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Study Engineering at Skyline College

Engineering is the art of applying scientific and mathematical principles, experience, judgment, and common sense to make things that benefit people and society.

Engineering courses at Skyline College prepare students to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. Students take a core of math and science classes along with the engineering classes appropriate for their transfer goals.

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Career Outlook

Engineering work is organized by traditional academic fields of study, including civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering. There are also more specialized engineering fields, including aerospace, biomedical, computer, environmental, industrial, materials, nuclear, and ocean engineering.

Engineering is the art of applying scientific and mathematical principles, experience, judgment, and common sense to make things that benefit people and society. Engineers design products such as cars, computers, medical equipment, bridges, and robots as well as processes and systems for manufacturing, mass transit, and communications.

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.

Check out the current class schedule and classes offered in upcoming semesters.

Class Schedule
Program Type Total Units
Electrical Engineering AS 60 Units

The Skyline College STEM Center brings together academic and student support services for students taking science, technology, engineering and math courses.

The center supports student success by ensuring students have access to resources such as academic tutoring, counseling services, a resource depository for STEM pathways and transfer, a hub for internships and work based learning opportunities, as well as a place where students and staff can collaborate and build a community and supportive connection.

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The Skyline College Fab Lab The Fab Lab is a space where your creativity and your imagination have no boundaries. We give you access to the tools, training, and community you'll need to feel comfortable building just about anything. We help you to evolve your technical and mechanical skills, develop your creativity and find new ways to improvise and be innovative.

Come utilize our production workshop and small-scale innovation hub equipped with digital fabrication machines and technologies for the production of objects, tools, and electronics.

Check out the Fab Lab

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Division of Skyline College offers a variety of programs that lead to AA/AS degrees, certificates in a specified field, and/or academic transfer to a 4-year college or university. Students can also take a class to fulfill General Education requirements, prepare for your major, and build career and technical education and skills. Check out the division's current programs.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Collaborate, communicate effectively, and work well in situations that require teamwork and leadership.
  • Design and perform tests or experiments, analyze and interpret data including the use of statistical error analysis, and prepare technical reports summarizing the results of the tests or experiments.
  • Develop an electrical or electronic hardware design or embedded system given a set of requirements, specifications, and constraints.
  • Use techniques, skills, and modern engineering and computer tools necessary for electrical engineering practice including computer aided drafting (CAD) software, circuit simulation software, modern electronics test equipment, circuit prototyping and repair tools, design and manufacture of printed circuit boards, and embedded programming development tools and devices.
Office Information
Location: Building 7
Email: langhoffn@smccd.edu
Summer 2024 Courses  |  Fall 2024 Courses

Type Status Title Days Time Instructor
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
ENGR 100 - 55622 - Introduction to Engineering
ENGR 100 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture/48-54 lab. Prerequisite: MATH 130 or equivalent. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An introduction to the engineering profession and its different sub-disciplines, intended to provide a foundation for further study in engineering. The course explains the engineering education pathways and explores effective strategies for students to reach their full academic potential. It also provides an understanding of engineering processes and tools, including experimentation, data analysis, and computer and communication skills. Emphasis is given to technical communications, ethical considerations, engineering design, and analysis skills applied to illustrative projects and problems drawn from various engineering fields. A spreadsheet program (Microsoft Excel) and a computer language (MATLAB or equivalent) are introduced and used in the course. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.
TBA Khan, M
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
ENGR 100 - 55622 - Introduction to Engineering
ENGR 100 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture/48-54 lab. Prerequisite: MATH 130 or equivalent. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An introduction to the engineering profession and its different sub-disciplines, intended to provide a foundation for further study in engineering. The course explains the engineering education pathways and explores effective strategies for students to reach their full academic potential. It also provides an understanding of engineering processes and tools, including experimentation, data analysis, and computer and communication skills. Emphasis is given to technical communications, ethical considerations, engineering design, and analysis skills applied to illustrative projects and problems drawn from various engineering fields. A spreadsheet program (Microsoft Excel) and a computer language (MATLAB or equivalent) are introduced and used in the course. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.
TBA Khan, M

The college catalog contains lists of all courses that we may offer in the current academic year.

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The Engineering & Tech Scholars (ETS) Learning Community is an accelerated cohort program designed to engage and support students in Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology pathways.  Part of the Silicon Valley Engineering Tech Pathways project, the ETS program helps students move through core Math, Physics, Chemistry, and English courses together as a group with support from Math and Engineering faculty and a Student Support Specialist.

Through supportive group-based learning, engagement in academic success strategies, contextualized mathematics, hands-on and team-based design projects, and introduction to advanced manufacturing techniques in a brand new state-of-the-art Fabrication Laboratory, students progress from entry-level mathematics through intermediately advanced Science, Engineering, and Technology courses.

The ETS Learning Community prepares students for an Associate’s of Science Degree in Engineering and Tech pathways and transfers to university. This community cultivates hands-on design and manufacturing experience to place students in entry-level internships in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco tech industries.

How to Apply

For more information on program enrollment, please contact Luis Prado, STEM Retention Specialist, and fill out the online application. The program is now accepting students enrolling in MATH 130 Trig, MATH 222 Pre-Calculus, or MATH 251 Calculus I in the fall. 

Program Benefits

What are the advantages of joining the Engineering and Technology Scholars Learning Community?

  • You and your peers learn together.  Each ETS student cohort is enrolled in linked courses together for five semesters. You and your peers will have unique collaborative projects and be able to forge a community of STEM learners based on your similar academic interests.
  • You will explore your career options.  STEM is a massive pool of possible majors and it may be difficult to decide your field of study or career goal. The ETS program provides students exposure to different opportunities in tech through field trips, extracurricular activities, and mentoring.
  • You will gain tangible experience.  Skyline College is home to a brand new, state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab provided by Base11. ETS students are able to participate in various workshops and other learning opportunities utilizing 3-D printers, milling machines, laser cutters, and more! Through continuous lab experience, ETS students gain transferable skills to fulfill eligibility for offered internships.
  • You will prepare for your future.  Additional to STEM enrichment, ETS students receive training in resume writing, study skills, and access to multiple guidance resources. ETS students are equipped with a Student Support Specialist that provides individualized assistance to more acutely identify areas of student improvement.

Find the core courses of the ETS program below, along with track-specific coursework.

ETS Core Courses Course Units
COUN 100 3
CHEM 210 5
ENGL 105 5
ENGL 110 3
MATH 110 5
MATH 120 5
MATH 130 4
MATH 222 5
MATH 251 5
MATH 252 5
MATH 253 5
MATH 270 3
PHYS 250 4
PHYS 260 4
PHYS 270 4
Electrical Engineering Courses Course Units
COMP 250 3
COMP 251*
ENGR 100
ENGR 400*
ENGR 260** 
ENGR 261** 
GEN ED 
MATH 275 
Computer Engineering Courses Course Units
COMP 250 3
COMP 251* 
COMP 252** 
COMP 262 
ENGR 100 
ENGR 400* 
ENGR 260** 
ENGR 261** 
MATH 275 
Computer Science Courses Course Units
COMP 250 3
COMP 252** 
COMP 256* 
COMP 262* 
ENGR 100 
ENGR 400* 
GEN ED 

Calling All Makers!

This summer experience, geared towards youth, gives aspiring makers an opportunity to design prototypes in our Fab Lab.

We will be exploring different projects for engineering and prototyping while opening up an entrepreneurial mindset. Please note that this is a beginner’s level course! We will also get a sneak peak into Skyline College and hear about various resources on campus to help you whether you choose to explore Engineering, and/or Business and become a STEM Entrepreneur.  

Who Can Apply?

Anyone with a student ID number (G#)! (If you have not obtained a G# apply here!)

  1. Students currently in high school qualify for concurrent enrollment. Please see information on concurrent enrollment to learn more about eligibility to enroll this way.
  2. Students who have completed high school/GED must enroll through regular means. After receiving your Student ID (G#), students can sign up for the course through their WebSmart account, using CRN 55719.

FAQ

Enrollment Costs:

  • Concurrent Enrollment students: tuition is waived
  • Regular participating students: $46 per unit for California residents

Lab kit costs: $75 deposit

We will be performing several activities involving manufacturing, circuitry as well as fabric and leather crafting! Included in the kit are various components for you to use and there are some components for you to keep. Each item in the kit will be labeled accordingly.

Local residents: we will send all registered students a schedule of when to pick up the kit from us. To pick up your kit, review and sign our lab kit waiver and pay the deposit fee and you’re good to go! You will have to return the kits – return the kits and also pick up any laser cut designs that you may have worked on over the course of the program!

You will need to download the Arduino software (free)

  • please make sure that your computer is compatible with the software and for plugging in USB-A devices.
Maryam Khan - Engineering Instructor + Summer Program Coordinator

I can help you with:

  • Questions you have about the course in general
  • Questions about the Laboratory Kits + kit safety
  • Checking out and Returning Laboratory Kits
  • Questions you have about Engineering
  • Questions you may have about future college, and career aspirations pertaining to Engineering + STEM
  • Contact Maryam at khanm@smccd.edu

Soledad McCarthy - Entrepeneurship Instructor

I can help you with:

  • Questions you have about Entrepreneurship
  • Questions you have about future college, and career aspirations pertaining to Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • Contact Soledad at mccarthym@smccd.edu

Marco Wehfritz - Engineering Lab Coordinator

I can help you with:

  • Checking out and returning the Lab Kits
  • Kit safety forms
  • Contact Marco at wehfritzm@smccd.edu

Primary Contact

Benjamin Lam
Benjamin Lam (Program Services Coordinator)
Science|Math|Technology-STEM Division
lamb@smccd.edu More details »

Department Faculty

Maryam Khan
Maryam Khan (Adjunct Faculty)
Science|Math|Technology-Engineering (ENGR)
khanm@smccd.edu More details »
Nick Langhoff
Nick Langhoff (Professor)
Science|Math|Technology-Engineering (ENGR)
langhoffn@smccd.edu More details »

Dean

Jessica Hurless
Jessica Hurless (Dean)
Science|Math|Technology-Division Office
hurlessj@smccd.edu More details »