*An advanced degree is required to become a professional in the engineering field.
Engineers use mathematical and scientific principles to develop effective solutions to real-world, technical problems. They design, develop and build machinery and complex systems used in the production of a large variety of consumer goods. Engineers are also instrumental in the development of buildings, interstate highways, and transportation systems. Engineers like to be challenged and solve problems. Engineering specialties vary widely and cover a broad range of interests and aptitudes. With more than 25 recognized disciplines in Engineering and sub groups within each of those, the types of careers for engineers can be endless. Examples include aerospace engineers, chemical engineers, civil engineers, computer engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, robotics engineers, software engineers, and structural engineers.
MCC’s Engineering Options
MCC offers two degree program options for Engineering:
- A two-year Associate of Arts (AA) Transfer Degree for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.
- A two-year Associate of Science (AS) Transfer Degree for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.
The links under Degrees Awarded (below) specify our different program course requirements. Consult your MCC academic advisor for guidance on which program will best suit your needs.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!
Engineering Careers & Job Outlook
The availability of engineering jobs depends on the specialty. Civil engineering, for example, is expected to increase about as fast as average for all occupations through 2026. More civil engineers will be needed to design and construct higher capacity transportation, water supply, pollution control systems, and large buildings and building complexes. This work is spurred by an expanding economy and population growth. Generally, employment opportunities vary according to the geographic area and the economy.
Follow these links to find additional up-to-date career and salary information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook website:
- Aerospace Engineers
- Agricultural Engineers
- Biomedical Engineers
- Chemical Engineers
- Civil Engineers
- Computer Hardware Engineers
- Electrical & Electronics Engineers
- Environmental Engineers
- Health & Safety Engineers
- Industrial Engineers
- Marine Engineers
- Materials Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Mining & Geological Engineers
- Nuclear Engineers
- Petroleum Engineers