"Engineers like to solve problems.  If there are no problems handily available, they will creat their own problems."  (Scott Adams quotes)   

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COCC offers three pathways in the engineering field:

  • Engineering and Physics Transfer, a one- or two-year (or three-year if developmental work is needed) course of study at COCC designed to prepare you for transfer to a college or university for completion of a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or one of the related sciences.  
  • General Engineering Technology Transfer, an individually designed program of one or two years that enables you to transfer to Oregon Institute of Technology or another college or university that offers a Bachelor's degree in one of the engineering technologies, or prepares you for employment as an engineering technician.  
  • Professional-Technical programs in Manufacturing and Drafting Technology that culminate in a two-year Associate degree designed either for immediate employment or for specialized transfer. 

All engineering and physics programs share a common core of math, science, and skills courses. Basic skills in writing, reading, and mathematics are essential. The program requires a high degree of mathematical proficiency with calculus required for all transfer programs. Generally, Engineering Technology relies on good mechanical skills and a background of applied activities. Students need to take COCC's placement test, available through COCC's Counseling Center in the Boyle Education Center, (541) 383-7580. This test will help you determine your current skill level and indicate which classes are right for you. Whether you choose to complete a degree at COCC or transfer without a degree, your faculty advisor and transfer school administrator can help you determine which program of study is best for you. 

The engineering field has many specializations: agricultural, ceramic, chemical, civil, electrical, electronics, industrial, manufacturing, mechanical, nuclear, general engineering, construction engineering management, and forestry engineering. The requirements for a degree, professional certification, and employment vary, so consult with an advisor to determine what is most relevant to your interests and goals. In a few cases, a one-or two-year program in one of the engineering technologies is sufficient for employment. 


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