Engineering – About Us

The mission of the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern New Mexico College is to provide education of the highest quality to students in its various associates, bachelors and post-baccalaureate Engineering, Information Technology and Electromechanical Engineering.  In addition, we prepare students to consider pursuit of a career or an advanced degree by providing outreach and professional services at current academic and industrial standards.

By 2019, the Department of Engineering at Northern New Mexico College will provide regionally recognized and ABET accredited bachelor of engineering programs. To achieve this mission the department will:

  • Develop strategic alliances with academic institutions as well as key players in the industry.
  • Graduate students that are competent in applying technical and critical thinking skills to solve real world problems.
  • Have a course completion rate of at least ninety percent.
  • Establish a six-year graduation rate above fifty percent for bachelor degrees.
  • Establish a three-year graduation rate above fifty percent for associate degrees.

Since July 2005, the College has officially been known as Northern New Mexico College (NNMC). Governor Bill Richardson signed SB 163 during the spring of 2004 that authorized the school to offer the baccalaureate degree in teacher education. During 2005-2006, the former Department of Computer Science and Engineering Technology (CET) offered several Associate Degrees and Certificate Programs in fields ranging from Auto Body Repair and Computer-Aided Drafting to Network Administration and Web Design, with programs in Electronics and Semi-conductor Manufacturing.

After the change of NNMC’s mission, the CET Department joined the College’s efforts in developing one of the first six bachelor programs at NNMC that was offered in Fall 2007—the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. This program became a new program in the Information Technology field.

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In Spring 2008, the department was charged with developing new engineering programs and improving the quality of the course offerings and redefining its departmental mission during an aggressive expansion of the College’s programs. From these changes, many programs, including associate degrees and certificates, were transferred to the Career and Technical Education academic unit.

In the Fall 2008, the CET Department offering was: Associate of Engineering (AEng) Information Engineering Technology, AEng Pre-engineering, AEng Software Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) Information Engineering Technology, BEng Software Engineering, and BEng Mechanical Engineering (with concentration in Solar Energy). The latter three degrees were officially offered in the Spring 2009.  In the Fall 2009, the CET Department was renamed the Department of Engineering.

Due to budgetary constraints that have affected the state of New Mexico since the Fall 2008, the College and the Department of Engineering decided to consolidated its original three bachelor programs into two: 1. Information Engineering Technology; 2. Mechanical Engineering (with concentration in Solar Energy). The BEng in Software Engineering was terminated. The Information Engineering Technology program is currently pursuing ABET accreditation and a review visit is expected for the Fall 2013.

Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, our experienced faculty, and NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth. “You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger colleges. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.