Engineers, regardless of specialization, are dynamic people who work in a
team-oriented environment, work with cool technology and earn competitive
salaries! You might want to consider a major in engineering if you like math,
science, problem solving, and are creative and detail oriented. Engineers apply
the principles of science and mathematics to develop reasonable solutions to
technical problems. Their work is the link between scientific discoveries and
the commercial applications that meet societal and consumer needs.
What does the College of the Canyons Engineering program offer?
Engineers typically enter the occupation with a bachelor’s degree in an
engineering specialty. The Engineering program at College of the Canyons
provides students with the lower division engineering course work required
for transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. The typical
Engineering course work at College of the Canyons includes: Solids Modeling
for Mechanical Drafting, Materials of Engineering, Circuits, Statics, Dynamics,
Calculus and Physics. Students can earn an associate degree in Pre-
For specific information on the requirements to transfer with a major in Engineering, it is highly recommended that you meet with a counselor to develop an educational plan for your specific desired transfer institution. Information is also available at www.assist.org.
Areas of Engineering Specialization
Biomedical: Biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that
solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge
of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices.
Chemical: Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry to solve
problems involving the production or use of chemicals and bio-chemicals.
Civil: Civil engineers design and supervise the construction of roads, buildings,
airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and water supply and sewage systems.
Computer: Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, test,
and oversee the manufacture and installation of computer hardware.
Hardware includes computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and
related equipment such as keyboards, modems, and printers. Computer
software engineers apply the principles of computer science and mathematical
analysis to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the software and systems that make computers work.
Electrical: Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture
of electrical equipment. Some of this equipment includes electric
motors; machinery controls, lighting, and wiring in buildings; automobiles;
aircraft; radar and navigation systems; and power generation, control, and
transmission devices used by electric utilities.
Environmental: Environmental Engineers use the principles of biology and
chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.
Industrial: Industrial Engineers determine the most effective ways to use the
basic factors of production—people, machines, materials, information, and
energy—to make a product or provide a service.
Mechanical: Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, manufacture
and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. Mechanical
engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Engineers in this
discipline work on power-producing machines such as electric generators,
internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines.
Information on additional areas of engineering can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://stats.bls.gov/oco/home.htm
Where do Engineers Work?
Most engineers work in office buildings, laboratories, or industrial plants.
Others may spend time outdoors at construction sites and oil and gas exploration
and production sites, where they monitor or direct operations or solve
Many engineers work a standard 40-hour week. At times, deadlines or design standards may bring extra pressure to a job, requiring engineers to work longer hours.
What more information?
Please call 661-362-3007.