The state of North Carolina has over 50 different engineering degree programs accredited by ABET (the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) at 15 different universities.
ABET accreditation is considered to be the premium program accrediting board for engineering programs. However, there are many engineering programs that are also considered to be top-quality programs at universities that are either regionally or nationally accredited.
Overall there are 28 accredited engineering schools in North Carolina. Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Winston Salem and Greenville are some of the more popular North Carolina cities in which to study engineering.
North Carolina Engineering Degrees
North Carolina State has an engineering program with over 6,000 undergraduates and almost 3,000 graduate students. They have over a dozen engineering departments within the school, including Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Duke University has an engineering school with about 2000 combined undergraduate and graduate students. Their five departments include Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Management Program and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Full information on their programs can be found at
At the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, you can study Environmental Sciences and Engineering which falls under the umbrella of their School of Public Health. This is listed as a notable graduate program by US News and World Report.
There are a number of accredited online engineering programs within North Carolina. N.C. State University’s online engineering programs are ranked by U.S. News and World Report as in the top 10 nationally.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte also offers accredited online programs in engineering, including the B.S. in Engineering Technology, both in Electrical and Fire Safety.
Many colleges and universities in North Carolina offer bachelor level degrees in engineering. UNC Charlotte offers their Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET).
East Carolina University in Greenville offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with several possible emphases, including industrial and systems engineering, biomedical engineering and electrical and mechanical engineering.
Duke University in Durham also offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, with several different emphases for degree options.
You can also find Master’s degree programs within the state, including North Carolina State University in Raleigh, which offers a Master of Science or a Master of Engineering with a wide variety of degree options such as aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial or mechanical engineering, among others.
Duke and N.C. State Universities both offer doctoral level programs in engineering. Practicing engineers who work for the public in the state of North Carolina need to hold a professional engineering license.
Top Engineering Employers in North Carolina
Two top engineering firms in North Carolina are Ferguson Design Inc., Engineered Designs Inc. and SEPI Engineering.
Ferguson Design Inc. is a professional design company that specializes in commercial interiors, custom trade show displays and general contracting. They work with information booths, museums and commercial displays. Ferguson has an employee base of less than a dozen employees. Their engineers are structural, electrical and design engineers.
Engineered Designs Inc. is a group of professionals who provide building services, including lighting, energy analysis, building maintenance, and plumbing/HVAC systems. They not only build the structures but also ensure efficient operation. Their employee staff consists of only about 20 employees, most of which are mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers.
SEPI Engineering is an engineering and design firm with three locations throughout North Carolina as well as branches in two other states. Of the more than 150 employees working at SEPI, many are civil, project and mechanical engineers. The project engineers set up the projects and deal with financing and zoning laws while the mechanical engineers draw up the designs, and the civil engineers lead to team through the actual design and construction process.
List of Accredited Engineering Programs
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