Engineering Boot Camp

An immersive experience for Kishwaukee College Engineering students

Engineering Boot Camp

An immersive experience for Kishwaukee College Engineering students

July 24-August 3 • Monday-Thursday • 8 am to 12 pm

Kishwaukee College works closely with its business partners to understand the skill sets they are looking for when hiring new employees. In the College’s district, there is high demand among manufacturers for trainable employees with a mix of practical and theoretical engineering skills.

Engineering Boot Camp

The Engineering Boot Camp will provide hands-on experience for future manufacturing interns that is not typically offered in the two-year degree program that pre-engineering students begin each Fall semester.

This innovative two-week summer course will be team-taught by instructors from both the applied science and career technical departments. Recent high school graduates enrolled in the pre-engineering curriculum will be introduced to a variety of skills including computer-aided drafting, welding, programmable logic controllers (PLC) and computer numeric control (CNC) machining.

During the camp students will get real world experience on an Engineering Team, designing and building a marketable product. Students will then meet on Fridays through the Fall and Spring semesters to continue their Engineering Team Project, working with manufacturing students, and take their project all the way to prototype production and an in-house competition between the Teams in March 2018.

Good-paying and progressively responsible manufacturing careers can grow from college internships that focus on practical engineering skills. A goal of the program is to give students a skill set for finding an entry level internship by the end of their first year in the Kishwaukee College Engineering Program. 

There is no cost to participate in the Engineering Bootcamp. Thank you to the Kishwaukee College Foundation for providing a grant for this pilot program.

What skills will engineering students learn and experience?

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

CAD is the use of computer software to create and modify mechanical and architectural designs. CAD allows the designer to increase productivity, create a database of designs, and improve the quality and precision of the designs. In addition to the design itself, CAD software allows for the inclusion of specific materials, processes, dimensions and tolerances that can be applied in manufacturing. Designs are shared electronically to a manufacturing line and programmed into a Computer-Numerical Control (CNC) machine or even sent directly to a 3D printer.

Students in the Engineering Boot Camp will take CAD further than possible in high school by designing a product that will be manufactured in the Automated Engineering Tech (Manufacturing) lab on campus. Students will experience the design and subsequent modifications required, similar to real world manufacturing processes.


Machining is cutting raw materials into the specified shape and size using subtractive manufacturing. Machining consists of three main operations: turning, drilling, and milling. In contemporary manufacturing, this is most often accomplished with a Computer Numerical Control (CNC ) machine. CNC machines respond to the design plans created using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software which are programmed into the machine by the CNC operator.

Students in the Engineering Boot Camp will learn to design and program a CNC machine at Kishwaukee College to gain real world experience in the translation of engineering to the actual manufacturing line – theory put into practice.


Welding is the process of fabricating metal to specific shape and size. Welding is usually accomplished using a variety of heating methods though there are lower-temperature welding techniques. Many types of welding also include the addition of a “weld pool” – filler material that makes the joint stronger than the original base material. There are a wide variety of welding methods including oxy-fuel welding, TIG, MIG, and stick welding.

Students in the Engineering Boot Camp will learn welding basics, working in Welding Cells located in the Welding Lab at Kishwaukee College. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be supplied by the College. Students will gain real world experience welding to gain insight to the behavior of metals during the fabrication process.


Electronics is the science of electrical circuits and active electrical components. Many engineers design circuits and power pathways in their work and lab testing and experimentation plays an important role in many engineering projects.

Students in the Engineering Boot Camp will learn applied electronics and industrial electricity. Experiences in the Electronics lab at Kishwaukee College will include analog circuitry and digital circuitry, thermal management, and reduction of unwanted disturbances (noise). In addition, the Electronics lab has several Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), often considered the “heartbeat” of modern manufacturing because it incorporates all facets of the manufacturing process as it controls, monitors and sends data in real-time. Engineering Boot camp students will gain actual manufacturing experience using PLCs and other Electronics lab equipment.

To register, or for more information contact:

Alan Edgecombe, Engineering Assistant Professor

Matt Feuerborn, Dean of Career Technologies