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Engineering Technology: Composites Specialization

Engineering Technology: Composites Specialization - AAS-T

Composites & Process Engineering Programs

The field of engineering technology develops, processes, and tests the efficiency, production quality, and safety of nearly every product available on the market. In particular, composites technicians work with innovative, lightweight composite materials that are in demand by the aerospace and high-tech industries. These associate degree programs provide excellent job and career training for students who are mechanically inclined, good at math, or interested in how the products we use every day are designed and developed.

At Bellingham Technical College, the new Composites and Process Engineering associate degree programs teach top skills that are in-demand for such positions as assembler, fabricator, machine operator, production worker, or supervisor in leading American industries.

Pre-engineering Degree Program & Pathways

By specializing in composites and process engineering, you’ll be prepared to fill a growing need for skilled composites technicians or follow a career path into the professional field of engineering. You can complete job training to go to work right after graduation from BTC or start the first two years of your bachelor’s degree at BTC and benefit from our smaller classes and lower tuition costs.

Through BTC’s core academic curriculum, you’ll learn to apply basic engineering technology principles and technical skills to support functions in research, production, and operations. Transferable core classes in math, science, communications, and technical writing will help you succeed on engineering teams in a variety of industries.

Students can choose from the following associate degree programs and transfer opportunities to earn a bachelor’s degree:

• Associate of Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T) in Composites [link] Complete career training to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree in engineering or advanced manufacturing, or go directly to work in your field after earning your associate’s degree at BTC.

• AS-T/MRP in Pre-Engineering Materials BTC’s general pre-engineering transfer degree provides the academic courses and hands-on education that will prepare you for direct transfer into a bachelor of science degree program at a four-year college or university. Upon completing the 99-credit program, you may transfer as a junior into engineering degree programs in such specialized areas as mechanical, civil, aeronautical, industrial, or materials science.

• AS-T/MRP in Pre-Engineering Tech: Composites This associate degree program will position you to transfer to a four-year school to earn your bachelor’s degree and pursue a career in the field of engineering.

Jobs & Employment

Employment in the engineering technology field in Bellingham and the state of Washington is expected to increase. Job openings for assemblers and fabricators, machine operators, and production workers and supervisors vary according to occupational specialty. The average annual wage for this field is $76,835, with an earning potential of $89,128 per year.

Across the state of Washington, the number of engineering graduates is well below industry needs. Employers such as manufacturers and fabricators urgently seek qualified mechanical, industrial, and plastics engineers. BTC students who pursue transfer degree opportunities can go on to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree and pursue a career in this high-demand field. Engineering graduates are typically working professionals, so salary ranges will vary, depending on the field.

Program Facts

The average annual wage for this field is $76,835, with an earning potential of $89,128 per year.*

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Jobs & Employment

Employment in this field is expected to increase. Job openings for assemblers and fabricators, machine operators, and production workers and supervisors vary according to occupational specialty.

The average annual wage for this field is $76,835, with an earning potential of $89,128 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions for Composites graduates include:

• CAD/CAM CNC Programmer (both clean room and post cure)

• CNC machine operator (both clean room and post cure)

• Non-destructive testing machine operator, ultra-sound tester (NDT)

• Metrologist (Coordinate measuring machine operator (CMM))

• Manufacturing planner

• Quality Assurance Inspector

• Lab testing technician / material science / Destructive materials tester (load testing)

Composites graduates have the potential to enter the following fabrication industries:

• Aerospace, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

• Automotive, Mass Transit

• Marine

• Medical

• Sports and Recreation

• Wind Energy

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
    9/21-12/9MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 21
    9/21-12/9MWF 2:10p-3:30pPENG AOpenings: 19
    9/21-12/9Online PENG AOpenings: 22
  • 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
    9/21-12/9MWF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 18
    9/21-12/9Online PENG AOpenings: 21
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 credits

    Study of functions, limits, continuity,limits at infinity, differentiation of algebraic,exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/9MWF10:10a-11:30aHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 15
    9/21-12/9Online HONEYCUTT TOpenings: 22
  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 credits

    Kinematics and dynamics of particles; work and energy; gravitation; collisions and conservation of momentum.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a grade of C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH& 151 with a C grade or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6T10:30a-12:20pKHRAMOV AOpenings: 12
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 3:20p-6:05pMALO GOpenings: 16
  • CHEM& 162General Chemistry w/Lab II5 credits

    Atomic periodicity, chemical bonding theories, solid and liquid states and solutions.

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 161 with C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/7MW 1:00p-4:00pMALO GOpenings: 21
  • 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
    9/20-12/6T 5:30p-7:40pHATCH LOpenings: 21
    9/21-12/9MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/26-12/5M 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 15
    9/20-12/9Online HATCH LOpenings: 16
    9/20-12/9Online NELSON NOpenings: 17
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

    This course is designed to help students report technical information clearly, completely, and persuasively. Technical writing shares many of the same concerns of other kinds of writing, such as attention to Purpose, Readability, and most significantly, Audience. This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in creating practical and effective documents for students in medical, scientific, technical, and other professional fields.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9Online STAFFOpenings: 20

  • TOTAL Academic Core Course Credits
    40 credits

  • 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
    9/21-12/7W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 1
  • 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
    9/21-12/9MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    9/21-12/9MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:10p-3:20pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 12
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTETTLER TOpenings: 11
  • 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
    9/21-12/9MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 15
  • (Can substitute ENGT 233 for ENGR 180)

  • ENGR& 214Engineering 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& 151 and PHYS& 221 with a "C" or better.
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 8:00a-10:10aDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 22

  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    27 credits

  • Composites Core
  • COMP 101Survey of Composites2 credits

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

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/9MW 9:00a-9:50aMORGAN POpenings: 14
  • COMP 121Composites I5 credits

    This course is an introduction to composite design and fabrication utilizing clean-room and post-cure fabrication tools. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to hands-on composite fabrication. Within this course, students will gain experience designing and fabricating composite parts. The course will cover the fundamentals to vacuum bagging, pressure forming, and elevated temperature cures. Students will design and build a composite product combining knowledge of advanced composite materials and fabrication methods.

    Prerequisite:
    COMP 101 with a "C" or better and (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 be
  • COMP 122Composites II5 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:
    COMP 101 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:10p-4:40pMORGAN POpenings: 9
  • COMP 127Tool Design5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    COMP 101 with a "C" or better.
  • COMP 135Inspect, 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:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMP 101 with a "C" or better.
  • MACH 191Manual Machining for non-Majors5 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.
  • MACH 193CNC Machining for non-Majors5 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:
    ENGR 180 and MACH 191 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/9MWF 2:10p-4:30pDONNER DOpenings: 12

  • TOTAL Composites Core Course Credits
    32 credits

  • Engineering Electives
  • MATH& 152Calculus II5 credits

    The study of Riemann Sums, methods of integration, numerical methods, polar and rectangular forms, fundamental theorem of Calculus, areas of regions, volumes of solids, centroids, length of curves, surface area, and an introduction to differential equations.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 151 with a C or better.
  • ENGR& 225Mechanics of Materials5 credits

    Introduction to the concepts of stress, deformation, and strain in solid materials. Includes relationships between loads on structural and machine elements and the stresses, deflection and load-carrying capacity of these elements under tension, compression, torsion, bending, and shear forces.

    Prerequisite:
    (ENGR& 214 and MATH& 152 with a "C" or better) or instructor permission.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/9MWF 2:10p-3:30pREISS JOpenings: 15
  • 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
    9/21-12/7MW12:30p-1:50pMORGAN POpenings: 18
  • ENGT 291Interdisciplinary Design Project I2 credits

    Design projects open to all students in design and manufacturing related fields. Class structure guides interdisciplinary student teams through a process of conceptualizing a project, developing, and documenting a detailed design, fabricating a prototype, testing, analysis, and reporting. All students are engaged in all aspects of their project regardless of their home program or discipline. Design projects may be oriented toward regional design competitions. Specific project requirements are tailored to student's educational and practical experience levels.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • ENGT 292Interdisciplinary Design Project II2 credits

    Design projects open to all students in design and manufacturing related fields. Class structure guides interdisciplinary student teams through a process of conceptualizing a project, developing and documenting a detailed design, fabricating a prototype, testing, analysis, and reporting. All students are engaged in all aspects of their project regardless of their home program or discipline. Design projects may be oriented toward regional design competitions. Specific project requirements are tailored to students' educational and practical levels.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • ENGT 293Interdisciplinary Design Project III2 credits

    Design projects open to all students in design and manufacturing related fields. Class structure guides interdisciplinary student teams through a process of conceptualizing a project, developing and documenting a detailed design, fabricating a prototype, testing, analysis, and reporting. All students are engaged in all aspects of their project regardless of their home program or discipline. Design projects may be oriented toward regional design competitions. Specific project requirements are tailored to students' educational and practical levels.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

  • TOTAL Engineering Electives Course Credits
    5-10 credits
    10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS109 credits

Program Entry Information

Student may begin working toward this degree quarterly.

Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Sentence Skills is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or at admissions@btc.ctc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

Program Outcomes

  • Create and navigate Composite Engineering Drawings: 1) Create and interpret Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) callouts.
  • Use 3D parametric modeling to design and fabricate composite parts: 1) Employ wet layup, vacuum infusion, and pre-preg techniques; 2) Apply strategic fiber placement and orientation; 3) Utilize drape forming, elevated temperature, and pressure forming techniques; 4) Monitor and control process factors that affect the final product; 4a) Bagging schedules, temperature, pressure; 5) Utilize honeycomb, wood, and foam cores.
  • Design and fabricate parts using manual and CNC machines: 1) Utilize CAD/CAM software to generate 2D and 3D tool paths for CNC Routers, Mills and Lathes.
  • Utilize Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) in Composites: 1) Utilize ultrasonic inspection for Quality Assurance; 2) Evaluate damage in composites, and perform scarf repairs.
  • Perform Finite Element Analysis: 1) Design experiments utilizing destructive testing with different resin systems, fiber types and orientation; 2) Evaluate stress, strain, and deflection levels under axial loads, tensile, compression, and shear loads.

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Peter Morgan

Area of Instruction


Engineering

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Industrial Tech-CAD/CAM Spec, Western Washington University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8473
pmorgan@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 224

Background


Specialties
Composites Engineering Technology


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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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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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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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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.


Engineering Technology: Composites Specialization - AAS

Enroll in BTC’s new Engineering Technology – Composites program to learn in-demand skills you can put to use as an assembler, fabricator, machine operator, production worker, or supervisor in leading industries, such as aerospace and industrial manufacturing. Building on a core academic curriculum, you’ll learn to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to engineering support functions in research, production and operations.

By specializing in composites and process engineering, you’ll be prepared to fill a growing need for skilled composites technicians. Plus, with transferable core classes in math, science, communications, and technical writing, you’ll be well positioned to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete your bachelor’s degree in engineering or advanced manufacturing.

Jobs & Employment

Employment in this field is expected to increase. Job openings for assemblers and fabricators, machine operators, and production workers and supervisors vary according to occupational specialty.

The average annual wage for this field is $76,835, with an earning potential of $89,128 per year.*

Potential Positions

Average Washington State hourly wages:**

• Assemblers and fabricators: $18.99

• First Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers: $27.35

• Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders – Plastic: $18.90

• Helpers Production Workers: $13.11

• Team Assemblers: $14.56

** Northwest WDA I: Whatcom county (March 2013)

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
    9/21-12/9MWF 8:30a-9:50aWHITMORE DOpenings: 11
  • (Can substitute MATH& 141 and MATH& 142 for AMATH 111)

  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 3:20p-6:05pMALO GOpenings: 16
  • 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
    9/20-12/6T 5:30p-7:40pHATCH LOpenings: 21
    9/21-12/9MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/26-12/5M 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 15
    9/20-12/9Online HATCH LOpenings: 16
    9/20-12/9Online NELSON NOpenings: 17
  • 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
    9/21-12/9MWF 2:10p-3:30pBURNS JOpenings: 20
    9/20-12/8TTh10:30a-12:40pBURNS JOpenings: 12
  • (can substitute CMST& 210 for CMST&220)


  • TOTAL Academic Core Course Credits
    20 credits

  • 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
    9/21-12/7W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 1
  • 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
    9/21-12/9MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    9/21-12/9MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:10p-3:20pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 12
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTETTLER TOpenings: 11
  • 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
    9/21-12/9MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 15

  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    17 credits

  • Composites Core
  • COMP 101Survey of Composites2 credits

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

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/9MW 9:00a-9:50aMORGAN POpenings: 14
  • COMP 121Composites I5 credits

    This course is an introduction to composite design and fabrication utilizing clean-room and post-cure fabrication tools. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to hands-on composite fabrication. Within this course, students will gain experience designing and fabricating composite parts. The course will cover the fundamentals to vacuum bagging, pressure forming, and elevated temperature cures. Students will design and build a composite product combining knowledge of advanced composite materials and fabrication methods.

    Prerequisite:
    COMP 101 with a "C" or better and (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 be
  • COMP 122Composites II5 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:
    COMP 101 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:10p-4:40pMORGAN POpenings: 9
  • COMP 127Tool Design5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    COMP 101 with a "C" or better.
  • COMP 135Inspect, 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:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMP 101 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
    9/21-12/7MW12:30p-1:50pMORGAN POpenings: 18
  • MACH 191Manual Machining for non-Majors5 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.
  • MACH 193CNC Machining for non-Majors5 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:
    ENGR 180 and MACH 191 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/9MWF 2:10p-4:30pDONNER DOpenings: 12

  • TOTAL Composites Core Course Credits
    37 credits

  • Engineering Electives
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/9MWF 2:10p-3:30pREISS JOpenings: 15
  • ENGT 291Interdisciplinary Design Project I2 credits

    Design projects open to all students in design and manufacturing related fields. Class structure guides interdisciplinary student teams through a process of conceptualizing a project, developing, and documenting a detailed design, fabricating a prototype, testing, analysis, and reporting. All students are engaged in all aspects of their project regardless of their home program or discipline. Design projects may be oriented toward regional design competitions. Specific project requirements are tailored to student's educational and practical experience levels.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • ENGT 292Interdisciplinary Design Project II2 credits

    Design projects open to all students in design and manufacturing related fields. Class structure guides interdisciplinary student teams through a process of conceptualizing a project, developing and documenting a detailed design, fabricating a prototype, testing, analysis, and reporting. All students are engaged in all aspects of their project regardless of their home program or discipline. Design projects may be oriented toward regional design competitions. Specific project requirements are tailored to students' educational and practical levels.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • ENGT 293Interdisciplinary Design Project III2 credits

    Design projects open to all students in design and manufacturing related fields. Class structure guides interdisciplinary student teams through a process of conceptualizing a project, developing and documenting a detailed design, fabricating a prototype, testing, analysis, and reporting. All students are engaged in all aspects of their project regardless of their home program or discipline. Design projects may be oriented toward regional design competitions. Specific project requirements are tailored to students' educational and practical levels.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission
  • ENGR& 214Engineering 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& 151 and PHYS& 221 with a "C" or better.
  • ENGR& 225Mechanics of Materials5 credits

    Introduction to the concepts of stress, deformation, and strain in solid materials. Includes relationships between loads on structural and machine elements and the stresses, deflection and load-carrying capacity of these elements under tension, compression, torsion, bending, and shear forces.

    Prerequisite:
    (ENGR& 214 and MATH& 152 with a "C" or better) or instructor permission.
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 8:00a-10:10aDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 22
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 credits

    Study of functions, limits, continuity,limits at infinity, differentiation of algebraic,exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/9MWF10:10a-11:30aHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 15
    9/21-12/9Online HONEYCUTT TOpenings: 22
  • MATH& 152Calculus II5 credits

    The study of Riemann Sums, methods of integration, numerical methods, polar and rectangular forms, fundamental theorem of Calculus, areas of regions, volumes of solids, centroids, length of curves, surface area, and an introduction to differential equations.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 151 with a C or better.
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 3:20p-6:05pMALO GOpenings: 16
  • CHEM& 162General Chemistry w/Lab II5 credits

    Atomic periodicity, chemical bonding theories, solid and liquid states and solutions.

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 161 with C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/7MW 1:00p-4:00pMALO GOpenings: 21
  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 credits

    Kinematics and dynamics of particles; work and energy; gravitation; collisions and conservation of momentum.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a grade of C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH& 151 with a C grade or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6T10:30a-12:20pKHRAMOV AOpenings: 12
  • 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.
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

    This course is designed to help students report technical information clearly, completely, and persuasively. Technical writing shares many of the same concerns of other kinds of writing, such as attention to Purpose, Readability, and most significantly, Audience. This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in creating practical and effective documents for students in medical, scientific, technical, and other professional fields.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9Online STAFFOpenings: 20

  • TOTAL Engineering Electives Course Credits
    10-15 credits
    20 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS94 credits

Program Entry Information

Students may begin working toward this degree quarterly.

Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Sentence Skills is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or at admissions@btc.ctc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

Program Outcomes

  • Create and navigate Composite Engineering Drawings: 1) Create and interpret Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) callouts.
  • Use 3D parametric modeling to design and fabricate composite parts: 1) Employ wet layup, vacuum infusion, and pre-preg techniques; 2) Apply strategic fiber placement and orientation; 3) Utilize drape forming, elevated temperature, and pressure forming techniques; 4) Monitor and control process factors that affect the final product; 4a) Bagging schedules, temperature, pressure; 5) Utilize honeycomb, wood, and foam cores.
  • Design and fabricate parts using manual and CNC machines: 1) Utilize CAD/CAM software to generate 2D and 3D tool paths for CNC Routers, Mills and Lathes.
  • Utilize Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) in Composites: 1) Utilize ultrasonic inspection for Quality Assurance; 2) Evaluate damage in composites, and perform scarf repairs.
  • Perform Finite Element Analysis: 1) Design experiments utilizing destructive testing with different resin systems, fiber types and orientation; 2) Evaluate stress, strain, and deflection levels under axial loads, tensile, compression, and shear loads.

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Peter Morgan

Area of Instruction


Engineering

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Industrial Tech-CAD/CAM Spec, Western Washington University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8473
pmorgan@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 224

Background


Specialties
Composites Engineering Technology


Composites Technician Certificate

Study in BTC’s new Engineering Technology – Composites program to learn in-demand skills you can put to use as an assembler, fabricator, machine operator, production worker, or supervisor in leading industries, such as aerospace and industrial manufacturing. Learn to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to engineering support functions.

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  • Engineering
  • COMP 101Survey of Composites2 credits

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

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/9MW 9:00a-9:50aMORGAN POpenings: 14
  • COMP 121Composites I5 credits

    This course is an introduction to composite design and fabrication utilizing clean-room and post-cure fabrication tools. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to hands-on composite fabrication. Within this course, students will gain experience designing and fabricating composite parts. The course will cover the fundamentals to vacuum bagging, pressure forming, and elevated temperature cures. Students will design and build a composite product combining knowledge of advanced composite materials and fabrication methods.

    Prerequisite:
    COMP 101 with a "C" or better and (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 be
  • COMP 127Tool Design5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    COMP 101 with a "C" or better.
  • COMP 122Composites II5 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:
    COMP 101 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:10p-4:40pMORGAN POpenings: 9
  • COMP 135Inspect, 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:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMP 101 with a "C" or better.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS22 credits

Program Entry Information

Students may begin working toward this degree quarterly.

Program Outcomes