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Engineering Overview


Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers an Associate in Science (AS) degree in Engineering. After completion, students normally transfer to a 4 year institution to complete a BS degree in a chosen field of engineering. Options then include immediate employment (most engineering jobs require a bachelor’s degree) or graduate study. Formal transfer agreements are in place for the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and MSU-Mankato, the top two transfer institutions for our students. RCTC engineering students have transferred to many other institutions as well.


Coursework for both articulated Associate Degree options includes Calculus I and II, Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra, Classical Physics I and II, and a selection from various engineering courses including Statics, Dynamics, Deformable Body Mechanics, Circuits I and II, and Logic Design.  General education requirements include courses in written and oral communications, history and social behavioral sciences, and arts, literature and philosophy. 

RCTC has an active Engineering/Physics Club which builds equipment, puts on demonstration shows, and takes trips to universities and industrial labs.  It is open to all RCTC students. 

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers one Associate in Science (AS) degree with multiple options.  One option is designed specifically for transfer to Minnesota State College and University (MnSCU) institutions and a second option is designed specifically for transfer to the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  Transfer to other institutions is also common.  Course selection is especially important depending on the institution transferred to and also the area of engineering to be studied (electrical, chemical, mechanical, etc.). 

Program Start Date(s)

Students can begin general education requirements any semester. 

Career Opportunities/Information

After completing the Engineering AS at RCTC followed by a bachelor’s degree in engineering, students will be qualified for most engineering job opportunities.  There is projected to be a growing need for engineers in Minnesota, including as high as a 40.6% projected increase in demand for software engineers.*

*Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development employment projection increases, 2006-2016, for Minnesota.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/.

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/engineering
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/program/engineering/program_plans.cfm
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Overview content updated: 2016-03-13
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