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Engineering Technology: Composites Specialization

Associate in Science-Transfer Degree: Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Plastics pre-Engineering Technology

This direct transfer degree provides the academic coursework and hands-on education that will prepare you for a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology at a four-year college or university. Upon completing the 91-credit program, you may transfer as a junior into a bachelor’s program in mechanical, manufacturing, or plastics engineering technology.

In BTC’s program, you’ll study academic coursework in English, chemistry, physics, technology, and mathematics. You’ll also develop the communication skills you’ll need to succeed on engineering and development teams in a variety of industries.

Program Facts

Across the state, the number of engineering graduates is well below industry needs, as employers such as manufacturers and fabricators urgently seek qualified mechanical, industrial, and plastics engineers. BTC’s Associate in Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Plastics Engineering Technology AS-T/MRP program will position you to transfer to a four-year institution to earn your 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.

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  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF 8:30a-10:30aMALO GOpenings: 24
  • Electives
  • 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:
    C grade or better in MATH& 151, C grade or better in PHYS& 221
  • Communication Skills
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aHATCH LOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aWELCKER ROpenings: 26
    4/5-6/21Online HATCH LOpenings: 24
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 28
  • Humanities
  • 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
    4/5-6/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/20MWF 5:30p-6:50pBURNS JOpenings: 28
  • Social Sciences
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    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
    4/5-6/21TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/20MW10:10a-11:30aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/6-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/21Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
  • PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology5 credits

    A systematic study of the developmental processes in humans from conception to late adulthood. Special emphasis will be given to the topics of physical development, cognitive development, and personality/social development.

    Prerequisite:
    PSYC& 100 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/21Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills
  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics5 credits

    Fundamental concepts and basic tools of descriptive and inferential statistics. How to describe data and make reasonable conjectures about the populations from which the samples were taken. Topics include: sampling distribution patterns, organization of data, sampling methods and experimental design, probability and simulation of random events, estimation of population parameters, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression and basic hypothesis testing. Internet/computer access and graphing calculator required.

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

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pWHITMORE DOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/21Online SCHIVITZ BOpenings: 24
  • Communication Skills
  • 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
    4/5-6/21Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
  • Electives
  • 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:
    C grade or better in ENGR& 214, C grade or better in MATH& 152 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • 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.
  • Humanities
  • SPAN& 121Spanish I5 credits

    An introductory course, which facilitates elementary ability in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course provides some understanding of Hispanic cultures.


    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pRAWLS KOpenings: 28
  • Engineering Technology Pre-Major Prerequisites
  • ELTR 140Digital 15 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 135

    Future Offerings
    4/5-4/27TTh 8:30a-11:00aCHEUNG SOpenings: 4
     DAILY12:30p-3:30p
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/21Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 24
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • PHYS& 222Engineering Physics II w/Lab5 credits

    Phys& 222 is a calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism that prepares students for coursework in engineering. The course introduces the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism: electrostatics; magnetic fields of steady currents; time-varying electric and magnetic fields; DC and AC circuits; electromagnetic waves. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work provides an introduction to design, experimental methods and elementary data analysis.

    Prerequisite:
    PHYS& 221 with a grade of C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite MATH& 152 with a C grade or better.
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills
  • 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.
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • PHYS& 223Engineering Physics III w/Lab5 credits

    PHYS& 223 is a calculus-based introduction to rotations and oscillations, wave phenomena and optics that prepares students for coursework in engineering. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work provides an introduction to design, experimental methods and elementary data analysis.

    Prerequisite:
    PHYS& 222 with a grade of C or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/21T10:30p-12:20pKHRAMOV AOpenings: 12
  • Engineering Technology Pre-Major Prerequisites
  • ENGT 122AutoCAD I: BASICS5 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.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS91 credits

Program Entry Information

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

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Program Outcomes

  • Bellingham Technical College - Associate in Science-Transfer Degree (AS-T/MRP): Mechanical, Manufacturing or Plastics Engineering Technology

    Upon completion of BTC’s Associate in Science AS-T/MRP: Mechanical, Manufacturing or Plastics Engineering Technology degree, students are eligible to transfer to Central Washington University (CWU), or Western Washington University (WWU) to complete one of their bachelor's of science degrees.

    At CWU students can work towards completion of a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree or the related Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree.

    Please note: Admission into many schools is competitive and higher grade point averages and course grades are often required. Completion of the general Mechanical, Manufacturing or Plastics Engineering Technology AS-T/MRP degree does not necessarily satisfy all transfer requirements; some institutions may have additional course requirements. Check individual schools for the most up-to-date admission requirements and recommendations.

Jill Davishahl - Instructor image

Jill Davishahl

Area of Instruction


Engineering & Trades

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

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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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, 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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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., E.I.T., 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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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, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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

 

Background


Profile

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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.


Pre-Engineering General

BTC’s general pre-Engineering transfer degree provides the academic coursework 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 programs in Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical, Industrial, or Materials Science.

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  • Engineering Electives
  • ENGR 175 - Introduction to Materials Science14 credits

  • Chemistry
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF 8:30a-10:30aMALO GOpenings: 24
  • CHEM& 162General Chemistry w/Lab II5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 161 with C grade.
  • Communications
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aHATCH LOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aWELCKER ROpenings: 26
    4/5-6/21Online HATCH LOpenings: 24
  • Electives
  • 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
    4/5-6/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/20MWF 5:30p-6:50pBURNS JOpenings: 28
  • ENGL& 102English Composition II5 credits

    Intermediate academic essay writing. Emphasis on critical reading and writing, synthesis of cross-disciplinary texts, documentation of sources and argumentation.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/21Online HATCH LOpenings: 24
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pPENG AOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/21Online PENG AOpenings: 28
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    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
    4/5-6/21TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/20MW10:10a-11:30aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/6-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/21Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    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
    4/5-6/21Online POLLARD DOpenings: 24
  • SPAN& 121Spanish I5 credits

    An introductory course, which facilitates elementary ability in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course provides some understanding of Hispanic cultures.


    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pRAWLS KOpenings: 28
  • Engineering
  • 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:
    C grade or better in MATH& 151, C grade or better in PHYS& 221
  • ENGR& 215 - Dynamics

  • 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:
    C grade or better in ENGR& 214, C grade or better in MATH& 152 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • Engineering Electives
  • 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
    4/5-6/21Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 122AutoCAD I: BASICS5 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.

  • Humanities
  • HIST& 148United States History III5 credits

    Survey course exploring the social, political, and economic history of the United States from 1900 to the present.

  • or

  • SPAN& 121Spanish I5 credits

    An introductory course, which facilitates elementary ability in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course provides some understanding of Hispanic cultures.


    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pRAWLS KOpenings: 28
  • Mathematics
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/21Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 24
  • 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.
  • MATH& 163Calculus 35 credits

    Multivariate integral and differential calculus. Geometry in R3 and in the plane. The study of vectors, acceleration, curvature; functions of several variables, partial derivatives; directional derivatives and gradients; extreme values; double and triple integrals; applications. Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 152 with a C or better.
  • MATH 238 - Intro to Differential Equations5 credits

  • MATH 204Introduction to Linear Algebra ALGEBRA (5)5 credits

    Elementary study of the fundamentals of linear algebra. Course is intended for stronger math or science students. Course to include the study of systems of linear equations; matrices; n-dimensional vector space; linear independence, bases, subspaces and dimension. Introduction to determinants and the eigenvalue problem; applications. Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 151 with a C grade or better.
  • Physics
  • 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.
  • PHYS& 222Engineering Physics II w/Lab5 credits

    Phys& 222 is a calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism that prepares students for coursework in engineering. The course introduces the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism: electrostatics; magnetic fields of steady currents; time-varying electric and magnetic fields; DC and AC circuits; electromagnetic waves. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work provides an introduction to design, experimental methods and elementary data analysis.

    Prerequisite:
    PHYS& 221 with a grade of C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite MATH& 152 with a C grade or better.
  • PHYS& 223Engineering Physics III w/Lab5 credits

    PHYS& 223 is a calculus-based introduction to rotations and oscillations, wave phenomena and optics that prepares students for coursework in engineering. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work provides an introduction to design, experimental methods and elementary data analysis.

    Prerequisite:
    PHYS& 222 with a grade of C or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/21T10:30p-12:20pKHRAMOV AOpenings: 12
  • Social Sciences
  • ECON& 201Micro Economics5 credits

    Introduction to microeconomics. Presents supply and demand models, consumers and producers choice in the competitive and non-competitive market. Examines the various economic decisions made by firms relating to price, demand, factors or production, and cost.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS99 credits

Program Entry Information

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

Program Outcomes

Jill Davishahl - Instructor image

Jill Davishahl

Area of Instruction


Engineering & Trades

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

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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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, 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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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., E.I.T., 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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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, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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

 

Background


Profile

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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-T

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.

Program Facts

The average annual wage for this field is $38,646, with an earning potential of $56,888 per year.*

Employment and wage data sources


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 $38,646, with an earning potential of $56,888 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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  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pPENG AOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/21Online PENG AOpenings: 28
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 28
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/21Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 24
  • 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.
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF 8:30a-10:30aMALO GOpenings: 24
  • CHEM& 162General Chemistry w/Lab II5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 161 with C grade.
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aHATCH LOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aWELCKER ROpenings: 26
    4/5-6/21Online HATCH LOpenings: 24
  • 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
    4/5-6/21Online NELSON NOpenings: 24

  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/15W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL 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 C grade or better in Math 098; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or C grade or better in ENGL 092. Basic computer literacy skills are

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/21TTh10:30a-12:40pOYLER MOpenings: 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 C grade or better in MATH 090 OR ABE 050; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085; and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade or better in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pMORGAN 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:
    C or better in ENGR 115

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pREISS JOpenings: 24
  • 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:
    C grade or better in MATH& 151, C grade or better in PHYS& 221
  • 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:
    C grade or better in ENGR& 214, C grade or better in MATH& 152 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • 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:
    C grade or better in MATH& 151, C grade or better in CHEM& 161.

  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    32 credits

  • Composites Core
  • COMP& 100Health & 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& 101Survey of Composites1 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
  • COMP& 121Composites 15 credits

    Introduction to composite materials including matrix technology, fiber reinforcements, core materials, and basic design considerations.

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 100; C grade or better in COMP& 101; Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or C grade or better in Math 098; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085; and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or C

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/21TTh 1:10p-2:00pMORGAN POpenings: 24
     TTh 2:10p-4:40p
  • COMP& 122Composites 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& 121
  • COMP& 124Basic 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& 121 or concurrent enrollment
  • COMP& 127Tool Design5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 121
  • COMP& 135Inspection, 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& 121 or concurrent enrollment
  • 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:
    C grade or better in ENGR 115
  • 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 Composites Core Course Credits
    35 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.
  • CS& 131Computer Science I C++5 credits

    Introduction to programming for students majoring in Computer Science, technical or engineering fields. Introduces students to problem solving methods, algorithm development and object-oriented design Covers the fundamental syntax and constructs of the C/C++ programming languages and general concepts of programming. Required for AAS-T and AS-T Engineering Degrees.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MATH& 141 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:
    C or better in ENGR 180
  • 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:
    C grade or better in ENGR 115

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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 292 - Interdisciplinary Design Project II2 credits

  • ENGT 293 - Interdisciplinary Design Project III2 credits

  • COMP& 133Bonding & 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& 121
  • 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 Engineering Electives Course Credits
    5-10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS112 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

Jill Davishahl - Instructor image

Jill Davishahl

Area of Instruction


Engineering & Trades

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

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


Scott Reiss - Instructor image

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., E.I.T., 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


Jason Kefover - Instructor image

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, 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.


Carl Oekerman - Instructor image

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 $38,646, with an earning potential of $56,888 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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  • Academic Core
  • AMATH 100Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/21TTh 1:10p-3:20pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/20MWF 2:10p-3:30pJOHNSON AOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aBILLS MOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/21Online MOYLE VOpenings: 24
  • (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
    4/6-6/20MWF 8:30a-10:30aMALO 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
    4/6-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aHATCH LOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aWELCKER ROpenings: 26
    4/5-6/21Online HATCH LOpenings: 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
    4/5-6/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/20MWF 5:30p-6:50pBURNS JOpenings: 28
  • (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.


    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/15W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL 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 C grade or better in Math 098; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or C grade or better in ENGL 092. Basic computer literacy skills are

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/21TTh10:30a-12:40pOYLER MOpenings: 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 C grade or better in MATH 090 OR ABE 050; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085; and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade or better in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pMORGAN 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:
    C or better in ENGR 115

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pREISS JOpenings: 24
  • 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:
    C grade or better in MATH& 151, C grade or better in CHEM& 161.

  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    22 credits

  • Composites Core
  • COMP& 100Health & 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& 101Survey of Composites1 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
  • COMP& 121Composites 15 credits

    Introduction to composite materials including matrix technology, fiber reinforcements, core materials, and basic design considerations.

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 100; C grade or better in COMP& 101; Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or C grade or better in Math 098; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085; and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or C

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/21TTh 1:10p-2:00pMORGAN POpenings: 24
     TTh 2:10p-4:40p
  • COMP& 122Composites 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& 121
  • COMP& 124Basic 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& 121 or concurrent enrollment
  • COMP& 127Tool Design5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    C grade or better in COMP& 121
  • COMP& 133Bonding & 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& 121
  • COMP& 135Inspection, 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& 121 or concurrent enrollment
  • 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
  • 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:
    C grade or better in ENGR 115
  • 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 Composites Core Course Credits
    47 credits

  • Engineering Electives
  • ENGT 132Engineering Applications Using MS Office5 credits

    This course focuses on applied projects to exercise higher level spreadsheet and word processing skills. Projects include utilization of mathematical and logical functions on multiple linked sheets, document formatting and headers/footers, generation of charts, graphs, and tables, automated document production, graphics and drawing tools, and toolbar customization and custom button macros.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, ENGT 122
  • 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:
    C or better in ENGR 180
  • 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:
    C grade or better in ENGR 115

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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 292 - Interdisciplinary Design Project II2 credits

  • ENGT 293 - Interdisciplinary Design Project III2 credits

  • 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:
    C grade or better in MATH& 151, C grade or better in CHEM& 161.
  • 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
    4/6-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/21Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 24
  • 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.
  • CS& 131Computer Science I C++5 credits

    Introduction to programming for students majoring in Computer Science, technical or engineering fields. Introduces students to problem solving methods, algorithm development and object-oriented design Covers the fundamental syntax and constructs of the C/C++ programming languages and general concepts of programming. Required for AAS-T and AS-T Engineering Degrees.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MATH& 141 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
    4/5-6/21Online NELSON NOpenings: 24

  • TOTAL Engineering Electives Course Credits
    10-15 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS99-104 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