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Pre-Engineering Technology: Electronics or Computer

Pre-Engineering Technology: Electronics or Computer

This program is designed for students planning to major in electronics or computer engineering technology at a Washington State college or university. Upon completing the 90-credit program, you may transfer as a junior into a Bachelor of Science program and complete your education in electronics or computer engineering.

In this program, you’ll study academic coursework in English, chemistry, physics, technology, and mathematics. You’ll also develop skills that will prepare you to interface with engineering and development teams and succeed in the workplace.

Program Facts

Across the state, the number of engineering graduates is well below industry needs, as employers such as engineering firms and manufacturers continue to seek qualified electronics and computer engineers. BTC’s Associate in Electronics and Computer 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. Electronics and computer engineering graduates are typically working professionals, so salary ranges will vary, depending on the field.

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  • Communication Skills: 10 Credits
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

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

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

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aLONG ROpenings: 11
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 13
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 3
    9/23-12/12Online VANLEUVEN NWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/12Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 22
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 23
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
  • Humanities: 10 Credits
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

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

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

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pBURNS JOpenings: 12
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aBURNS JOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 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
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aVELAHALEY, ROpenings: 21
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Physical and Natural Sciences: 20 Credits
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    For programs requiring strong backgrounds in chemistry. Atomic theory, stoichiometry, periodic table, nomenclature, reactions in aqueous solutions, gases, and thermochemistry. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    9/26-12/12MF 1:00p-2:45pALMAN AOpenings: 2
     W 1:00p-3:00p
    1/9-3/23MF 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MF 9:00a-10:45aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 9:00a-11:00aSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MF 3:00p-4:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFF
    4/10-6/22MF 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 credits

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

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

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9T 1:00p-4:00pRANGEL DOpenings: 21
    1/8-3/26TTh 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • PHYS& 222Engineering Physics II w/Lab5 credits

    Basic principles of thermodynamics, mechanics of fluids and oscillatory motion, and mechanical waves.

    Prerequisite:
    PHYS& 221 with a grade of C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite MATH& 152 with a C grade or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/24T 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • PHYS& 223Engineering Physics III w/Lab5 credits

    Basic principles of electricity and magnetism, waves, optics and atomic structure.

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

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23T 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills: 20 Credits
  • 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.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • 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 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 10
    9/23-12/12Online RANGEL DOpenings: 3
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/10W 1:00p-2:25pRANGEL DOpenings: 21
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • 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
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25W 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Social Sciences: 10 Credits
  • 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
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMUDD SOpenings: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aMUDD SOpenings: 4
    9/23-12/12Online MUDD SOpenings: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 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.

    Prerequisite:
    PSYC& 100 with a C grade

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 19
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Electives: 20 Credits
  • ELTR 120Semiconductors I5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 115.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/15DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 16
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    9/23-10/15DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 17
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    1/7-1/30DAILY 9:30a-11:00aCHEUNG SOpenings: 25
     DAILY12:00p-3:00pCHEUNG S
    4/7-4/29DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 24
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    4/7-4/29DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 24
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  • 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
    9/23-10/14DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 15
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    9/23-10/14DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 16
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    1/7-1/29DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 25
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    1/7-1/29DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 25
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    4/7-4/29DAILY 9:30a-11:00aCHEUNG SOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00pCHEUNG S
  • ELTR 145Digital 25 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 140

    Future Offerings
    10/15-11/4DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 14
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    10/15-11/4DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 17
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    1/30-2/19DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 25
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    1/30-2/19DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 25
     DAILY 3:00p-5:30pSTARKOVICH D
    4/30-5/22DAILY 9:30a-11:00aCHEUNG SOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00pCHEUNG S
  • ENGR& 204Electrical Circuits5 credits

    Electrical Circuits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

Program Entry Information

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

Program Start

  • This program accepts students quarterly.

Testing Requirements

  • Placement testing in Reading, Math and Writing. Test scores or transcripts from another college may also be accepted along with the Evaluation Request Form

Program Application/Forms

Planning Guide

Transfer

  • Bellingham Technical College - Associate in Science- Transfer Degree (AS-T/MRP) Electronics or Computer Engineering Technology

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

    At CWU, students can work towards completion of an Electronics Engineering Technology degree; at WWU, students can work towards completion of an Electronics Engineering Technology degree; at EWU, students can work towards completion of a Computer Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree.

    Please note: Admission into many schools is competitive and higher grade point averages and course grades are often required. Completion of the general Electronics or Computer 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.

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Samuel Cheung

360 752-8455

scheung@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company in 1972 after finished his electronics diploma. In 1975, Sam completed his BSEE and joined Rockwell International as an electrical engineer working in the field of satellite communication system. 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. Sam received numerous awards from IBM and they were: First Patent Application Invention Achievement Award, the Outstanding Achievement Award for Technical Leadership in Test Engineering, the First Plateau Invention Achievement Award, and the First Plateau Authors’ Recognition Award. Sam also received one US patent and one pending for patent with his work at IBM.

      Sam has been an adjunct faculty teaching mathematics and electronics at Palm Beach Community College in Florida, and Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina in the past 17 years. 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.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.Ed., Education, Western Washington University

      B.S., Electrical / Engineering, California State University

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

      Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification



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Scott Reiss

360 752-8424

sreiss@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      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.

    • 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



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David Rangel

360 752-8473

drangel@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Washington

      M.S., Chemistry, University of Washington

      M.S., Oceanography, University of Washington

      B.A., Physics, Harvard University



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Tim Stettler

360 752-8338

tstettler@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

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

      Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification



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Jason Kefover

360 752-8568

jkefover@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • 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, Programmable Logic Controllers 1, Assn for Packaging & Processing Technologies

      Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification



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Danielle Newton

360 752-8421

dnewton@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.F.A., Master of Fine Arts - Fiction, Bennington College

      M.A., English (Creative Writing), California State University, Sacramento

      B.A., English, California State University, Sacramento



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Carl Oekerman

360 752-8566

coekerman@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

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

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



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Steve Mudd

360 752-8437

smudd@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.A., Counseling Psychology, National University

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