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Program Overview

The Bridging Communities Pre-Engineering Technology program is recommended for students interested in a university engineering or technology degree, as well as students interested in community college engineering technology programs. This two year dual enrollment program provides students with the opportunity to earn six high school credits and 16 college credits from Rappahannock Community College. Students participate in TSA competitions and will have the opportunity to earn industry credentials. 

Engineering vs. Engineering Technology
Engineering and engineering technology are separate but closely related. Engineering programs focus on theory and conceptual design, while engineering technology programs focus on application and implementation. Graduates of engineering programs are called engineers. They often pursue work involving conceptual design or research and development. Graduates of four-year engineering technology programs are called technologists, while graduates of two-year engineering technology programs are called technicians. These professionals are most likely to enter positions in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, product design, testing, or technical services and sales.

Graduates in the engineering and technology fields can expect to earn salaries in the range from $28,000 to $121,000, depending on final degree and experience.

Year 1 of Pre-Engineering - 11th Grade

The junior year program introduces students to a variety of engineering fields and related careers. Students will study and explore engineering technology design, fundamentals of modeling and engineering design processes applied to real world problems. Instruction includes projects that focus on solving engineering problems using analytic and creative techniques. Students will earn 3 high school credits and 7 college credits upon successful completion. 

High School Courses: 

    8450 - Engineering Explorations I

College Courses: 

  • EGR 115 - Engineering Graphics
  • EGR 120 - Intro to Engineering                                   
  • EGR 123 - Engineering Design


    Recommendation of School Counselor
    Pass English & Math VCCS placement tests
    Geometry with concurrent enrollment in Algebra II                                                 
    Enroll in Rappahannock Community College

VCCS Requirements: 

    Place into ENF 2 on the English Virginia Placement Test (VPT)
    Pass units 1 - 5 of the Math (VPT)

Year 2 of Pre-Engineering - 12th Grade

The senior level class introduces students to concepts common in most engineering and technology occupations. Students will learn how the study of statics figures in engineering problems. A community-based service learning project will be a part of this class. Students will be eligible to take the NOCTI Pre-Engineering industry credential assessment. Students will earn 3 high school credits and 13 college credits upon successful completion.

High School Courses: 

    8491 - Engineering Studies

College Courses: 

  • EGR 135 - Statics for Engineering Technology
  • ETR 113 - AC/DC Fundamentals                                       
  • ELE 176 - Introduction to Alternative Energy 
  • ENE 104 - Energy Industry Fundamentals


    Successful completion of Pre-Engineering I