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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Associate in Science

This degree program is designed to cover the first two years of a four-year program leading to the bachelor’s degree in engineering at most four-year colleges and universities. While the bachelor’s degree is usually the minimum needed to practice as an engineer, the associate degree will permit an individual to find work in most engineering firms as an engineering aide.

Career Opportunities

Aerospace Engineer1
Agricultural Engineer1
Architectural Engineer1
Biomedical Engineer1
CAD/CAM Engineer1
Chemical Engineer1
Civil Engineer1
Civil Engineering Technician
Computer Engineer1
Electrical Engineer1
Electrical Engineering Technician
Environmental Engineer1
Geological Engineer1
Industrial Engineer1
Industrial Engineering Technician
Manufacturing Engineer1
Marine Engineer1
Materials Engineer1
Mechanical Engineer1
Mechanical Engineering Technician
Mining Engineer1
Nuclear Engineer1
Petroleum Engineer1
Structural Engineer1
Systems Engineer1
Robotics Engineer1


Bachelor’s degree or higher required.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Visualize 3D objects and draw them in 2D, both by sketching and through the use of computer-aided drafting software; produce a complete set of drawings sufficient to manufacture a part, including dimensions and tolerances.
  • Solve engineering problems through computer modeling, employing an engineering computer language such as Matlab.
  • Design a rigid structure such as a bridge, determining forces in each part of the structure. Determine the weight and location of the structure’s center of gravity.
  • Design a dynamic system such as a piston or linkage and compute forces, accelerations, and speeds of all components of the system.
  • Select an appropriate material for manufacturing a part or product and determine the appropriate material processing techniques to produce the part. Justify the choice of material on the basis of macroscopic mechanical properties as well as microstructure.
  • Determine the DC and steady-state AC voltages and currents everywhere in an electric circuit composed of passive components.
  • Model vibrating systems using systems of 2nd order differential equations.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

CHEM-141General Chemistry I5
ENGR-100Introduction to Engineering and Design4
ENGR-120Engineering Computer Applications3
ENGR-200Engineering Mechanics-Statics3
ENGR-210Electric Circuits4
ENGR-220Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics3
ENGR-260Engineering Materials3
MATH-180Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH-280Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH-281Multivariable Calculus4
MATH-285Differential Equations3
PHYC-201Mechanics and Waves5
PHYC-202Electricity, Magnetism, and Heat5
Total Units51

Plus General Education Requirements