Careers

Civil Engineer

Are you interested in designing better bridges, keeping our drinking water safe or preventing industrial pollution? CET is a program you can start with placement into basic algebra. Graduates work for companies like AGRA Earth and Environmental, Freightliner, or the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Employers need qualified people. It takes just two years of challenging study to get the skills you need to work as a civil engineering technician. Work with your classmates solving problems in environmental protection, designing safer highways, and other engineering applications.

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineering students learn to use math, science and communications to solve real life problems in climate control systems, manufacturing, and improving energy efficiency. Students develop drafting skills by using computer-aided drafting software (AutoCAD) and learn to work in teams to solve problems. PCC's small classes and support systems help you succeed.

Chemical Engineer

Chemical Engineers discover and manufacture a wide variety of products: better plastics, paints, fuels, fibers, medicines, fertilizers, semiconductors, paper, and other kinds of chemicals, by carrying out chemical reactions and purifications. They have an important role in protecting the environment. Chemical engineers invent cleaner technologies, calculate the impacts on the environment, and study what happens to chemicals in the environment. Their findings in recycling helps turn used materials into useful products.

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Environmental Engineer

Environmental engineers study ways to protect the environment from: air pollution, radiation, hazardous waste, and toxic materials. They work in industry to ensure that pollutants are removed from streams released to air and water. They design and develop equipment that creates a cleaner, healthier, environment.

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Industrial Engineer

Industrial Engineers work on the application of the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy. Two industrial engineers, Frank Gilbreth and Frederick Taylor developed today's operating room procedures in an efficiency study of medical operations. The next time you see a surgeon extend an opened hand and a nurse place an instrument into it, think of Industrial Engineering. Before the change in method, doctors wasted too much time hunting for the right tool while the patient bled. Industrial engineers work as consultants to simplify work, create computer simulations, design facilities layout, and do economic feasibility studies. They work in virtually all of the industries and are the most versatile of the engineering profession.

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Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing engineers are responsible for the manufacturing processes and machines that take a nickel's worth of raw materials and convert them into products worth hundreds of times more. The question they must continually answer is, "How do I make this part?""And not just how, but how reliably, efficiently, economically, ergonomically, and safely? This job requires a person who is both inquisitive and intuitive. Are you someone who likes to tinker? Do you like to take things apart and wonder how they're made? That's a good start. The best manufacturing engineers have a broad combination of manual and mental skills with a deep appreciation for things that are well made.

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Computer Engineer

Computer Engineering is the design, construction, implementation, and maintenance of computers and computer controlled equipment. The computer sitting on your desk was designed by a computer engineer, along with the motherboards, processors, monitors, and of course, the printer. And then there is the Information Technology end of things, the deployment of computer equipment, computer networks, and programming. Some of the engineers go into research and discover and develop new technologies. The list is endless and so are the opportunities.

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Construction Engineer

Construction management is the career for the person who feels a sense of accomplishment from being able to say, "I built that." No two construction projects are alike. The constant variety and change in projects gives new challenges and excitement. Construction engineers build; highways, airports, bridges, high-rise buildings, and water treatment plants. Engineers and managers are the ones who figure out how, lead the teams, and take the responsibility, to make things happen. Construction engineers plan the construction and operations of a new project such as the site layout, the sequencing and scheduling of tasks, the organization of the work crew, and choose the equipment. They check the plans and specifications and seek out new ways of building the project efficiently and safely while providing environmental safeguards. The engineers calculate the amount of work, the cost estimates, and prepare the bids for new projects. They must work closely with the customer to ensure that the project meets the standards or exceeds them. Engineers are constantly solving jobsite problems and move between the field and the office. Engineering is solving problems for people.

Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineering is the application of the laws of physics governing electricity, magnetism, and light to develop products and services for the benefit of humankind. So what do they do? They design consumer electronics: CD players, televisions, VCRs, stereos, microwaves, and gaming devices among others. Electrical engineers also design manufacturing processes used in machine control, programming, and plant layout. Do you use a cell phone? Yet another item designed by an electrical engineer. In fact, electrical and computer engineering covers the broadest spectrum of types of work among the engineering disciplines.

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Other Engineering Programs

Aerospace Engineers design, analyze, model, simulate, and test aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, missiles, and rockets. The technology extends to many other applications such as objects moving within gases or liquids. For example, the flight of golf balls, the movement of bullet trains at high speed, hydrofoil ships, or how tall buildings move in the wind.

Ceramic and Materials Engineers manipulate the atomic and molecular structure of substances to create products as diverse as computer chips and television screens to golf clubs and snow skis. They work with metals, ceramics, plastics, semiconductors, and combinations of materials called composites to create new materials that meet certain mechanical, electrical, and chemical requirements. They also test and evaluate existing materials for new applications.

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