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Engineering

Everything is engineered. Every building, bridge, highway, pipeline, vehicle, toy, computer, athletic shoe – every manmade object is taken from idea to reality by engineers. Midland College’s Associate of Science for Engineering (ASE) degree, is designed to transfer to Texas public universities, and includes courses in physics, chemistry, math, and engineering.

The Associate of Science for Engineering closely matches the first two years of bachelor’s degree programs in Engineering offered at four-year colleges. With this foundation, you will shape your future.

At Midland College, engineering is the application of mathematical and scientific knowledge to practical problems. Engineers use their knowledge of math and science skills to improve existing processes or find solutions to new problems in a practical and cost-effective manner.

Because engineers rely on rational thinking and logical decision-making abilities, many students at the community college level enroll in courses in mathematics and the sciences.

Students pursuing a degree in engineering choose to focus their studies on one (or sometimes more) disciplines in engineering including mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering or electrical engineering. Others may choose to major in newer, more specialized fields like environmental engineering, computer engineering or biomedical engineering.

Midland College has articulation agreements with a variety of schools and programs to assist our students when transferring to a university.

 

Engineering students in the classroom Engineering student in the lab Engineering students and instructor in the classroom

 

Program Details

Marketable Skills

Pursuing a degree in this field of study will provide marketable skills in these areas:

  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information
  • Speaking – Talking to others
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • Systems Analysis – Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • Time Management – Managing your time and the time of other people
  • Coordination – Changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • Systems Evaluation – Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
  • Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things
  • Social Perceptiveness – Understanding people's reactions
  • Management of Personnel Resources – Selecting and managing the best workers for a job
  • Science – Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems

Career Opportunities

There are a number of exciting and in-demand career options, including

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

Demand

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of engineers is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. For petroleum engineers, oil prices will be a major determinant of employment growth. Higher prices can cause oil and gas companies to increase capital investment in new facilities and expand existing production operations, along with exploration.

First Friday Science Seminars

On the first Friday of each month during the school year, Midland College hosts a lecture featuring current topics of interest in the science field. Students and the general public are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy these free presentations.

Engineering Club

The purpose of the Midland College Engineering Club is to provide social opportunities to pre-engineering students while promoting academic support and excellence, and to provide networking opportunities to pre-engineering student with members of the community and universities.

For more information contact Brian Flowers, Engineering Club advisor, bflowers@midland.edu or (432) 685-4586.

 

Midland College has articulation agreements with a variety of schools and programs to assist our students with transferring to a university. Our curriculum maps, located in the catalog, provide a guided path for general transfer to our top five receiving institutions; however, your Pathways Advisor can assist you with a personalized plan for your specific transfer based on university and program. It is strongly recommended and encouraged that you contact your Pathways Advisor for assistance with course selection if you plan to transfer.


FOR ENGINEERING

Midland College is a participant of the Texas Voluntary Transfer Compact for Engineering. In conjunction with this compact, Midland College works closely to facilitate the transfer process for students who are interested in any field of engineering by offering the mathematics, physics, and introductory engineering courses that transfer to all major universities in Texas, including:

SOUTH PLAINS MATHEMATICS FELLOWS

South Plains Math Fellows

In 2014, the National Science Foundation named Texas Tech University with partnering institutions Midland College, Odessa College, and Mesalands Community College as recipients of an S-STEM award, the South Plains Mathematics Fellows (SPMF) program. The SPMF program provides for academically talented students from underrepresented, low-income families to receive scholarships for undergraduate study leading to a degree in mathematics. In addition to the standard coursework, SPMF scholars will have a support system designed specifically to enhance their academic experiences and ensure retention and success.

Texas Tech South Plains Mathematics Fellows

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

How to Apply

  1. Login to My MC Portal
  2. Click the Students tab
  3. Click the "Financial Aid Portal" link
  4. Under Log In, provide your Social Security Number and password. If you do not have a password, click the "First Time User" link at the bottom-right and follow prompts.

For additional general scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Missing the "Financial Aid Portal" link?

To have access to the Financial Aid portal and apply for scholarships, the student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid.

If the students FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student must fill out the FAFSA application first and once processed, will be able to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.

 

Student Success

Engineering student Anthony Portillo

ANTHONY PORTILLO

“The first time I was in an airplane was because of a class I was taking at Midland College,” said 24-year-old Anthony Portillo. “The college sponsored a trip to the East Coast as part of their travel/study program. We went to Washington, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Growing up, my family didn’t have the financial resources to take a lot of trips.”

Today, Portillo, now a mechanical engineer, travels quite often.

Portillo continued to study and excel at MC, and with the help of MC advisors, he mapped out a degree plan that allowed him to transfer to Texas Tech’s School of Engineering. In May 2017, Portillo graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is now working for Milford Pipeline in Midland and enjoying the life that a successful career brings.

Read the Rest of Portillo's story

 

Engineering student Nicholas Mastroianna making a presentation

NICHOLAS MASTROIANNA

The weekend of September 7, 2017 marked a milestone for Midland College (MC) student Nicholas Mastroianna, as he accepted an award for his design of an underwater sensor pod to test water quality.

Out of approximately 40 other engineering design entries — most by students of four-year universities — Mastroianna won third place in the Engineering, Physics and Math category at the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation research conference at the University of Texas at El Paso.

 

 

 

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Thank you for choosing Midland College! If you are here to collect a few credits, take courses to transfer, or here to start a new career, we welcome you.

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