cummins, Eaton, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Goodyear, HAECO, John Deere, Lockheed Martin, Lowe’s, Mannington, Milliken, PepsiCo, Pratt & Whitney, Regal Beloit, Toyota, United Technologies, Volvo, Xerox, and many others. Some of our graduates started their own technology companies. Many of our graduates chose to pursue advanced degrees in engineering or technology management.

Department of Applied Engineering Technology
Address: Price Hall Suite 100
Phone: 336-334-7585
Fax: 336-334-7704


The Department of Applied Engineering Technology at N.C. A&T traces its history back to the Trade Program in the School of Mechanical Arts in 1929.  The Trade Program became the Technical Institute in 1951. Ten years later, the institute became the School of Industries. In 1967, the Department of Industrial Technology was established to offer a 4-year B.S. program in Industrial Technology with four concentrations: Construction, Electricity and Electronics, Engine Power, and Manufacturing. The department became the Department of Manufacturing Systems in 1989 in the School of Technology. The name of the department was changed to Department of Applied Engineering Technology in 2010. The following table shows the history of the AET department at N.C. A&T. 


The School of Mechanical Arts was established. The department traces its history back to the Trade Program in Mechanical Arts.


The Technical Institute was formed from the Trade Program. Price Hall was dedicated to house the Institute.


The Technical Institute became the School of Industries.


The university became North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The Department of Industrial Technology was established to offer a B.S. in Industrial Technology.


The B.S. in Industrial Technology was accredited by NAIT (now ATMAE).


The Department of Manufacturing and Automotive Technology was established in the new School of Technology.


The department name was changed to the Department of Manufacturing Systems.


The department started the M.S. in Industrial Technology (MSIT) graduate program.


The B.S. in Industrial Technology was renamed as B.S. in Manufacturing Systems. Smith Hall was dedicated.


The department was renamed as the Department of Applied Engineering Technology.


The B.S. in Manufacturing Systems became Applied Engineering Technology. MSIT became M.S. in Technology Management (MSTM). The department launched the B.S. in Motorsports Technology.


The department started offering the MSTM program online.


The College of Science and Technology (CoST) was established. The department became a founding department of the new college.


The B.S. in Applied Engineering Technology was accredited by the ETAC of ABET. The Ph.D. program in Applied Science and Technology (AST) was launched.


The B.S. in MST was changed to Automotive Engineering Technology.


Technology Management became a separate concentration in the AST Ph.D. program.


The MSTM program started three optional concentrations: Six Sigma, Advanced Manufacturing, and Construction Management.


The Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) department was merged with the department.

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