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.
Martin Schmedt MCM ’18, project engineer for WCU’s Tom Apodaca Science Building, spent hours drawing plans for dream houses as a child. “After drawing so many, I began to envision building them for my friends and family,” Schmedt said.
We successfully wrapped up one of the most difficult semesters in our university’s history and began a new one with many known and unknown challenges ahead. Our employees and students have worked harder than ever amid the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic to achieve their goals and to make a positive difference in the world.
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.