Career and Program Description

Engineering is a profession in which knowledge of the sciences, gained through study and experience, is applied for the benefit of society. Engineers solve technical problems as members of project teams or as individual specialists. Work may involve research, development, design, planning, fabrication, construction, supervision and management.

PCC offers curricula equivalent to the first two years of study for most engineering disciplines at Portland State University (PSU), Oregon State University (OSU), the University of Portland (UP), Washington State University-Vancouver (WSUV) and Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). These engineering disciplines include: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering Management, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering.

Equivalent first and second year courses are also available for students interested in other majors or universities. (Note: not all majors listed are available at all the institutions listed.)

Advising guides outlining which engineering, mathematics, science and general education courses to take for the disciplines listed above have been prepared in cooperation with PSU, OSU and OIT. Following these advising guides will prepare students to transfer to their upper division studies. It is recommended that students prepare to transfer by selecting courses that meet lower division university requirements rather than by seeking a degree. Students interested in a degree should refer to the Comprehensive Degree Requirements section of this catalog for information concerning the granting of degrees.

Department Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

  • Students must place in WR 115 and MTH 251. High school courses in chemistry, physics and computer literacy are highly recommended. Students lacking these courses are encouraged to take Preparatory Chemistry CH 151, and/or a computer science course (meet with an advisor to determine the appropriate course), prior to beginning the program.

  • Students lacking the necessary prerequisites may upgrade their skills by taking writing, mathematics, science and computer literacy courses. To arrange a meeting with an engineering advisor, visit to make an appointment

Other Prerequisites

  • None

ENGR 100. Exploring Engineering. 1 Credit.

Focuses on engineering careers and what engineers do day-to-day. Presents various engineering disciplines and associated occupations. Designed to inform students of the attributes of a career in engineering and the academic preparation it requires. Audit available.

ENGR 101. Engineering Fundamentals. 4 Credits.

Introduces basic engineering problem solving, analysis and design. Covers basic concepts of curve fitting, statistics, electricity, and mechanics, including vector algebra. Utilizes spreadsheet and computer programming applications as problem solving tools. Introduces non-technical aspects of engineering, such as registration laws and ethics. Labs may include group engineering project work. Prerequisite: MTH 95 or any MTH course for which MTH 95 is a prerequisite. Prerequisite/concurrent: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115. Audit available.

ENGR 102. 2D Modeling and Engineering Graphics. 3 Credits.

Introduces computer-aided drafting software and drafting standards appropriate for civil engineering and related fields for the built environment. Includes drafting standards appropriate in the field. Prerequisite: MTH 95 or any MTH course for which MTH 95 is a prerequisite. Audit available.

ENGR 105. 3D Modeling and Engineering Graphics. 3 Credits.

Introduces manual and computer-aided drafting used to design parts and assemblies. Covers sketching, basic drawing and dimensioning, geometric construction, and multiple views. Focuses on 3D modeling techniques. Prerequisite: MTH 95 or any MTH course for which MTH 95 is a prerequisite or equivalent placement. Prerequisite/concurrent: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

ENGR 114. Engineering Programming. 4 Credits.

Introduces the fundamental principles and practices of engineering through an iterative design process that encourages creativity and critical thinking. Explores the ethical dimensions of engineering and its impact on society. Prerequisite: ENGR 101 or department-approved equivalent, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

ENGR 171. Introduction to Digital Logic Design. 5 Credits.

Introduces foundations in digital design. Includes number systems and codes, basic logic gates, device parameters, Boolean algebra, logic circuit simplification techniques, timing analysis, the application of combinational logic devices, programmable logic devices, flip-flops, registers, and/or counters. Reinforces systematic design methodology. Prerequisite/Concurrent: ENGR 221. Audit available.

ENGR 211. Statics. 4 Credits.

Analysis of forces acting on particles and rigid bodies. Force systems, centroids, and moments of inertia are covered. Scientific, programmable, graphing calculator required. Prerequisites: MTH 252, PHY 211; ENGR 101. Audit available.

ENGR 212. Dynamics. 4 Credits.

Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies are analyzed by Newton's laws, work-energy and impulse-momentum methods. Prerequisite: ENGR 211. Audit available.

ENGR 213. Strength of Materials. 4 Credits.

Relationships between stress and strain in deformable solids is studied. Analysis is applied to axially-loaded members, circular shafts, beams and columns. Combined stresses, statically indeterminate systems and properties of structural materials are included. Prerequisite: ENGR 211. Audit available.

ENGR 221. Electrical Circuits I. 5 Credits.

Introduces students to basic circuit elements and circuit analysis techniques. Covers Ohm's and Kirchhoff's Laws, network theorems, node voltage analysis and mesh current analysis. Operational amplifiers, inductors, capacitors, RC and RL transient response are also covered. Circuit simulation, math analysis software, and laboratory experiments are incorporated to solidify classroom theory and practice. Recommend: MTH 253 and PHY 213. Prerequisites: ENGR 101; MTH 252. Audit available.

ENGR 222. Electrical Circuits II. 5 Credits.

Covers RLC circuits, transformers, AC power, and three phase power. Explores steady state sinusoidal analysis and phasor techniques. Introduces the Laplace Transform. Also incorporated is circuit simulation, math analysis software, and laboratory experiments to solidify classroom theory and practice. Prerequisite: ENGR 221. Audit available.

ENGR 223. Electrical Circuits III. 5 Credits.

Covers Laplace Transform analysis. The transfer function, convolution, bode plots, and Fourier series are used to analyze circuits. Passive and active filters are designed and analyzed using these new circuit analysis techniques. Circuit simulation, math analysis software, and laboratory experiments are incorporated to solidify classroom theory and practice. Prerequisite: ENGR 222 Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: MTH 256. Audit available.

ENGR 226. Plane Surveying. 4 Credits.

Introduces basic concepts of plane surveying. Includes use of tape, level, and electronic total station, along with horizontal and vertical control networks. Includes network calculations and adjustments, angles and bearings, and topographic surveying and mapping. Prerequisite: MTH 112 or any MTH course for which MTH 112 is a prerequisite or equivalent placement. Audit available.

ENGR 231. Material Science. 4 Credits.

Selection of materials for modern engineering applications. Structure and properties of metals, ceramics and polymers starting with fundamental atomic arrangements. Microstructural control through terminal and mechanical processing and effects of service environment are covered. Prerequisites: PHY 211; MTH 252; (CH 201 or 222). Audit available.

ENGR 262. Manufacturing Processes. 2 Credits.

Introduces the interaction of design with industrial materials and processes. Emphasizes the connection of design, materials, and processes with technical and economic feasibility, trade-offs, and automation. Prerequisites: ENGR 101. Audit available.

ENGR 271. Digital Logic Design. 4 Credits.

Explores shift register devices and circuits; design, timing analysis, and application of synchronous state machine circuits using discrete devices and programmable logic devices. Includes timing analysis of asynchronous state machines, arithmetic circuits and devices; internal architecture of a microprocessor; design and interfacing of memory systems. Introduces design for test techniques. Reinforces the systematic design methodology, documentation standards, and use of computer-based tools. Prerequisite: ENGR 171. Audit available.