Irvine Valley College’s (IVC) School of Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation (IDEA) serves as a catalyst for innovative career education opportunities at the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP) in Tustin.

Program offerings include design model making, drafting and engineering, electrical technology and electronic technology.

School of IDEA

ATEP IDEA Building

In a competitive marketplace, the difference between you and the competition is your level of preparedness. Career Education programs offered at Irvine Valley College’s School of Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation (IDEA) will not only provide you with technology education, but manufacturing skills to compete in today’s competitive workplace.

Students will learn in an environment where academic content is accessible in a hands-on context. Located at the ATEP campus in Tustin, IDEA is positioned to become the hub of the college’s Career Education programs.

IDEA building technical xray view
3D X-ray Rendering of IDEA Building

Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation (IDEA) Building Specifications:

  • Designed for the current and next generations of innovators and students
  •  LEED Gold equivalent
  • Served as a catalyst for IVC’s career education programs, offering innovative and effective technical education through its classrooms, outdoor learning areas, collaboration spaces, technology and infrastructure, and faculty spaces
  • Total building area of 32,492 square feet
  • Contains three classrooms and six specialized teaching labs: an alternative energy lab (indoor and outdoor), an optics/photonics lab, an electronics lab, an automation/digital manufacturing lab and an additive and subtractive Design Model Prototyping lab
  • Large central lobby serves as a social corridor for students, faculty and community members
  • Costs for design, construction and equipment: $29.35 million
  • Also home to the college’s Economic and Workforce Development staff
  • Supports an innovative business partnering model
  • On-site services include: 
    • L. C. Lee Certified Testing Center:

      • Offers the opportunity to test or certify at our state-of-the-art facility
      • We provide the opportunity for candidates from business, industry and information technologies to become certified professionals in their chosen fields.
    • Electronics Technician Association (ETA) International
      • Certified testing center
      • ETA International issues technical certifications in a variety of technology fields
      • IVC recognized by ETA to provide training for certifications in the following areas:
        • Photonics Technician Operator (PTO)
        • Photonics Technician Specialist (PTS)
        • Technician in Precision Optics (TPO)
        • Specialist in Precision Optics (SPO)
      • To learn more about these specific certifications, go to
      • To schedule an ETA International certification exam at IVC, contact the IVC Testing Center
    • Student Resource Center
    • Admissions
    • Counseling
    • Financial Aid
  • Open concept administrative space features two dean offices
  • Cost-effective, high-quality design and a simple, flexible structural system
  • Builder and architectural team: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Dougherty Architects


Debbie Vanschoelandt

Dean, Career and Continuing Education and Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation
IDEA Building, Room 205
1624 Valencia Ave
Tustin, CA 92782