Engineering

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The Engineering program provides the foundation for a career in various engineering fields. The program covers fundamental concepts in math, physics, and engineering, as well as hands-on experience with design, testing, and analysis of engineering systems.

Students will learn to use industry-standard software and tools to design and create solutions to engineering problems and will be prepared to transfer to a four-year university to continue their studies or to enter the workforce as engineering technicians. The program also includes general education courses to help students develop critical thinking and communication skills, making them well-rounded professionals.

bc student working with robot armWhat is Engineering?

Engineering is a field of study and practice that involves applying scientific, mathematical, and technical principles to design, develop, and improve systems, structures, machines, and processes. Engineers use their knowledge and skills to solve complex problems and create innovative solutions that can benefit society. Engineering encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, and biomedical engineering, among others. Engineers often work in teams and collaborate with professionals from other fields to achieve their goals, and their work can have a significant impact on the world around us, from improving our infrastructure to developing new technologies that shape the way we live.

Is Engineering Right for Me?

An engineering degree can benefit a wide range of individuals who are interested in applying scientific and mathematical principles to design and develop new solutions to problems. Typically, those who enjoy problem-solving, critical thinking, and have a strong aptitude for math and science would be well-suited for an engineering degree. Engineers are often curious, analytical, and detail-oriented, with a passion for creating innovative solutions that can benefit society. If you are interested in designing, building, and improving systems, machines, structures, or processes, you may find an engineering degree to be a good fit for your interests and career goals. Additionally, those who enjoy working in teams and collaborating with professionals from other fields can benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of engineering.

There are several key traits and skills that can make you a good fit for studying engineering, including:

  • Strong aptitude for math and science
  • Analytical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • Persistence
  • Communication skills
  • Technical skills
  • Curiosity
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The Associate of Science in Engineering program provides the necessary foundation for a career in the various fields of engineering. People working in the field of engineering and related technical fields "bridge the gap" between scientific principles and the application of these principles to the needs of society.
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This program prepares students for transfer into the BS in Engineering program at CSU Bakersfield, a broad-based general engineering degree program.
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The Associate of Science in Civil Engineering (ASCE) program prepares students for transfer to university programs in civil engineering, structural engineering, and related majors. The ASCE includes coursework in physics, calculus, chemistry, surveying, materials science, statics, computer programming, and engineering graphics with AutoCAD.
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The Associate of Science in Mechanical/Aersopace Engineering (ASMAE) program prepares students for transfer to university programs in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and related majors. The ASMAE includes coursework in physics, calculus, chemistry, materials science, electric circuits, engineering graphics, and statics. 

 

 

 

 

 

You may also be interested in Engineering Technology.

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Careers

An Engineering Associates Degree can provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a variety of careers in engineering-related fields. Some potential career paths for graduates with an Engineering Associates Degree include:

  • Engineering technician: Engineering technicians work with engineers to design and develop new products, systems, and processes. They may also be responsible for testing and troubleshooting equipment and providing technical support to other professionals.
  • CAD designer: CAD (Computer-Aided Design) designers use specialized software to create detailed drawings and models of products, structures, and systems.
  • Quality control technician: Quality control technicians work to ensure that products meet the necessary quality standards by conducting inspections and tests throughout the manufacturing process.
  • Project coordinator: Project coordinators help manage engineering projects by coordinating schedules, budgets, and resources to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.
  • Manufacturing technician: Manufacturing technicians work in a variety of manufacturing settings to design, build, and test products and equipment.
  • Technical sales representative: Technical sales representatives use their engineering expertise to sell products and services to businesses and other organizations.
  • Maintenance technician: Maintenance technicians are responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment and machinery in a variety of settings.

These are just a few examples of the many career paths that are available to graduates with an Engineering Associate of Science Degree. With further education and experience, many of these professionals may also be able to advance into higher-level positions or pursue careers in other areas of engineering.

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Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Engineering and Information Technology

Career & Learning Pathway: Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM)

Courses: Engineering (ENGR)


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