Engineering Program

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.


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. Many of the courses are taken by all students in the program; there are various options for pursuing different areas of engineering (electrical, civil, 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, with several engineering fields ranked as “5 star” for current demand for engineers and employment of engineers in Minnesota projected to grow by 10% or more in the next several years.*

*Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development employment projection increases, 2006-2026, for Minnesota.


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

This degree, as part of the Engineering Broad Field agreement, has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University, Mankato; St. Cloud State University; Winona State University; University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; University of Minnesota, Duluth and any System college approved to offer the Associate of Science in Engineering Broad Field degree program. Transfer to other institutions is also common.

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Overview content updated: 2017-04-12