The College of Engineering was founded in 1979 with only 374 students. The Engineering programs offered then were Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. In its founding year in 1979, the operations started with Engr. Ernesto B. San Juan as the Dean of the College of Engineering. He worked as part-time Dean, and was assisted by one full-time faculty (Engr. Luis Ocena) and one student assistant (now already a Jesuit priest). The College was temporarily housed at the second floor of the Science Center Building from June 1979 to May 1982.

Five (5) years after its founding there were only 51 (out of the initial 374 students) who graduated from the College in 1984. Out of the 51 students, 43 graduated in March and 8 graduated in May of 1984. Eight (8) students graduated from Chemical Engineering, 30 from Civil, 6 from Electrical and 7 from Mechanical Engineering.

The College has grown steadily through the years. In 1993, the College has grown to offer two (2) additional programs, namely, Electronics and Communications Engineering (now called Electronics Engineering) and Industrial Engineering.  In 1995, the College began offering Master of Engineering Program (MEP).