Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois
Engineering College and Career Night

Discover Engineering- Where Innovation and Invention Meet

Theme: Innovation and Invention

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math (RVC main campus, 3301 North Mulford Road).

Who should attend?: Anyone who wants to learn how to become an engineer

Funding provided in part by U.S. Department of Labor ETA JIAC Engineering Grant and Perkins Grant


Area employers, regional colleges and universities, and professional societies in the area of engineering and quality will be present to provide a career exploration opportunity for the community of high school and college students, and community members looking for engineering opportunities.   

This event is designed to recognize National Engineers Week and to encourage young people to consider critical thinking, creative careers in engineering and engineering technology. Dozens of engineering company representatives and engineering schools for transfer will be on hand. Last year over 200 students and their parents attended this event. 


Panel Discussion

The event will focus on, "Inventors and Innovation- How Ideas Grow from Concept into Patents" with a panel discussion from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. including local aerospace engineering representatives. The panel guests will demonstrate prototypes, real finished products, and give a presentation on creating new patented products.


Booth space is filled to capacity for this 2014 event.  Thank you for your interest!

The following exhibitors will be in attendance on February 18 for Engineering College & Career Night:

B/E Aerospace
Bergstrom Inc
Flaming Monkeys Robotics Team
ISPE,  Krohn Consulting
JIAC Engineering Program
JiET-A: Joint Institute of Engineering & Technology
Quantum Design
Rockford Robotics
SAE Society of Automotive Engineers
UTC Aerospace Systems
DeVry University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Hope College
Indiana State University
Iowa State University
Lawrence Technological University
Michigan Tech University
Morrison Institute of Technology
Northern Illinois University
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Southern Illinois University
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Valparaiso University
Western Illinois University


Engineers Week events

Other Engineers Week events Rock Valley College is pleased to be a part of include:

Math Counts

RVC's celebration of Engineers Week also includes the annual Math Counts competition on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the RVC Woodward Technology Center (WTC) on the RVC main campus. Area middle school teams will compete. This event is sponsored by the Rockford Chapter of Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. For more information please visit


Bridge Building Competition

Engineers Week continues on Friday, February 21, 2014 when the annual Bridge Building Competition is held at RVC's Stenstrom Center for Career Education (4151 Samuelson Road). Teams, made up of three to four high school junior and seniors, will be given one hour to build a truss bridge.  Each team will have their bridge load tested by engineering staff and students. The testing is displayed on large screens so everyone can see which bridge is the strongest! The competition will take place from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Discover Engineering

On Saturday, February 22, 2014, our partners at the Discovery Center Museum will host Discover Engineering from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dozens of professional engineers from local firms will set up shop in Discovery Center spaces to give kids and adults hands-on experiences. Engage your brain and conquer fun challenges, meet high school robotics teams, erect your own edifice, make-and-take some amazing stuff, and enjoy special science demonstrations!



For more information on Engineering and Technology degree programs, please contact the RVC Engineering Department at (815)-921-3101. 

For registration or questions on Engineering Career Night, please contact Vicki Brust at 815-921-4117.