Engineering

Important:

MC Cares: For information on COVID procedures and reported cases at MC facilities, visit our Coronavirus Updates page.

close

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 Engineering program is designed for students planning to transfer to four-year institutions, and includes courses in physics, chemistry, math, and engineering.

The Engineering Field of Study 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.

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 heavily on quantitative reasoning and logic based problem solving, students early in their academic careers should focus on the mathematic and scientific pre-requisite classes to make their transition to four-year institutions as seamless as possible.

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

Each of the career options listed above links  linked to the bls.gov job description and outlook page for that field.

Demand

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in architecture and engineering occupations is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 74,800 new jobs are projected to be added. Most of the projected job growth in this group is in the engineer occupations, as their services will be in demand in various areas such as rebuilding of infrastructure, renewable energy, oil and gas extraction, and robotics.

The median annual wage for architecture and engineering occupations was $83,160 in May 2020. The median annual wages for all occupations in this group was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy, which was $41,950.

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.

Marine Science Research Program

The Marine Science Program of Midland College is dedicated to exposing students to different aspects of Marine Sciences and to allow students to explore and advance themselves in the field of research. This is accomplished through spending time with like-minded students, participating in seminars, and involvement with environmental concerns and solutions with travel-abroad research studies.

 

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

MC's Engineering program is committed to the Engineering Fields of Study (FoS) for Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. The field of study guarantees transfer of ANY classes contained in those FoS to a ChemE, CE, EE, or ME program at a four-year school, including:

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

FAFSA Requirement

The student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid Portal and apply for scholarships.

If the student's FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student needs to complete the FAFSA application, and once processed, will have access to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information


How to Apply

  1. Go to our Financial Aid Portal, by clicking this link: Financial Aid Portal
  2. Log in using your SSN and Password. If this is your first time, click the "First Time User" link under the Submit button in the "Log In" box.
  3. Click the menu button at the top left-hand corner.
  4. Select the Scholarship Application.

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

General Scholarships

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.

Read the rest of Mastroianna's story

 

 

Apply to MC Now

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.

How to Apply