Engineering Technology (ETech)

About Us

Our philosophy: The purpose of education is to learn the nature of one's unique gifts and how to use them for good in the world.

All of our faculty work full-time in the industry – bringing current, real-world knowledge to the classroom on a daily basis.

They share their knowledge and experience with you so that you are better prepared to succeed in your career as an engineering technician. Our commitment to your success leads to 100% job placement.

Emails and phone calls to faculty and staff are answered within 24 hours.

Our teaching assistants come from diverse backgrounds and some are Spanish speakers.

The Engineering Technology program is entirely evening class-based and leads to an Associate of Arts Degree and seven different certificates that can be attained in as little as one semester.

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  • Per Cabrillo's regularly tabulated statistics, the Etech program student success rates are continually 90% or higher.

  • We guarantee that our Etech students will be billable from the moment they set foot in their new place of employment. We also provide technical support to our students while they're in the workplace.

  • We monitor labor statistics and the direction of the employment market so that we can ensure that our graduates are successful in the employment market. We have 100% placement in high paying jobs.

  • The program's success rate for underrepresented minorities is high - regularly over 80%

"The compressed format was the only way for me to take this class and fit it into my work schedule perfectly. I plan to take other classes in the same format in the future. The Etech program is a super productive venue to learn in."

-David Santiago



Our prototyping lab is known throughout the tri-county area for being state-of-the-art and for providing a full spectrum of equipment choices. Our off-site corporate partnerships allow us to regularly teach out of their facilities which provides students with an even wider breadth of equipment choices.


Home Design

Etech faculty were approached by a young couple who wanted to build a home on a piece of raw land located in Aptos. Prior to the creation of working drawings, Etech students created conceptual architectural walk-throughs and renderings to help the clients solidify their design preferences. Etech students then used Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create a full set of plans for the county planning dept and also assisted in the building of the home.

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Dipping Ring System

The Cabrillo Etech department was recently asked to take on a project for the Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project, and we once again gladly obliged. The problem: they couldn’t keep up with the demand for their hand-dipped beeswax candles because their resident candle dipper Brenda could only dip one candle at a time. The solution: Cabrillo Etech students created working drawings for a dipping ring system and subsequently cut the rings using Etech’s CNC plasma cutter. The newly designed aluminum dipping ring system now allows Brenda to produce 24 candles at a time as opposed to one.

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