Applied Engineering Technology Department
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Applied Engineering Technology Department, I welcome you to our website and hope that you will find this information useful in making your first step towards applying to one of our programs, and starting on the path of a successful and gratifying career.

"Applied Engineering Technology is the profession in which knowledge of the applied mathematical and natural sciences gained by higher education, practical experience, and competence developed in a specific field is devoted to application of engineering principles and the implementation of technological advances for the benefit of humanity through its focus on product improvement, manufacturing, and automation of technological processes and operational functions.” - Engineering Technology Council of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

The Department of Applied Engineering Technology offers Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Science Degree in Motorsports Technology.

The goal of our programs is to turn out graduates well prepared for industries.  Our faculty have a passion to transfer their specialized knowledge and industrial experience to their engineering technology apprentice/student, and together we will accomplish the primary objectives of our curriculum - contributing to and re-enforcing the student's confidence, commitment, competence, creativity, communication skills, culture and character, to be productive citizens, leaders and technology innovators in a global society, as they apply these attributes and engineering technology knowledge and skills after graduation to get the job done professionally.

 In addition to the general education requirements, students in these degree programs take common courses in areas such as computer-aided drafting, parametric modeling, materials and material processing, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines, programmable logical control (PLC) technology, automation and controls, robotics, computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), industrial management, and information-based management systems. The program culminates in a senior capstone project that integrates course work with a practical project assignment in the student's project teams. 

The department faculty continually strives to achieve the highest quality in the design and delivery of our programs. The department enjoys strong ties with local industry, government agencies, alumni and the community. Our faculty conduct applied research in advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, vehicle dynamics, Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, Manufacturing Execution Systems, Supply Chain Management Systems, Six Sigma, lean enterprises, quality control, motorsports management and technology, and many other interdisciplinary areas.  Our faculty members are engaged in numerous regional and national professional organizations where they provide leadership in creating the future of applied engineering technology.

Ji Yao Shen, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Office Location: Price Hall, Suite 100
Office phone: (336) 334-7585
Email: shen@ncat.edu