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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
Andy Newton
Director, Science & Math Institute
Office: Merill Hall, Rm. N9
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 Clubs!
Hartnell Engineering Club Hartnell has two engineering clubs: the Hartnell Engineering Club (formerly known as the Rockets and Robots club) focuses on projects, competitions, outings, community outreach, and is a general engineering club. The V.I.C.E. club, which stands for "Vitalizing Innovations in Chemistry and Engineering", intends to boost your acceptance rate to four-year institutions through internships and competition.

February 7, 2012. Hartnell Engineering club to hold first meeting of spring semester on Thursday at 1pm in MER11.

January 31, 2012. UCSC partners with Hartnell in education program with sustainable energy focus. $6 million grant strengthens regional education pipeline for Hispanics and low-income students

January 27, 2012. Part-2 of the Cebrowski Institute/Hartnell Community College Catalyst series on the successful collaboration between Hartnell College and NPS with the Summer Intern Program
How students are going on to get their degrees while working at NPS - many are first in their families to graduate college; NPS Professor Jim Newman, Space Systems, GSEAS offers his perspective along with Ernesto Yzquierdo, NPS Research Assistant and Former Hartnell College Intern

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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.

EGN1A.   Plane Surveying (3)
        Prerequisite: Math 24 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.
        Lec 2 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Inactive
This course provides an opportunity to gain technical knowledge and essential skills used in surveying and civil engineering. Topics include measurement, distance correction, leveling, angle, area computations, computer calculations, topographic surveying, electronic distance measuring instruments, construction applications and GPS.

EGN2.   Engineering Graphics/CAD (4)
        Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Fall
The principles and application of engineering drawing, including orthographic projections, freehand sketching, pictorial drawings, dimensioning, sections, auxiliary, and graphical analysis in solving engineering problems are the core of this course. Students will extensively use AutoCAD as a computer-aided drafting design tool to complete the required projects. This course will also cover the engineering design process and project management.

new EGN3.   Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (3)
        Lec 2 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Fall
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 (3)
        Prerequisite: CHM-1A with a grade of "C" or better.
        Corequisite: PHY-4A
        Lec 2 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Fall
Physical, electrical and mechanical properties of materials including metals, alloys, ceramics, semi-conductors, polymers, and composite materials. Emphasis on atomic and crystalline structures, heat treatment, phase equilibria, transformations, energy bands in solids, studies of grain structure, and corrosion. Laboratory work in metals, corrosion, magnetic properties and plastics.

EGN6.   Introduction to 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 basic circuit laws and network theorems, analysis of various types of DC and AC circuits, purely resistive networks, RL, RC, and RLC circuits, and solid-state devices. Examines network theorems, mesh and nodal analysis, superposition, phasors, complex frequency concepts, the characteristics of operational amplifiers and computer circuit analysis. Laboratory component introduces the instruments and experimental techniques of electrical circuits and provides experiences with the theoretical concepts of the course. Students also use software to simulate and design circuits.

EGN8.   Engineering Statics (3)
        Prerequisite: PHY-4A with a grade of "C" or better.
        Corequisite: MAT-3B
        Lec 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Fall
Analyzes force vectors on structures in equilibrium, properties of forces, moments, couples and resultants, conditions for equilibrium, friction, centroids, and moments of inertia. Included are equilibrium of rigid bodies, trusses, frames, and machines, as well as the calculation of centers of mass, centroids, friction, distributed forces, beams, shear and moment diagrams, and moments of inertia.

EGN12.   Engineering Design with SolidWorks (3)
        Advisory: DRA 50: Introduction to Drafting Technology and/or EGN 2: Engineering Graphics/CAD
        Lec 2 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
        Semesters offered: Spring
Introduces students to the engineering design processes utilizing the SolidWorks 3-D computer-aided design modeling application software. Students will construct parts, solid models, assemblies, as well as generate orthographic drawings, add dimensions and plot to produce engineering documentation packages. Advisories: DRA 50: Introduction to Drafting Technology and/or EGN 2: Engineering Graphics/CAD.

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.