Engineering Fundamentals

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Program Overview

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 specialists 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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Why study engineering at Inver Hills?

Engineering is the backbone of civilization.

Engineering and engineers deliver the groundwork for future advancements across the board, including such sectors as transportation, water resources, urban planning, the construction industry, the environment, energy production, infrastructure, and much more.

Skill up for a powerful career.

As an engineering major at Inver Hills, you’ll acquire a full range of knowledge and skills, ranging from structural analysis to teamwork to data modeling to pressure management to problem-solving. As a bonus, the skill set you assemble is fully transferrable to other career fields.

Help give humankind a brighter future.

Some problems seem almost too big to handle. Think climate change with associated wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes, overpopulation with associated famine and resource depletion, pandemics with associated fatalities and economic collapse. Never mind mentioning the unknown unknowns. Engineers of all kinds are renowned for their ability to think outside any box.

Evaluate a vast catalog of career options.

Engineering majors can choose from a huge variety rewarding occupations directly related to their education. Just a sampling of intriguing careers options include aerospace engineer, ceramics engineer, geological engineer, logistics engineer, marine engineer, materials engineer, nuclear engineer, R & D engineer, security engineer, turbine engineer, and many more.

Work on the front lines of technology.

Engineering is a legacy tree with five main branches: chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, and bioengineering. Engineers are the cornerstones of state-of-the-science projects focused on aviation, space travel, renewable energy, telecommunications, robotics, sustainability, climate, megascale construction, and much more. What will take shape as engineering’s next big thing?

Make life safer, easier, smarter, happier, and ever honorable.

As an engineering student, you’ll be making headway toward a career that can have remarkably positive effects on our day-to-day lives. Geared for innovation, engineers are engines for advancement in healthcare, technology, transport, and other key sectors of society. Ethical engineering applies a longstanding code of professional behavior that always puts people first.

Turn your love for all things engineering into a lifelong career.

Our A.S. in Engineering Fundamentals gives you the credits you need to transfer with junior-year status to an engineering baccalaureate program at the University of Minnesota, UMD, MSUM, St. Cloud State, and St. Thomas. Your education at Inver Hills will be your cable-stayed bridge to academic and career success.

Engineering Career Paths

Scientists know things. Engineers do things.

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.

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