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New Student Orientation
Tue, Aug. 23, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm (Rm 834)
Cabrillo's Aptos Campus
Discussion of Engineering Program
Design Students Individual 2016-17 Course Schedule

Transfering to Cal Poly SLO?
Guide to the Supplemental Application

PowerPoint Presentation - Videos of Workshop


Engineering Department Newsletter
Summer 2015 - Annual
Archive (2014)

Cabrillo College offers a comprehensive engineering program that prepares students for transfer with full junior standing to four-year engineering colleges in California and across the United States.

Presently, California universities that grant BS degrees in engineering count on community colleges to provide approximately 50% of their junior class.

Read more about the Engineering program...

Engineering News & Announcements

New Incoming Freshman - What should you take?

First Semester At Cabrillo:

MATH (the Math course you assess into)
ENGLISH (the English course you assess into)
ENGR 5 (see above - Curious about a Career in Engineering?)
ENGR 25 (as long as you have already successfully completed highschool geometry or Math 3 or Math 4)
Take CHEM 3 & 3L if you have not taken high school Chemistry or you received a C or below
Take CHEM 1A if you took high school Chemistry and received an A or B

Orientation to Cabrillo's Engineering Program

Fall 2016 Semester: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Spring 2017 Semester: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm --- Cabrillo's Aptos Campus, Bldg. 800, STEM Center, Rm 834

The engineering faculty will describe Cabrillo's engineering program, review the engineering courses, and advise you on which classes to take.

What is Engineering?

Engineering Education

Curious about a Career in Engineering?

Attend Cabrillo College’s
ENGR 5 Engineering as a Profession course

(for College and High School Students)

Through the use of class discussions, videos, tours, design projects, and speakers from industry, ENGR 5 students will explore the many options of an engineering career.

Fall 2016 Semester: Thurs, 2:30 pm - 05:35 pm or Thurs, 6:00 pm- 9:05 pm

Location: Rm 810 on Cabrillo’s Aptos Campus

Engineering Scholarships

Annual Engineering Department Scholarship

Awards: $100 to $1,500 (students in their last semester before transfer may apply)
Due Date: Sat., Nov. 5, 2016 before midnight (11:59 pm)
Details contained on application. (see below)
E-mail completed application to or
[May 2017: Award Notification -- August 2017: Funds Awarded]

PDF format Application

MS Word format Application

Engineering S-STEM Scholarship (National Science Foundation)

$6,700/yr-student (academically talented engr. students w/ financial need)
Due Date: TBD in late Spring 2017 semester
Details contained in the informational document. (see below)

NSF S-STEM Scholarship Information Document

On-line Application

Current and Former S-STEM Recipients


Summer 2016: Middle and High School and
College Engineering Programs

Aug 1 - 5, 2016; Mon - Fri; 9am - 3pm: 
Girls in Engineering: Design and Build
register HERE

Aug 8 - 12, 2016; Mon - Fri; 9am - 3pm: 
Boys in Engineering: Design and Build
register HERE

High School and College Engineering Programs:
July 11 - 28, 2016; Mon - Thurs; 9:30am - 12:20pm: 
Cabrillo College course ENGR 5 Engineering as a Profession
(register through Cabrillo's process)

About Engineering Program

Cabrillo College's engineering program began in 1960, the second year of the college's operation. Cabrillo is the only community college in the tri-county area (Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito) that presents a complete lower division engineering program. The program presently transfers more than 50 students each year into the engineering pipeline.

Cabrillo's engineering program provides the facilities, equipment and teaching faculty to present the very finest lower division engineering education to the greatest number of students, so they can transfer and successfully complete a degree in engineering. This program is the integral part of the Cabrillo's college-wide transfer mission and is highly respected by the four-year engineering colleges throughout California.

Cabrillo engineering students, who have gone on to earn their degrees from more than 30 four-year engineering universities, have made a major impact on Santa Cruz county as they have returned to occupy a wide range of positions in the public and private sectors of business and professional life in our area. Many have assisted in providing part-time and summer jobs for current engineering students, who, in turn, have made a significant contribution to the local technical community. Alumni are employed in professional practice throughout the state, nation and even abroad. Former students are a major source of gifts to the engineering scholarship fund and have endowed other awards.

All the diversity of the student population are present in the engineering student body. The exact numbers for all areas fluctuate widely from term to term and subject to subject. We see an age range from 18 to well over 40; an ethnic range including Latino, African-American, Japanese, Chinese, Southeastern Asian, Middle-Eastern, Native-American; and economic and educational abilities ranges from top to bottom. The Cabrillo Engineering Society brings students with diverse talents together.

Cabrillo's engineering coursework follows a pattern established by the California Engineering Liaison Committee (ELC). Cabrillo engineering has been a major player in this group for a third of a century. Our students have been able to transfer to any campus of their choice and complete the required program in the same time span, and with equal or greater success, as the students who start at the four-year schools.

Contact Information

Any questions?
Contact Jo-Ann Panzardi, Chair/Instructor
Engineering Department, Rm 811, Aptos Campus
831-479-6497 or

Contact Information
Engineering Department
Chair: Jo-Ann Panzardi
Phone: 831.479.6497
Location: Room 811
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