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Welcome to Engineering at Hartnell College

Hartnell Engineering
Contact: Dr. Melissa Hornstein, Engineering Instructor, (831) 755-6889, mhornstein@hartnell.edu

The Engineering Discipline offers courses satisfying the lower division engineering requirements of most California colleges and universities. Students may profitably begin their study of chemical, civil, electrical or mechanical engineering at Hartnell College. Job openings abound in many engineering fields. Some positions for which four-year graduates in engineering are qualified are research, building industry, manufacturing and business.

The Engineering Transfer curriculum at Hartnell College is the first two years or lower division of the traditional professional engineering program leading to a Bachelors Degree. It is nearly the same for all fields of engineering with specialization coming in the upper division. The required core curriculum follows the Engineering Articulation Agreement developed by the Engineering Liaison Council (ELC) between community colleges and four year public, private colleges and universities. This articulated agreement commonly referred to as the SUMMIT AGREEMENT, states that students should be considered for admission upon completion of the engineering core curriculum and not necessarily the completion of all general education.

Shannon Bliss
Dean of Academic Affairs: Math, Science, Engineering
Office: D-106
Alicia Ramirez
Math, Science, Engineering Division Administrative Assistant
Office: D-106

Bronwyn Moreno
MESA Director
Office: Merill Hall, Rm. N3
Tito Polo
Science Lab Technician
Office: Merill Hall, Rm. N10
Dr. Kelly Locke
Director of Title V Grants
Office: D-209
Pat McNeill
STEM Programs Coordinator
Office: Merill Hall, Rm. N22A
Denyss Estrada
STEM Counselor
Office: Counseling

Dr. Melissa Hornstein
Engineering/Math Instructor
Office: Merill Hall, Rm. N21
Jim Butler
Math/Engineering Instructor
Office: Merill Hall, Rm. N26
Parviz Entekhabi
Drafting/Engineering Technology Instructor
Office: Alisal A-109
Dr. Sonia Arteaga
Computer Science and Information Systems Instructor
Office: Alisal A-104
Joe Welch
Computer Science and Information Systems Instructor
Office: Alisal C-201
Laura Fatuzzo
Physics Instructor
Office: Merrill Hall, Rm. N10
Additional Information

Associate Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions
Associate Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions are available in the Online Catalog which can be viewed as a PDF file.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Hartnell Engineeringfaq
Hartnell Engineering Flowchart Everything you need to know about majoring in engineering! Don't sign up for classes without first checking out the multicolor flowchart! Your other questions will be answered, such as: What sequence should I take the courses in? What semester are they offered? What do I need to transfer?

Get involved in one of the Hartnell engineering-related clubs!
Hartnell Engineering Club Hartnell has two engineering-related clubs: the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineering Students (SHPES) (formerly known as the Engineering Club) focuses on networking, alumni, projects, community outreach, and is a general engineering club. The Physics club focuses on demonstrations and community outreach.


EGN1.   Introduction to Engineering and Related Technologies (3)
        Lec 2 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Spring
This course provides an overview of different aspects of the engineering profession such as: scholastic requirements, employment opportunities, design challenges, prerequisites for various engineering majors, engineering responsibilities, aims of technical engineering training, code of ethics, and the purpose of engineering technology methods. Students will frequently use project management concepts and work in teams on problem solving and design projects.

EGN2.   Engineering Graphics and Design (4)
        Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Fall
        Prerequisite: MAT 24: Trigonometry with a grade of "C" or better.
This course covers the principles of engineering drawings in visually communicating engineering designs and an introduction to computer-aided design (CAD). Topics include the development of visualization skills; orthographic projections; mechanical dimensioning and tolerancing practices; and the engineering design process. Assignments develop sketching and 2-D and 3-D CAD skills. The use of CAD software is an integral part of the course. This course will also cover the engineering design process and project management.

EGN3.   Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (3)
        Lec 2 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered:
An introduction to engineering through green, renewable, sustainable, and environmental technology. The course will focus on renewable and alternative energy sources, including solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and fuel cells. Technological opportunities for improving end-use energy efficiency.

EGN4.   Materials Science and Engineering (4)
        Prerequisite: CHM 1A with a grade of "C" or better and PHY 4A with a grade of "C" or better.
        Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Fall
This course presents the internal structures and resulting behaviors of materials used in engineering applications, including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and semiconductors. The emphasis is upon 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 direct observations of the structures and behaviors discussed in the course, experience with the operation of testing equipment, and the preparation of experimental reports.

new EGN5.   Programming and Problem-Solving in MATLAB (3)
        Prerequisite: MAT 3A with a grade of "C" or better.
        Lec 2 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Spring
This course utilizes the MATLAB environment to provide students with a working knowledge of computer-based problem-solving methods relevant to science and engineering. It introduces the fundamentals of procedural and object-oriented programming, numerical analysis, and data structures. Examples and assignments in the course are drawn from practical applications in engineering, physics, and mathematics.

EGN6.   Circuit Analysis (4)
        Prerequisite: PHY-4B: Electricity and Magnetism with a grade of "C" or better.
        Corequisite: MAT 5: Differential Equations.
        Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Spring
An introduction to the analysis of electrical circuits. Use of analytical techniques based on the application of circuit laws and network theorems. Analysis of DC and AC circuits containing resistors, capacitors, inductors, dependent sources, operational amplifiers, and/or switches. Natural and forced responses of first and second order RLC circuits; the use of phasors; AC power calculations; power transfer; and energy concepts. Basic use of electrical test and measurement instruments including multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, and function generators. Use of circuit simulation software. Interpretation of measured and simulated data based on principles of circuit analysis for DC, transient, and sinusoidal steady-state (AC) conditions. Elementary circuit design. Practical considerations such as component value tolerance and non-ideal aspects of laboratory instruments. Construction and measurement of basic operational amplifier circuits.

EGN8.   Statics (3)
        Prerequisite: PHY 4A with a grade of "C" or better and MAT 3B with a grade of "C" or better
        Lec 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Fall
A first course in engineering mechanics: 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.

SCI124.   Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Internship Preparation (1)
        Lec 1 Hr
        Semesters offered: Spring
This course provides assistance for students to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes for success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) internship programs. Student preparation will focus on abstract writing, poster creation, Excel, project management, PowerPoint, presentation delivery, and discipline specific skills. Prospective interns will work to develop attitudes that promote discussion, observation, teamwork, network building, and personal confidence.