Cabrillo's engineering program provides the facilities, equipment, and teaching faculty to present the very finest lower division engineering education, so that students transfer with full junior standing and successfully complete a degree in engineering. There are over 500 students majoring in engineering at Cabrillo making engineering one of the top ten majors at Cabrillo.

Our Mission:

The Engineering Department at Cabrillo College provides a high quality learning environment designed from the ground up to support, encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and do-ers. We promote these very Important elements in our program:


Engineering is the application of theory to solve real world problems. Here, our courses include labs and hands-on design projects that engage students while applying theory to practice. Come get your hands dirty.


Engineering is a creative endeavor. It takes inventiveness to see complex problems in simpler ways, and that there are many solutions to any problem. Here you will be rewarded for coloring outside the lines.


The world's best engineers come from every background, culture, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality representing every discipline of engineering. Here we know we grow stronger from respecting our differences and from standing in alliance with each other. You are welcome here.


Engineering is an honorable profession. Our instructors and staff demonstrate and promote respect, ethicality, honesty and professionalism. Here you will be able to study and collaborate in a supportive environment free from harassment and hostility.


Engineers have the obligation to incorporate sustainability in their design principles. Here, our forward thinking is foundational and sustainability is embedded in all our courses. A greener tomorrow begins here today.


Engineers Engineers are endowed with vast potential to make positive change in our own communities and in the world. Here, we strive to produce world leaders through service-learning projects where they can practice their profession for the benefit of others. Come make a difference with us.


Important to note: Approximately 50% of California graduates with BS degrees in engineering began their academic pathway at a community colleges.

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 lower division coursework which prepares you to transfer with full junior standing to all college/universities in California and across the United States in all the following engineering majors:

  • Aerospace, Marine, and Ocean Engineering

  • Agricultural, Biological, Biomedical, and Chemical Engineering

  • Civil, Environmental, Structural, & Architectural Engineering

  • Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering

  • Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Robotics Engineering

  • Nuclear and Petroleum Engineering


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 $40,000 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 almost always better than, those students who started as freshman at the four-year schools.

Cabrillo Engineering-Related Clubs

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

  • Aerospace Club
  • AgTech Club
  • Engineering Abroad Club
  • Engineering Society
  • Engineers Holding the Future
  • K-12 Outreach Club
  • Latinx United at Cabrillo in Engineering & Science (LUCES)
  • Robotics Club
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • STEAMWorks Club
  • Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)

and new clubs created each year

Link to Active clubs

Engineering Department Orientation to Cabrillo Engineering Students and Perspective Students

The Engineering Department Orientation is always held the week before each semester on Tuesday evening, 6:00-8:00pm.

At the orientation, you are introduced to the engr instructors, current and past students, the engineering program, and the courses and schedules.

At the end of the orientation, the department chair will check with each of you to make sure you are scheduled for the correct courses for the upcoming semester.

Spring 2022 Engineering Department Orientation:

Tues., Jan. 18, 2022; 6:00-8:00 pm

online via zoom:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Password: engr

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +16699006833,93488826439# or +13462487799,93488826439#

Or Telephone:


+1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)

+1 346 248 7799 (US Toll)

+1 253 215 8782 (US Toll)

+1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)

+1 301 715 8592 (US Toll)

+1 312 626 6799 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 934 8882 6439

International numbers available:

Or an H.323/SIP room system:

H.323: (US West) or (US East)

Meeting ID: 934 8882 6439

Password: 666604


Password: 666604

Or Skype for Business (Lync):

If you missed the orientation, you can watch the zoom recording below:

What to take your first semester at Cabrillo as an Engineering major?

All Engr Majors EXCEPT Electrical,Computer,or Software Engr Majors

  • CG 51-STEM

  • ENGR 5

  • Choose your level of math: Math 5A (Calculus I) or Math 4 (Pre-Calculus) or Math 1 (College Algebra)

  • Choose your level of chemistry: CHEM 1A (College Chemistry) or CHEM 3/3L (if you did not receive an A or B in high school chemistry)

Other Course Options if you want to take another major core course in your first semester:

ENGR 25 (All Engrs) or ENGR 12 (Mech & Aero Engrs only) or ENGR 1A (Civil Arch & Structural Engrs only)

Only Electrical,Computer,or Software Engr Majors

  • CG 51-STEM

  • ENGR 5

  • Choose your level of math: Math 5A (Calculus I) or Math 4 (Pre-Calculus) or Math 1 (College Algebra)

  • Choose your level of computer science: CS 11 (C Programming) or CS 12P (Python Programming, for UCSC) or CS 1/L (if you need more experience using computers)

Other Course Options if you want to take another major core course in your first semester:

PHY 4A (College Physics) or PHY 11 (if you did not receive an A or B in high school physics)

Curious About a Career in Engineering?
Attend Cabrillo College's ENGR 5 Engineering as a Profession course (for College and High School Students)
Spring 2022 Semester

Three (3) sections offered:

Section 01: Tues, Jan 25 - Apr 12, 2022, 11:10 am -2:15 pm; taught synchronous online through Conferzoom on the ENGR 5-01 Course Canvas Page
(no class: Mar 22, 2022)

Section 02: Mon, Feb 28 - May 16, 2022, 6:00 pm -9:20 pm; taught in person, Cabrillo Aptos campus, Rm 810

(no class: Mar 21 & Apr 4, 2022)

Section 03: Thurs, Mar 31- May 19, 2022, 4:00 pm -7:20 pm; taught in person, Cabrillo Watsonville Center, Rm D101

(no class: Mar 24 & Apr 7, 2022)

Summer 2022 Session

One In-Person Section:

Mon-Thurs, July 11-21, 2022, 9:30am - 1:45 pm
Cabrillo Aptos Campus, Rm 810

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 2021:
Middle, High School and College Engineering Programs
Middle School Baskin Girls in Engineering:

COVID-19 has prevented us from offering this camp in Summer 2021. Sorry.

High School and College Engineering Programs:

ENGR 5 Engineering as a Profession
July 12 - 22, 2021; Monday-Thursday, 9:30am - 1:45 pm

(Taught synchronously on-line through Conferzoom on the ENGR 5 Course Canvas Page)

Cabrillo Engineering Alumni Community

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.

Does a future in Engineering sound perfect for you?
Learn more today!
Any questions?

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


Cabrillo College STEM Counselors

Contact Jo-Ann Panzardi, PE, Chair/Instructor (831) 479-6497: Engineering Department, Rm 811, Aptos Campus, or