Episode 36: Engineering

Wake Tech offers programs in 13 career fields – groups of occupations that require similar knowledge and skills.


Career fields provide a way for students to organize their studies and follow a path that aligns with their career interests. Students can climb an educational ladder, moving from non-degree training to a related certificate, diploma or associate degree program. If they want to climb even further, they could then transfer to a related bachelor's degree program at a four-year college or university.


In this episode of the We Are Wake Tech Podcast, we dive into the Engineering career field. Prospective students can specialize in the science behind how things work and use scientific principles to build and design machines, structures, roads, bridges and tunnels.


One of our most popular transfer pathways is our Associate in Engineering program. The curriculum is designed to provide a solid general education foundation for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in areas of study such as computer science, engineering or professional programs that require a strong background in mathematics and science. Associate degree programs are part of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, which facilitates the transfer of students between institutions in the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina System.

Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls welcomes Lora Eddington, dean of the Building, Engineering and Skilled Technologies Division, and Dr. Hessam Ghassemi, Engineering program director. They discuss opportunities for students to ladder through our programs to meet the requirements for workforce entry or transfer on to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Published on:Mar. 20, 2024

Episode Guests

Lora Eddington

Lora Eddington is dean of the Building, Engineering and Skilled Technologies Division at Wake Tech.

Dr. Hessam Ghassemi

Dr. Hessam Ghassemi directs the Engineering program at Wake Tech.