Engineering Course Descriptions


ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering and Design (Fall, Spring, 3 hour lecture + 3 hour lab)

You will be introduced to the world of engineering in this course, and will learn what aerospace, mechanical, civil, electrical, and computer engineers do for a living. You will discuss the academic and career paths open to you, get a preview of your upcoming classes, and learn basic concepts of engineering design and ethics. This course also covers the fundamentals of graphics as a language for communication in all engineering fields. This includes geometric construction, multiview projections, and pictorial drawing. You will also learn the basics of 3D solid modeling, and explore the use of microcontrollers in the design of automatic devices.  This course strongly emphasizes engineering design and includes several design projects.

ENGR 119 Basic Engineering CAD (Fall, Spring, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab)

This course covers the fundamentals of CAD (Computer Aided Drafting). You will learn basic 2-D drawing techniques and commands in AutoCAD. This includes geometric construction, multiview and singleview projections, section views, dimensions, and text.

ENGR 120 Engineering Computer Applications (Spring, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

In this class you will gain experience interpreting real-world engineering problems, translating them into mathematical problems, and solving them with computers. You will learn basic programming techniques using Matlab, a powerful programming and graphical computer tool used throughout the engineering world.

ENGR 125 3D Parametric Solid Modeling (Fall, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab)

This is an advanced course in graphic communication using 3-D parametric modeling software. You will learn to create 3-D computer models of objects, then use the models to produce 2-D working drawings. The course also covers dimensioning and tolerancing, descriptive geometry, and manufacturing processes.

ENGR 175 Mechatronics: Introduction to Microcontrollers and Robotics (2 hour lecture, 3 hour lab)

Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electronic, and computer engineering to create automatic “intelligent” devices. Microcontrollers offer an easy and flexible way to do this. This course introduces the use of microcontrollers to operate motors, lights, and other electromechanical devices in response to inputs from sensors. Application of these ideas through the development of an autonomous robot

ENGR 176 Mechatronics: Electromechanical Prototyping (2 hour lecture, 3 hour lab)

This course focuses on electromechanical product development. Control of single chip microcontrollers including memory-mapped I/O (Input/Output), direct access to registers, and fine control of timing. Development of custom circuits including manufacture of printed circuits. Control of DC and AC motors and stepper motors. Development of mechanisms and transmissions.  Introduction to manufacturing techniques. This course includes a capstone design project.


ENGR 200 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (Fall, 3 hours lecture)

Engineering Mechanics is the study of how objects behave when subjected to forces. Statics is the first course in the Engineering Mechanics sequence at Cuyamaca College. On one level, Statics is the study of objects in force equilibrium, objects such as bridges, dams, and buildings, and objects moving in a straight line without acceleration. In this regard, statics provides basic knowledge needed for both structural design and machine design. More subtly (and fundamentally), Statics is a first course in representing real-world engineering problems graphically and mathematically, so that they can be solved. Most engineers consider Statics to be the most fundamental of all engineering courses: the concepts developed in this course will be useful throughout your engineering career.

ENGR 210 Electric Circuits (Spring, 3 hours lecture)

You will learn basic concepts of electrical engineering, including impedance, frequency response, resonance, and filtering. By the end of the course you should be able to analyze any passive-element network and design circuits to perform basic functions like amplification, filtering, and impedance matching.

ENGR 218 Plane Surveying (Spring, 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab)

You will learn fundamental surveying techniques, make transverse and area computations and construction layouts. You will be introduced to topographic mapping. You will also learn to use and maintain surveying instruments.

ENGR 220 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics (Spring, 3 hours lecture)

Dynamics is the study of objects in motion. In this class we examine the effects of forces and moments on the position, velocity, acceleration, and energy of objects in rectilinear, curvilinear, and rotational motion. Students completing this course will know fundamentals needed for machine design and dynamic structural design.

ENGR 260 Engineering Materials (Fall, 3 hours lecture)

This course offers an introduction to material types and processing methods used in engineering. By the end of the course you should: 1) Have a broad knowledge of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites, 2) Understand basic measures of material properties, like strength, and hardness, and toughness. 3) Be able to relate macroscopic material properties to molecular structure, 4) Know how to manipulate material properties through mechanical, chemical, and thermal means, 5) Be able to select a material for a particular application, and 6) Be able to do simple failure analysis.

ENGR 270 Digital Design (Fall, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

In this course you will learn the basics of combinational and sequential digital logic systems. The course covers binary logic, multilevel gate circuits, multiplexers, adders, flip-flops, registers, and counters. You will also learn VHDL (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit Hardware Description Language), a computer tool for digital circuit design.