Mechanical, Industrial & Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical, Industrial & Aerospace Engineering

About the Mechanical, Industrial & Aerospace Engineering Pathway 

Are you a problem solver with a strong curiosity about math and science? Do you systems design and data modeling?  Do you often wonder how things work? If so, engineering may be the career path for you!

This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Science Track 2 degree requirements with an emphasis in mechanical, industrial, & aeronautical engineering. This pre-major pathway is designed to prepare you to transfer at the junior-level into a related engineering program at a four-year college or university.

Mechanical engineering is the study of maintaining, analysing, designing and manufacturing machinery. The scale of mechanical engineering projects can range from designing the tiny parts of machines, as well as the handling of large-scale machinery. Mechanical engineers train to become experts in material science; they understand the chemical and mechanical properties of each material and how they interact.

Industrial engineering is the branch of engineering that involves figuring out how to make products or complete tasks more safely and efficiently with less wasted material and energy. Industrial engineers are concerned with reducing production costs, evaluating lifecycle costs and sustainability, increasing efficiency, improving the quality of products and services, ensuring worker health and safety, protecting the environment and complying with government regulations.

Aerospace engineering is the primary field of engineering concerned with the design, development, testing, and production of aircraft, spacecraft, and related systems and equipment. The field has traditionally focused on problems related to atmospheric and space flight, with two major and overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. While many who work in the Aerospace Industry have general mechanical engineering degrees, some students choose to specialize in aerospace engineering with a major or minor.

In this program, you’ll complete the requirements of the freshman and sophomore years of most mechanical, industrial and/or aerospace engineering programs at a four-year college or university. You’ll study areas such as calculus, physics, engineering, and chemistry, but you’ll also take courses in English, social sciences and humanities. Along the way, you’ll get an opportunity to join South’s rocket club as well as design, develop and test challenging projects with peers outside of class in our MakerSpace.

If you’re interested in troubleshooting, designing, and developing solutions to the some of the world’s most complex problems in manufacturing, industry, and/or aerospace, this might be the right career path for you!

Transfer Programs Information Sessions

Come check out our Transfer Programs Information Sessions to learn more and ask questions about our programs. Learn more and sign-up! 

Information Sessions will cover the following information:

  • Overview of our campus community 
  • Benefits of attending South Seattle College 
  • How transfer degrees work 
  • Areas of Study and Program Pathways 
  • Student resources and funding opportunities 
  • Faculty Spotlights
  • How to get started

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), Track 1 or Track 2. Learn more.

Program Pathway Map

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

View Program Pathway Map

Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • CAD Technician
  • Design Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Patent Attorney
  • Production Manager
  • Automotive Engineer

A bachelor’s degree or higher degree may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in mechanical, industrial and/or aeronautical engineering or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges. 

South Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Graduates from South have also transferred to out-of-state institutions.

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

Length of Program

110 credits = 8 quarters if you take 10-15 credits* each term.

*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, saving them time and money. Additionally, full-time students often qualify for more financial aid and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster. Meet with an advisor to build your education plan!  

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

Most courses are offered M-TH, M/W, or T/TH during the daytime (between 8-1:30 p.m.) on-campus, online, or in hybrid (part on-campus, part online) format. We also offer some evening courses twice-a-week and science courses may include afternoon labs (between 1-4 p.m.). For the most recent class times, visit the online class schedule.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter


Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………………....$100-300

Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

Did you know that the average student at South spends three hours applying for financial aid and gets more than $4000 per year? 

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit South’s Financial Aid Department for details.


Where can I go if I have questions about College Transfer? 

New Students: Please contact our South Outreach Team by calling 206.934.5179 or by email at

Current Students: Please make a Transfer Planning Appointment with the Advising Department. For more information about transfer events and opportunities, please contact Helen Tupufia Enguerra, Student Success Specialist, at