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About our Pre-Engineering
Associate Degree

Engineering involves the arrangement and modification of natural materials to produce devices and processes in order to accomplish human goals expeditiously, economically and safely. Engineering education is divided into such fields as aeronautical, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, material, mechanical and nuclear. The pre-engineering program at SMCC is a two-year program that helps students determine if they are interested in engineering and prepares them to transfer to a bachelor’s-level engineering program. 

The program focuses on developing a fundamental knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics, and provides an introduction to engineering. In addition, students take classes in English, communication, the social sciences and humanities.

One major advantage of attending a community college is the possibility of close association with faculty and fellow students. Students who choose to study engineering at SMCC believe that small classes in the basic engineering, science and math courses and the supportive environment and personal attention of a community college are important in giving them a start toward a satisfying career in engineering.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Develop expertise in and practice mathematical principles as they apply to the fields of Physics and engineering.
  • Understand the role of chemistry in our physical and biological environment as it pertains to atomic and molecular structure, the laws of thermodynamics and how energy is exchanged between systems.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of introductory programming languages.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Repair Technician
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control Engineer
  • Project Control Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • System Administrator, Computer/Network
  • Technical Specialist

Continue Your Education

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Not ready to commit to a degree program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.


Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: Adam Tambone, 207-741-5879 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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