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Mechanical Engineering Transfer to Oregon Tech

2019-20 Mechanical Engineering Transfer to OT (PDF)

Associate of Science Degree
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Associate of Science – Mechanical Engineering is for students interested in transferring to a bachelor’s degree program at Oregon Tech.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Overall program learning outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering – Transfer to Oregon Tech are:

Identify the broad context of engineering problems, including describing the problem conditions, identifying possible contributing factors, and generating alternative solution strategies.

Identify the fundamental elements of engineering design including associated safety, quality, schedule and cost considerations.

Employ mathematics, science, and computing techniques in a systematic and rigorous manner to support the study and solution of engineering problems.

Conduct and document laboratory experiments in the sciences and engineering, effectively communicating determined quantitative relationships using both graphs and equations.

Exhibit good teamwork skills and serve as effective members of laboratory and project teams.

Articulate and justify technical solutions to an audience through oral, written and graphical communication.

Communicate the importance of professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers and be aware of codes and other sources of guidance for professionally ethical decision making.

Identify and apply kinematic and dynamic equations for a particle in Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical coordinates.

Apply Newton’s equations to solve problems involving rigid bodies in plane motion.

Apply methods of work-energy and impulse-momentum to describe rigid body motion.

Apply understanding of statics, calculus, physics, chemistry, and probability/statistics to analyze and design simple mechanical systems with engineering materials.

Recognize types of failure modes, material property influence, and use of factors of safety or allowable stresses/strains on design.

Be prepared to transfer to Oregon Tech as a Mechanical Engineering student.

Entry Requirements

Students in engineering majors are asked to work closely with Dusty Rittenbach, Science Department Chair,, to ensure success in academic planning.

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college registration policies and with a Science Department recommendation. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate program coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. Students must complete coursework in their major at a “C” or better level before proceeding to advanced coursework. Engineering requires advanced coursework, and may take additional time for an associate’s degree. The preparatory transfer course-work, which can be taken at RCC, may take up to three years.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their degrees. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Prerequisites 1
Course No.
Course Title
MTH112 Elementary Functions or higher level math placement test score 0-4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or higher level composition placement test score 0-3
  Approved social science elective 2 0-8
  Total Prerequisite Credits (not included in program credits) 0-15
First Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
ENGR101 Engineering Orientation I: Careers, Skills and Computer Tools 2
MTH251 Calculus I  (Differential) with lab 5
PH211 General Physics (Calculus Based) with lab and Recitation 5
WR121 English Composition I 4
Second Term
ENGR102 Engineering Orientation II: Careers, Skills, and Computer Tools 2
MTH252 Calculus II (Integral) with lab 5
PH212 General Physics (Calculus Based) II with lab and Recitation 5
WR122 English Composition II 4
Third Term
ENGR103 Engineering Orientation III: Careers, Skills, and Computer Tools 2
MTH261 Linear Algebra with lab 5
PH213 General Physics (Calculus Based) III with lab and Recitation 5
Fourth Term (Summer)
MTH254 Vector Calculus with lab 5
MTH256 Differential Equations with lab 5
  Total First Year Credits 54
Second Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
Fifth Term
CHEM221 General Chemistry I with lab and Recitation 5
ECON201 Principles of Microeconomics 4
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
Sixth Term
CHEM222 General Chemistry II with lab and Recitation 5
ENGR201 Electrical Fundamentals I with lab 3
ENGR211 Statics 3
Seventh Term
ENGR202 Electrical Fundamentals II with lab 3
ENGR212 Dynamics 3
ENGR213 Strength of Materials 3
WR227 Technical Writing 4
  Approved humanities elective 3 3-4
  Total Second Year Credits 40-41
Total Credits

1 Prerequisite courses may have additional requirements.

2 Approved Social Science Electives

Select courses from the following RCC prefixes: ANTH, ECON, GEOG (EXCEPT GEOG100), HST, PS, PSY, SOC or others designated as Social Science Electives by the Oregon Tech Registrar’s Office.

3 Approved Humanities Electives

(Complete 3-4 credits. A maximum of three performance or studio-based credits indicated by an asterisk are allowed.)

Course No.
Course Title
ART115, ART116* Basic Design (Composition/Color Theory) 3-3
ART131, ART132, ART133* Introduction to Drawing 3-3-3
ART204, ART205, ART206 History of Art I, II, III 4-4-4
ART234, ART235, ART236* Figure Drawing I, II, III 3-3-3
ART237, ART238, ART239* Illustration 3-3-3
ART281, ART282, ART283* Painting I, II, III 3-3-3
ENG104, ENG105, ENG106 Introduction to Literature 4-4-4
ENG107, ENG108, ENG109 World Literature 4-4-4
ENG201, ENG202 Shakespeare I, II 4-4
ENG204, ENG205, ENG206 Survey of English Literature 4-4-4
ENG253, ENG254, ENG255 Survey of American Literature 4-4-4
ENG257 African American Literature 4
ENG260 Introduction to Women Writers 4
ENG275 The Bible as Literature 4
HUM101, HUM102, HUM103 Introduction to Humanities 4-4-4
HUM215, HUM216, HUM217, HUM218, HUM219 Native American Arts and Cultures 4-4-4-4-4
MUS101 Music Fundamentals 3
MUS105 Music Appreciation 3
MUS108 Music in World Cultures 4
MUS111, MUS112, MUS113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I, II, III 4-4-4
MUS201 Introduction to Western Music 4
MUS205 History of Jazz 3
MUS206 Introduction to Rock Music 3
MUS208 Film Music 3
MUS211, MUS212, MUS213 Music Theory and Aural Skills IV, V, VI 4-4-4
MUS261, MUS262, MUS263 History of Western Music I, II, III 4-4-4
MUS264, MUS265, MUS266 History of Rock I, II, III 3-3-3
PHL101, PHL102, PHL103 Philosophical Problems/Ethics/Critical Reasoning 4-4-4
REL201 World Religions 4
REL243 Nature, Religion and Ecology 4
SPAN201, SPAN202, SPAN203 Second Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4

For more information contact the Science Department:

Grants Pass or Medford:  541-245-7527
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7527
Web address:
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