Mechanical, Industrial & Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering

Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 2 (PHST2AS)

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 ...

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, analyzing, 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!

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 2 (PHST2AS) Full time : 9 135

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

135 Units

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter.

See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

Apply and register at South Seattle College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Note about the sample schedule: Classes are offered in various formats such as online (e-learning) and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Before Quarter One

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
12 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor in Starfish to meet and discuss your goals. 
  • Explore careers and majors through workshops, counseling, and WorkSource career services
  • Visit the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects. 
  • Visit the Tutoring Center to learn about tutoring services offered in-person and online. 
  • Get involved on campus! Check out some of the resources, clubs and activities available to you through Student Life and TRiO, RST, and more! 
MATH102
College Algebra
5 units
MATH&141
Precalculus I
5 units
ENGR110
Engineering Orientation
2 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your advisor.
  • Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities
  • Attend transfer workshops and/or a transfer fair. Find more information on our Transfer Resources page.
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year in Fall or early Winter Quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Apply for Ready, Set, Transfer
  • Visit South’s transfer webpage for transfer information.
MATH&142
Precalculus II
5 units
ENGL99
Support for Engl& 101
5 units
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Attend a resume building or career workshop.
  • Connect with potential universities (virtually or in person) and determine application deadlines.
  • Research and apply for scholarships.
MATH&151
Calculus I
5 units
CHEM&139
General Chemistry Prep
5 units
ART111 or HUM105
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan with your advisor.
  • Attend transfer workshops, including a personal statement workshop.
  • Write your personal statement.
  • Build relationships with faculty and staff at South to learn more about your pathway and future opportunities.
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships Meet with a Engineering Faculty member like Albert Engel (albert.engel@seattlecolleges.edu).
MATH&152
Calculus II
5 units
CHEM&161
General Chem W/Lab I
6 units
ECON&201 or ENVS170 or CMST&230
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year in Fall or early Winter Quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Finalize your three top choices for transfer intitutions and programs.
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships.
  • Explore internships in your major/career.
  • Apply for graduation for your degree.
MATH&163
Calculus 3
5 units
CHEM&162
General Chem W/Lab II
6 units
ART111 or HUM105
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List

Update your educational plan with your advisor. 

MATH220
Linear Algebra
5 units
PHYS&221
Engineering Physics I
5 units
CHEM&163 or ENGL&235
Choose a course
variable units
Quarter 7
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

Update your educational plan with your advisor. 

MATH238
Differential Equations
5 units
PHYS&222
Engineering Physics II
5 units
ENGR&214
Statics
5 units
Quarter 8
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

Apply for summer research or internship opportunities.

Reapply for FAFSA or WAFSA if transferring. 

CSC110
Intro to Cmptr Progming
5 units
PHYS&223
Engineering Physics III
5 units
ENGR&215
Dynamics
5 units
Quarter 9
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Check in with your university for transfer planning.
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
  • Attend commencement ceremony.

 

CSC142
Computer Programming I
5 units
ENGR&225
Mechanics of Materials
5 units
Pick one from the following list
Choose a course
5 units

More Information

  • 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:

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.

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit South's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Area of Study

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Program Contact

College Transfer Division 

Division staff will answer your questions or make the right connections for you to learn more about our transfer degrees and pathways. 

Location:  
University Center (UNI 101)   

Phone: 
206.934.6600 

Email: collegetrnsfr.south@seattlecolleges.edu  

Advising Contact

New Students: Please visit the Welcome Center website for help with the Steps to Enroll or to meet with the Welcome Center team. 

Current Students: Please see your primary advisor to create an educational plan. If you need assistance getting connected to the appropriate advisor, visit the Advising Center website