Pre-Engineering

About the Program

If you enjoy math and science and you are looking for an interesting career in the engineering field, Iowa Western’s Pre-Engineering program is a great place to get started. After completing the diploma program, you’ll have the foundation needed to transfer to a four-year institution and complete a bachelor’s degree in the engineering field of your choice.

In this program, you will also complete a 1 credit hour Engineering Orientation course designed to introduce you to various career options in engineering, and develop an academic plan that will help prepare you for transferring on to complete your bachelor’s degree.  

Career Information

The Pre-Engineering program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this one-year diploma. There is a large variety of specialties within the field of engineering that students can choose to focus on, such as aerospace, chemical, construction, electrical, mechanical, nuclear, civil, and computer engineering, just to name a few. Engineering has become increasingly diverse. It's not just about building and designing things—it's about building and designing environments where people can work, live, and thrive. A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs.

For more information on related engineering careers click here: IHaveaPlanIowa

Salary Information

Salary: Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA
Average: $81,926 or $39.39/hour
Entry Level: $23.54/hour
Experienced: $47.31/hour

* Salaries reflect completion of a Bachelor's degree or higher.

* Minimum of a Bachelor's degree is necessary for employment in this area.

* Salary information from www.ihaveaplaniowa.org as reported by the US Dept of Labor www.bls.gov.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall and Spring
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Award: Diploma
Number of Majors: 41
Average Class Size: 22
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus