This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Science Track 2 degree requirements, emphasizing 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 and handling large-scale machinery. Mechanical engineers train to become experts in material science; they understand each material's chemical and mechanical properties 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 atmospheric and space flight problems, 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 will 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 will study calculus, physics, engineering, and chemistry, but you will also take courses in English, social sciences, and humanities. Along the way, you will get an opportunity to join South's rocket club and design, develop and test challenging projects with peers outside of class in our MakerSpace.
If you are interested in troubleshooting, designing, and developing solutions to some of the world's most complex problems in manufacturing, industry, and/or aerospace, this might be the right career path for you!