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Study Engineering at Skyline College

Engineering is the art of applying scientific and mathematical principles, experience, judgment, and common sense to make things that benefit people and society.

Engineering courses at Skyline College prepare students to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. Students take a core of math and science classes along with the engineering classes appropriate for their transfer goals.

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Career Outlook

Engineering work is organized by traditional academic fields of study, including civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering. There are also more specialized engineering fields, including aerospace, biomedical, computer, environmental, industrial, materials, nuclear, and ocean engineering.

Engineering is the art of applying scientific and mathematical principles, experience, judgment, and common sense to make things that benefit people and society. Engineers design products such as cars, computers, medical equipment, bridges, and robots as well as processes and systems for manufacturing, mass transit, and communications.

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.

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All Courses

ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering (3 units)

An introduction to the engineering profession and its different sub-disciplines, intended to provide a foundation for further study in engineering. The course explains the engineering education pathways and explores effective strategies for students to reach their full academic potential. It also provides an understanding of engineering processes and tools including experimentation, data analysis, and computer and communication skills. Emphasis is given to technical communications, ethical considerations, engineering design and analysis skills applied to illustrative projects and problems drawn from various engineering fields. A spreadsheet program (Microsoft Excel) and a computer language (MATLAB or equivalent) are introduced and used in the course.

ENGR 210 Engineering Graphics (4 units)

Introduction to graphical communication and design for engineers. The engineering design process, visualization, sketching, orthographic projection, formal engineering drawings, descriptive geometry, manufacturing processes, dimensioning and tolerancing practices. Use of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to support engineering design. Students complete assignments and group design projects that develop sketching, design, and 2-D and 3-D CAD skills. Assignments may require the use of CAD software outside of class hours.

ENGR 215 Computational Methods for Engineers and Scientists (3 units)

Introduction to problem solving, programming, and computational methods using the MATLAB programming environment. Procedural programming, recursion, sorting, data structures, and an introduction to object-oriented programming. Plotting and data visualization, introduction to statistical analysis of data, systems of linear equations, numerical methods. Applications in engineering, mathematics, and the sciences. Assignments may require the use of MATLAB software outside of class hours.

ENGR 230 Statics (3 units)

Vector treatment of force systems acting on particles and rigid bodies; two- and three-dimensional problems; equilibrium problems involving trusses, frames, machines, distributed forces, fluid statics, internal forces and friction; centroids and moments of inertia; shear and moment diagrams for beams and virtual work.

ENGR 240 Engineering Dynamics (3 units)

Fundamentals of kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Topics include kinematics of particle motion; Newton's second law, work-energy and momentum methods; kinematics of planar and three-dimensional motions of rigid bodies; D'Alembert's principle, work-energy and momentum principles for rigid body motion; introduction to mechanical vibrations.

ENGR 260 Circuits and Devices (3 units)

An introduction to the analysis of electrical circuits. Use of analytical techniques based on the application of circuit laws and network theorems. Analysis of DC and AC circuits containing resistors, capacitors, inductors, dependent sources, operational amplifiers, transformers, and switches. Natural and forced responses of first and second order RLC circuits; phasors; steady-state sinusoidal analysis; AC power calculations; power transfer; three-phase circuits; and energy concepts. Characteristics and circuit models of electronic devices including diodes and transistors.

ENGR 261 Circuits and Devices Laboratory (1 units)

An introduction to the design, construction, and measurement of electrical circuits. Basic use of electrical test and measurement instruments including multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, function generators, and network and spectrum analyzers. Use of circuit simulation software. Interpretation of measured and simulated data based on principles of circuit analysis for DC, transient, and sinusoidal steady-state (AC) conditions. Practical considerations including component value tolerance and non-ideal aspects of measurement instruments. Design, measurement, and analysis of circuits with resistors, inductors, capacitors, transformers, diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers.

ENGR 270 Materials Science (4 units)

Introduces and explores the internal structures and resulting behaviors of materials used in engineering applications, including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and semiconductors. The emphasis is upon developing the ability both to select appropriate materials to meet engineering design criteria and to understand the effects of heat, stress, imperfections, and chemical environments upon material properties and performance. Laboratories provide direct observations of the structures and behaviors discussed in the course, experience with the operation of testing equipment, and the preparation of experimental reports.

ENGR 291 Autonomous Systems Engineering Design (3 units)

Introduction to engineering disciplines and the engineering design process while exploring the societal impact of engineering technology. Involves the design, manufacture and construction of a Quadcopter drone system equipped with sensors for data collection and flight control. CAD tools, electronics, and the Arduino microcontroller system are an integral part of the course.

ENGR 400 Introduction to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) (2 units)

Introduction to basic scientific concepts taken from biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics, the role of science as a human endeavor and the power of scientific inquiry to explore the interdependence of scientific fields through project based activities. STEM education pathways and careers will be investigated.

ENGR 405 Engineering Makerspace Summer Experience (2 units)

Introduction to rapid prototyping (via engineering, design and construction) using materials accessible in a fabrication/maker space. Students will use equipment and materials to prototype a minimum viable product (MVP) while exploring strategies for entrepreneurship. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

ENGR 695 Independent Study in Engineering (0.5or 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized, directed instruction provided in selected areas to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.

Program Type Total Units
Electrical Engineering AS 60 Units

The Skyline College STEM Center brings together academic and student support services for students taking science, technology, engineering and math courses.

The center supports student success by ensuring students have access to resources such as academic tutoring, counseling services, a resource depository for STEM pathways and transfer, a hub for internships and work based learning opportunities, as well as a place where students and staff can collaborate and build a community and supportive connection.

Check out the STEM Center

The Skyline College Fab Lab The Fab Lab is a space where your creativity and your imagination have no boundaries. We give you access to the tools, training, and community you'll need to feel comfortable building just about anything. We help you to evolve your technical and mechanical skills, develop your creativity and find new ways to improvise and be innovative.

Come utilize our production workshop and small-scale innovation hub equipped with digital fabrication machines and technologies for the production of objects, tools, and electronics.

Check out the Fab Lab

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Division of Skyline College offers a variety of programs that lead to AA/AS degrees, certificates in a specified field, and/or academic transfer to a 4-year college or university. Students can also take a class to fulfill General Education requirements, prepare for your major, and build career and technical education and skills. Check out the division's current programs.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Collaborate, communicate effectively, and work well in situations that require teamwork and leadership.
  • Design and perform tests or experiments, analyze and interpret data including the use of statistical error analysis, and prepare technical reports summarizing the results of the tests or experiments.
  • Develop an electrical or electronic hardware design or embedded system given a set of requirements, specifications, and constraints.
  • Use techniques, skills, and modern engineering and computer tools necessary for electrical engineering practice including computer aided drafting (CAD) software, circuit simulation software, modern electronics test equipment, circuit prototyping and repair tools, design and manufacture of printed circuit boards, and embedded programming development tools and devices.
Office Information
Location: Building 7
Email: langhoffn@smccd.edu
Summer 2024 Courses  |  Spring 2024 Courses

Type Status Title Days Time Instructor
Online Class OPEN ENGR 100 - 55622 - Introduction to Engineering
ENGR 100 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture/48-54 lab. Prerequisite: MATH 130 or equivalent. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An introduction to the engineering profession and its different sub-disciplines, intended to provide a foundation for further study in engineering. The course explains the engineering education pathways and explores effective strategies for students to reach their full academic potential. It also provides an understanding of engineering processes and tools, including experimentation, data analysis, and computer and communication skills. Emphasis is given to technical communications, ethical considerations, engineering design, and analysis skills applied to illustrative projects and problems drawn from various engineering fields. A spreadsheet program (Microsoft Excel) and a computer language (MATLAB or equivalent) are introduced and used in the course. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.
TBA Sukumar, S
Online Class OPEN ENGR 100 - 55622 - Introduction to Engineering
ENGR 100 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture/48-54 lab. Prerequisite: MATH 130 or equivalent. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An introduction to the engineering profession and its different sub-disciplines, intended to provide a foundation for further study in engineering. The course explains the engineering education pathways and explores effective strategies for students to reach their full academic potential. It also provides an understanding of engineering processes and tools, including experimentation, data analysis, and computer and communication skills. Emphasis is given to technical communications, ethical considerations, engineering design, and analysis skills applied to illustrative projects and problems drawn from various engineering fields. A spreadsheet program (Microsoft Excel) and a computer language (MATLAB or equivalent) are introduced and used in the course. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.
TBA Sukumar, S

The Engineering & Tech Scholars (ETS) Learning Community is an accelerated cohort program designed to engage and support students in Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology pathways.  Part of the Silicon Valley Engineering Tech Pathways project, the ETS program helps students move through core Math, Physics, Chemistry, and English courses together as a group with support from Math and Engineering faculty and a Student Support Specialist.

Through supportive group-based learning, engagement in academic success strategies, contextualized mathematics, hands-on and team-based design projects, and introduction to advanced manufacturing techniques in a brand new state-of-the-art Fabrication Laboratory, students progress from entry-level mathematics through intermediately advanced Science, Engineering, and Technology courses.

The ETS Learning Community prepares students for an Associate’s of Science Degree in Engineering and Tech pathways and transfers to university. This community cultivates hands-on design and manufacturing experience to place students in entry-level internships in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco tech industries.

How to Apply

For more information on program enrollment, please contact Luis Prado, STEM Retention Specialist, and fill out the online application. The program is now accepting students enrolling in MATH 130 Trig, MATH 222 Pre-Calculus, or MATH 251 Calculus I in the fall. 

Program Benefits

What are the advantages of joining the Engineering and Technology Scholars Learning Community?

  • You and your peers learn together.  Each ETS student cohort is enrolled in linked courses together for five semesters. You and your peers will have unique collaborative projects and be able to forge a community of STEM learners based on your similar academic interests.
  • You will explore your career options.  STEM is a massive pool of possible majors and it may be difficult to decide your field of study or career goal. The ETS program provides students exposure to different opportunities in tech through field trips, extracurricular activities, and mentoring.
  • You will gain tangible experience.  Skyline College is home to a brand new, state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab provided by Base11. ETS students are able to participate in various workshops and other learning opportunities utilizing 3-D printers, milling machines, laser cutters, and more! Through continuous lab experience, ETS students gain transferable skills to fulfill eligibility for offered internships.
  • You will prepare for your future.  Additional to STEM enrichment, ETS students receive training in resume writing, study skills, and access to multiple guidance resources. ETS students are equipped with a Student Support Specialist that provides individualized assistance to more acutely identify areas of student improvement.

Find the core courses of the ETS program below, along with track-specific coursework.

ETS Core Courses Course Units
COUN 100 3
CHEM 210 5
ENGL 105 5
ENGL 110 3
MATH 110 5
MATH 120 5
MATH 130 4
MATH 222 5
MATH 251 5
MATH 252 5
MATH 253 5
MATH 270 3
PHYS 250 4
PHYS 260 4
PHYS 270 4
Electrical Engineering Courses Course Units
COMP 250 3
COMP 251*
ENGR 100
ENGR 400*
ENGR 260** 
ENGR 261** 
GEN ED 
MATH 275 
Computer Engineering Courses Course Units
COMP 250 3
COMP 251* 
COMP 252** 
COMP 262 
ENGR 100 
ENGR 400* 
ENGR 260** 
ENGR 261** 
MATH 275 
Computer Science Courses Course Units
COMP 250 3
COMP 252** 
COMP 256* 
COMP 262* 
ENGR 100 
ENGR 400* 
GEN ED 

Calling All Makers!

This summer experience, geared towards youth, gives aspiring makers an opportunity to design prototypes in our Fab Lab.

We will be exploring different projects for engineering and prototyping while opening up an entrepreneurial mindset. Please note that this is a beginner’s level course! We will also get a sneak peak into Skyline College and hear about various resources on campus to help you whether you choose to explore Engineering, and/or Business and become a STEM Entrepreneur.  

Who Can Apply?

Anyone with a student ID number (G#)! (If you have not obtained a G# apply here!)

  1. Students currently in high school qualify for concurrent enrollment. Please see information on concurrent enrollment to learn more about eligibility to enroll this way.
  2. Students who have completed high school/GED must enroll through regular means. After receiving your Student ID (G#), students can sign up for the course through their WebSmart account, using CRN 55719.

FAQ

Enrollment Costs:

  • Concurrent Enrollment students: tuition is waived
  • Regular participating students: $46 per unit for California residents

Lab kit costs: $75 deposit

We will be performing several activities involving manufacturing, circuitry as well as fabric and leather crafting! Included in the kit are various components for you to use and there are some components for you to keep. Each item in the kit will be labeled accordingly.

Local residents: we will send all registered students a schedule of when to pick up the kit from us. To pick up your kit, review and sign our lab kit waiver and pay the deposit fee and you’re good to go! You will have to return the kits – return the kits and also pick up any laser cut designs that you may have worked on over the course of the program!

You will need to download the Arduino software (free)

  • please make sure that your computer is compatible with the software and for plugging in USB-A devices.
Maryam Khan - Engineering Instructor + Summer Program Coordinator

I can help you with:

  • Questions you have about the course in general
  • Questions about the Laboratory Kits + kit safety
  • Checking out and Returning Laboratory Kits
  • Questions you have about Engineering
  • Questions you may have about future college, and career aspirations pertaining to Engineering + STEM
  • Contact Maryam at khanm@smccd.edu

Soledad McCarthy - Entrepeneurship Instructor

I can help you with:

  • Questions you have about Entrepreneurship
  • Questions you have about future college, and career aspirations pertaining to Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • Contact Soledad at mccarthym@smccd.edu

Marco Wehfritz - Engineering Lab Coordinator

I can help you with:

  • Checking out and returning the Lab Kits
  • Kit safety forms
  • Contact Marco at wehfritzm@smccd.edu

Primary Contact

Bryan Swartout
Bryan Swartout (Planning and Research Analyst)
President's Office-Planning, Research, Innovation and Effectiveness
swartoutb@smccd.edu More details »

Department Faculty

Maryam Khan
Maryam Khan (Adjunct Faculty)
Science|Math|Technology-Engineering (ENGR)
khanm@smccd.edu More details »
Nick Langhoff
Nick Langhoff (Professor)
Science|Math|Technology-Engineering (ENGR)
langhoffn@smccd.edu More details »

Division Contacts

Jing Folsom
Jing Folsom (Acting Dean of STEM)
Science|Math|Technology-Division Office
folsomj@smccd.edu
BLDG 7A-130A
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