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Engineering (ENGR) Courses

ENGR 300 Introduction to Engineering

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2023

This course is an introduction to the engineering and engineering technology professions, and their place in industry. It includes an explanation of the engineering and engineering technology options and curricula involved. Topics include an emphasis on problem-solving techniques used in engineering and engineering technology. This course is recommended for all entering engineering, engineering technology, and design technology students.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe the engineering and engineering technology professions and explain their place in society and industry.
  • identify, compare, and contrast the various options in engineering and engineering technology, and coursework leading to them.
  • evaluate engineering or engineering technology as a potential career objective, and explain the necessary aptitudes, abilities, and training needed to succeed in these professions.
  • analyze the applicability of the engineering profession and related fields to life experience and interests.

ENGR 310 Engineering Survey Measurements

  • Units:4
  • Hours:54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:MATH 373 or 375 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • C-ID:C-ID ENGR 180
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2023

This course covers the basic fundamentals of surveying for engineers. Electronic surveying instruments are used to develop the principles of measurement for distance, elevations, and angles. Additional topics include systematic and random errors, line directions, profiles and cross sections, traverse computations, horizontal and vertical curves, earthwork quantity calculations, and manual and CAD (computer-aided drafting) production of engineering plans. This course is intended for civil engineers, but may also be required for other programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • compare survey equipment typically encountered by engineers.
  • interpret and evaluate surveying related problems.
  • formulate concepts from construction, surveying, and engineering topics to solve problems.
  • construct a neat, well organized, logical presentation of surveying problems and their solutions.
  • use field work data to produce manual and CAD engineering plans.
  • describe the surveyor's role in developing civil engineering projects.

ENGR 312 Engineering Graphics

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 72 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:MATH 373 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2023

This course covers the principles of engineering drawings in visually-communicated engineering designs and an introduction to computer-aided design (CAD). Topics include the development of visualization skills, orthographic projections, mechanical dimensioning and tolerancing practices, the engineering design process, and design analysis. Assignments develop sketching and 2D and 3D CAD skills. The use of solid modeling CAD software is an integral part of the course.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply rules of orthographic projection to create multi-view drawings.
  • create pictorials from orthographic views.
  • use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create 2D engineering drawings, including working drawings and assembly drawings.
  • use CAD software to create 3D models and assemblies.
  • create auxiliary and section views of an object following correct conventions.
  • apply standards of dimensioning and tolerancing to engineering drawings.
  • apply the engineering design process to a design project.

ENGR 401 Introduction to Electrical Circuits and Devices

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:PHYS 421 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Corequisite:MATH 420
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • C-ID:C-ID ENGR 260
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2023

This course covers the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory and analysis for engineers. Analysis of DC and AC circuits containing resistors, capacitors, inductors, dependent sources, operational amplifiers, and switches; natural and forced responses of first and second order RLC circuits; the use of phasors; AC power calculations; power transfer; and energy concepts.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • interpret the effects of instrumentation used for measurement on those measurements.
  • analyze direct-current (DC) circuits to find current, voltage, resistance, power, and/or energy.
  • apply different circuit analysis techniques and demonstrate a process for selecting an appropriate technique for a given problem.
  • solve circuits containing two or more operational amplifiers.
  • determine the transient response and complete response for resistor-capacitor (RC), resistor-inductor (RL), and resistor-inductor-capacitor (RLC) circuits involving DC sources.
  • solve AC circuits by using Phasors.
  • calculate average and complex power for AC circuits.

ENGR 412 Properties of Materials

  • Units:4
  • Hours:54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:CHEM 400 and PHYS 410 with grades of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • C-ID:C-ID ENGR 140B
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2023

This course presents the internal structures and resulting behaviors of materials used in engineering applications, including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and semiconductors. It emphasizes developing the ability both to select appropriate materials to meet engineering design criteria and to understand the effects of heat, stress, imperfections, and chemical environments upon material properties and performance. Laboratories provide opportunities to directly observe the structures and behaviors discussed in the course, to operate testing equipment, and to analyze experimental data. This course was formerly known as ENGR 413.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • explain the relationship between the internal structure of materials and their macroscopic properties.
  • analyze and explain methods of altering the structure of materials by mechanical, chemical, or thermal means in order to change material properties.
  • perform mathematical calculations in materials applications.
  • interpret and evaluate data regarding the properties, processing, and performance characteristics of materials, and use it as a basis to recommend appropriate material(s) to meet engineering design criteria.
  • measure material properties and/or evaluate processing treatments using standard materials testing equipment and techniques.
  • compose laboratory reports that communicate the collection, analysis (including statistical), and interpretation of experimental data according to professional engineering standards.

ENGR 420 Statics

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:MATH 401 and PHYS 410 with grades of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • C-ID:C-ID ENGR 130
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2023

Fundamentals of engineering statics. Properties of forces, moments, couples and resultants; two- and three-dimensional force systems acting on engineering structures in equilibrium; analysis of trusses and beams; distributed forces, shear and bending moment diagrams, center of gravity, centroids, friction, and area and mass moments of inertia. Optional additional topics include fluid statics, cables, Mohr's circle and virtual work.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • to effectively communicate legible problem solutions to be understood by engineers in and out of their specific discipline.
  • determine the forces that act on rigid bodies including external forces, weight, normal, distributed loads, friction and reactions at supports.
  • calculate internal forces in members and create shear and bending moment diagrams for beams.
  • apply vector analysis methods to solve problems involving forces acting on rigid bodies, trusses, frames, and machines.
  • analyze two- and three-dimensional force systems on rigid bodies in static equilibrium.

ENGR 495 Independent Studies in Engineering

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2023

Independent Study is an opportunity for the student to extend classroom experience in this subject, while working independently of a formal classroom situation. Independent study is an extension of work offered in a specific class in the college catalog. To be eligible for independent study, students must have completed the basic regular catalog course at American River College. They must also discuss the study with a professor in this subject and secure approval. Only one independent study for each catalog course will be allowed.


ENGR 499 Experimental Offering in Engineering

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2023

This is the experimental courses description.