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Engineering Technology (Workforce)

Mechanical Design Technology

Prepare for your engineering and design career through this program. Then, work in an engineering office environment at structural engineering companies, manufacturing firms, architectural firms, refineries, construction companies.

Learn drawing and design skills to use as a mechanical engineering technician, mechanical drafter, computer aided drafter, engineering technician, or production planner.

Employment Information

Average annual income $71,937

Wage potential $86,757 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

The average annual wage in this field is $71,937, with an earning potential of about $86,757 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

The mechanical engineering program prepares students for employment in the aerospace industry, petrochemical industry, industrial manufacturing, engineering consulting and design firms, engineering software development and support companies, and electrical contractors.

Potential positions include mechanical engineering technician, mechanical drafter, computer aided drafter, engineering technician, production planner, machine maintenance technician, mechanical testing & quality control technician and sales representative.

Courses

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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Academic Core
  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22WF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 14
    1/4-3/22Online PENG AOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 3
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online PENG AOpenings: 24
  • MATH& 142Precalculus II5 credits

    The majority of this course will cover trigonometry. Students will explore trigonometry functions, right and oblique triangle trigonometry, graphing, trigonometry identifies, laws of Sine and Cosine as well as trigonometric application problems. This course will also cover vectors in the plane and in space, along with parametric equations. Polar coordinates and graphs of polar equations will also be included.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pPENG AOpenings: 11
    1/4-3/22Online PENG AOpenings: 14
    4/5-6/16Online PENG AOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 20
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23Th 1:10p-3:20pNELSON NOpenings: 18
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aHATCH LOpenings: 18
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pGERNAND JOpenings: 1
    1/4-3/22MW10:10a-11:30aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 1
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aHATCH LWaitlisted: 1
    1/4-3/23Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 3
    4/4-6/13T 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW 8:30a-9:50aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MWF 2:10p-3:30pHATCH LOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW10:10a-11:30aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 3
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSMITH MWaitlisted: 1
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 2
    1/4-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    1/4-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pHATCH LOpenings: 15
    1/5-2/9Th 3:30p-5:00pHATCH LOpenings: 7
    1/4-2/8W 3:10p-5:00pGIST BOpenings: 5
    2/15-3/22W 3:10p-5:00pGIST BOpenings: 1
    1/4-3/23ARR12:30p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 7
    1/11-2/1W 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 5
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/13-5/4Th 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 25
  • Engineering Core
  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 credits

    This course explores engineering and technology through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics include engineering disciplines, degree and transfer options, career opportunities, academic success strategies, and planning your program of study.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 6
    4/5-6/14W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20Online DAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 credits

    Course explores the role of teamwork, creativity, and communication in innovative engineering design. Topics include engineering design process, collaborative problem solving techniques, and computer applications. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in these areas through a series of hands-on design projects.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or Math 098 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or better).

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pSEAY BOpenings: 8
    4/5-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of graphical techniques and standard practices used to communicate engineering design information. Students will learn graphics techniques, visualization skills, standards for object views and drawing sizes, orthographic projection, section views, proper dimensioning techniques, and tolerances. Freehand sketching is used to develop visualization skills and as an instrument for design conceptualization and communication.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSEAY BWaitlisted: 5
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSEAY BWaitlisted: 0
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pGOODRICH SWaitlisted: 4
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pGOODRICH SOpenings: 1
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pMORGAN POpenings: 24
  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 credits

    This course is an introduction to 3D CAD (computer aided design) with an emphasis on parametric solid modeling applications and usage. Topics include methods for creating solid model components, joining components to form assemblies, and generation of 2D manufacturing drawings from 3D solid models.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 13
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/4-6/20TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/4-6/20TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 12
  • Mechanical Core
  • ENGT 116Advanced Graphics5 credits

    This course is a continuation of the mechanical engineering graphic technology foundation. It utilizes CAD to develop advanced drawing techniques in accordance with industry standards. Instruction includes projection techniques for points, lines, and planes; the purpose and application of auxiliary views; methods for developing more advanced principal views; dimensioning and tolerancing of parts for manufacture according to ASME/ANSI standards; and methods for representing threads and fasteners.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 with a "C" or better and (completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGT 135 with a "C" or better).

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pREISS JOpenings: 11
  • ENGT 134AutoCAD I5 credits

    This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.


    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aSTETTLER TOpenings: 6
    1/5-3/23TTh 5:30p-7:40pGOODRICH SOpenings: 12
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 135AutoCAD II5 credits

    This course is a continuation of AutoCAD I and utilizes intermediate drawing and editing tools. Coursework includes generating and editing dimensions and tolerances in CAD, methods for creating isometric drawings, paperspace techniques for printing/plotting to scale, applications and procedures for creating attributed blocks, creation of table, and the applications and procedures for using external references.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 and ENGT 134 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSEAY BWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/19MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 208CAD Project 3D5 credits

    This is a project oriented design course in which students create a 3D solid model of an existing assembly or one of their own design. Each student will generate a complete working drawing set for their assembly including engineering details and assembly drawings in accordance with industry standards. A portfolio including preliminary sketches, detail drawings, and assembly drawings will be submitted.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 180 with a "C" or better and (completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGT 116 with a "C" or better).
  • ENGT 215Applied Statics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to engineering mechanics, focusing on the analysis of "static" (non-moving) structures. Students will use statics concepts to determine the external reaction loads and internal member forces for trusses, frames, and machines.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
  • ENGT 216Applied Mechanics Of Materials5 credits

    This course explores the effect of forces on engineering structures and the resulting internal stresses and deformations that develop. Students will apply statics and strength of materials concepts to determine size, shape, and material requirements for engineering components. Topics include an introduction to stress and strain, physical characteristics of components (size and shape), mechanical properties of engineering materials (strength, stiffness, etc.), and materials testing and composition.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 215 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 222Advanced Parametric Modeling5 credits

    This course is a continuation of Parametric Modeling. Topics include more advanced methods for the creation of parts, assemblies, and 2D manufacturing drawings.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 180 with a "C" or better.
  • ENGT 233Intro To CATIA5 credits

    This course is an introduction to solid modeling using CATIA V5 CAD (computer aided design) software. Topics include methods for creating solid model components, joining components to form assemblies, and generating 2D manufacturing drawings from 3D solid models.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 with a “C” or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MW12:30p-1:50pMORGAN POpenings: 24
  • ENGT 250Capstone Project5 credits

    This is a project oriented design course in which students draw on skills developed throughout the program to complete an instructor selected project. Topics are chosen based on real world significance, relevance and breadth of the skill set required, and available on-campus project opportunities. Projects may be individual or group based and typically involve several or all of the following completion tasks; 2D CAD drafting, 3D solid modeling, statics analysis of structural loads, sizing of members based on strength of materials, geometric and trigonometric calculations, data exchange, etc.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 180 and ENGT 116 and ENGT 135 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pREISS JOpenings: 24
  • MACH 191Machining for Engineers5 credits

    Proper setup of manual lathes and mills will be emphasized in this Introductory machining course for non-program students. Student will be able to identify all parts of an engine lathe and calculate settings to achieve desired speeds and feeds on a variety of different lathes. Work holding, the use of the 3 jaw chuck, facing, O.D. turning, grooving, parting-off and drilling will be covered. Students will hand grind their own tools from HSS lathe tool blanks. The proper use of a mill will be covered including: speed and feed adjustment, work holding and coordinate systems. The operations to be performed will be: tramming in a table, squaring a vise, tool setting, edge finding, facing, end mill use, drilling, and tapping.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 with a “C” or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF11:30a-1:50pDONNER DOpenings: 7
    4/5-6/19MWF11:30a-1:50pDONNER DOpenings: 16
  • MACH 192CNC Machining for Engineers5 credits

    This introductory course covers the principles of CNC machining. The advantages of the CNC machine in production and the process differences between manual and CNC operations will be discussed. Students will read, write, and trouble-shoot G-Code programs, setup CNC lathes and mills, and use CAM software to program a part to run on a CNC machine.

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in ENGR 180, C or better in MACH 191.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters on a space available basis.

Testing Requirements

  • Students are required to take the Reading, Sentence and Arithmetic portions of the Accuplacer Placement Test prior to enrolling for classes.

Program Outcomes

  • Create fully dimensioned orthographic and isometric CAD drawings that adhere to national standards (i.e. ANSI) and industry conventions.
  • Interpret rough sketches/drawings/actual parts and transform into 2D CAD drawings according to ANSI and industry standards for the purpose of manufacture, fabrication, and/or assembly.
  • Utilize parametric solid modeling software to generate 3D part models, 3D assembly models, and 2D detail/assembly drawings.
  • Apply statics principles to evaluate forces in structural elements that comprise trusses, machines, and frames.
  • Evaluate the stress, strain, and deflection levels of engineering components subjected to deformation, axial loads, and shear loads.
  • Utilize MS Office products such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to generate engineering documents, reports, tables, charts, spread sheets, and presentations.

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Scott Reiss

Area of Instruction


Engineering

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont

E.I.T., Engineer in Training, State of Vermont

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8424
sreiss@btc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J5-A

 

Background


Profile

Scott Reiss is tenured faculty at BTC where he has been instructing the Mechanical Engineering Technology program since 2003.

Scot...

    • Scott Reiss is tenured faculty at BTC where he has been instructing the Mechanical Engineering Technology program since 2003.

      Scott has over 20 years of industry based mechanical engineering experience. Before Scott joined BTC he owned and operated J. Scott Reiss Consulting, where he performed 3D solid modeling, stress analysis, and patent work for various clients. For ten years prior to that, Scott worked for the PACCAR Technical Center in Mount Vernon as a stress analyst. In this capacity, Scott performed finite element analysis and developed testing strategies to support the development of new class 8 trucks and remedy issues with existing vehicles. Other work experience includes jobs on the east coast where Scott worked in R&D labs developing products and performing test and analysis work.

Specialties
Areas of Expertise: CAD, AutoCAD, Inventor, Plant 3D; Stress Analysis; Finite Element Analysis; Optimization; Composite Design

    • Areas of Expertise: CAD, AutoCAD, Inventor, Plant 3D; Stress Analysis; Finite Element Analysis; Optimization; Composite Design


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Jill Davishahl

Area of Instruction


Engineering & Trades

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Union College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8575
jdavishahl@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 211

 

Background


Profile

Jill Davishahl is an engineering instructor at Bellingham Technical College where she teaches a variety of engineering classes including Statics,...

    • Jill Davishahl is an engineering instructor at Bellingham Technical College where she teaches a variety of engineering classes including Statics, Mechanics of Materials, and Graphics. Before joining the team at BTC, Jill taught engineering at Western Washington University for the department of Engineering & Design. Prior to her term at WWU, Jill was a tenured faculty member at Edmonds Community College. While at Edmonds Community College, Jill designed and implemented the Associates of Applied Science in Materials Science Technology program, participated in a variety of NSF grants (Co-PI for CSEMS scholarship program, instructor for EMTECH workshops), taught and developed classes in both engineering and materials science, and held the position of department chair of engineering.

      Her experience in industry focused on prosthetic research and design in both a clinical and laboratory setting. Her prosthetics research focused primarily on developing a low cost composite prosthesis for use in underdeveloped countries. She also worked in the area of electronics packaging focusing on creating a thermally conductive interface material for use in computerized applications.

      Her teaching philosophy is to create an environment where students can learn and apply the fundamental concepts of engineering while developing and utilizing their intellectual curiosity, communication skills, and team skills. She strives to inspire student interest in learning and to foster their creative spirit.

Specialties
• Composite design and analysis including finite element analysis

    • • Composite design and analysis including finite element analysis
    • • Design & implementation of engineering and related degree programs
    • • Grant writing and resource development in the area of engineering
    • • Curriculum enhancement


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Steve Mudd

Area of Instruction


Social Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


M.A., Counseling Psychology, National University

B.S., Applied Science in Industrial Technology, Western Illinois University

Contact Info


752-8437
smudd@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 223


Civil Engineering Technology

This program will prepare you for a career as a civil engineering technician, computer aided drafter, construction manager, transportation technician, or GIS technician. You’ll learn valuable skills like civil drawing, design, geographic information systems (GIS) and field engineering.

If you’re looking for a program that will put you on a solid career track with employers such as high-tech industries, civil engineering and surveying firms, the Department of Transportation, or civil construction companies, then look into Civil Engineering at BTC.

Employment Information

72% Average placement rate for program graduates

Entry-level wage $53,258 annually

Wage potential $64,074 annually

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Jobs & Employment

Employment of engineering technicians is expected to increase. As technology becomes more sophisticated, employers continue to look for technicians who are skilled in new technology and require a minimum of additional job training.

About 72% of BTC Civil Engineering Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $53,258, with an earning potential of about $64,074 per year.*

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as civil engineering technicians. Potential positions also include computer aided drafter, construction manager, transportation technician, and GIS technician.

Graduates may be employed by both public and private organizations including municipal, state and federal agencies, roadway and building construction firms, public utilities, engineering firms, manufacturing companies, and aircraft companies.

Courses

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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Academic Core
  • AMATH 111Applied Technical Math5 credits

    This course introduces concepts of plane geometry and right triangle trigonometry, and develops further the elements of algebra in applications for technical professions. Unit conversions in Metric and English systems, Scientific notations, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and proportions are extensively reviewed. Textbook and Scientific or Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aMOYLE VOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aMOYLE VOpenings: 28
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/21Th 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 4
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 9
    1/4-3/23Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/13T 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pBURNS JOpenings: 20
    4/4-3/16TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 5:30p-6:50pBURNS JOpenings: 28
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pHATCH LOpenings: 15
    1/5-2/9Th 3:30p-5:00pHATCH LOpenings: 7
    1/4-2/8W 3:10p-5:00pGIST BOpenings: 5
    2/15-3/22W 3:10p-5:00pGIST BOpenings: 1
    1/4-3/23ARR12:30p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 7
    1/11-2/1W 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 5
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/13-5/4Th 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 25
  • Engineering Core
  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 credits

    This course explores engineering and technology through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics include engineering disciplines, degree and transfer options, career opportunities, academic success strategies, and planning your program of study.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 6
    4/5-6/14W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20Online DAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 credits

    Course explores the role of teamwork, creativity, and communication in innovative engineering design. Topics include engineering design process, collaborative problem solving techniques, and computer applications. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in these areas through a series of hands-on design projects.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or Math 098 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or better).

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pSEAY BOpenings: 8
    4/5-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of graphical techniques and standard practices used to communicate engineering design information. Students will learn graphics techniques, visualization skills, standards for object views and drawing sizes, orthographic projection, section views, proper dimensioning techniques, and tolerances. Freehand sketching is used to develop visualization skills and as an instrument for design conceptualization and communication.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSEAY BWaitlisted: 5
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSEAY BWaitlisted: 0
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pGOODRICH SWaitlisted: 4
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pGOODRICH SOpenings: 1
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pMORGAN POpenings: 24
  • ENGT 134AutoCAD I5 credits

    This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.


    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aSTETTLER TOpenings: 6
    1/5-3/23TTh 5:30p-7:40pGOODRICH SOpenings: 12
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 135AutoCAD II5 credits

    This course is a continuation of AutoCAD I and utilizes intermediate drawing and editing tools. Coursework includes generating and editing dimensions and tolerances in CAD, methods for creating isometric drawings, paperspace techniques for printing/plotting to scale, applications and procedures for creating attributed blocks, creation of table, and the applications and procedures for using external references.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 and ENGT 134 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSEAY BWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/19MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 215Applied Statics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to engineering mechanics, focusing on the analysis of "static" (non-moving) structures. Students will use statics concepts to determine the external reaction loads and internal member forces for trusses, frames, and machines.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
  • ENGT 216Applied Mechanics Of Materials5 credits

    This course explores the effect of forces on engineering structures and the resulting internal stresses and deformations that develop. Students will apply statics and strength of materials concepts to determine size, shape, and material requirements for engineering components. Topics include an introduction to stress and strain, physical characteristics of components (size and shape), mechanical properties of engineering materials (strength, stiffness, etc.), and materials testing and composition.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 215 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • Technology Course Work
  • CET 102Fundamentals Of Surveying I5 credits

    Emphasis is placed on familiarization with the different types of surveys and their purpose and teaches the student to be able to differentiate between "accuracy" and "precision." It teaches the student to measure distances in a vertical direction and relate these measurements to a datum plane or elevation from sea level. Course also teaches the student how to measure directions from known points to find or establish other points and will enable the student to gain necessary skills in operating surveying instruments.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 098 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.
  • CET 110Construction And Highway Surveys5 credits

    Students will learn stakeout procedures for a variety of construction projects. In addition, the students will develop techniques to help the student learn to use horizontal and vertical curves in the field and office to join tangent lines.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 134 and CET 102 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MW12:30p-1:20pBROD ROpenings: 24
     F12:00p-1:50p
     F 8:00a-10:00a
  • CET 120Zoning, Permitting & Platting5 credits

    Introduction to Whatcom County and City of Bellingham zoning ordinances and an introduction to the various state, county, and city permits associated with construction and land use in Whatcom County.

    Prerequisite:
  • CET 141Fundamentals Of GIS & GPS5 credits

    Students develop knowledge and designing skills in topology, features, attributes, relational operators, data capture, coverage editing, coordinate systems, and map projections.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 098 with a "C" or better.
  • CET 142Intermediate GIS5 credits

    An introduction to desktop mapping, focusing on the use of ArcView software in Geographic Information Systems applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 134 and CET 141 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF 2:10p-3:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
     MW 8:00a-10:00a
  • CET 230Estimating And Scheduling5 credits

    An introduction to the construction process, project scheduling, and estimation of concrete, rebar, and earthwork quantities.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 251 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • CET 235Construction Materials5 credits

    An introduction to the practices and procedures for the testing and placement of construction materials. This course covers basic steel stress, strain and thermal expansion. In depth coverage for testing and placing: soil, aggregate, asphalt and concrete. Also, included are standard inspection practices and construction documentation during and after the construction of sewer, water, storm, and roadway civil improvements.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-12:40pSTETTLER TOpenings: 17
  • CET 240Earthmoving Fundamentals5 credits

    An introduction to earthmoving production fundamentals of construction equipment. The production of heavy equipment, including excavators, scrapers, trucks, bulldozers, and front end loaders is examined from a production prospective. In addition, earthwork conversions to and from loose cubic yards, bank cubic yards, and compacted cubic yards is introduced.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 251 with a "C" or better.
  • CET 251AutoCAD Civil 3D I5 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey industry-specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on land development and survey applications with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 134 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.
  • CET 252AutoCAD Civil 3D II5 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey Industry specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on roadway and infrastructure design with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 251 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTETTLER TOpenings: 19
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters on a space available basis.

Testing Requirements

  • Students are required to take the Reading, Sentence and Arithmetic portions of the Accuplacer Placement Test prior to enrolling for classes.

Program Outcomes

  • Produce a wide variety of design quality plan sets using computer aided drafting methods.
  • Inspect and track project revisions to produce As-Built record drawings using appropriate design standards.
  • Import, export, and create several types of GIS data for the production of specialized planning and demonstration maps.
  • Calculate quantities and assign costs for the production of detailed cost estimates and schedules for a variety of construction projects.
  • Assess and approve specifications for construction materials.
  • Communicate, solve, and present engineering problems using Microsoft Office programs.
  • Solve engineering problems using a variety of mathematical processes and quantitative reasoning.

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Tim Stettler

Area of Instruction


Engineering

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

A.A.S., Civil Engineering, Spokane Community College

Certificate, Engineer-in-Training, State of Washington

Certificate, Radiation Safety and Use of Nuclear Gauges, CPN International

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8338
tstettler@btc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J1

 

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Profile

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Chris Brod

Area of Instruction


Geomatics

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Geography, Northern Arizona University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8414
cbrod@btc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J1

 

Background


Profile

Chris began his career in surveying in the mountains of Colorado in 1978, working in the oilfield. He travelled extensively in the western Unit...
    • Chris began his career in surveying in the mountains of Colorado in 1978, working in the oilfield. He travelled extensively in the western United States, working from south Texas to several miles south of the Canadian border, and from eastern Oklahoma to western Nevada. Wishing to settle down, he attended a technical school in Arizona, learning more about the math, drafting, and fieldwork involved in engineering related surveying.

      Chris eventually ended up in Flagstaff, AZ, working for the Environmental Impact Statement on Glen Canyon Dam, where he was responsible for establishing a survey control network through the Grand Canyon for the Bureau of Reclamation’s GIS project. He started Spatial Science Solutions, a GIS firm shortly before receiving his degree, and has continued this business in a limited way since then. He returned for a third stint with Arizona Engineering to start a GIS department in 2004.

      Chris came to Bellingham Technical College in 2010 be the Surveying and Mapping program instructor.

Specialties
Areas of Expertise:

    • Areas of Expertise:
    • • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
    • • Field procedures for mapping, property surveys, and construction surveys.
    • • Survey calculations


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Scott Reiss

Area of Instruction


Engineering

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont

E.I.T., Engineer in Training, State of Vermont

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8424
sreiss@btc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J5-A

 

Background


Profile

Scott Reiss is tenured faculty at BTC where he has been instructing the Mechanical Engineering Technology program since 2003.

Scot...

    • Scott Reiss is tenured faculty at BTC where he has been instructing the Mechanical Engineering Technology program since 2003.

      Scott has over 20 years of industry based mechanical engineering experience. Before Scott joined BTC he owned and operated J. Scott Reiss Consulting, where he performed 3D solid modeling, stress analysis, and patent work for various clients. For ten years prior to that, Scott worked for the PACCAR Technical Center in Mount Vernon as a stress analyst. In this capacity, Scott performed finite element analysis and developed testing strategies to support the development of new class 8 trucks and remedy issues with existing vehicles. Other work experience includes jobs on the east coast where Scott worked in R&D labs developing products and performing test and analysis work.

Specialties
Areas of Expertise: CAD, AutoCAD, Inventor, Plant 3D; Stress Analysis; Finite Element Analysis; Optimization; Composite Design

    • Areas of Expertise: CAD, AutoCAD, Inventor, Plant 3D; Stress Analysis; Finite Element Analysis; Optimization; Composite Design


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Vicky Moyle

Area of Instruction


Mathematics

Degrees and Certifications


M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado

M.A.T., Mathematics, Indiana University

B.S., Mathematics and Statistics, Mesa State College

B.A., Fairhaven Interdisciplinary Concentration, Western Washington University

License, Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Colorado

License, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Washington

Contact Info


752-8565
vmoyle@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 224

 

Background


Profile
Vicky Moyle has a Master's of Art in Teaching Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Master's of Art in Counseling Psychology...

    • Vicky Moyle has a Master's of Art in Teaching Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Master's of Art in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State and has been a National Board Certified Counselor since 2002. She has over 20 years of teaching experience at all educational levels--including elementary through middle and high school, community college, and 4-year degree schools. She has taught in Indiana, Colorado, and Missouri. Vicky is passionate about helping students overcome anxiety about math and dedicated to introducing the rigor of mathematical ideas to students in positive ways.


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Steve Mudd

Area of Instruction


Social Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


M.A., Counseling Psychology, National University

B.S., Applied Science in Industrial Technology, Western Illinois University

Contact Info


752-8437
smudd@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 223


Electronics Engineering Technology

Choose BTC’s Electronics program to prepare for an exciting career as an electronics technician. Electronics technicians are in high demand as engineering assistants, field service technicians, electronic equipment technicians, service technicians, and broadcast technicians.

At BTC, you’ll learn the latest electronics processes and systems, like instrumentation, industrial electronics, NANO/Micro Systems, robotics, lasers, automated equipment, fiber optics, and wireless communications. You can put your valuable skills to work in manufacturing companies, processing plants, computer service firms, telephone and wireless communications companies, or in the biomedical equipment field.

Employment Information

Average annual income $61,925

Wage potential $72,342

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Jobs & Employment

The average annual wage in this field is $61,925, with an earning potential of about $72,342 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work primarily as electronics technicians. Opportunities exist in manufacturing, computer servicing, mobile two-way radio servicing, telephone and wireless communication servicing, and biomedical equipment servicing. Potential positions include electronic equipment technician, biomedical technician, manufacturing tech, general electronics technician, computer systems repair technician, cable or satellite TV technician, technical writer, technical sales, engineering or engineers assistant, field service technician, broadcast technician and microwave technician.

Courses

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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • ELTR 100Direct Current 14 credits

    A thorough introduction for the new student to the fundamental properties and applications of electricity. This course opens the doors to a wide array of career opportunities in computer servicing, biomedical equipment servicing, manufacturing technology, telecommunications, and home entertainment equipment servicing. In addition, safety procedures are emphasized. Students learn how to make good solder connections and recognize and repair bad solder connections. Students learn how to select and clean soldering tools. This course continues with the basics of current, voltage and resistance. The application of Ohm’s Law and the construction of circuits to verify electronic theory provide the knowledge necessary to build the foundation for a thorough understanding of electronics.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to Electronics program or Instructor permission.
  • ELTR 105Direct Current II4 credits

    The development of a working knowledge of the basic principles of DC electronics. The purpose and operation of such devices as resistors, capacitors, inductors and meters are covered in labs and theory.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 100
  • ELTR 110Alternating Current 14 credits

    An introduction and examination of the principles and applications of alternating current, including frequency, reactance, impedance, and resonance.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission and ELTR 105
  • ELTR 115Alternating Current II4 credits

    Students continue their exploration of AC with transformers and filter circuits (low-pass, high-pass, band-stop and band-pass), with theory and lab work.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 110
  • MATH& 142Precalculus II5 credits

    The majority of this course will cover trigonometry. Students will explore trigonometry functions, right and oblique triangle trigonometry, graphing, trigonometry identifies, laws of Sine and Cosine as well as trigonometric application problems. This course will also cover vectors in the plane and in space, along with parametric equations. Polar coordinates and graphs of polar equations will also be included.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pPENG AOpenings: 11
    1/4-3/22Online PENG AOpenings: 14
    4/5-6/16Online PENG AOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 20
  • Quarter 2
  • ELTR 120Semiconductors 15 credits

    Students learn how discrete semiconductor devices are constructed, how to handle them, how diodes, bipolar transistors, FETS, and thrystors operate and how to use them in practical circuits. ACDC power supply circuits introduced as well.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 115
  • ELTR 125Semiconductors II5 credits

    This course introduces the student to various “building block” circuits including amplifiers, oscillators, and power supply circuits, through theory and lab work.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 120
  • ELTR 130OP-Amps 013 credits

    Explores the design and operation of basic operational amplifier circuits through theory and lab work to illustrate and confirm the design and operation of linear amplifiers, voltage and current converters, comparators and precision rectifiers.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 125
  • ELTR 135OP-Amps 23 credits

    Oscillators, active filters and single power-supply circuits and other applications of op-amps are covered in theory and practical labs.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 130
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 3
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSMITH MWaitlisted: 1
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 2
    1/4-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    1/4-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • CS& 131Computer Science I C++5 credits

    This course equips students with fundamental programming skills such as effective use of data types, variables, assignment statements, control structures, modular design using procedures, pointers and array data structures in the construction of C++ programs. This course also introduces students to Object Oriented Programming concepts and prepares students for the C++ Institute Certified Associate Programmer exam.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 099 or IT 121 with a C or better or Instructor Permission.
  • ELTR 140Digital 15 credits

    A comprehensive focus on the concepts, terminology, components and circuits that combine to form basic digital systems.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 135
  • ELTR 145Digital 25 credits

    Flip-flops, Sequential Logic, Combination Logic, Semiconductor Memory, Data Conversion and Digital Troubleshooting theory and practical labs help the student understand digital circuits and techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 140
  • ETEC 150Electronic Communications6 credits

    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to electronic communication fundamentals and applications including modulation, transmitters, receivers, antennas, RF, digital communication, multiplexing, cellular and PC.

  • Quarter 4
  • CHEM& 141General Chemistry I

    This course is designed for programs requiring strong backgrounds in chemistry. Atomic theory, stoichiometry, periodic table, nomenclature, reactions in aqueous solutions, gases, thermochemistry, and basic principles of organic chemistry will be covered.

    Prerequisite:
    AMATH 111 with a C grade
  • ETEC 282Certified Electronics Technician Test Prep3 credits

    This course prepares students for the nationally recognized Certified Electronics Technician (CET) Test.

  • Certified Electronics Technician Exam (see program advisor)

  • Quarter 5
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pHATCH LOpenings: 15
    1/5-2/9Th 3:30p-5:00pHATCH LOpenings: 7
    1/4-2/8W 3:10p-5:00pGIST BOpenings: 5
    2/15-3/22W 3:10p-5:00pGIST BOpenings: 1
    1/4-3/23ARR12:30p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 7
    1/11-2/1W 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 5
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/13-5/4Th 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 25
  • ETEC 212Micro-Controller System I6 credits

    This course introduces the students to the basic computer theory; Intel 808X microprocessor architecture, 68HC12 processor architecture and its instruction sets. Students will also be introduced to hardware design concepts for a stand-alone and an expanded system; the data address bus, control signals, microprocessor architecture, digital circuits and programming with emphasis in learning from a systems approach.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 145, MATH& 141
  • ETEC 213Micro-Controller System II6 credits

    The course materials include principles of interfacing, including A/D, D/A, digital and analog I/O, PWM, etc. Programming the microcontroller will be based on ANSI-C with introduction to C++. Real time multitasking and basic operating system principles are also covered. This course includes an introduction to different vendor’s products and working with a single board development system such as PSOC. Students will continue to implement, debug and complete a sizeable term project that was designed in the Microcontroller System I class.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 212 and MATH& 141
  • ETEC 281Robotics5 credits

    Teaches students the basic concepts of robot technology, including major elements in a robotic system, understanding a robot’s linkages and joint-spherical geometry and motion transfer from axis motors plus programming robot motion.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 145, MATH& 141
  • ETEC 290Capstone Project I2 credits

    This capstone project I is one of the three part series. This course emphasizes on some of the basic concepts of project management. Topics include: project selection and definition, need assessments, realistic design and implementation methodology, budget and delivery schedule. Students’ proposal must be completed and approved by their program instructors before the next capstone project.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 140
  • Quarter 6
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    This is an introductory chemistry course which includes an introduction to the scientific method, the international system of measurements, the nature of atoms and molecules, ions, chemical bonding, the periodic table, chemical formulas and equations, stoichiometry of reactions and solutions, and the physical properties of real and ideal gasses. Also included are short courses on polymers and nuclear chemistry. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:45aMALO GOpenings: 7
    1/5-3/23TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 7
    4/4-6/16TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 24
  • ETEC 241Photonics & Fiber Optic4 credits

    This course introduces the students to the basic concepts of light properties, index of refraction, light interactions on reflection and refraction plane surfaces or optical interface, a good understanding of how optical fiber devices work and practical implementation of fiber optic cabling for industrial applications, laser safety while applying theory into lab work and projects.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 140
  • ETEC 245Mechatronics I6 credits

    This course introduces the open and close loop control systems, the Microprocessor-Based control and Operational Amplifiers and Signal Conditioning, sensors, switches and relays, direct current motor, stepper motor and alternating current motors, Electric, Hydraulic and Pneumatic actuators, and Mechanical Systems.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 145, MATH& 141
  • ETEC 246Mechatronics II6 credits

    This course is an introduction to basics of DCS, their applications, programming and troubleshooting. Also covers control principles, programmable logic controller and embedded controllers using the existing PLC cube and adding the Vendor POSC embedded controller kit.

    Prerequisite:
    ETEC 245, MATH& 141
  • ETEC 291Capstone Project II2 credits

    This capstone project II is the second phase of the three part series. This course emphasizes on construction, test and evaluation for the students’ projects. Topics include: procurement with critical components, prototype testing and evaluation, a power point presentation to highlight critical paths and challenges, alternative solutions to meet schedule delivery and overall accomplishments.

    Prerequisite:
    ETEC 290
  • Quarter 7
  • CTE 109Job Skills II1 credits

    This course teaches the students how to find employment that are not listed in classified advertisements or job search engines. Students will apply for positions in their field of interest, and provide feedback from their experiences.

    Prerequisite:
  • ETEC 250Wireless Communication5 credits

    This course focuses on fundamental concepts that play a key role in the study of telecommunication systems such as transmission of data, voice, and video networks. Through lecture and direct experiments with telecommunications equipment students learn the fundamental techniques of signal transmission and impairment measurement, frequencies, harmonic distortion, voice and data switching, and the fundamental functions of data networking and services.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 145, MATH& 141
  • Circuit Simulation/FPGA5 credits

  • ETEC 264Emerging Technology4 credits

    This course is designed to keep students current with technology. Currently this course is an introduction to nano-technology, solar cells and fuel cell (PEM) technologies. Students will learn the characteristics and the efficiency of the solar and PME fuel cell. Also applications of nano-technology in the field of electronics, medicine, and pharmaceuticals will be examined. This course will change as new emerging technologies move to the forefront.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 145, MATH& 141
  • ETEC 292Capstone Project III2 credits

    This capstone project III is the final phase of the overall project. This course emphasizes on deliverable. Topics include: workable prototype or product, fine tune product specification as defined in the project proposal, packaging, testing and characterization, written report with introduction, table of contents, product description, block diagrams, theory of operations, schematics, program listings, part list and costs. A final project presentation and demonstration will be required to fellow students, program advisors, instructors, faculty and staffs.

    Prerequisite:
    ETEC 291
  • MATH& 142Precalculus II5 credits

    The majority of this course will cover trigonometry. Students will explore trigonometry functions, right and oblique triangle trigonometry, graphing, trigonometry identifies, laws of Sine and Cosine as well as trigonometric application problems. This course will also cover vectors in the plane and in space, along with parametric equations. Polar coordinates and graphs of polar equations will also be included.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pPENG AOpenings: 11
    1/4-3/22Online PENG AOpenings: 14
    4/5-6/16Online PENG AOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 20
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS129 credits

Program Entry Information

This program admits students for Fall and Spring Quarter on a space available basis.

Testing Requirements

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Program Outcomes

  • Practice safety procedures and use protective equipment to safeguard against injury and workplace accidents.
  • Assess and analyze a variety of active and passive electronic devices to determine operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Implement design for serviceability, packaging, wiring, and technical reports.
  • Utilize critical and logical thinking procedures/processes in troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot components at the system level.
  • Calibrate, align, and adjust electronic devices.
  • National certification through Electronics Technicians Association International (ETA-i).

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Samuel Cheung

Area of Instruction


Electronics

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Education, Western Washington University

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Vermont

B.S., Electrical Engineering, California State University

Certificate, E.I.T., State of California

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8455
scheung@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 137

 

Background


Profile

Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B....

    • Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B.S.E.E., he worked at Rockwell International in the field of satellite communication. In 1977, Sam joined IBM and worked as a manufacturing engineer, development engineer, and engineering manager. His work experiences are in the areas of thin-film, laser and optical measurements, PC development, and server system performance. At IBM Sam received numerous achievement awards including: the First Patent Application Invention, the First Plateau Invention, and Authors’ Recognition. Sam also received a US patent and has one pending patent for his work at IBM.

      Prior to joining Bellingham Technical College as a faculty member in 2005, he was a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina. He previously served as adjunct mathematics faculty at Palm Beach Community College in Florida, and Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina.

Specialties
NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)

    • NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)
    • Faculty Advisory Board Member: National Science Foundation Network National Resource Center (Current)
    • IBM Faculty Loan Program to the University of Washington to assist the Minority Engineering Program (1989 – 1990)
    • Areas of expertise: Electronics Hardware: discrete analog and digital components, embedded micro-controller systems, PC architecture and system design, PLC, Optics and electronics communication; Renewable Energy: Solar, and Fuel cells.; Programming languages: Basic/Visual Basic, C/C++ and assembler


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Dave Starkovich

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Technical Education, Western Washington University

B.S., B.S., Electronics Technology, Western Washington University

A.S., A.S., Electronics Technology, Everett Community College

Certificate, Instrumentation Certificate, Perry Technical Institute

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8416
dstarkovich@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 136


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Carl Oekerman

Area of Instruction


Social Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Counseling and Mental Health, California State University, Hayward

B.A., Liberal Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Info


752-8566
coekerman@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 223

 

Background


Profile

Carl has twelve years of experience in a number of settings as a licensed mental health counselor. He has worked as a therapist in private pract...

    • Carl has twelve years of experience in a number of settings as a licensed mental health counselor. He has worked as a therapist in private practice, organizational development consultant, and County Designated Mental Health Professional. He also served as the Director of the Emergency Services Department at Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic.

      Carl started teaching Interpersonal Communications courses at BTC in 2004 and was hired as a full time instructor in 2007.


Composites Engineering Technology

Employment Information

Average annual income $68,201

Wage potential $76,378 annually

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Jobs & Employment

The employment outlook for electro mechanical technicians is strong. Due to the escalating sophistication of equipment and retirements, employers are in need of trained technicians. The average annual wage for this field is $68,201, with an earning potential of $76,378 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Potential positions include: Millwright, assembler, maintenance mechanic, maintenance millwright, manufacturers service representative, automated equipment engineer-technician, machine erector, installer, mover, and dismantler.

Courses

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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Academic Core
  • AMATH 111Applied Technical Math5 credits

    This course introduces concepts of plane geometry and right triangle trigonometry, and develops further the elements of algebra in applications for technical professions. Unit conversions in Metric and English systems, Scientific notations, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and proportions are extensively reviewed. Textbook and Scientific or Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aMOYLE VOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aMOYLE VOpenings: 28
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    This is an introductory chemistry course which includes an introduction to the scientific method, the international system of measurements, the nature of atoms and molecules, ions, chemical bonding, the periodic table, chemical formulas and equations, stoichiometry of reactions and solutions, and the physical properties of real and ideal gasses. Also included are short courses on polymers and nuclear chemistry. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:45aMALO GOpenings: 7
    1/5-3/23TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 7
    4/4-6/16TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 24
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/21Th 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 4
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 9
    1/4-3/23Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/13T 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pBURNS JOpenings: 20
    4/4-3/16TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 5:30p-6:50pBURNS JOpenings: 28
  • Engineering Core
  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 credits

    This course explores engineering and technology through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics include engineering disciplines, degree and transfer options, career opportunities, academic success strategies, and planning your program of study.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 6
    4/5-6/14W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20Online DAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 credits

    Course explores the role of teamwork, creativity, and communication in innovative engineering design. Topics include engineering design process, collaborative problem solving techniques, and computer applications. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in these areas through a series of hands-on design projects.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or Math 098 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or better).

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pSEAY BOpenings: 8
    4/5-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of graphical techniques and standard practices used to communicate engineering design information. Students will learn graphics techniques, visualization skills, standards for object views and drawing sizes, orthographic projection, section views, proper dimensioning techniques, and tolerances. Freehand sketching is used to develop visualization skills and as an instrument for design conceptualization and communication.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSEAY BWaitlisted: 5
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSEAY BWaitlisted: 0
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pGOODRICH SWaitlisted: 4
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pGOODRICH SOpenings: 1
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pMORGAN POpenings: 24
  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 credits

    This course is an introduction to 3D CAD (computer aided design) with an emphasis on parametric solid modeling applications and usage. Topics include methods for creating solid model components, joining components to form assemblies, and generation of 2D manufacturing drawings from 3D solid models.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 13
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/4-6/20TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/4-6/20TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 12
  • ENGR 270Introduction To Materials Science5 credits

    An introduction to Materials Science that includes the atomic, molecular, and crystalline structures of materials and their relationship to electrical, mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties, as well as an introduction to materials processing and fabrication techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 151 and CHEM& 161 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Composites Core
  • COMP& 101Composites 15 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the field of Composites Technologies, and provides and overview of workplace readiness skills.

    Prerequisite:
  • COMP& 102Composites 25 credits

    Introduction to advanced composite manufacturing with emphasis on Vacuum Infusion, Closed Cavity, Light Resin Transfer and Prepreg technologies. Hands-on training in advanced manufacturing using vinyl ester, epoxy and prepreg, with common types of advanced fiber reinforcement processes.

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 101
  • COMP& 105Basic Molding3 credits

    Survey course of the common methods used to shape, consolidate, and cure (mold) composite materials for use in the aerospace, marine, transportation, recreation, and medical device industries.

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 101 or concurrent enrollment
  • COMP& 109Survey of Composites1 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the field of Composites Technologies, and provides and overview of workplace readiness skills.

    Prerequisite:
  • COMP& 110Health & Safety1 credits

    A culture of safe and healthy laboratory practices is developed in this course. Content is specific to working with composites materials.

    Prerequisite:
  • COMP& 120Bonding & Fastening2 credits

    Composite materials manufacturing course, affording students with the knowledge and hands-on experience in the use of adhesives and fasteners for the assembly and repair of laminated composite material components.

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 101
  • COMP& 210Inspection, Test, & Repair5 credits

    Composite materials manufacturing course providing knowledge and hands-on experience in the inspection and repair techniques of Advanced and Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP).

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 101 or concurrent enrollment
  • COMP& 220Tool Design5 credits

    Theory, application, and fabrication of tooling for fabrication and assembly of composite products.

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 101
  • COMP 225Composite Materials Recycling5 credits

    The reclamation and recycling of composite materials during production and at the end of product life is important to environmental health, sustainable design, and the financial well-being of companies using composite materials. This course explores the challenges of recycling of composite materials and the current technologies being used to do so.

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 101
  • COMP 230Capstone Project5 credits

    This is a project oriented design course in which students draw on skills developed throughout the program to complete an instructor selected project. Topics are chosen based on real world significance, relevance and breadth of the skill set required, and available on-campus project opportunities.

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 101, C grade or better in ENGR& 104
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS99-104 credits

Program Entry Information

For questions, please contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or e-mail us at Admissions

Program Outcomes

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Jason Kefover

Area of Instruction


Electro Mechanical Technology

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Manufacturing Systems, East Carolina University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University

B.A., Physics, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Certificate, Industrial Electricity 1, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies

Certificate, Motors and Motor Controls, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies

Certificate, Programmable Logic Controllers 1, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies

Certificate, Programmable Logic Controllers 2, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies

Certificate, Fluid Power 1, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies

Certificate, Mechanical Components 2, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8568
jkefover@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B11-A

 

Background


Profile

Jason has taught at BTC for 5 years. Prior to his tenure at Bellingham Technical College he worked as an Engineer and taught Industrial Maintena...

    • Jason has taught at BTC for 5 years. Prior to his tenure at Bellingham Technical College he worked as an Engineer and taught Industrial Maintenance in the Carolinas. His experience includes work for several major corporations in the Automotive, ¬¬Polymer, and Industrial Robotics industries.

Specialties
Industrial automation, lean manufacturing, and machine maintenance.

    • Industrial automation, lean manufacturing, and machine maintenance.


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Vicky Moyle

Area of Instruction


Mathematics

Degrees and Certifications


M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado

M.A.T., Mathematics, Indiana University

B.S., Mathematics and Statistics, Mesa State College

B.A., Fairhaven Interdisciplinary Concentration, Western Washington University

License, Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Colorado

License, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Washington

Contact Info


752-8565
vmoyle@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 224

 

Background


Profile
Vicky Moyle has a Master's of Art in Teaching Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Master's of Art in Counseling Psychology...

    • Vicky Moyle has a Master's of Art in Teaching Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Master's of Art in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State and has been a National Board Certified Counselor since 2002. She has over 20 years of teaching experience at all educational levels--including elementary through middle and high school, community college, and 4-year degree schools. She has taught in Indiana, Colorado, and Missouri. Vicky is passionate about helping students overcome anxiety about math and dedicated to introducing the rigor of mathematical ideas to students in positive ways.


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Steve Mudd

Area of Instruction


Social Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


M.A., Counseling Psychology, National University

B.S., Applied Science in Industrial Technology, Western Illinois University

Contact Info


752-8437
smudd@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 223