This degree program provides a strong general engineering background for students who wish to transfer to the third year of a specialized engineering college. Because it is not possible to satisfy the requirements of all engineering colleges, some students may need additional courses. Students are urged to consult the program coordinator and/or their advisers before planning each semester schedule.
The mission of the Engineering Transfer Program is to provide its students a firm grounding in scientific and mathematical fundamentals, experience in analyzing engineering systems, and exposure to current engineering practice and cutting edge engineering research and technology. The Engineering Transfer Program’s goal is to enable its students to successfully complete an Associate’s Degree or to successfully transfer to another institution where they are able to complete upper division courses.
Students who complete the requirements of the engineering transfer program may go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field of their choice. Depending on their specific field of study, students may be qualified to obtain jobs in the following areas:
- Aerospace Engineers
- Agricultural Engineers
- Biomedical Engineers
- Chemical Engineers
- Civil Engineers
- Computer Hardware Engineers
- Electrical Engineers
- Electronics Engineers
- Environmental Engineers
- Health and Safety Engineers
- Industrial Engineers
- Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
- Materials Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Nuclear Engineers
Career Options and Occupation Outlook
As technology and communication are increasingly becoming the driving forces of the 21st century, the demand for well qualified professionals in the field of engineering is increasing. The number of engineering jobs in the state of Maryland is expected to increase by approximately 16% from 2010 to 2020. The median starting salaries for those who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering range from $60,000-$70,000 depending on the specific branch of engineering.
The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities for engineers are listed below:
- Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.