Division News

July 11, 2017 - 

Perspectives - What is P21?

Our second issue of Perspectives, The Applied Engineering & Technologies Division newsletter, is now available. Our June 2017 looks at the educational framework called P21, and discusses it from the perspective of three AET programs. 

June 27, 2017

Skills USA Nationals

Congratulations to our two AET Division students that competed at Skills USA Nationals this past week in Louisville, KY. Each were recognized at the Skills USA NC Delegation meeting as placing in the top 10 in the nation!

Darrel Carr placed 8th in the nation in Architectural Drafting.

Phillip Teague placed 5th in the nation in Plumbing.

Students were given a written test and a competition project which they had to complete during the competition based on architectural drafting and plumbing industry standards. These students represented Wake Tech, the Division, and their Departments well. Please congratulate them. To see images from the competition and students please check our Architectural Technology Program's Instagram feed @waketech_arch.

May 18, 2017 - 

Perspectives - The Applied Engineering & Technologies Division Newsletter

The Applied Engineering & Technologies Division now has a monthly newsletter! Starting with May 2017, you'll be able to see what the AET Division is working on, division news, upcoming events, and accomplishments achieved throughout the year.

The newsletter will be found here as a PDF. 

September 23, 2016 - 

Southern Wake (Main) Campus 3D Printing Lab Grand Opening

During the summer of 2016 the Wake Tech 3D Printing Lab moved from its temporary location in the Southern Wake (Main) Campus library to its permanent home in COS 120 (next to the Ready Hall main entrance). Come celebrate the Grand Opening with us on September 23rd from 11am-1pm. Refreshments, technology demonstrations, and 3D printing activities will be provided! You don't need to register to attend but it will help us plan for the total number of attendees... See you there!

Visitor parking can be found in front of the Student Bookstore (BK on the campus map linked above). The Bookstore entrance faces the 3D Printing Lab in the Cosmetology Building about 100 yards away.

August 5, 2016 - 

Mission Critical Operations Lab Grand Opening

The lab for our new program, Mission Critical Operations, will have its grand opening on August 12, 2016. As part of the grand opening, visitors will have the opportunity to try out our MCO training simulations and games, as well as network with potential students, faculty, and industry contacts. Refreshments including popcorn and snowcones will be available. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. in ETB 115 on Southern Wake (Main) Campus. Please join us!

May 2, 2016 - 

STEM Career Day at Middle Creek High School

On Friday, April 29, Middle Creek High School conducted a STEM Career Day event for their students in the Engineering and Design and Digital Media academies. The Wake Technical Community College Applied Engineering & Technologies Division was proud to be there to represent our programs and talk with these potential future Wake Tech students. We were happy to be joined by Wake Tech's AVP of Creativity, Sustainability & College Improvement Butch Grove. This program was an excellent opportunity to meet with students interested in developing engineering and media fields. We were able to engage with these students on the variety of engineering programs, as well as transfer opportunities from Wake Tech. These students represented Middle Creek exceptionally well and we look forward to having several of them join us as students soon. Many of the students already had exposure to Wake Tech, with some even currently attending through Career and College Promise programs.

This Career Fair was a great example of the impact Wake Tech has in the community through outreach to students and other educational institutions. The students with whom we spoke left the event with a greater knowledge of opportunities in the areas in which they are interested, how Wake Tech can serve their needs, and the steps they need to take to increase their chances for employment and innovation in engineering and digital media fields.

April 29, 2016 - 

Audi of America Announces Educational Partnership with Wake Technical Community College

On April 20, Wake Tech was formally notified that effective August 2016 it would become an Educational Partner with Audi of America. Says Dan McGowan, Technical Curriculum Design & Technician Recruitment Specialist, of the Herndon, VA headquarters:

I am pleased to officially welcome Wake Tech to the Audi Education Partnership program! I am sending the Welcome Kit to help you get started. We are in the process of securing a vehicle and ordering the tools and scan tool from Snap On. Please work with [our staff] to get a 2.0L TFSI engine from one of the local dealers.

This partnership is a highly coveted venture between Audi and the Automotive Systems Technology program and represents the first foray into manufacturer-specific training for students in AUT. Says Gerry Egan, Instructional Department Head of AUT:

Over the past few years students and industry have shown great desire for manufacturer specific training. As a department, we constantly look for new methods and approaches that may provide additional career paths in automotive servicing to our students while meeting the needs of our industry partners. It is with great excitement that Wake Tech will be working with the Audi Education Partnership cultivating qualified technicians to help meet the growing demand for skilled Audi dealership technicians.

Wake Tech's Automotive Systems Technology program welcomes Audi of America into its educational family beginning in the Fall Semester!

April 21, 2016 -

SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships

The SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships, held in Greensboro, NC, took place April 19-21, 2016, at the Greensboro Coliseum and Koury Convention Center. The conference was the largest showcase of Career and Technical Education in North Carolina with more than 1,900 outstanding career and technical education students competing in 120 hands-on trade, technical, and leadership contests. These contests span more than 95 trade areas from construction, automotive, and welding to drafting, public safety, cosmetology, and more!

During the state competition, students worked against the clock and each other proving their expertise in their chosen occupations. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and technical experts and test competencies that are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings with parliamentary procedure. Over 100 industry partners, such as Lowe's, Adobe, and Irwin Tools, help support the competitive events.

We are proud to say that four Applied Engineering & Technologies students placed at this year's event.

  • Darrel Carr placed first in the SkillsUSA North Carolina Championship's Architectural Drafting competition. Darrel is a student pursuing an Associates in Applied Science degree in Architectural Technology at Wake Tech Community College.
  • Robert Underwood placed second in the SkillsUSA North Carolina Championship's Architectural Drafting competition. Robert is a student pursuing an Associates in Applied Science degree in Architectural Technology at Wake Tech Community College. 
  • Carlos Strickland placed fourth in the SkillsUSA North Carolina Championship's Architectural Drafting competition. Carlos is a student pursuing an Associates in Applied Science degree in Architectural Technology at Wake Tech Community College.
  • Nicholas Mazzeo placed first in the SkillsUSA North Carolina Championship's Welding competition. Nick Mazzeo is a senior at Vernon Malone College & Career Academy.

Top student winners received gold, silver, and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships are for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. First place winners earn the right to compete in the National SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, KY alongside more than 6,500 other competitors from across the country in more than 100 contests.

SkillsUSA (formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America or V.I.C.A.) is a national partnership of students, teachers, and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce by providing students with the opportunities to gain personal skills, workplace skills, and technical skills grounded in academics. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 330,000 students and instructors as members at the national level.

For more information, visit www.SkillsUSAnc.org or www.SkillsUSA.org.