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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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  • 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
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online MUDD SOpenings: 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
  • 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.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • 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
    1/9-3/23MF 1:00p-2:45pALMAN AOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MF 9:00a-10:45aALMAN AOpenings: 24
     W 9:00a-11:00aSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MF 3:00p-4:45pALMAN AOpenings: 24
     W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFF
    4/10-6/22MF 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • Electives
  • ENGR& 214Statics5 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 or better in PHYS& 221; C or better in Math& 151; or Instructor Permission
  • 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
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    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
  • 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
    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
    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
  • 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.

    Prerequisite:
    PSYC& 100 with a C grade

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 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.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • 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 or better in ENGR& 214
  • 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
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
  • Humanities
  • 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
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pVELAHALEY, ROpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • 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 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online RANGEL DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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
    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
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • 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
    1/12-3/23M12:00p-4:00pRANGEL DOpenings: 28
     WF12:00p-1:00p
  • 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
    4/8-6/22MWF 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
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:00pRANGEL DOpenings: 28
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • 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
  • 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

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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, Mechanical Engineering Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8575
jdavishahl@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J3-A

 

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, Engineering

 

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

Contact Info


360 752-8568
jkefover@btc.ctc.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, Mechanical Engineering Technology, CAD

 

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


360 752-8424
sreiss@btc.ctc.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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David Rangel

 

Area of Instruction


Physics, Mathematics

 

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

Contact Info


360 752-8473
drangel@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J3-A

 

Background


Profile

David Rangel has been an instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 2013. Before joining BTC, he conducted research, student mentorship, an...

    • David Rangel has been an instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 2013. Before joining BTC, he conducted research, student mentorship, and instruction in the applied sciences and currently utilizes this experience in both his teaching and in his ancillary roles as instructional mentor and program coordinator.

      David is a native of Bellingham, Washington who received his training both on the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest. He continues to strive to meet the excellent standards set by the institution in both instruction, and in serving the diverse educational goals of its students.

      Currently, David is involved in several campus-wide initiatives ranging from the contextualization of core academic instruction with established program pathways, to finding and implementing grants from national funding agencies to create new opportunities for students seeking job training or the ability to continue their education at partner four-year institutions.

Specialties
Instructional innovation; Content Contextualization, Problem- & Project-based Learning, Statistics and Data Analysis Education

    • Instructional innovation; Content Contextualization, Problem- & Project-based Learning, Statistics and Data Analysis Education
    • Applied and Numerical Mathematics ; Simulation, Numerical Methods
    • Applied Physical Chemistry ; Biophysical Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Sustainability & Environmental Engineering


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Tim Stettler

 

Area of Instruction


Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology

 

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


360 752-8338
tstettler@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J1

 

Background


Profile

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Danielle Newton

 

Area of Instruction


Humanities

 

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

Contact Info


360 752-8421
dnewton@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 217

 

Background


Profile

Danielle Newton has worked as a writing specialist for organizations such as the American Lung Association, the California Institute for Rural St...

    • Danielle Newton has worked as a writing specialist for organizations such as the American Lung Association, the California Institute for Rural Studies, and Green River Community College. Danielle has also taught composition, oral and written communications, and social media writing in various higher education settings, including Deganawidah Quetzalcoatl University, California’s two-year tribal college, Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, and Bellevue College. Her teaching interests include writing for professional purposes, contextualized curriculum, and technology in the classroom.

Specialties
Recent Scholarship

    • Recent Scholarship
    • Presenter. ACTIVIST PUBLIC RELATIONS in AMERICAN INDIAN COMMUNICATIONS: “People Are Not Collateral Damage”. May 21-25, 2014. American Indian Workshop (International). University of Leiden (Netherlands). Peer Reviewed.
    • Presenter. “Open Access, Open Opportunity: Using Universal Course Design to Help International Students Succeed in the American Community College Classroom.” February 5-7, 2014. International Teacher Education Conference. Dubai, UAE. Peer Reviewed.
    • Panel Chair. Presenter. “Just Because I’m a Woman: Music and Social Agitation in Yesterday’s Communities.” November 15-18, 2012. National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. Peer reviewed. First author.
    • Presenter. “Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure, Race to the Bottom: Social Media, Digital Agitation, and the Partisan Politics of Women’s Healthcare.” November 15-18, 2012. National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. Peer Reviewed.
    • Presenter. “All My Tears Be Washed Away: Revelations of Displacement in Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball.” November 9-11, 2012. South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Raleigh, North Carolina. First author.
    • Presenter. Women as Global Leaders Conference. The Shorthand of Quintessence: How Business Women Lead and Partner for Dynamic, Thoughtful, and Different Forms of Sustainability. March 2012. Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates.
    • “Citizen 2.0: How Government Uses Social Media to Reframe Public Messages,” Citizen 2.0: Public and Governmental Interaction through Web 2.0 Technologies. IGI Global. 2012. Second Author. Peer Reviewed.
    • Professional Affiliations
    • Assistant Editor, Fiction. Fifth Wednesday Journal. Literary Magazine.
    • Member. Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
    • Member. National Communication Association.


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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


360 752-8566
coekerman@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 218

 

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

    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
    1/9-3/23MF 1:00p-2:45pALMAN AOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MF 9:00a-10:45aALMAN AOpenings: 24
     W 9:00a-11:00aSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MF 3:00p-4:45pALMAN AOpenings: 24
     W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFF
    4/10-6/22MF 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • CHEM& 162General Chemistry w/Lab II5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 161 with C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 1:00p-2:45pALMAN AOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-12:00pSTAFF
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-12:00pSTAFF
  • 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
    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
    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
  • 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
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    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
  • 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.

    Prerequisite:
    Engl& 101 with a C or above

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 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 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pBILLS MOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 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
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online MUDD SOpenings: 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
  • 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
    1/7-3/26Online POLLARD DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23T 6:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 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
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pVELAHALEY, ROpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Engineering
  • ENGR& 214Statics5 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 or better in PHYS& 221; C or better in Math& 151; or Instructor Permission
  • 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 or better in ENGR& 214
  • 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
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
  • 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
    1/7-3/26Online CRAWFORD KOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pVELAHALEY, ROpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 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
    4/8-6/22MWF 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
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:00pRANGEL DOpenings: 28
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    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
    1/12-3/23M12:00p-4:00pRANGEL DOpenings: 28
     WF12:00p-1:00p
  • 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
  • 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
    1/7-3/26Online BERGAN NOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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, Mechanical Engineering Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8575
jdavishahl@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J3-A

 

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


Jason Kefover - Instructor image

Jason Kefover

 

Area of Instruction


Electro Mechanical Technology, Engineering

 

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

Contact Info


360 752-8568
jkefover@btc.ctc.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, Mechanical Engineering Technology, CAD

 

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


360 752-8424
sreiss@btc.ctc.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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David Rangel

 

Area of Instruction


Physics, Mathematics

 

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

Contact Info


360 752-8473
drangel@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J3-A

 

Background


Profile

David Rangel has been an instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 2013. Before joining BTC, he conducted research, student mentorship, an...

    • David Rangel has been an instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 2013. Before joining BTC, he conducted research, student mentorship, and instruction in the applied sciences and currently utilizes this experience in both his teaching and in his ancillary roles as instructional mentor and program coordinator.

      David is a native of Bellingham, Washington who received his training both on the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest. He continues to strive to meet the excellent standards set by the institution in both instruction, and in serving the diverse educational goals of its students.

      Currently, David is involved in several campus-wide initiatives ranging from the contextualization of core academic instruction with established program pathways, to finding and implementing grants from national funding agencies to create new opportunities for students seeking job training or the ability to continue their education at partner four-year institutions.

Specialties
Instructional innovation; Content Contextualization, Problem- & Project-based Learning, Statistics and Data Analysis Education

    • Instructional innovation; Content Contextualization, Problem- & Project-based Learning, Statistics and Data Analysis Education
    • Applied and Numerical Mathematics ; Simulation, Numerical Methods
    • Applied Physical Chemistry ; Biophysical Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Sustainability & Environmental Engineering


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Tim Stettler

 

Area of Instruction


Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology

 

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


360 752-8338
tstettler@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J1

 

Background


Profile

...


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Danielle Newton

 

Area of Instruction


Humanities

 

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

Contact Info


360 752-8421
dnewton@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 217

 

Background


Profile

Danielle Newton has worked as a writing specialist for organizations such as the American Lung Association, the California Institute for Rural St...

    • Danielle Newton has worked as a writing specialist for organizations such as the American Lung Association, the California Institute for Rural Studies, and Green River Community College. Danielle has also taught composition, oral and written communications, and social media writing in various higher education settings, including Deganawidah Quetzalcoatl University, California’s two-year tribal college, Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, and Bellevue College. Her teaching interests include writing for professional purposes, contextualized curriculum, and technology in the classroom.

Specialties
Recent Scholarship

    • Recent Scholarship
    • Presenter. ACTIVIST PUBLIC RELATIONS in AMERICAN INDIAN COMMUNICATIONS: “People Are Not Collateral Damage”. May 21-25, 2014. American Indian Workshop (International). University of Leiden (Netherlands). Peer Reviewed.
    • Presenter. “Open Access, Open Opportunity: Using Universal Course Design to Help International Students Succeed in the American Community College Classroom.” February 5-7, 2014. International Teacher Education Conference. Dubai, UAE. Peer Reviewed.
    • Panel Chair. Presenter. “Just Because I’m a Woman: Music and Social Agitation in Yesterday’s Communities.” November 15-18, 2012. National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. Peer reviewed. First author.
    • Presenter. “Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure, Race to the Bottom: Social Media, Digital Agitation, and the Partisan Politics of Women’s Healthcare.” November 15-18, 2012. National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. Peer Reviewed.
    • Presenter. “All My Tears Be Washed Away: Revelations of Displacement in Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball.” November 9-11, 2012. South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Raleigh, North Carolina. First author.
    • Presenter. Women as Global Leaders Conference. The Shorthand of Quintessence: How Business Women Lead and Partner for Dynamic, Thoughtful, and Different Forms of Sustainability. March 2012. Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates.
    • “Citizen 2.0: How Government Uses Social Media to Reframe Public Messages,” Citizen 2.0: Public and Governmental Interaction through Web 2.0 Technologies. IGI Global. 2012. Second Author. Peer Reviewed.
    • Professional Affiliations
    • Assistant Editor, Fiction. Fifth Wednesday Journal. Literary Magazine.
    • Member. Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
    • Member. National Communication Association.


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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


360 752-8566
coekerman@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 218

 

Background


Profile

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

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

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


Composites & Process Engineering

Engineering Technology AAS-T – Composites and Process Engineering

Enroll in BTC’s new Engineering Technology – Composites and Process Engineering 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)

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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 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pBILLS MOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 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.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • 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
    1/9-3/23MF 1:00p-2:45pALMAN AOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MF 9:00a-10:45aALMAN AOpenings: 24
     W 9:00a-11:00aSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MF 3:00p-4:45pALMAN AOpenings: 24
     W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFF
    4/10-6/22MF 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

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

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

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • or

  • 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
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    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
  • 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
    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
    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
    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
  • 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.

  • 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:
    BTC College Level Math Score score of 32 or C or better in MATH 099; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C or better in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or C or better in ENGL 092.
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 credits

    An introduction to engineering drawing and graphics technology. Topics include sketching, three-dimensional visualization, displaying solid objects in two-dimensional views, dimensioning, methods for improving visualization skills, and reading engineering drawings.

  • 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 OR Instructor Permission
  • CS& 131Computer Science I5 credits

    This course is designed to meet ACM CS I objectives including "Basic programming and concepts including procedural programming (methods, parameters, return values), basic control structures (sequence, if/else, for loop, while loop), file processing, arrays and an introduction to defining objects. Required for AAS-T and AS-T Engineering Degrees.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MATH& 141 or instructor permission
  • 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
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • 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
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • ENGR& 214Statics5 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 or better in PHYS& 221; C or better in Math& 151; or Instructor Permission
  • 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 or better in ENGR& 214
  • EMTEC 133Introduction to Machinery Skills4 credits

    Studies introduce shop safety and guidelines, the use of measuring tools, basic shop equipment and a study of vertical milling machines and lathes. Supervised hands on project will be produced by the student. Utilizing dynamic lecture and discussion, and hands-on practice, students develop knowledge and skills for careers in industry. Text and basic tools required.

    Prerequisite:
    EMTEC 126
  • Composites
  • CPE 180Polymer Technology5 credits

    On overview of chemical composition, physical properties, deformation, mechanical behavior, fabrication, processing and manufacturing of polymers.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MATH& 142
  • CPE 200Introduction to Composites5 credits

    General overview of composite materials and fabrication procedures. Covers composite constituents, material forms, mold design and development, fabrication processes, composite applications, bonding, fastening, laminating, and finishing techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in CPE 180
  • CPE 215Composites Repair5 credits

    Introduction to how imperfections affect composite properties. Provides hands-on training to inspect, test, and repair composite structures.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in CPE 200
  • CPE 240Composites Engineering Design5 credits

    Overview of structural design utilizing composite materials including material and process selection, structural design, aesthetic qualities, assembly, and practical design information.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in CPE 200; C or better in ENGR 170.
  • CPE 250Composites Manufacturing5 credits

    Overview of processes involved in development and production of composite products. Includes tooling, fabrication, machining, assembly, quality assurance, repair, lay-up, vacuum bagging, and cure processing of wet laminating techniques and pre-impregnated materials.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in CPE 240
  • QA 210Quality Assurance5 credits

    Introduction to lean manufacturing using the six sigma process improvement structure. Manage the value stream of processes.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS120 credits

Program Entry Information

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

Program Outcomes

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Jill Davishahl

 

Area of Instruction


Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8575
jdavishahl@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J3-A

 

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, Mechanical Engineering Technology, CAD

 

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


360 752-8424
sreiss@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J5-A

 

Background


Profile

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

Scot...

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

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

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

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


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Jason Kefover

 

Area of Instruction


Electro Mechanical Technology, Engineering

 

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

Contact Info


360 752-8568
jkefover@btc.ctc.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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David Rangel

 

Area of Instruction


Physics, Mathematics

 

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

Contact Info


360 752-8473
drangel@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J3-A

 

Background


Profile

David Rangel has been an instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 2013. Before joining BTC, he conducted research, student mentorship, an...

    • David Rangel has been an instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 2013. Before joining BTC, he conducted research, student mentorship, and instruction in the applied sciences and currently utilizes this experience in both his teaching and in his ancillary roles as instructional mentor and program coordinator.

      David is a native of Bellingham, Washington who received his training both on the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest. He continues to strive to meet the excellent standards set by the institution in both instruction, and in serving the diverse educational goals of its students.

      Currently, David is involved in several campus-wide initiatives ranging from the contextualization of core academic instruction with established program pathways, to finding and implementing grants from national funding agencies to create new opportunities for students seeking job training or the ability to continue their education at partner four-year institutions.

Specialties
Instructional innovation; Content Contextualization, Problem- & Project-based Learning, Statistics and Data Analysis Education

    • Instructional innovation; Content Contextualization, Problem- & Project-based Learning, Statistics and Data Analysis Education
    • Applied and Numerical Mathematics ; Simulation, Numerical Methods
    • Applied Physical Chemistry ; Biophysical Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Sustainability & Environmental Engineering


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Danielle Newton

 

Area of Instruction


Humanities

 

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

Contact Info


360 752-8421
dnewton@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 217

 

Background


Profile

Danielle Newton has worked as a writing specialist for organizations such as the American Lung Association, the California Institute for Rural St...

    • Danielle Newton has worked as a writing specialist for organizations such as the American Lung Association, the California Institute for Rural Studies, and Green River Community College. Danielle has also taught composition, oral and written communications, and social media writing in various higher education settings, including Deganawidah Quetzalcoatl University, California’s two-year tribal college, Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, and Bellevue College. Her teaching interests include writing for professional purposes, contextualized curriculum, and technology in the classroom.

Specialties
Recent Scholarship

    • Recent Scholarship
    • Presenter. ACTIVIST PUBLIC RELATIONS in AMERICAN INDIAN COMMUNICATIONS: “People Are Not Collateral Damage”. May 21-25, 2014. American Indian Workshop (International). University of Leiden (Netherlands). Peer Reviewed.
    • Presenter. “Open Access, Open Opportunity: Using Universal Course Design to Help International Students Succeed in the American Community College Classroom.” February 5-7, 2014. International Teacher Education Conference. Dubai, UAE. Peer Reviewed.
    • Panel Chair. Presenter. “Just Because I’m a Woman: Music and Social Agitation in Yesterday’s Communities.” November 15-18, 2012. National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. Peer reviewed. First author.
    • Presenter. “Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure, Race to the Bottom: Social Media, Digital Agitation, and the Partisan Politics of Women’s Healthcare.” November 15-18, 2012. National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. Peer Reviewed.
    • Presenter. “All My Tears Be Washed Away: Revelations of Displacement in Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball.” November 9-11, 2012. South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Raleigh, North Carolina. First author.
    • Presenter. Women as Global Leaders Conference. The Shorthand of Quintessence: How Business Women Lead and Partner for Dynamic, Thoughtful, and Different Forms of Sustainability. March 2012. Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates.
    • “Citizen 2.0: How Government Uses Social Media to Reframe Public Messages,” Citizen 2.0: Public and Governmental Interaction through Web 2.0 Technologies. IGI Global. 2012. Second Author. Peer Reviewed.
    • Professional Affiliations
    • Assistant Editor, Fiction. Fifth Wednesday Journal. Literary Magazine.
    • Member. Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
    • Member. National Communication Association.


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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


360 752-8566
coekerman@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 218

 

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.