The Faculty of Engineering - Rabigh (FER) was established in 2009 by a Royal Decree of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, and the President of the Council of Higher Education. The objective of establishing this branch is to have a direct impact on the development of industrial community in Rabigh district and its vicinities. For that purpose, Dr. Saud Abdulaziz Gutub was appointed as the first dean of this Faculty and he immediately began to enlist and recruit the services of several renowned faculty members who have wide and excellent experience in specialized engineering fields to establish the following departments:
1. Chemical and Materials Engineering
2. Civil Engineering
3. Electrical Engineering
4. Industrial Engineering
5. Mechanical Engineering
Since FER establishment, the faculty, staff, and administration members have implemented several initiatives to meet changes around the world and industrial needs. As a result, new study plans were designed based on well-known global academic standards to meet the Saudi market requirements.These plans have been approved in 2012 and started to be applied in the academic year 2012/2013 (1434/1435H). Moreover, the faculty policy has been directed to enhance the level of academic education to meet the international standards while developing innovative leaders through appointing newly graduated Saudi engineers and giving them the opportunity to complete their higher studies in highly regarded universities abroad. The faculty also plays an essential role in conducting scientific research and providing training programs with the aim of having a direct impact on the development of industrial community in Rabigh district and its vicinities. Finally, the FER established recently the Architectural Engineering Department, it sixth department approved by the Royal Decree, in order operate beginning of the next academic year.