Engineering Department

About the SLCC Engineering Program

Engineering graduates are in high demand and as such, command good salaries. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, here are the top 10 best paying college degrees for 2010 grads.

Top 10 College Degrees by Highest Starting Salary

  1. Petroleum Engineering $86,220
  2. Chemical Engineering $65,142
  3. Mining & Mineral Engineering $64,552
  4. Computer Science $61,205
  5. Computer Engineering $60,879
  6. Electrical/Electronics & Communications Engineering $59,074
  7. Mechanical Engineering $58,392
  8. Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering $57,734
  9. Aerospace/Aeronautical/ Astronautical Engineering $57,231
  10. Information Sciences & Systems $54,038

Of course salaries vary dramatically depending on individual situations and salary isn't everything. Engineering grads are generally viewed as intelligent and adaptable by employers, and can leverage an engineering degree into many different fields.

For example, the skills learned to model complex physical systems with computer programs might transfer over to modeling economic systems. The analytical approach to problem solving taught in engineering courses is valuable to businesses. And engineers have a background that often makes them successful as doctors and lawyers (and college professors).

Students considering engineering should:

  • Have an inquiring mind.
  • Enjoy mathematics, the language of both science and engineering.
  • Be willing to work hard – engineering is not an easy major, but the payoff is worth the effort.

SLCC offers a variety of remedial mathematics courses. Although the engineering curriculum officially starts with Calculus, most SLCC students need to begin with a more basic math class and work up. Students who may not be prepared to start an engineering program at a 4 year university can find the courses they need to get started here. We are proud of the fact that SLCC engineering students compete successfully in upper level classes at four year institutions.

Most SLCC Engineering courses are offered in the Science and Industries Building on the Taylorsville Redwood Road campus. The building includes modern laboratories and state of the art equipment. For example, a new emphasis on nano technology resulted in the purchase of an atomic force microscope.

The Engineering department maintains a Materials Laboratory, an Electronics Laboratory, a new Microscopy Laboratory and a Computing Laboratory in cooperation with the Computer Science Department.

Program Length

Award**Credit HoursSemesters (full-time)
Chemical Engineering APE 71 4
Civil/Environmental Engineering APE 71.5 4
Computer Engineering APE 69 4
Electrical Engineering APE 72 4
Manufacturing Engineering APE 65 4
Materials Science Engineering APE 74 4
Mechanical Engineering APE 73 4
Metallurgical Engineering APE in Chemical Engineering

Cost of Attendance

Regular Tuition click here for SLCC's tuition schedule
Books $300 - $700* * Cost range is for entire length of program, dependant on courses taken.