Applied Engineering Technology

Applied Engineering Technology

Applied Engineering Technology

We build up your knowledge base so you can build the world.

Through the combination of a rigorous curriculum and hands-on learning, PennWest California prepares undergraduates for exciting careers in the fields of applied engineering and technology. Our Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Department is highly accredited and internationally recognized, receiving top honors as a model program. Our program offers five associate degrees along with six bachelor degrees, and our graduates often receive top placements within their fields of study.

Choose a top applied engineering and technology program with a proven record of success.

  • Our programs are award winning, such as the Outstanding Technology Teacher Education Program Award granted to us by ITEEA, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.
  • All of our programs come with top-notch and selective accreditation. Our graphics and multimedia program, for example, is one of only 13 in the nation accredited by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications Inc., known as ACCGC.


Superior Placement: At a time with great instability in the job market, our programs have superior placement rates. Businesses turn to PennWest California because of our track record of preparing students for real-world opportunities.

Hands-on Experience: After working in a host of state-of-the-art labs and technological facilities used in our coursework, most students complete internships both on and off campus.

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AET undergraduate degrees available (5 associate, 6 bachelor's).
Of AET graduates who responded to a 2014 survey were either working or pursuing higher degrees. 
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Degree Benefits

Along with becoming proficient in a wide range of specialty topics within the fields of applied engineering and technology, our students get to:

  • Develop both hands-on skills and minds-on learning as a result of our interactive laboratories and our dynamic, carefully selected curriculum.
  • Design, produce, and hone designs and products of their own making, under the guidance of knowledgeable instructors.
  • Engage with other likeminded students and professionals as a result of our social clubs, activities, and standing as a model AET university.
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Graduate Outcomes


Most areas of engineering and technology are showing an increase, although some are projected to show only minor growth as a result of decreased manufacturing. Because of PennWest California's top accreditation and awards, AET graduates have received exceptional placements. Technology education grads have boasted a 97% placement rate over the last 12 years, and a 2014 survey of electrical engineering grads reveals that 100% were either working or pursuing higher degrees. Other AET degrees have followed this same arc, with the success of the programs allowing PennWest California to build a large network of prospective employers.

Applied Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree
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State-of-the-Art Facilities

PennWest California has six computer and electrical engineering labs on campus, along with a mechatronics and robotics lab, a cutting-edge computer lab, and at least six locations dedicated to graphics and multimedia. These facilities, and others, allow for invaluable hands-on experience.

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Small Class Sizes, Big Results

Class sizes are limited - usually 10 to 20 are in a class - so you can build relationships with your peers while also receiving personalized attention and instruction from our faculty.

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Nationally Recognized Success

All of our programs have received state, national and international accreditation and recognition, and our faculty is composed of recognized leaders in their respective fields, with hundreds of academic publications and credits among them.

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Example Courses

Students receiving associate or bachelor's degrees in our programs have gone on to exceptional employment opportunities around the world. We pride ourselves on providing a personal and affordable first-class education.

Applied Engineering Technology

Associate Degrees
Bachelor's Degrees