Engineers apply the theories and principles of science and mathematics to practical and technical problems that benefit society. As an engineer, you will take on the world’s most pressing challenges, such as cybersecurity, maintaining clean water and viable energy supplies, finding sustainable ways to grow food, building lasting infrastructure, or designing cutting-edge technologies. Engineering is a highly-employable career choice with many options for specialization throughout several industries.

If you think creatively, solve practical problems, work collaboratively, lead projects, manage budgets, and communicate effectively, a career in engineering may be for you.

ECC Engineering Program

The Associate in Engineering Science (AES) degree is designed for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering. ECC’s Engineering Department helps you build a solid academic foundation in mathematics and science, complete courses to fulfill your general education requirements, and enroll in specialty engineering courses before transferring to a four-year institution.

The engineering program coursework offers what is normally referred to as the "engineering core" at most colleges and universities. Mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering courses such as dynamics and statics are at the center of this program, transitioning smoothly into junior-level coursework upon transfer.

Get additional information, including AES Program Coursework with class listings and descriptions.

Interested in a guided transfer pathway program? Learn more about a plan ECC offers to guide you toward courses relevant to your interests and based on the requirements of certain 4-year institutions. See all of our Guided Transfer Pathways.

Prepare for Immediate Employment

The career outlook for engineers is generally positive. However, the outlook can vary depending on the specific field of engineering. Some fields, such as computer engineering and biomedical engineering, are expected to grow much faster than others, such as civil and mechanical engineering.

Additionally, the demand for engineers may vary based on location and industry. Overall, engineering is a diverse field with a lot of different career paths, if you have strong technical skills and adaptability you will likely have the best prospects. Refer to Career Coach for more information regarding related occupations and compensation.

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Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the engineering plan of study and course descriptions.

Associate Degree

What is Engineering?

Engineering is the application of scientific, mathematical, and technical principles to design, build, and maintain structures, machines, systems, and processes. It involves the use of creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills to solve complex problems and meet the needs of society. Engineering encompasses a wide range of fields, including electrical, mechanical, civil, and chemical engineering, among others. Engineers use their knowledge and skills to design, develop, and test new technologies, products, and processes that improve the quality of life and enhance the capabilities of individuals and organizations.

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