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Engineering Broad Field (AS)

Why Choose Engineering?

The Engineering program will prepare you to use math and science to solve engineering problems. This program provides a great foundation for the knowledge and skills you will need to pursue a career in one of the many engineering disciplines that exist in the job market.

Skills Acquired

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Programs in general engineering include topics such as:

  • Math and scientific principles
  • Applied research in human behavior
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer applications
  • Earth and astronomy sciences
  • Engineering theory

Students in general engineering may be able to focus in a variety of fields including social or natural sciences or business management.

Careers in Engineering

Projected Job Growth

Here is the projected job growth for a variety of professions that use skills from engineering (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

Employment of -

Job Title From 2012 - 2022
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians projected to show little or no change
Aerospace engineers projected to grow 7%
Agricultural engineers projected to grow 5%
Biomedical engineers projected to grow 27%
- much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 5,200 new jobs over the 10-year period.
Chemical engineers projected to grow 4%
Civil engineers projected to grow 20%
- faster than the average for all occupations.
Computer hardware engineers projected to grow 7%
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians projected to show little or no change
Electrical and electronics engineers projected to grow 4%
Health and safety engineers projected to grow 11%
- about as fast as the average for all occupations
Industrial engineering Versatile because of its wide applicability in many industries. The growing emphasis on cost control through increasing efficiency is expected to sustain demand for industrial engineering technicians’ services in most industries, including nonprofits
Industrial engineers projected to grow 5%
Marine engineers and naval architects projected to grow 10%
Materials engineers projected to show little or no change
Mechanical engineering technicians projected to grow 5%
Mechanical engineers projected to grow 5%
Mining and geological engineers projected to grow 12%
Nuclear engineers projected to grow 9%
Petroleum engineers projected to grow 26%
- much faster than the average for all occupations.
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Types of Jobs

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The following is a list of careers in Engineering:

  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Agricultural Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Civil Engineering Technicians
  • Computer Hardware Engineers
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronic Technicians
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Health and Safety Engineers
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Marine Engineers and Navy Architects
  • Materials Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Mining and Geological Engineers
  • Nuclear Engineers
  • Petroleum Engineers

 

Average State Pay

The average median national pay for the following positions are (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians - $61,530 ($29.58 per hour)
Aerospace Engineers - $103,720 ($49.87 per hour)
Agricultural Engineers - $74,000 ($35.58 per hour)
Biomedical Engineers - $86,960 ($41.81 per hour)
Chemical Engineers - $94,350 ($45.36 per hour)
Civil Engineering Technicians - $79,340 ($38.14 per hour)
Computer Hardware Engineers - $100,920 ($48.52 per hour)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians - $57,850 per year ($27.81 per hour)
Electrical and Electronic Technicians - $89,630 ($43.09 per hour)
Environmental Engineers - $80,890 ($38.89 per hour)
Health and Safety Engineers - $76,830 ($36.94 per hour)
Industrial Engineering Technicians - $50,980 ($24.51 per hour)
Industrial Engineers - $78,960 ($37.92 per hour)
Marine Engineers and Navy Architects - $88,100 ($42.36 per hour)
Materials Engineers - $85,150 ($40.94 per hour)
Mechanical Engineering Technicians - $51,980 ($24.99 per hour)
Mechanical Engineers - $80,580 ($38.74 per hour)
Mining and Geological Engineers - $84,320 ($40.54 per hour)
Nuclear Engineers - $104,270 ($50.13 per hour)
Petroleum Engineers - $130,280 ($62.64 per hour)

Description

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General engineering programs prepare people to use math and science to solve engineering problems.

Degrees & Certificates in Engineering Broad Field

An Associate of Science (AS) in Engineering Broad Field will prepare you to transfer to an engineering program at a four-year institution of higher learning. This degree is a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for transfer to a 4-year program in a variety of engineering majors.

Normandale Community College is partnering with Minnesota State University-Mankato to offer bachelor's degress on campus in the Partnership Center. Students who complete their associate's degree in Engineering Foundations can apply to the Twin Cities Engineering (TCE) through MSU-Mankato. For more information, click here

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The Associate of Science in Engineering Broad Field (AS-EBF) is a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for transfer to a 4-year program in a variety of engineering majors.

AS Degree Completion

To complete the A.S. in Engineering Foundations at Normandale, students must:

  1. Select the university to which you plan to transfer and select an engineering specialty offered at that university (such as Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, etc.).
  2. Develop a coursework plan that includes all the requirements listed below. 
  3. Apply to graduate during their final semester at Normandale.

MnTC Requirements: 45-46 credits

Code Title Credits
MATH 1510 Calculus 1 5
MATH 1520 Calculus 2 5
MATH 2510 Calculus 3: Multivariable Calculus 5
MATH 2520 Calculus 4: Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 5
PHYS 1121 Physics 1 for Scientists and Engineers 5
PHYS 1122 Physics 2 for Scientists and Engineers 5
CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry 1 5
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4

Other - Two courses that satisfy Goals 5 and 6. One of these courses must also satisfy at least one of the following: Goals 7, 8, 9, or 10 (6-7 credits)

Engineering Specialty Requirements - 12 credits

A minimum of 4 courses and 12 credits from one of the specialty areas listed in the table that follows.

Electives - 3 credits

Elective courses to reach a minimum of 60 credits selected from courses that fulfill requirements at the desired transfer institution.

Note that some transfer programs have specific course requirements. Electives can be additional required engineering courses (recommended) or additional general education courses. Consult with an advisor or counselor for guidance on course selection.

University Admissions & Graduation Requirements

This degree has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University, Mankato; St. Cloud State University; Winona State University; University of Minnesota; University of Minnesota, Duluth and any System college approved to offer the Associate of Science in Engineering Broad Field degree program. These schools have agreed that:

  • All MnTC courses listed above and required (R) Engineering Specialty courses below will transfer and count toward university baccalaureate degree program requirements.
  • Completion of the Associate of Science in Engineering Broad Field degree does not guarantee admission to a baccalaureate degree program.
    1. Students must meet university admission requirements and degree program admission requirements.
    2. Baccalaureate engineering degree programs may have limited enrollment capacity with seats available on a competitive basis.
  • Students accepted into a university must fulfill the baccalaureate program graduation requirements.

Engineering Specialty Requirements

Select a minimum of 4 courses and 12 credits from a single engineering specialty (e.g. civil, computer, electrical, general, mechanical, etc.) on the table below.

Key:

A

See advisor/counselor to confirm course transfer to a university program

R

Required university program course

UA

See advisor/counselor to confirm course transfer to a University of Minnesota program

UR

Required University of Minnesota program course

 

Civil

Computer

Electrical

General

Mechanical

Manufacture

Composite

Course

Credits

A

A

A

R

R

A

R

ENGR 1020 
Intro to Engineering

4

 

R

R

R

R

A

R

Computer Programming*

3

R

 

A

R

R

R

R

ENGR 2235 
Statics

3

R

 

A

R

R

R

R

ENGR 2236 Dynamics

3

R

 

 

R

R

R

R

ENGR 2331 Deformable Body Mechanics

3

R
UA

 

A

A

R

A

A

ENGR 2231Thermodynamics

3

 

R

R

R

R

R

R

ENGR 2001
Circuits with Electronics 1

5

 

R

R

 

 

 

 

ENGR 2011
Circuits with Electronics 2

4

 

R

R

 

A
UR

 

 

ENGR 2301
Intro to Digital Systems Design A

2

 

R

R

 

A

 

 

ENGR 2302 
Intro to Digital Systems Design B

2

UA

A

 

 

A

A

A

MATH 2400Probability & Statistics with Calculus

4

A

A

A

A

A

A

R

CHEM 1062Principles of Chemistry 2

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

CHEM 2061 &2062 Organic Chemistry 1 & 2

10

*CSCI 1113 is recommended for all specialties except Computer Engineering. Consult an advisor or counselor for Computer Science courses required for baccalaureate Computer Engineering programs.

Transfer to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota offers Engineering Specialties that are not listed above. In some cases, there is enough overlap with an AS - EBF specialty that students can still earn the degree. The table below lists the additional specialties, the specialty technical requirements, and the AS - EBF specialty that the courses satisfy.

U of MN Specialty

Technical Requirements

AS - EBF Specialty

Aerospace

ENGR 2001, 2301, 2235, 2236, 2331; PHYS 2250; Programming

Mechanical

Biomedical

BIOL 1501; CHEM 1062, 2061; MATH 2400; Programming

Composite

Bioproducts/
Biosystems

BIOL 1501; CHEM 1062; ENGR 2235, 2236;

 

--Bioproducts: CHEM 2061, 2062

Composite

--Bioprocessing/Food: CHEM 2061, 2062; ENGR 2001, 2301; MATH 2400

Composite or Mechanical

--Environmental/Ecological: ENGR 2001, 2301; MATH 2400

Any

Chemical

CHEM 1062, 2041, 2061, 2062

None

Geo-engineering

ENGR 2235, 2236, 2331; CHEM 1062 OR PHYS 2250; Programming

Any except Computer

Industrial/
Systems

BUSN 1100; ECON 2201; MATH 2400; Programming

None

Material Science

CHEM 1062, 2061; ENGR 2235, 2331; PHYS 2250

Composite