The Engineering Department honors ALL our students: 


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.

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Engineering Department Announcements:

New Students to the Engineering Program: What courses should you take your first semester at Cabrillo?

All Engineering majors EXCEPT Electrical, Computer, or Software Engineering majors:

Math 5A, Math 4CRQ, or Math 152*



CHEM 1A or CHEM 3/3L*

Other course options if you want to take a fifth college level course your first semester:

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

(email to have a counselor help you select the most appropriate math, chem, & phys courses to take your first semester).
ONLY Electrical, Computer, or Software Engineering majors:

Math 5A, Math 4CRQ, or Math 152*



CS 11 or CS 1/L if enrolled in Math 152*

Other course options if you want to take a fifth college level course your first semester:

PHY 4A or PHY 11*

Any questions?

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


Cabrillo College STEM Counselors

Please join the Engr Dept faculty to learn more about Cabrillo's Engr Dept and what courses are required to transfer to universities.
Orientation to Cabrillo's Engineering Program
Fall 2020 Semester:

Cabrillo's Aptos Campus:
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 pm

The meeting will be held via ZOOM

Spring 2021 Semester:

Cabrillo's Aptos Campus:
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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

Helpful handouts:

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)
Summer 2021

July 12 - 22, 2021; Monday-Thursday, 9:30am - 1:45 pm

Fall 2020 Semester

2 synchronous on-line sections offered:
Thurs, 4:00 pm -7:00 pm
Taught synchronously on-line through Canvas ConferZoom

Spring 2021 Semester

2 synchronous on-line sections offered:3 in-person sections offered:
2 synchronous on-line sections offered:n Cabrillo’s Aptos Campus
Section 2: Thurs, 11:10 am -2:10 pm; 

Location: Rm 810 on Cabrillo’s Aptos CampusSection 1: Weds, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm; 

Location: Rm 810 o
Section 3: Thurs, 4:00 pm -7:00 pm; 

Location: Rm D101 at Cabrillo’s Watsonville Center
[All three sections are planned as in-person courses]

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 2020:
Middle, High School and College Engineering Programs
Baskin Girls in Engineering (entering 6th to 9th graders):

COVID-19 has prevented us from offering this camp in Summer 2020. Sorry.

High School and College Engineering Programs:

COVID-19 has prevented us from offering this course in Summer 2020. Sorry.

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 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 600 students majoring in engineering.  Some popular 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 $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:

  • Aerospace Club
  • AgTech Club
  • Engineers Holding the Future
  • Engineering Society
  • Robotics Club
  • Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Engineering Abroad Club
  • K-12 Outreach Club
  • STEAMWorks Club
  • new clubs created each year

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 60 years.

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