Program Focus

The AS in Pre-Engineering Technology prepares students for admissions to the last two years of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology. Engineering Technology was developed to address a need within the manufacturing and engineering communities for professionals with hands-on and applications based engineering knowledge. The degree is based on the foundation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Graduates who complete an Engineering Technology BS degree learn to apply engineering and scientific concepts to manufacturing related industries, the automotive industry, and electrical or mechatronics applications as they choose an emphasis area.


The ATCC Pre-Engineering Technology program allows students to earn transfer credits toward their college Engineering Technology degree. Taught as a traditional college program, the credits are aligned with the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and are approved as an articulated program with university Engineering Technology BS degrees. Traditional high school graduates can complete their lower division courses while at ATCC. The Pre-Engineering Technology program supports those who want to expand on an existing two year degree.

Because the Pre-Engineering Technology program requires college calculus, potential students are encouraged to take as many math courses in high school as possible. Students with lesser math backgrounds may have to take preparatory classes to reach the calculus competency level.