Do you wonder about how things work, how inventors invent, and where new technologies come from? If so, then you might be interested in engineering. Engineering is an exciting career filled with opportunities to solve problems and make our world a better place.

The next generation of engineers will change the world in ways we can only imagine. Unlike becoming a doctor or lawyer, the path to a career in engineering only requires a bachelor's degree, which can be earned in as little as four years of college. However, solving complex problems in engineering requires high-level mathematics, so students planning on a career in this field should focus on mathematics classes in high school.

Almost every manufactured thing you can see -- cars, bridges, telephones -- involved an engineer at some point. There are more than 20 different types of engineers, so what kind of engineer does what job? The most well-known types of engineers are electrical, mechanical, computer, civil, industrial, aerospace, biomedical, and robotics.

Whatever type of engineering you are interested in, you can begin your journey in HFC's Pre-Engineering Program. This program includes the first two years of coursework that are common to all types of engineering programs and which cover the first half of a 4-year undergraduate degree in engineering. In addition to math courses, students in the Pre-Engineering Program take physics and general education courses that most engineering schools require. Upon completion of the Pre-Engineering Program, successful students can transfer to a 4-year educational institution to complete their final two years of engineering training.

NOTE: Because the elective courses required for the various fields of engineering may vary slightly, students should meet with the Engineering Faculty Advisor for assistance with registering for the correct series of courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the theories and principles of engineering physics in the areas of mechanics, gravitation, electricity and magnetism, wave motion, and physical optics.
  2. Apply standard methods of mathematical analysis including trigonometry and analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus, and the solutions to differential equations.
  3. Name the general concepts of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, the laws of thermodynamics, and energy exchange.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work in a team environment in order to successfully follow a design process and/or build a prototype.
  5. Use the computer successfully to store and process technical data, work with the Internet, and prepare a presentation.
  6. Demonstrate professional ethics appropriate to the field of engineering.
  7. Define the roles of different engineers and decide his/her engineering major/school.

Career Opportunities

After completion of program and transfer to a 4-year institution, engineering students can specialize in fields such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Computer and electrical
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Civil, including structural, transportation, environmental, geotechnical, urban planning, and water resources.

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Last updated April 3, 2019
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