The University of Maine System will launch the Maine Engineering Pathways Program in the fall of 2018 to help more students prepare for a Maine-based career in engineering and to build workforce development capacity in response to a shortage of qualified workers. The program is designed to prepare students to graduate in four years from an accredited engineering program ready to join the Maine workforce in the engineering field.

Maine’s public universities are the state’s only pathway to an engineering degree and are working to double engineering education capacity to help meet a statewide workforce need of more than 3,000 new engineers over the next decade. The projected workforce shortage is driven by growing industry demand and an anticipated wave of retirements among existing engineers.

The 1 + 3 Maine Engineering Pathways Program creates an opportunity for students to begin the first year of their engineering education at the Bangor and Augusta campuses of the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of Maine at Machias, or University of Maine at Presque Isle and then complete their engineering degree at the University of Maine or the University of Southern Maine.

Students will also be able to access the program at University College locations in Bath/Brunswick, East Millinocket, Ellsworth, Houlton, Norway/South Paris, Rockland, Rumford and Saco, with a potential requirement for limited travel to a campus for lab work.

Additional information is available through University College at Rockland at 596-6906.