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Cabrillo College offers a comprehensive engineering program that prepares students for transfer with full junior standing to four-year engineering colleges/universities 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 Department Announcements:

New Students to the Engineering Program - What courses should you take?

First Semester:

MATH (based on math assessment)
ENGLISH (based on English assessment)
ENGR 5 (see above - Curious about a Career in Engineering?)\


If you are interested in civil, structural, architectural, or environmental engineering:
ENGR 1A (as long as you have already successfully completed high school trigonometry or Math 3 or Math 4)
CHEM 1A (or Chem 3 & 3L if you have not taken high school chemistry or you received a C or below)

If you are interested in mechanical, manufacturing, or aerospace engineering:
CHEM 1A (or Chem 3 & 3L if you have not taken high school chemistry or you received a C or below)


If you are interested in electrical, computer, or software engineering:
CS 11 (or CS 1 & 1L if you do not have the CS 11 prerquisite of Math 152)


If you are interested in all other fields of engineering:
CHEM 1A (or Chem 3 & 3L if you have not taken high school chemistry or you received a C or below)


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

Orientation to Cabrillo's Engineering Program

Spring 2019 Semester:

Cabrillo's Aptos Campus:
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 pm --- Rm 810, Engineering Lab, STEM/800 Building

..Meet Cabrillo's Engineering Faculty and Students
..Learn about Engineering as a Career, the Engineering Education Process, Cabrillo's Engineering Program, Engineering Courses

What is Engineering?

Engineering Education the 21st Century

Cabrillo's Engineering Program

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.

Summer 2019 Session:
July 15 - 25; Mon-Thurs, 9:30 am-1:45 pm
Location: Rm 810 on Cabrillo’s Aptos Campus


Fall 2019 Semester:
Section 1: Thurs, 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Location: Rm 810 on Cabrillo’s Aptos Campus
Section 2: Thurs, 4:00 pm -7:00 pm
Location: Rm D101 at Cabrillo’s Watsonville Center

Summer 2019: Middle, High School and
College Engineering Programs

Baskin Girls in Engineering:
July 29-Aug 2, 2019; Mon - Fri; 9am - 3pm, Rm 810 on Cabrillo’s Aptos Campus
Aug 5-Aug 9, 2019; Mon - Fri; 9am - 3pm, Rm 810 on Cabrillo’s Aptos Campus

High School and College Engineering Programs:
Cabrillo College course ENGR 5 Engineering as a Profession
July 15 - 25, 2019; Mon-Thurs, 9:30 am-1:45 pm
Location: Rm 810 on Cabrillo’s Aptos Campus
(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's engineering program provides the complete first two years of coursework which prepares you to transfer with full junior standing to all four-year engineering college/universities in California and across the United States.



Engineering is one of the top ten majors at Cabrillo with more than 300 students majoring in engineering.  Some popular engineering majors:

  • Biomedical, Mechanical, and Aerospace
  • Electrical, Computer, and Software
  • Civil, Environmental, Structural, & Architectural
  • Chemical, Biological, and Agriculture
  • Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing
  • Nuclear and Petroleum



Cabrillo’s engineering program offers you:

  • small class size
  • cost-effective education
  • accessible faculty who are committed to your academic success
  • engaged community of students
  • faculty with varied disciplines and interest
  • modern classroom and laboratory facilities
  • hands-on fun engineering curriculum
  • transferable courses to all UC, CSU & private universities
  • strong foundation for you to be successful in your junior and senior years
  • STEM Center: place to study collaboratively with free tutoring, workshops, and computers
  • more than $100,000 in scholarship awarded each year
  • mentors and connection to engineering alums
  • engineering student clubs

The quality of education, the individualized attention, the convenience, and the cost are the advantages of coming to Cabrillo.  History has proven that Cabrillo students do as well as, and frequently better than, those students who started as freshman at the four-year schools.



All the diversity of the student population is present in the engineering student body and active in many of the engineering student clubs:

  • Engineering Society
  • Robotics Club
  • Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Engineering Abroad Club
  • K-12 Outreach Club
  • Latinos United at Cabrillo in Engineering & Science (LUCES)

Link to Active clubs



Cabrillo has connections to many engineers throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond through our 1000+ alumni.  Many make 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. 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.


Cabrillo's engineering coursework follows a pattern established by the California Engineering Liaison Council (ELC). Cabrillo engineering has been a major player in this group for more than 50 years.


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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