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Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Engineering (AS)

Why study Engineering?

Engineering may not be the easiest area of study, but engineering careers continue to be in demand.  Because they are challenging, when you study engineering you stand out from the crowd. You're also more likely to find employment quickly and work your way up the career ladder with an engineering degree under your belt.

Now more than ever, engineering is a multidisciplinary profession. Whether they’re simulating seismic forces on the world’s tallest buildings or designing nanomanufacturing processes, engineers must take into account the perspectives of multiple stakeholders. 

 Why study Engineering at LCSC?

Your one to three year pre-engineering program at LCSC prepares you for that multidisciplinary approach to engineering by offering foundational engineering classes that engineering students need.  At LCSC we are a close-knit learning environment with your learning at the center of our goals.  Here you will find friendly, accessible, dedicated and highly qualified professors teaching all of your classes.  At LCSC you can enroll in a complete set of foundational engineering courses ready for transfer to any other accredited institution to complete your bachelor's degree.


What is engineering?

According to the Merriam Webster's collegiate dictionary, engineering is defined as the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people. 

 What do engineers do?

Engineers take abstract ideas and apply science and mathematics to build products to meet the needs of mankind.

 What is the difference between science and engineering?

Science is knowledge based on observed facts and tested truths arranged in an orderly system that can be validated and communicated to other people. Engineering is the creative application of scientific principles used to plan, build, direct, guide, manage, or work on systems to maintain and improve our daily lives.

 What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?

While both are a closely related technical field, the primary differences are in curricular focus and career track.  Engineering requires advanced math, science, and engineering design – conceptual design and theoretical courses.  Engineering Technology programs typically require algebra, trigonometry, and applied calculus – courses that are more practical than theoretical.   Engineers typically graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering with additional coursework in their specific engineering discipline.  

Graduates from engineering programs are called engineers. They often pursue entry-level work involving conceptual design or research and development. Engineers also have the opportunity to continue on to graduate-level work in engineering.  Graduates of four-year engineering technology programs are called technologists, while graduates of two-year engineering technology programs are called technicians. These professionals are most likely to enter positions in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, product design, testing, or technical services and sales. Those who pursue further study often consider engineering, or facilities management, or business administration.

 How many types of engineering specialties are there?

There are many new and evolving specialties – so many it is difficult to count.  Some you may or may not know about include: Aerospace, Agricultural, Biomedical, Chemical, Computer, Control Systems, Electrical and Electronics, Environmental, Fire Protection, Geotechnical, Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Mining, Nuclear, Petroleum, Sanitary, and Traffic in addition to the more traditional disciplines of civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering.

 Who are some famous people who have earned engineering degrees?

 Arthur Charles Nielsen, creator of the Nielsen television ratings system

Bill S. Nye, television host

Tom Scholz, musician with the rock band "Boston"

Roger T. Staubach, football player for the Dallas Cowboys

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com

Roberto C. Goizueta, former chairman and chief executive officer of Coca-Cola

William S. Harley, co-founder of Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States

Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States

 Why should you be an Engineer?

You'll have the power to make a difference! By becoming an engineer, you can help solve problems that are important to society. You could be controlling and preventing pollution, developing new medicines, creating advanced technologies, even exploring new worlds. 

You'll have money and job security! Engineers have significantly higher starting salaries than do college graduates with bachelor's degrees in many other fields. Also, society will always need people, like engineers, who solve problems and come up with new ways of thinking about and doing things. 

You'll have lots of options! Engineers work everywhere: in big and small cities, rural communities, even remote wilderness areas. Some work in business offices or classrooms, others in factories or research labs; some work outdoors or even in outer space! Some engineers go into medicine, law, business management, or policy. An engineering education will prepare you for many different careers.

You'll get to do cool stuff! Be the first to develop or try out a new technology, like a flying car or an undersea house. Design and build virtual reality amusement parks. Discover and patent a new material that can mend broken bones or cure arthritis. Engineers will be involved in making all the wonders of the future a reality.


National Society for Professional Engineering: http://www.nspe.org



National Society for Engineering Education ASEE.org

ABET Accreditation  www.abet.org

What can you expect in the Engineering Program at LCSC?

What can you expect in the Engineering Program at LCSC?

  • Small class sizes and teachers who mentor, advise, and know you.
  • Opportunities for hands-on projects designing AND building.
  • Learning core concepts needed for future studies with dedicated teachers knowledgeable and practiced in their disciplines.
  • A lot of homework, a lot of resources to help you, a lot of opportunities to participate in college activities, and a lot of fun.

Quotes from former students

 Engineering teachers at LCSC went the extra mile to push and see their students succeed in their college careers.  They used many different teaching styles to reach out to the students making learning fun and exciting.

~ Chad Nuxoll (2010), Intermediate Engineer, US Department of Energy - Naval Reactor Facility, Idaho National Lab


I started my college career at Lewis-Clark State College in the pre-engineering program, after graduating from high school in 2009. I was able to complete all of my cores and received guidance for a seamless transfer to University of Idaho to complete my degree in Civil Engineering.

One of the things I appreciated most about LCSC was the small class sizes. It allows students and teachers to get to know each other on a more personal level and challenge the traditional student-instructor relationship of larger schools. It also makes it easier for students to approach instructors for additional help and gain a better understanding of the material they are learning. Most instructors at LC are on a first name basis with their students and are sincerely dedicated to the success of their students. I still keep in contact with my advisor/engineering instructor from LC and continue to look to her as a mentor even after leaving LCSC, graduating from U of I, and beginning my professional career.

~Kelsey Benscoter (2011), Engineer, Idaho Transportation Department