Overview

This degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year engineering program. Students wishing to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at a four-year institution should enroll in the AAS.EGRF degree. This is an engineering fundamentals degree that allows students to identify a concentration in mechanical engineering and take classes in that specialized area.

This pathway consists of basic mechanical engineering and related civil engineering courses. The program covers the basic theory of mechanical engineering systems and associated mechanics and thermodynamics. Students trained in this area are prepared for more advanced study in mechanical and civil engineering at the bachelor's degree level.

Transferring

All of the courses in this program can be used toward both an associate degree and toward the first two years of a four-year engineering degree. The courses in this pathway are based on South Carolina’s Engineering Transfer Block so the courses should transfer to any institution in the state. However, all engineering programs are different, so students planning to transfer to any four-year institution are strongly urged to discuss the curriculum and transfer requirements with a representative of that institution early in their academic career at Midlands Technical College.

To transfer to the University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing, students must successfully complete each transfer course with grades of “C” or better and have an overall grade point average of at least 2.75. High school preparation for engineering should include a strong emphasis on mathematics, science, and basic English language skills. Students not meeting the requirements for entry into Mathematics 140 and English 101 will have preparatory work to complete that may extend the time required to complete the certificate.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(17 Credit Hours)
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

1
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
CHM-110 College Chemistry I

College Chemistry I

ID: CHM-110

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first course in a sequence that includes the following topics: atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria.

4
MAT-111 College Trigonometry

College Trigonometry

ID: MAT-111

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: circular functions; trigonometric identities; solution of right and oblique triangles; solution of trigonometric equations; polar coordinates; complex numbers, including DeMoivre's Theorem; vectors; conic sections; sequences; and series. (Graphic calculator required)

3
EGR-270 Introduction to Engineering

Introduction to Engineering

ID: EGR-270

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the applications of computers in engineering practices, including the use of an appropriate operating system, programming in a high level language, spread sheets, and word processing applications.

3
Semester 2
(14 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
MAT-140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I

Analytical Geometry and Calculus I

ID: MAT-140

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes the following topics: derivatives and integrals of polynomials; rational, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, and inverse trigonometric functions; curve sketching; maxima and minima of functions; related rates; work; and analyticgeometry. (Graphic calculator required)

4
CHM-111 College Chemistry II

College Chemistry II

ID: CHM-111

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a continuation of the study of atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria. Other topics included are kinetics, thermodynamics,and electrochemistry.

4
EGR-275 Intro to Engineering/Computer Graphics

Intro to Engineering/Computer Graphics

ID: EGR-275

Credit Hours: 3

(Transfer Course) This course is a study of basic graphical concepts needed for engineering applications.

3
Semester 3
(14 Credit Hours)
MAT-141 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II

Analytical Geometry and Calculus II

ID: MAT-141

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes the following topics: continuation of calculus of one variable, including analytic geometry, techniques of integration, volumes by integration, and other applications; infinite series, including Taylor series and improper integrals.(Graphic calculator required)

4
GEO-102 World Geography

World Geography

ID: GEO-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

3
PHY-221 University Physics I

University Physics I

ID: PHY-221

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first of a sequence of courses. The course includes a calculus based treatment of the following topics: vectors, laws of motion, rotation, vibratory, and wave motion.

4
HIS-101 Western Civilization to 1689

Western Civilization to 1689

ID: HIS-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from ancient times to 1689, including the major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors shaping western cultural tradition.

3
Semester 4
(16 Credit Hours)
MAT-240 Analytical Geometry and Calculus III

Analytical Geometry and Calculus III

ID: MAT-240

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes the following topics: multivariable calculus, including vectors; partial derivatives and their applications to maximum and minimum problems with and without constraints; line integrals; multiple integrals in rectangular and other coordinates; and stokes' and green's theorems.

4
EGR-260 Engineering Statics

Engineering Statics

ID: EGR-260

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the principles of engineering mechanics as applied to forces and force systems. The techniques of vector mathematics are employed. This course also includes a study of equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, distributed forces, centroids and centers of gravity, moments of inertia of areas, analysis of simple structures and machines, and a study of friction.

3
EGR-274 Engineering App of Numerical Methods

Engineering App of Numerical Methods

ID: EGR-274

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a calculus-based study of the application of numerical methods to the solution of engineering problems. Techniques include iterative solution techniques, methods of solving systems of equations, numerical integration, differentiation and graphical analysis.

3
ECE-221 Introduction to Electrical Engineering I

Introduction to Electrical Engineering I

ID: ECE-221

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the basic concepts of circuit analysis, applying fundamental laws and principles, resistor circuits, and first and second-order linear circuits in the time domain using calculus-based solutions where applicable.

3
THE-101 Intro. to Theatre

Intro. to Theatre

ID: THE-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the appreciation and analysis of theatrical literature, history, and production.

3
Semester 5
(16 Credit Hours)
MAT-242 Differential Equations

Differential Equations

ID: MAT-242

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes the following topics: solution of linear and elementary non-linear differential equations by standard methods with sufficient linear algebra to solve systems; applications; series; Laplace transform; and numerical methods.

4
EGR-264 Intro to Engineering Mechanics of Solids

Intro to Engineering Mechanics of Solids

ID: EGR-264

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the relationships between external loads on solid bodies or members and the resulting internal effects and dimensional changes. Included are concepts of stess and strain, stress analysis of basic structural members, combined stress including Mohr's circle, and introductory analysis of deflection and buckling of columns.

3
EGR-262 Engineering Dynamics

Engineering Dynamics

ID: EGR-262

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the principles of engineering as applied to kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. The techniques of vector mathematics are employed. This course also includes an emphasis on Newton's second law along with energy and momentum methods.

3
EGR-266 Engineering Thermodynamics Fundamentals

Engineering Thermodynamics Fundamentals

ID: EGR-266

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the first and second laws of thermodynamics as applied to engineering systems. Definitions, work, heat, energy and first law analyses of systems and control volumes are included.

3
EGR-268 Engineering Fluid Mechanics

Engineering Fluid Mechanics

ID: EGR-268

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including conservation of mass, momentum, energy, similitude, dimensional analysis, open and closed channel flow, lift and drag forces, and an introduction to turbulent flow. *Note: This course was developed as a transfer course for use at MTC due to an agreement with the UofSC.*

3
      Total Credit Hours 77
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$14,476.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(7 Credit Hours)
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

1
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
Semester 2
(10 Credit Hours)
CHM-110 College Chemistry I

College Chemistry I

ID: CHM-110

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first course in a sequence that includes the following topics: atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria.

4
MAT-111 College Trigonometry

College Trigonometry

ID: MAT-111

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: circular functions; trigonometric identities; solution of right and oblique triangles; solution of trigonometric equations; polar coordinates; complex numbers, including DeMoivre's Theorem; vectors; conic sections; sequences; and series. (Graphic calculator required)

3
EGR-270 Introduction to Engineering

Introduction to Engineering

ID: EGR-270

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the applications of computers in engineering practices, including the use of an appropriate operating system, programming in a high level language, spread sheets, and word processing applications.

3
Semester 3
(7 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
MAT-140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I

Analytical Geometry and Calculus I

ID: MAT-140

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes the following topics: derivatives and integrals of polynomials; rational, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, and inverse trigonometric functions; curve sketching; maxima and minima of functions; related rates; work; and analyticgeometry. (Graphic calculator required)

4
Semester 4
(7 Credit Hours)
CHM-111 College Chemistry II

College Chemistry II

ID: CHM-111

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a continuation of the study of atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria. Other topics included are kinetics, thermodynamics,and electrochemistry.

4
EGR-275 Intro to Engineering/Computer Graphics

Intro to Engineering/Computer Graphics

ID: EGR-275

Credit Hours: 3

(Transfer Course) This course is a study of basic graphical concepts needed for engineering applications.

3
Semester 5
(7 Credit Hours)
MAT-141 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II

Analytical Geometry and Calculus II

ID: MAT-141

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes the following topics: continuation of calculus of one variable, including analytic geometry, techniques of integration, volumes by integration, and other applications; infinite series, including Taylor series and improper integrals.(Graphic calculator required)

4
GEO-102 World Geography

World Geography

ID: GEO-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

3
Semester 6
(7 Credit Hours)
PHY-221 University Physics I

University Physics I

ID: PHY-221

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first of a sequence of courses. The course includes a calculus based treatment of the following topics: vectors, laws of motion, rotation, vibratory, and wave motion.

4
HIS-101 Western Civilization to 1689

Western Civilization to 1689

ID: HIS-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from ancient times to 1689, including the major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors shaping western cultural tradition.

3
Semester 7
(7 Credit Hours)
MAT-240 Analytical Geometry and Calculus III

Analytical Geometry and Calculus III

ID: MAT-240

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes the following topics: multivariable calculus, including vectors; partial derivatives and their applications to maximum and minimum problems with and without constraints; line integrals; multiple integrals in rectangular and other coordinates; and stokes' and green's theorems.

4
EGR-260 Engineering Statics

Engineering Statics

ID: EGR-260

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the principles of engineering mechanics as applied to forces and force systems. The techniques of vector mathematics are employed. This course also includes a study of equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, distributed forces, centroids and centers of gravity, moments of inertia of areas, analysis of simple structures and machines, and a study of friction.

3
Semester 8
(9 Credit Hours)
EGR-274 Engineering App of Numerical Methods

Engineering App of Numerical Methods

ID: EGR-274

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a calculus-based study of the application of numerical methods to the solution of engineering problems. Techniques include iterative solution techniques, methods of solving systems of equations, numerical integration, differentiation and graphical analysis.

3
ECE-221 Introduction to Electrical Engineering I

Introduction to Electrical Engineering I

ID: ECE-221

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the basic concepts of circuit analysis, applying fundamental laws and principles, resistor circuits, and first and second-order linear circuits in the time domain using calculus-based solutions where applicable.

3
THE-101 Intro. to Theatre

Intro. to Theatre

ID: THE-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the appreciation and analysis of theatrical literature, history, and production.

3
Semester 9
(7 Credit Hours)
MAT-242 Differential Equations

Differential Equations

ID: MAT-242

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes the following topics: solution of linear and elementary non-linear differential equations by standard methods with sufficient linear algebra to solve systems; applications; series; Laplace transform; and numerical methods.

4
EGR-264 Intro to Engineering Mechanics of Solids

Intro to Engineering Mechanics of Solids

ID: EGR-264

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the relationships between external loads on solid bodies or members and the resulting internal effects and dimensional changes. Included are concepts of stess and strain, stress analysis of basic structural members, combined stress including Mohr's circle, and introductory analysis of deflection and buckling of columns.

3
Semester 10
(9 Credit Hours)
EGR-262 Engineering Dynamics

Engineering Dynamics

ID: EGR-262

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the principles of engineering as applied to kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. The techniques of vector mathematics are employed. This course also includes an emphasis on Newton's second law along with energy and momentum methods.

3
EGR-266 Engineering Thermodynamics Fundamentals

Engineering Thermodynamics Fundamentals

ID: EGR-266

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the first and second laws of thermodynamics as applied to engineering systems. Definitions, work, heat, energy and first law analyses of systems and control volumes are included.

3
EGR-268 Engineering Fluid Mechanics

Engineering Fluid Mechanics

ID: EGR-268

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including conservation of mass, momentum, energy, similitude, dimensional analysis, open and closed channel flow, lift and drag forces, and an introduction to turbulent flow. *Note: This course was developed as a transfer course for use at MTC due to an agreement with the UofSC.*

3
      Total Credit Hours 77
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$14,476.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. Mechanical engineers can also design other types of machines, ranging from medical devices to cars.

Projected Job Growth

+14.2%

Average Annual Salary

70,325

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Engineering Firms

What’s next after I complete this program?

Pursue a bachelor's degree

Completing required coursework in this area will prepare you for more advanced study in mechanical engineering at the bachelor's degree level. The Engineering Science Certificate, when combined with general education courses and Engineering Fundamentals Certificate courses, prepares you to enter the University of South Carolina’s School of Engineering and Computing as a junior.