Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering is a broad discipline used in all industries and manufactured products. The mechanical engineer applies principles of mechanics, dynamics, and energy transfer to the design, analysis, testing, and manufacture of consumer and industrial products. A mechanical engineer usually has specialized knowledge in areas such as design, materials, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, control systems, and manufacturing methods. In their senior year of study, ME students will typically specialize in either design of machines or thermal system design.
Aeronautical Engineers conceive, design, develop, test, and supervise the construction of aerospace vehicle systems such as commercial and military aircraft, helicopters, satellites, and space vehicles. Aerospace vehicles are complex systems whose design and construction involves the coordinated application of aerodynamics, structural analysis and design, stability and control, and propulsion systems technology.
Associate in Science Degree Information
The Engineering Associate in Science degree is designed to meet lower division requirements for various majors in engineering. Completion of the Associate in Science degree should qualify the student to transfer at the upper division level to an engineering program at a four-year institution. The degree has a common engineering core requirement as well as specific field requirements. The specific field requirements do vary depending on the four-year institution to which the student will transfer. Thus, requirements for specific universities should be checked before selecting specific field courses.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- solve problems by applying knowledge of mathematics through differential and integral calculus, differential equations and linear algebra.
- solve problems by applying knowledge of science including chemistry and physics.
- use technology to enhance their productivity.
- apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve basic mechanical/aeronautical engineering problems.
- demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of an engineer and how engineering solutions can impact society.
- communicate thoughts in both written and oral forms to team members and larger audiences.
- seek transfer at the junior level into a Mechanical and/or Aeronautical Engineering program at a four-year institution.
The Engineering, Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.