Helpful Hints

While you are applying to the engineering department, there are several things you should consider:

Your Area of Interest

PCC's technology programs are designed to give skills to individuals wanting entry-level positions in industry. We have researched what local employers want in entry-level candidates and have been able to design programs that meet the skills required by industry. Over 7,000 new engineering jobs will be added in the Portland area over the next decade. Engineers use their analytic skills and creativity to solve society's problems. What area would you like to work in? Designing better bridges, software development, surveying, improving energy efficiency, keeping our drinking water safe, chip design, circuitry, robotics? Expand your horizons, solve problems, and create a better world.

The Level of Education You Desire

Are you thinking of transferring to a university for a 4-year Engineering degree? Or are you interested in a technical education in Engineering Technology and going to work after 1 or 2 years? Or maybe you just want to take a few classes to upgrade your current job skills. Whatever you decide, we can help you plan out your needs if you have some idea of what you're trying to accomplish when you apply. Please contact us to arrange an advising appointment with a faculty member in your area of interest.

Request an Engineering Interview

Speak with one of the instructors who specializes in your area of interest. Office hours are posted in the Engineering Office. See Advice for a Successful Visit to the Engineering Office.

Limited Enrollment

The Electronic Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology and the Mechanical Engineering Technology programs require students to meet program prerequisites, have an interview with the department chair, and file an application to enter the program before they receive permission to register for classes. Both programs have fall and winter term entries.

PCC College Placement Testing

What math and writing levels are you at? PCC offers math and writing college placement tests in the Testing Centers. Call the testing center closest to you for more information.

Purchase a PCC Catalog

Pick up a catalog at the Advising Center or buy one at the college bookstore. Requirements change from year to year and you may want to graduate by the requirements for the year you began your program. Hold on to it! The catalog is also on the main PCC web site, but it takes some searching to find the information you want, so the text version is always handy to have.

Parking Permit

Purchase a PCC parking permit. See Parking and Transportation Office website for more information.