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.
Requirements and Costs
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2023||Summer 2023||Fall 2023|
|Priority Registration Begins1||November 14||n/a||April 10|
|Open Registration Begins||November 21||February 27||April 17|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||December 17||May 13||July 29|
|Admission Deadline2||January 7||May 27||August 12|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin3||January 17||June 5||August 21|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Good computer and communication skills
- Curiosity and commitment
- Solid background in math, chemistry, and physics
- Ability to work well as a team and perform calculations well
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
- Please be sure to check the courses required for your final degree at the four-year institution you plan to attend after finishing at CWI. It is absolutely imperative that you know which classes are required to obtain a bachelor’s degree at that institution.
- CHEM 112 is not required for students going into Mechanical, Civil, Computer, or Electrical Engineering at U of I.
- It is possible to get vertical credit for ENGL 101 if the student successfully passes ENGL 102 and pays for the credits for ENGL 101.
- In order to successfully move into some engineering programs at U of I, the student will need to complete Computer Science 120 and maybe 121, depending on specific engineering program, during the summer between CWI and U of I. Those courses cover C++ programming and may be available online.
- If the student gets vertical credit for ENGL 101 and does not need CHEM 112, they may consider taking MATH 310 (Differential Equations) and ENGI 240 (Intro to Electrical Circuits), which are corequisites. There will not be room in a typical, two-year schedule for all four of these courses and the other degree requirements.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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