Through the University of Maine System’s Maine Engineering Pathways Program, students interested in an Engineering career can now start their studies at UMPI.

The unique degree program allows students to complete their first year of engineering education at UMPI, and then cap off the remaining three years of their engineering degree at the University of Maine or the University of Southern Maine. While addressing state workforce development needs, the program also prepares students to join the Maine workforce in a field with starting annual salaries of $60,000 or more.

In the past decade, engineering employment in the state has grown 25 percent. Maine firms are looking to fill more than 1,400 engineering vacancies yearly.

UMPI President Ray Rice is looking forward to joining the five other University of Maine System campuses on this program. “Having this 1+3 degree program at UMPI provides our students with some very important new opportunities: the chance to begin an engineering degree closer to home, and the ability to work toward a career—starting their freshman year—in a field where candidates are highly sought after and where jobs traditionally have the highest average starting salaries.”

Once UMPI students successfully complete about 35 credits of coursework, they can transfer to UMaine or USM to complete their degree in one of 13 engineering degree programs


For more information about the Maine Engineering Pathways Program at UMPI, contact Dr. Jason Johnston, at 207-768-9652 or email

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