Cuesta College's Engineering Program is very fortunate because we are amongst a handful of community colleges in the state that offer all the classes that universities require for transferring students. Cuesta is also conveniently located 4 miles west of Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo which is one of the nations best engineering schools. This close proximity allows us to work together to insure a smooth transition from Cuesta to Cal Poly. We are also very proud of the fact that Cuesta College has the highest transfer rate in California than any other community college.


Engineers turn ideas into reality. They are problem solvers...people who make things work better, more efficiently, quicker and less expensively. They serve humanity with skills and dedication, and reach for ways to make this a better world in the future. Engineers have strong science, mathematics and technology backgrounds. As an engineer, you will be on the cutting edge of technologies and will help produce startling improvements for people everywhere in the world.


Opportunities for engineers are excellent. Engineers earn considerably more than other people who enter a career path with just a bachelors degree. Sometimes this can be as much as 75-100% more, depending on geographic location and engineering specialty. Starting salaries in 1998 are averaging about $42,000.


Whether you are in high school or college, you should be taking as much math as possible. Engineers are required to take math through calculus. It is also suggested to take physics and chemistry. Taking these classes in high school will allow you to graduate in four or five years.

CIVIL ENGINEERS plan and design transportation systems and the buildings that we live and work in. They work to solve many of our planets most serious problems: water and air pollution; crowded cities and highways; clogged airports; and earthquake prone facilities.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS design, construct and maintain products ranging from tiny electronic circuits for spacecraft to systems for huge power generating stations. They create electronic components that run computers, televisions, stereo systems and robots, and seek ways to improve signal transmission using lasers and optical fibers.

MATERIALS ENGINEERS deal with materials spanning the spectrum from steels for large bridges, buildings, pipelines and similar structures to the ultra light, high-strength materials used in modern aerospace applications. Increasing numbers of materials engineers find employment in research related to ultra pure electronic materials and components. Materials engineers are heavily involved in the advances being made with high-temperature, superconducting ceramics.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERS focus on design and energy. They create machines, mechanisms and energy systems for vehicles and factories.

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS plan and run factories and processors...including people, equipment, energy and material...more efficiently and at highest quality. They specify, implement, predict and evaluate the results obtained for the systems. Special expertise includes computer integrated manufacturing, ergonomics (human factors), quality control engineering, and manufacturing engineering.

OTHER TYPES: There are many more types of engineers than listed here. The book Careers in Engineering, published by BGM Career Horizons provides a good overview of all the different types of engineering fields. This book is on reserve in the Cuesta College Library.

 Degrees and Certificates

Completion of this program prepares the student for admission to any college or University in the engineering discipline of their choice. All courses are fully articulated and transferable. All courses listed must be completed with a C grade or better.

 For more information on course offerings and degree requirements, see the curriculum page.


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