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ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAMS AT MC

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Which Engineering Program should I choose?

    It is important for students embarking upon the pursuit of a professional degree in any field of engineering to refine their plans at the earliest practical opportunity. Some students will find it in their best interest to complete the A.S. degree in Engineering Science at MC before attempting to transfer to a 4-year college or university. Others may be better advised to transfer at some earlier point in order to optimize their progress toward the Bachelor's degree. In the latter case, it is particularly important to become aware of the detailed admission and degree requirements at whichever upper division institution(s) that you have in mind. While we attempt in this section to lay out as much background material on this subject as seems practical, the student should remain aware that, in the final analysis, there is no substitute for a one-on-one consultation with an Engineering advisor.

    There are 11 engineering options listed in the MC Catalog.   Each one is described informally below.  For more detailed information including data on the number of various kinds of engineers, average salaries, and future employment possibilities, click on the following link:  http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Department2.aspx?id=11114.


    Aerospace Engineering

    F14 Fighter PlaneAerospace engineering deals with the design of flight vehicles to operate both inside the earth's atmosphere and beyond. Subdivisions within this field include: aerodynamics -- the flow of air and the associated forces, pressures, etc; flight dynamics -- trajectories, rotational dynamics, sensors and controls; propulsion systems, -- the design of engines and motors; structures -- issues of weight, stress, strain, vibration, etc. that constrain the selection of materials; and design -- the most interdisciplinary aerospace field,  which deals with the overall design of a specific vehicle to meet its performance goals.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in Aerospace may be found in the MC catalog.

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    Bioengineering

    Schematics of the DNA double helix, the basic structure that holds the genetic code of organisms.Bioengineering, which is similar to Biomedical Engineering, is a rapidly growing and developing profession. A Bioengineer or Biomedical Engineer uses traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall enhancement of health care. Students choose the biomedical engineering field so that they may help develop devices that enable us to live more healthful and productive lives. These devices include pacemakers, orthopedic implants, and diagnostic instruments. Bioengineers/Biomedical Engineers work with other health care professionals including physicians, nurses, therapists, and technicians. They also contribute to basic biological understanding, leading to new ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease and helping to solve complex clinical problems. Some examples of current research and development areas are: formulation of synthetic biomaterials, the design of artificial tissues and organs, and the development of new drug delivery systems.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in Bioengineering may be found in the MC catalog.

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    Chemical Engineering

    Storage TankChemical engineers work to design new chemical processes and to improve the efficiency of industrial chemical processes.  They also design equipment for use in the chemical industry. Subdivisions of the field include process engineering, polymer science, biochemical engineering, petrochemical engineering, energy conversion, and environmental engineering, to name just a few. Many chemical engineers ultimately find career opportunities in areas which are quite interdisciplinary, and may be employed in industry, in an academic setting, or by many public and private institutes and agencies.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in Chemical Engineering may be found in the MC catalog.

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    Civil Engineering

    Hoover DamCivil engineers are concerned with the design of large and complex structures -- dams, bridges, transportation systems, and the like. They also deal with hydraulics, pollution control, and surveying. Subdivisions within the field include: construction management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in Civil Engineering may be found in the MC catalog.

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    Computer Engineering

    LaptopComputer engineering, sometimes mixed with systems engineering, is one of the newest disciplinary specializations to be found in engineering schools. It deals with all aspects, both hardware and software, of the computer industry. Many of the topics covered by this field were formerly spread out among a variety of departments, including electrical engineering and computer science. Indeed many computer engineering programs are still handled as subdivisions within an electrical engineering department.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in Computer Engineering may be found in the MC catalog.

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    Electrical Engineering

    Antenna ArrayElectrical Engineering has one of the largest overall enrollments. It is probably also the discipline with the largest diversity of sub-specialties. Topics range from the microscopic devices connected with modern communications and computer design, to the gigantic components associated with power production and transmission. Many bioengineering fields also emphasize the application of electrical engineering principles.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in Electrical may be found in the MC catalog.

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    Fire Protection Engineering

    House FireFire Protection Engineering includes the design of systems and equipment for the detection and fighting of fire as well as the development of fire retardant materials and the fire safety of structures. It is closely related to both Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, but with a specific emphasis on applications to fire-related issues.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in Fire Protection may be found in the MC catalog.

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    Materials Science and Engineering

    A cloth of woven carbon fiber filaments, a common high strength, light weight element in composite materialsNew technologies developed through engineering and science will continue to make startling changes in our lives in the 21st century, and workers in Materials Science and Engineering will continue to be a key in these changes and advances. These engineers deal with the science and technology of producing materials that have properties and shapes suitable for practical use. Materials include metals, ceramics, polymers (plastics), semiconductors, and their combinations called composites. The activities of these engineers range from primary materials production, including recycling, through the design and development of new materials, to the reliable and economical processing/manufacturing of the final product. Such activities are found commonly in industries such as aerospace, transportation, electronics, energy conversion, and biomedical systems. Many applications are limited by the operating constraints imposed by the properties or behavior of the materials that are currently available. Higher quality products result from improved processing and more emphasis will be placed on reclaiming and recycling. For these many reasons, many surveys name the materials field as one of the careers with excellent future opportunities.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in Materials Science and Engineering may be found in the MC catalog.

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    Mechanical Engineering

    Mars RoverMechanical Engineering is the remaining member (with Electrical and Civil) of the traditional big three engineering career options. Mechanical Engineers design mechanisms -- basically anything with lots of interconnected moving parts. They are also concerned with the engines and motors which power these mechanisms. Many mechanical engineers work in the areas of heating & air conditioning, automotive, industrial, or manufacturing engineering.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in Mechanical may be found in the MC catalog.

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    Nuclear Engineering

    Nuclear Power FacilityNuclear engineers work on design, maintenance and repair of nuclear power facilities. Fluid dynamics is a very fundamental component of this program, because the proper functioning of nuclear reactors is critically dependent upon the precise control of liquids (coolant, moderator, lubricants) and gases (steam, coolant, etc.) -- often at extremes of temperature, pressure, and flow velocity.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in Nuclear Engineering may be found in the MC catalog.

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    General Engineering

    Two meshed, involute gears, the different radii creates different rotational speed between the gears.A general engineering major at the associate’s degree level provides solid preparation for any type of engineering degree at the bachelor’s level. And if you decide to earn a bachelor’s degree in general engineering, you will study many different fields of engineering and business. You could then go on to coordinate teams of engineers, oversee product development from invention to market, or use your engineering know-how in a non-engineering field, such as law or medicine.

    The program of study leading to an A.S. degree with specialization in General Engineering may be found in the MC catalog.

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    Programs of Study Summary

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • General Engineering
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