Curriculum & Outcomes

Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree

95 credits

The Engineering Technology AAS-T degree prepares students for employment in technical fields. By completing the degree, students will acquire a broad foundation in engineering principles, and in the application of math, science, and design theory to solve engineering problems which, coupled with electives in a chosen area of specialization, will equip them work as engineering technicians in a number of industries.

Engineering Technology AAS-T graduates will:

  • be prepared for a range of entry level technician positions in the electronics, energy, manufacturing, aerospace, and biomedical equipment industries
  • be able to apply basic principles of math, science, and design theory to solve real engineering problems
  • be able to apply computer skills to solve engineering problems
  • be able to carry out measurements, analyze data, and relate the results to real problems
  • demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices in engineering workshops and labs
  • demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills
  • meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes

ACADEMIC PLAN

Structure of the Program

Structure

 

The Common Engineering Core

Engineering is a dynamic discipline with new technologies emerging all the time, and with most projects involving a combination of several sub-disciplines. For example, the development of a biomedical device might include digital and analog circuit design; the selection of safe, strong, and affordable materials; the design of manufacturing fixtures; and the development of a test program to meet regulatory requirements.

By understanding key concepts and principles, engineers are better able to be productive members of engineering teams from their first day. The Common Engineering Core is designed to enable all engineering students to:

  1. Understand the broad spectrum of design and operation constraints in which they operate, and expose students to real-world engineering problems and best practice.

  2. Build on a set of basic principles and concepts to acquire skills and knowledge in an area of specialization in the later part of their studies.

  3. Communicate with engineers in other areas of specialization.

  4. After graduation, rapidly acquire skills and knowledge in other specializations as and when required by their employer or the market.

The Common Engineering Core consists of six engineering courses:

and four Applied Math and Computing courses.

 

Applied Mathematics and Computing

Applied Mathematics and Computing is a 4-course sequence that parallels the other topics in the Common Engineering Core, and provides the essential mathematical and computing tools and concepts to support the technical material. The sequence starts with a general course covering all of the math topics that the student will see over the two year Common Engineering Core program, with emphasis on how to think mathematically about engineering problems. This provides a strong conceptual orientation which will be expanded on in later classes.

Students will also be introduced to the computational tools that will be used throughout the other courses in the Applied Mathematics and Computing sequence, and in the other technical courses.

The subsequent 3 courses incrementally refine the topics that are introduced in the first course.

 

Description

Paired With

MATH 131 - Applied Math and Computing 1
This is the first course in the Applied Math and Computing sequence, and provides an overview of engineering math. It also introduces students to the numerical computing environment MATLAB which will be used through the rest of the sequence. Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry are reviewed with examples being drawn from the Materials & Manufacturing Processes course.

ENG 131

MATH 132 - Applied Math and Computing 2
This course introduces students to the use of vectors and matrices, basic differentiation and integration, and the concept of articulation and degrees of freedom. Examples are drawn from the Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics) course.

ENG 132

MATH 133 - Applied Math and Computing 3
In this course, students will study sinusoids and waves, 1st and 2nd order differential equations, and the use of complex numbers with examples being drawn from the Electrical Circuits course.

ENG 133

MATH 134 - Applied Math and Computing 4
In this course, students will study the application of Fourier analysis and digital logic to solve problems drawn from the Electronic Systems course.

ENG 134

 

Areas of Focus and Engineering Electives

Four areas of focus are currently available. 25 or more credits should be chosen from one of these areas. Courses should be selected in consultation with an adviser

Manufacturing

  • Solidworks for Engineering I
  • Solidworks for Engineering II
  • Introduction to PLCs
  • Mechatronics
  • Introduction to Automation/Electromechanical
  • Fundamentals of Machining for Engineering
  • Quality and Statistical Process Control
  • Engineering Technology Capstone

Biomedical Engineering

  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • Cellular Biology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • Intro to Microprocessors & Microcontrollers
  • Good Lab Practices
  • Engineering Technology Capstone

Electronics

  • Introduction to PLCs
  • Troubleshooting Electronic Circuits
  • Mechatronics
  • Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • Communication Electronics
  • Linear Circuits
  • Introduction to Automation/Electromechanical
  • Intro to Microprocessors & Microcontrollers
  • Printed Circuit Board Layout and Design
  • Engineering Technology Capstone

Alternative Energy

  • Introduction to Alternative Energy
  • Biomass and Biofuel Basics
  • Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems
  • Fundamentals of Wind and Water Power
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Quality and Statistical Process Control
  • Engineering Technology Capstone

 

Typical Program Timeline

Timeline

 

The courses of the Common Engineering Core are scheduled over two 3-quarter periods separated by a summer break. Depending on the scheduling of the Engineering Electives, and the Communications and General Education courses, the program could be completed in these 6 quarters of study.

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and plan their individual schedule with a counselor or adviser. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

 

Program Requirements

ENG 131 Materials and Manufacturing Processes 5
ENG 132 Mechanics - Statics and Dynamics 5
ENG 133 Electrical Circuits 5
ENG 134 Electronic Systems 1
ENG 221 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 5
ENG 222 Engineering Design 5
MATH 131 Applied Mathematics and Computing 1 5
MATH 132 Applied Mathematics and Computing 2 5
MATH 133 Applied Mathematics and Computing 3 5
MATH 134 Applied Mathematics and Computing 4 5

Engineering Electives 25 (or more) Credits

Choosen from one of the following areas of focus:

Electronics Focus
ELEC 116 Introduction to PLCs 5
ELEC 214 Troubleshooting Electronic Circuits 4
ELEC 216 Mechatronics 4
ELEC 217 Data Acquisition and Analysis 5
ELEC 223 Communication Electronics 5
ELEC 225 Linear Circuits 5
ELEC 226 Introduction to Automation/Electromechanical 5
ELEC 237 Intro to Microprocessors & Microcontrollers 5
ELEC 239 Printed Circuit Board Layout and Design 6
ENG 290 Engineering Technology Capstone 5
Renewable Energy Focus
ETEC 110 Introduction to Alternative Energy 5
ETEC 121 Biomass and Biofuel Basics 5
ETEC 123 Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems 4
ETEC 124 Fundamentals of Wind and Water Power 5
ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 5
STEC 225 Quality and Statistical Process Control 5
ENG 290 Engineering Technology Capstone 5
Manufacturing Focus
ELEC 116 Introduction to PLCs 5
ELEC 216 Mechatronics 4
ELEC 126 Introduction to Automation/Electromechanical 5
ENGT 225 SolidWorks for Engineering I 4
ENGT 226 SolidWorks for Engineering II 4
ENGT 226 SolidWorks for Engineering II 4
MACH 108 Fundamentals of Machining for Engineering 4
STEC 225 Quality and Statistical Process Control 5
ENG 290 Engineering Technology Capstone 5
Biomedical Focus
CHEM& 161 General Chemistry with Lab 5
BIOL& 211 Cellular Biology 5
BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 6
ELEC 217 Data Acquisition and Analysis 5
ELEC 237 Intro to Microprocessors & Microcontrollers 5
STEC 200 Good Lab Practices 4
ENG 290 Engineering Technology Capstone 5

Academic Core Requirements 20 Credits

(+5 credits Quantitative Reasoning covered by Applied Math & Computing courses in the Common Engineering Core)

ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5
Humanities 5
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits95

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.