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Manufacturing Engineering Technology

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.

Employment Information

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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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • 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
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pPENG AOpenings: 11
    1/4-3/22Online PENG AOpenings: 14
    4/5-6/16Online PENG AOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 20
  • 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/21Th 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 4
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 9
    1/4-3/23Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/13T 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:45aMALO GOpenings: 7
    1/5-3/23TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 7
    4/4-6/16TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pBURNS JOpenings: 20
    4/4-3/16TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 5:30p-6:50pBURNS JOpenings: 28
  • 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
    1/4-3/23Online MUDD SWaitlisted: 2
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aMUDD SOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MW12:30p-1:50pMUDD SOpenings: 15
    4/4-3/16TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online MUDD SOpenings: 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:
    MATH& 151 and PHYS& 221 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 16
  • 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
    1/4-3/23Online HATCH LOpenings: 1
    4/4-6/16Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/4-3/22MWF 5:30p-6:50pRAWLS KOpenings: 20
    1/4-3/22Online RAWLS KWaitlisted: 1
  • 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
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aKHRAMOV AWaitlisted: 0
    1/4-3/23Online KHRAMOV AWaitlisted: 4
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aKHRAMOV AOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online KHRAMOV AOpenings: 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.
  • Social Sciences
  • 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
    1/4-3/23Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 1
    4/4-6/16Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 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:
    (ENGR& 214 and MATH& 152 with a "C" or better) or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/4-3/22Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 15
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 11
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 20
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/10-3/21T10:30a-12:20pKHRAMOV AOpenings: 18
  • 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
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22Online HONEYCUTT TOpenings: 17
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 13
  • 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.

  • 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.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS91 credits

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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

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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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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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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Samuel Cheung

Area of Instruction


Electronics

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Education, Western Washington University

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Vermont

B.S., Electrical Engineering, California State University

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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

 

Background


Profile

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

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

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

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

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


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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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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:45aMALO GOpenings: 7
    1/5-3/23TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 7
    4/4-6/16TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/21Th 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 4
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 9
    1/4-3/23Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/13T 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pBURNS JOpenings: 20
    4/4-3/16TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 5:30p-6:50pBURNS JOpenings: 28
  • 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
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aRICHARDS JOpenings: 16
    1/4-3/23Online RICHARDS JWaitlisted: 3
    4/4-6/16Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 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
    1/4-3/22WF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 14
    1/4-3/22Online PENG AOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 3
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online PENG AOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/4-3/23Online MUDD SWaitlisted: 2
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aMUDD SOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MW12:30p-1:50pMUDD SOpenings: 15
    4/4-3/16TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online 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
    1/4-3/23Online POLLARD DWaitlisted: 4
    4/4-6/16Online 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
    1/4-3/22MWF 5:30p-6:50pRAWLS KOpenings: 20
    1/4-3/22Online RAWLS KWaitlisted: 1
  • 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:
    MATH& 151 and PHYS& 221 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 16
  • 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:
    (ENGR& 214 and MATH& 152 with a "C" or better) or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-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
    1/4-3/23Online HATCH LOpenings: 1
    4/4-6/16Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 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.


    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23Online CRAWFORD KOpenings: 4
  • 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
    1/4-3/22MWF 5:30p-6:50pRAWLS KOpenings: 20
    1/4-3/22Online RAWLS KWaitlisted: 1
  • 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
    1/4-3/22Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 15
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 11
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 20
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22Online HONEYCUTT TOpenings: 17
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 13
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22Online HONEYCUTT TOpenings: 20
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/10-3/21T10:30a-12:20pKHRAMOV AOpenings: 18
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23Online FARRINGTON COpenings: 11
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS99 credits

Program Entry Information

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

Program Outcomes

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, 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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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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Samuel Cheung

Area of Instruction


Electronics

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Education, Western Washington University

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Vermont

B.S., Electrical Engineering, California State University

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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

 

Background


Profile

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

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

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

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

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


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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.