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Engineering

Engineering can be broadly defined as the scientific discipline focused on designing, developing, building and applying structures, machines, engines and manufacturing processes. The term itself dates back to the Latin word, ingenium, meaning, “cleverness.” The Hungarian-American physicist, Theodore von Kármán, once said: “Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been.”

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Contact Information

Joan Z. Carter, P.E.
Engineering Faculty

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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 civil, electrical or mechanical engineering at the following universities:


Degrees

Engineering Fundamentals – 60 credits

By earning your Associate of Science in Engineering Fundamentals at Inver Hills, you will be prepared for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete your bachelor’s degree. Your two-year foundation will allow you to select your specialization from a wide range of engineering branches, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Nuclear

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).

As an engineering major, you should consult with an Inver Hills academic advisor or counselor when choosing your liberal arts classes.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Core Curriculum – 20 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MATH 1133 Calculus I 5 cr
MATH 1134 Calculus II 5 cr
MATH 2219 Multivariable Calculus 5 cr
MATH 2223 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 5 cr
Total Credits: 20

Engineering Specialty Requirement – 10 credits

Choose a minimum of 10 credits from the courses below specific to your intended engineering major:

Course Number Title Credits
ENGR 1100 Introduction to Engineering I 2 cr
ENGR 1101 Introduction to Engineering II 2 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 Programming with C++ 4 cr
Total Credits: 10

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 (See Goal 5 of MnTC) 3 cr
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (See Goal 6 of MnTC) 3 cr
Human Diversity/Global Perspective/Ethic and Civic Responsibility/People and the Environment (Goals 7-10 of MnTC) 3 cr
Liberal Arts Electives (Restricted to MnTC courses) 4 cr
Total Credits: 30
Note: Many engineering majors and programs require CHEM 1061 and ECON 1106. Students may choose these as part of their liberal arts curriculum to strengthen the degree.
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Course Descriptions

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 1100  Introduction to Engineering I   2.0 cr

Introduces students to the fundamental engineering concepts, applications of math and physics concepts for engineering problem solving. Topics include introduction to programming using MATLAB, fundamentals of 2-D and 3-D engineering graphics, project management, and engineering design. A collaborative (teamwork) engineering project, a brief design report, and a presentation on the project will be required. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in MATH 1119 or 1127 or higher, and ENGR 1000. ENG 0099 is strongly recommended.

ENGR 1101  Introduction to Engineering II   2.0 cr

Provides continued introduction to engineering. Topics include introduction to electrical circuits, machines, electronics, product dissection, elements of engineering measurements, use of 3-D graphics software for more complex geometries and involving assembly of parts, micro-controller basics and micro-controller programming, and project management. A robot project, involving teamwork and the skills learnt in this course and its pre-requisite courses, will be required. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in ENGR 1100.

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 prepared to earn you bachelor’s degree in civil, electrical or mechanical engineering 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 club

Engineering Community

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

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?

Completing your freshman and sophomore engineering obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. Make a difference by inventing solutions to everyday problems
  2. Build and program high-tech robots to follow your every instruction
  3. Explore green technology by building working motors powered by the sun or wind powered turbines
  4. Receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with engineering faculty
  5. Get hands-on experience in superb Engineering labs
  6. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

Scholarship opportunities

A3 Ag: Aspire. Accelerate. Advance.

Inver Hills is offering three $1,000 scholarships for motivated students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. If you think ag science is all cows and plows, think again. Modern agriculture is focused on achieving the best results in nutrition, ecology and economics. Rewarding jobs are abundant in the fields of food systems, renewable energy and the environment with nowhere near the number of qualified college graduates needed to fill them.

To learn more, visit Agricultural Sciences Career Pipeline Scholarship.

Numerous other scholarships are offered by professional engineering societies, including:

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