Cabrillo's engineering program was started in 1961 by Rich Hart. Thanks, Rich.

It 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:

  • HANDS-ON LEARNING:

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.

  • CREATIVITY:

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.

  • DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:

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.

  • INTEGRITY:

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.

  • SUSTAINABILITY:

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.

  • ENGR AS A HELPING PROFESSION:

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.

All the diversity of the student population is present in the engineering student body. We honor ALL students: IMMIGRANTS, UNDOCUMENTED, MUSLIMS, WOMEN, LGBTQ, DISABLED, PEOPLE OF COLOR, LIBERALS, CONSERVATIVES, PREVIOUSLY INCARCERATED, FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS, VETERANS, YOUNG, and OLD.

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

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Take a tour of Cabrillo engr alum at work with your hosts, Cabrillo's own Rhoxanne Morris and Tony Cacace.

Ask An Engineer

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

BENEFITS of CABRILLO's ENGINEERING PROGRAM:

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.

Engineering Department Orientation to Cabrillo Engineering Students and Perspective Students

The Engineering Department hosts an orientation via Zoom on the Tuesday evening the week before the first day of classes each semester, 6-8pm.

At the orientation, you will be introduced to the Cabrillo engineering program and faculty, engineering disciplines, the engineering education process, and the program cores. Zoom link below. At the end of the orientation, we will check in with each of you to make sure you are scheduled for the correct Fall 2022 courses.

If you missed the Fall 2022 Engineering Department Orientation, watch the zoom recording below.

Curious About a Career in Engineering?
The ENGR 5 Engineering as a Profession course is available to high school and college students to explore the many options and opportunities of engineering careers. To learn more about engineering and what is the best fit career for you, take the ENGR 5 course. We will explore engineering through class discussions, videos, design projects, and speakers from industry.
To register for ENGR 5, complete the Cabrillo application (link below); submit the Dual Enrollment form (if you are a high school student); and register for one of the many sections of ENGR 5
Does a future in Engineering sound perfect for you?
Learn more today!
Questions about the engineering program?
Contact Jo-Ann Panzardi, PE, Chair/Instructor (831) 479-6497: Engineering Department, Rm 811, Aptos Campus, or