Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Engineering Fundamentals

Earn an Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Fundamentals, launch a rewarding career.

Take the next step towards a rewarding career by gaining the fundamental skills and knowledge needed in the engineering profession. Capitol's associate degree program (AAS) in Engineering Fundamentals will provide you with practical design experience, utilizing models and simulations. You'll also graduate with a solid foundation in math and physics.

As an Engineering Fundamentals (EF) student, you'll study basic engineering principles, math, physics, chemistry, and other technical skills. With an AAS in Engineering Fundamentals, you can move ahead to a bachelor's degree in engineering or begin working in the field right away. Our program doesn't just teach you essential concepts; it gives you hands-on practice in real-time situations. We'll train you to become a skilled, knowledgeable, and versatile engineer who can make a strong contribution to any project. AAS in EF prepares you for automation, quality, and production positions in industries like defense, aerospace, automotive, chemical processing, healthcare, manufacturing, and mining. Potential employers include NASA, Festo, Rockwell Automation, Honeywell, GE, GM, Lockheed Martin, Intel, Texas Instruments, Boeing, IBM, Tesla, and many others.

  • Engineering Technician - average salary, $44,7841
  • Testing Technician - average salary, $39,9921
  • Integration Technician - average salary, $34,4701
  • Automation Technician - average salary, $34,4701

1. Salary based upon 2020 Glassdoor salary data

Why Capitol?

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Our location puts you in the heart of the action.

The Baltimore/Washington D.C. area has one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, defense contractors, and government agencies in the United States, making it easier to find interships and high-paying jobs.

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Our classes are taught by working professionals.

A field like computer engineering technology is constantly evolving, which makes our faculty extremely valuable since many are experts in the field.

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Our motto, 'find a way or make one' delivers job ready skills.

Hands on classes, combined with extracurricular clubs like: League of Legends, the robotics club, and the gaming club, help you hone the skills needed to excel in the workplace.

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Support for you

Whatever type of resource you need - a way to improve your math skills, a place to exercise, help with a job search or a disability - we have facilities and personnel ready to help.


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Career Opportunities


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Market Demand Engineering

  • 82 percent of our students had a job offer within 90 days after commencement.
  • The average salary for engineering is is between $60,000 and $170,000 per year.



The associate of applied science in engineering fundamentals degree is a total of 62 credits, which covers technical courses, mathematics and sciences, and English and social science courses.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2024-2025 academic year, beginning in Fall 2024 and continuing through Summer 2025:

  • Anytime Online Tuition - Standard Rate ** $455 per credit, plus fees
  • Anytime Online Tuition - Partnership Rate ** $360 per credit, plus fees
  • Active Duty Military Tuition ** Tuition $250 per credit, plus fees
  • Retired Military Tuition ** Tuition $746 per credit, plus fees
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  • Part-time (1-11 credits) - $40 per credit
  • Full-time (12+ credits) - $435 per semester
  • International student fee - $778 per semester

**eligibility for this rate requires acceptance into an anytime online program; additional discounts or scholarships do not apply

Find additional information for 2024-2025 undergraduate tuition and fees.

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