Engineering programs at Inver Hills Community College prepare students for further education at various Minnesota universities

Engineering is creative problem-solving to improve the human condition. Using theories as well as scientific and mathematical applications, engineers imagine, design, create and improve the world around us. Engineers and the various engineering fields are essential components of virtually everything we take for granted in modern civilization. You name it and you can bet engineers and engineering are involved. More engineers are needed to meet the challenges faced by the next generation.

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The Engineering department at Inver Hills stands out as a wise starting point if you are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in engineering including civil, electrical, or mechanical at the following universities:

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Engineering Fundamentals A.S. – 60 credits

The A.S. in Engineering Fundamentals prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in one of the following engineering disciplines: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, manufacturing, materials mechanical or nuclear. The program covers courses typically offered in freshman and sophomore years of an accredited engineering curriculum in the United States. Students are strongly recommended to keep themselves informed of the rules and requirements related to the major department at the transfer institution (four-year college or university where they plan to transfer). Students are advised to work with academic advisors and counselors to complete a course plan specific to each engineering discipline listed above.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Engineering Core Curriculum – 21 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MATH 1133 Calculus I 5 cr
MATH 1134 Calculus II 5 cr
MATH 2219 Multivariable Calculus 5 cr
MATH 2221 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3 cr
MATH 2222 Introduction to Differential Equations 3 cr
Total Credits: 21

Engineering Specialty Requirement – 9 credits

Choose courses specific to intended engineering major.

Course Number Title Credits
ENGR 1110 Introduction to Engineering 4 cr
ENGR 2000 Thermodynamics 4 cr
ENGR 2020 Statics 3 cr
ENGR 2024 Mechanics of Materials 3 cr
ENGR 2025 Dynamics 3 cr
ENGR 2041 Linear Circuits I 4 cr
ENGR 2042 Linear Circuits II 4 cr
ENGR 2043 Introduction to Digital Circuits and Logic Design 4 cr
ENGR 2250 Special Topics in Engineering 1-3 cr
CHEM 1062 Principles of Chemistry II 5 cr
CHEM 2061 Organic Chemistry I 5 cr
CHEM 2062 Organic Chemistry II 5 cr
CS 1119 Computer Programming with C++ 4 cr
Total Credits: 9

Liberal Arts Curriculum – 30 Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
COMM 1100 OR
COMM 1110 OR
COMM 2240
Interpersonal Communication OR
Public Speaking OR
Intercultural Communication
3 cr
PHYS 1081 Calculus Based Physics I 5 cr
PHYS 1082 Calculus Based Physics II 5 cr
History/Social Science/Behavioral Science (MnTC Goal 5) 3 cr
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (MnTC Goal 6) 3 cr
Goals 7-10 of MnTC   3 cr
Liberal Arts Electives (MnTC courses only) 4 cr
Total Credits: 30
Note: Many Engineering majors and programs require CHEM 1061 and ECON 1106. Student may choose these as part of their liberal arts curriculum to strengthen the degree.
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ENGR 1000  Orientation to Engineering   1.0 cr

Provides information on engineering majors and engineering functions, aptitudes and skills engineers need, the Inver Hills A.S Engineering Fundamentals program, and programs at transfer institutions. Topics also include essential skills for academic and career success, importance of professional networking, and ethics in engineering practice. Recommended for any student considering engineering or wanting to explore engineering as a career choice.

ENGR 1110  Introduction to Engineering   4.0 cr

Introduces students to the fundamentals of engineering in a multidisciplinary setting. Topics include introduction to: applied mechanics and machine elements, elements of electric circuits, electronics, and electrical devices, micro-controller programming, fundamental concepts of metrology, use of programming software for problem solving, and fundamentals of engineering graphics using a 3-D modeling software. Students will learn engineering design process and basics of technical communication by engaging in collaborative engineering project(s) involving fabrication and product dissection, writing a brief design report, and a final project presentation. A student who has passed ENGR 1100 and ENGR 1101 with a grade of C or higher will not be awarded credit for taking this course. Pre-requisites: a grade of C or higher in MATH 1119 or 1127 or higher; a grade of C or higher in READ 0090 or placement into READ 0093/0094 or ENG 1108. ENGR 1000 recommended.

ENGR 2000  Thermodynamics   4.0 cr

Provides a foundation for analyzing mechanics of heat using a macroscopic approach. Topics include: continuum hypothesis, properties, equations of state, thermodynamic processes, modes of work and heat transfer, equations for conservation of mass, equations for conservation of energy, equations for conservation of entropy, basic thermodynamic cycles, thermodynamic systems, thermodynamics of ideal gas mixtures, and adiabatic flame temperature. Prereq: Grade of C or higher in MATH 1133 and CHEM 1061. PHYS 1081 strongly recommended.

ENGR 2020  Statics   3.0 cr

Provides training in engineering analysis of rigid objects in static equilibrium. Topics include: Resultants of force systems, equilibrium, analysis of forces acting on structural and machine elements, friction, center of mass, and second moments. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in PHYS 1081 and MATH 1133.

ENGR 2024  Mechanics of Materials   3.0 cr

Provides the foundation necessary for design of machine elements and structures. Topics include: stress, strain, linear elasticity and Hooke's law, shear force, bending moment, stresses and deflection of beams, statically indeterminate beams, axially loaded members and shafts, buckling of columns, torsion of circular shafts, analysis of stress and strain, and Mohr's circle. Prereq: ENGR 2020.

ENGR 2025  Dynamics   3.0 cr

Studies kinematics of particles, systems of particles and rigid bodies. Studies kinetics of plane motion, work-energy, linear and angular impulse-momentum principles, vibrations. Prereq: ENGR 2020, MATH 1134.

ENGR 2041  Linear Circuits I   4.0 cr

Studies Kirchhoffs Laws, mesh and nodal analysis, source transformation and superposition, Thevenin and Norton equivalents, natural and step responses of RL, RC, and RLC circuits, sinusoidal steady state analysis, and operational amplifier circuits. Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in MATH 1134 and PHYS 1082.

ENGR 2042  Linear Circuits II   4.0 cr

Continues analytical techniques for linear circuits. Topics include circuit analysis using phasors, single phase and three phase, AC power, delta and wye connected three phase circuits, transformers and magnetic coupling, series and parallel resonance, complex power and frequency, and two port networks such as transistors. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in ENGR 2041

ENGR 2043  Introduction to Digital Circuits and Logic Design   4.0 cr

Provides an introduction to digital logic and logic design. Topics include binary systems, logic gates, Boolean algebra and functions, Karnaugh map, design of combinational and sequential logic circuits, adders, decoders, multiplexers, comparator counters, registers and memories. Students cannot receive credit for both ENGR 1060 and ENGR 2043. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in ENGR 2041, or consent of instructor.

ENGR 2250  Special Topics in Engineering   cr

Provides an opportunity for deeper exploration of special topics in engineering or undergraduate research experience in engineering.

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Transfer Information

After earning your A.S. in Engineering Fundamentals at Inver Hills, you will be fully prepare you to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering including civil, electrical, or mechanical at the following Minnesota universities:

You are strongly advised to plan carefully with an Inver Hills academic advisor or counselor to tailor your degree to meet the requirements of your chosen four-year college or university.

Inver Hills has an Engineering A.S. articulation agreement with Minnesota State University, Mankato, Integrated Engineering through Twin Cities Engineering hosted at Normandale Community College.

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Clubs & Organizations

Student Clubs

Engineering Club

Purpose: Promote technical talent and creativity with projects related to engineering while providing opportunities for building your professional network and exploring different engineering disciplines.

Meetings every Thursday from 2-3 in S134. All are welcome.

Professional Organizations

Engineering professional organizations advocate for engineers while providing avenues to professional development as well as networking connections to other engineers.


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Employment Information

Careers in engineering are linked to a tremendous variety of subdisciplines from microfabrication to infrastructure to telecommunications to engines. As an engineering major at Inver Hills, you will develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for rewarding careers that can help change the world for the better.

  • Your skill set will also include:
  • Understanding the scientific method
  • Setting up experiments
  • Using scientific equipment
  • Applying laboratory techniques and procedures
  • Gathering, organizing and analyzing data

The list of potential jobs in the engineering field is vast. The list below represents only a fraction of the careers available:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Agricultural engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Ceramics engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Construction engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Facilities engineer
  • Geological engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Logistics engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Marine engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Plastics engineer
  • Power engineer
  • Process control engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Quality assurance engineer
  • Research and development engineer
  • Security engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Test engineer
  • Turbine engineer
  • Welding engineer

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with an A.S. in Engineering Fundamentals from Inver Hills.

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Why Inver Hills?

Traditionally, engineering as a field has six major branches with numerous subdisciplines as well as at least 40 degree offerings. Working directly with Inver Hills engineering faculty (not university teaching assistants, or TAs) in labs and classrooms with fewer students offers you the opportunity to explore what you really want to do with your engineering degree.

In 2018, more than 20 Inver Hills engineering students were accepted at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, the University of St. Thomas, and Minnesota State University Mankato to study engineering in a variety of branches, including:

  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Biomedical engineering

Five key reasons why Inver Hills is a smart choice for future engineers

  1. Inver Hills is a proven pathway to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Engineering. Our students work directly with faculty during their first two years in college, giving them the time and hands-on experience they need to decide which branch of engineering they wish to pursue before transferring to a four-year college or university.
  2. Our students take challenging first- and second-year math, science and engineering courses, allowing them to earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Engineering Fundamentals before they transfer as juniors to a four-year engineering program.
  3. Inver Hills is a teaching college. That means our focus is on teaching, not research. Because you will be working with student-centric instructors dedicated to conveying their extensive knowledge and expertise, you will be better prepared to learn more and earn higher grades. The Engineering Fundamentals program at Inver uses the same textbooks and covers the same material as the four-year program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
  4. You will save thousands of dollars by completing your first two years of engineering school at Inver Hills. According to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, tuition and fees for resident students attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, full time for an academic year costs $14,760; for resident students at Inver Hills the cost is $5,332. Inver students often work while taking classes part-time. Conveniently located off U.S. Highway 52 in suburban Inver Grove Heights, our university-style campus is easy to navigate—and you’ll always find a parking place.
  5. Inver Hills Community College is committed to equity and inclusivity. Our campus has a strong tradition of welcoming and encouraging students from all cultural and economic backgrounds. Our Engineering Fundamentals program features an exceptionally engaged, supportive and creative Engineering Club.

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