Oct 02, 2022  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Mechanical Engineering: APE (CTE)

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Associate of Pre-Engineering | 73 credits minimum

Engineering Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 220
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4780
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Professors − Nick Safai
Associate Professors − Francis Afghan, Lee Brinton, Holly Moore, 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. They work in aerospace, automotive, robotics, metallurgy, petroleum and other manufacturing and design industries.

Transfer/Articulation Information
The associate of pre-engineering degree 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.

Program Entry Requirements
Each 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.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students are able to follow the suggested samples schedules, time to completion is between 4 and 6 semesters.

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
1. Be prepared for further study in Mechanical Engineering or related disciplines at a four-year college or university. 1,5
2. Understand key concepts, definitions, formulas, applications, design & analysis of mechanical engineering field. 1,3
3. Understand the mathematical tools necessary to perform engineering calculations - in particular Calculus, Linear Algebra & Differential Equations. 1,3
4. Develop the laboratory skills necessary to design, develop, build and perform scientific & engineering experiments, to be able to interpret collected data, and create an effective technical report/paper. 1,3,4
5. Be able to solve complex problems in science & mechanical engineering using critical thinking skills. 1,4
6. Effectively communicate scientific and engineering concepts both orally and in writing. 2
7. Solve engineering problems and create engineering designs using modern computing techniques and tools 7

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) 4 Credits

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits from one of the Following

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).

Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Social Science (SS)   3

Sample 4 Semester Schedule - Assuming Calculus Ready

Sample 5 Semester Schedule - Assuming Calculus Ready

Sample 6 Semester Schedule - Assuming College Algebra Ready with 7 Math Preparation Credits

Advising Notes:

Students planning to major in Mechanical Engineering at Utah State University also need both Physics Labs (PHYS 2215  and PHYS 2225 ).

* We recommend FA 1080 - Basic Metal Sculpture  - as a distribution option.

**Well prepared students may substitute MATH 1080  for MATH 1050 /MATH 1060  with Math Department approval. Students who need additional math preparation should consult an academic advisor.


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 transfer institution.  Please consult with the Engineering advisor to plan an appropriate course of study.

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