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College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Engineering A.S. degree program prepares, you as a student to pursue a future in the engineering field. This engineering program is designed to ready you for the completion of a bachelor’s degree in engineering at a four-year institution. Your course work will emphasize mathematics, natural sciences, physics, engineering sciences, and English.

Areas of engineering education you may consider after completing the Engineering A.S. degree at CWI:

  • Chemical Engineer: Design processes to change raw materials into economically viable products. Industries that employee chemical engineers - petroleum, plastics, food, pharmaceutical and environmental industries.
  • Civil Engineers: Involved in the planning, design, and overseeing the construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure, water projects, and design and construction of structures.
  • Computer Engineers: Research, design, develop, and test computers for commercial, industrial, military, and scientific use. They may also design and develop solutions to complex application problems, system administration issues, or network concerns.
  • Electrical Engineers: Design, develop, test, research, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for in the energy generation and transmission, communications, control systems, and circuit design industries.
  • Mechanical Engineer: Perform engineering duties in the planning and designing of tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Additional responsibilities can include overseeing installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment.


The engineering degree program prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution with a good understanding of basic engineering principles.

Why This Program

The engineering program is designed primarily to prepare you to transition to a four-year institution to finish a bachelor’s degree. It will expose you to the fundamentals of engineering and help you understand what is needed prior to attending upper division courses.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Understand the physics behind static and dynamic systems.
  • Be able to do basic drafting procedures.
  • Have an understanding of engineering measurements and be able to perform them.

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