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From Our Faculty: Explore Engineering!

Post Date:03/25/2019 10:27 am

From Our Faculty: Explore Engineering!

By Pat Burnett, Engineering Faculty and Washington Council for Engineering and Related Technical Education Chair
Eric Davishahl, Engineering Faculty and American Society of Engineering Education - PNW Chair

What problems do you want to solve?

Engineers use science, technology, math, and their creativity for the betterment of humanity. They work in multi-disciplinary teams to design products, systems, and processes to address the needs of their clients and customers.

WCC’s engineering program provides an educational environment for students to explore the engineering fields, discover which societal problems and technical challenges interest them, and build a foundation of hands-on skills and technical knowledge for their lifelong pursuits and passions. Students use 3D printers, laser cutters, milling machines, vacuum molders, and microprocessors to turn their creative ideas into reality.

For example, in the Engineering Graphics class (ENGR& 114) students are working to meet the needs of a special group of clients: third grade students at nearby Cordata Elementary School. The third graders are exploring the science of rotation by designing spinners and tops on paper. WCC students are recommending design modifications, creating the products in computer-aided design (CAD) software, and manufacturing laser-cut wooden tops and 3D-printed tops to allow the third graders to test their ideas in a very hands-on approach.

Your future as an engineer

A degree in engineering opens a diverse array of careers. In addition to developing technical expertise in your major, you will develop problem solving, logical thinking, and analysis skills that are highly valued by employers and give you the ability to adapt to an ever-evolving job market. In fact, engineering majors account for 13 of the top 20 highest-paying careers for college graduates.

Future engineers will have ample opportunities to make a positive impact on society, such as making solar energy economical, engineering better medicines, providing access to clean water, and restoring and improving urban infrastructure.

Whatcom’s engineering program

Graduates of WCC’s engineering program may transfer with junior-level status to nearly any engineering major at universities in Washington and elsewhere. WCC offers four engineering-oriented Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) degrees:

  • AS-T in Bio/Chemical Engineering
  • AS-T in Computer/Electrical Engineering
  • AS-T in Mechanical/Civil/Aeronautical Environmental/Industrial/Materials Science Engineering
  • AS-T in General Transfer Engineering
  • Want to learn more?

    Contact Jessica Larson, Engineering Advising and Outreach Specialist at 360.383.3080 or

    Media inquiries: For photos and other media resources, please contact the Public Information Office at 360.383.3310 or Thanks for your interest!



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