One of the oldest engineering colleges in Kerala, MACE was established in 1961 under Mar Athanasius College Association, and is approved by the AICTE. The college is affiliated to the APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University and formerly affiliated with the Mahatma Gandhi University. It has six departments and two auxiliary departments (Mathematics and Humanities & Science).
The college provides Bachelor of Technology degrees (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and Communication, Computer Science, Robotics, Data Science), Master of Technology Degrees (Computer Aided Structural Engineering (Civil), Production & Industrial Engineering (Mechanical)) and Master of Computer Applications (MCA) degrees. The college conducts a techfest called Takshak and an arts and culture fest called Sanskriti. The students of MACE are generally referred as MACEians.
The Institution is the second venture of the Mar Athanasius College Association, the first being the arts and science college started in 1955. The Association also has Mar Athanasius International School and Mar Baselious College, Adimali, to its credit. Prof. M P Varghese had been at the reins from the time of founding.
There is a governing body separately for MACE consisting of representatives of the All India Council for Technical Education, the State Government, Mahatma Gandhi University, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, and Mar Athanasius College Association.
Candidates for admission to the B.Tech. Degree course shall be required to have passed the higher secondary/+2/XII Std. examination conducted by boards/departments recognized/accepted by the university, obtaining not less than 50% marks in Mathematics and not less than 50% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together or the diploma examination in Engineering, Kerala or any examination accepted by the government of Kerala as equivalent there to with 50% marks in the final qualifying examination, subject to the usual concession allowed for backward and other communities as specified from time to time. The college has the best accredited Mechanical engineering department in the entire state. Only the top five percentile in the Kerala Engineering Entrance Exam are able to secure a seat. The course takes a duration of 4 years with 8 semesters and it is approved by the Indian AICTE.
- Civil Engineering – 120
- Mechanical Engineering – 120
- Electrical & Electronics Engineering – 120
- Electronics & Communication Engineering – 120
- Computer Science and Engineering – 60
- Robotics – 60
- Data Science – 60
- Computer Science and Engineering (Computer Science) – 18
- Computer Aided Structural Engineering (Civil) – 18
- Production & Industrial Engineering (Mechanical) – 18
- Power Electronics (Electrical& Electronics) – 18
- Thermal Power Engineering (Mechanical) – 24
The minimum qualification for admission is B.Sc. Comp. Sc, BCA or B.Sc or B.Com degree with Mathematics or Statistics as one of the subjects with not less than 55% marks, excluding languages, in the qualifying examination.
Candidates with B.Sc. Comp Sc, BCA, B.Sc/ B.Com degree of the Mahatma Gandhi University or any other degree, accepted as equivalent there to by the Mahatma Gandhi University are alone eligible to apply.
The intake is 30.
Takshak is the annual national technical fest of Mar Athanasius College of Engineering Kothamangalam.
The MacePost is a student operated newsletter website of the college, managed and maintained entirely by the student community of the college. It was launched on 15 July 2013. It provides information on the activities of the various clubs and departments, as well as news of the alumni.
Since 2017The Macepost and the Mar Athanasius have managed the annual MACE Model United Nations (MACE MUN) Conference, a two-days international game aimed to build up a blend of diplomacy, debating and display of leadership skills in the context of a reproduction of the UN committees and UN General Assembly. The event has involved around 60 delegates from various years and branches of the college, most of which were participating for the first time.