Jun 04, 2023  
2019-2020 SLCC General Catalog 

Mechanical Engineering: APE (CTE)

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Associate of Pre-Engineering | 72 credits minimum

Natural Sciences Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 241
Program Information 801-957-4780
Program Website
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Program Faculty
Professors − Lee Brinton, Holly Moore, Nick Safai
Associate Professors − Sara Farida
Assistant Professors − James Smith, Wesley Sanders, Andrew Vogt, Quentin McRae

Program Description
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest areas of engineering.  It requires an understanding of mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis and electronics. Mechanical engineers use math and physics to analyze and design mechanical devices and machine systems - things that move.

Career Opportunities
Mechanical engineers work in aerospace, automotive, robotics, metallurgy, petroleum and other manufacturing and design industries.

Transfer/Articulation InformationThe associate of pre-engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering is a transfer degree similar to the associate of science degree, but has reduced General Education requirements. Current Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) standards require upper-division General Education courses. Engineering students who complete this degree may apply for advanced-placement at an engineering school, but must complete General Education requirements at the senior institution.

Admission into an engineering major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimates Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Engineering textbooks can be very expensive and range from $30 to $300 apiece.  The cost can be minimized by planning ahead to purchase used books or approved back editions.  Plan on $300 to $500 per semester for textbooks and course fees.

Estimated Time to Completion
4 to 6 semesters depending on student preparation.  Students who do not enter the program ready to take MATH 1210  will require extra time.

Program Entry Requirements
The Mechanical Engineering program requires as a prerequisite a science-oriented high school curriculum which includes as much mathematics, chemistry, physics and English as possible. Students who do not qualify to enter MATH 1210 , CHEM 1210  and ENGL 1010  should take prerequisite courses before entering the first semester of their program. Students who need to take preparatory courses to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. Consult with the academic advisor concerning these courses. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite courses. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy

Be prepared for further study in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline at a four-year college or university by completing a course of study comparable to that required in the first 2 years at the University of Utah or Utah State.


Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of physical science, in particular inorganic chemistry and physics.
Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering, in particular statics, dynamics, and strength of materials.


Demonstrate competence in both creating and interpreting engineering drawings, using modern computer tools.

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Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical tools necessary to perform engineering calculations - in particular Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.
Use these mathematical tools and strategies to solve engineering problems.


Solve complex problems in engineering and science using critical thinking skills and an effective problem solving strategy.


Demonstrate the laboratory skills necessary to design and perform scientific and engineering experiments. Interpret experimental data.

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Demonstrate an understanding of the environmental and social impact of engineering activities and the techniques required to mitigate those impacts.


Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical impacts of engineering decisions and the requirements for ethical behavior of an engineering professional.


Develop engineering computing skills, and use them to solve problems.


Demonstrate competence in technical report writing, other written communication and in oral communication of technical concepts.


General Education Requirements

General Education requirements in this degree are reduced. Students who earn an Associate of Pre-Engineering degree will need to complete additional General Education requirement for a bachelor’s degree at the receiving institution. Transfer students should obtain advising regarding General Education requirement specific to Engineering majors.

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 Course


Distribution Areas

Choose an additional three credits from two of the following distribution areas. We recommend one of the courses should also be a Diversity course (DV).

Elective Courses

No electives are required

Advising Notes

We recommend FA 1080 - Basic Metal Sculpture  as a fine arts distribution course for Engineering majors.

Well prepared math students may substitute MATH 1080  for MATH 1050  plus MATH 1060  with Math Department approval.


Additional Program Notes

Students may wish to complete general education requirements at SLCC in order to reduce their course load during the junior and senior year at the receiving institution. Please consult with the Engineering advisor to plan an appropriate course of study.

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