Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering and Computer Science

There are four main branches of engineering—mechanical, chemical, civil, and electrical—with dozens of sub-disciplines under each branch including areas of Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Regardless of the particular discipline, engineering means solving real-world problems by applying math and science. This includes designing, implementing, testing, and supervising both products and services, while considering efficiency, cost, safety, and reliability

Engineers require a diverse set of skills, including communication, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, life-long learning, time management, computer proficiency, and a mastery of the basics (science, math). Is it important for engineers to get to the right numbers? Yes, but it is more important that they know what the numbers mean and how to communicate them.

Engineering students at SCC will find themselves working on a variety of design projects (wiring circuits, 3d-printing balloon cars, writing code, optimizing rocket stoves, building truss bridges, etc.). These projects will take knowledge they learned in other fundamental courses and apply it to achieve an efficient solution to a problem. The ECE/CSC Open Lab allows students to work on these projects alongside students from other disciplines, while receiving guidance from professors.

Students in the Engineering program earn the Associate of Science degree, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct academic pathway, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and hybrid formats.

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Science degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit.

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Science degree for Engineering students is approximately $5,400. This includes tuition and course fees for courses; it does not include books or course fees in classes not listed in the guided pathway. Many Engineering courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low cost textbooks to minimize costs.

Program Code

8600 Associate of Science (AS), Pre-Majors/Transfer
8601 Associate in Science (AS), Computer Science

Arizona State University

 Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona

Grand Canyon University

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

Graduates are prepared to: think critically, solve complex problems, evaluate information, work in teams, communicate effectively (both in writing and in words), have a foundational knowledge of math and science, and continue learning.

With further education, students are prepared for jobs in: dozens of engineering sub-disciplines (see salary list below), operations management, supply chain management, patent law , materials sourcing and procurement , education , consulting , technical sales , technical writing , business and technical training , informational technology , building management , research and development , entrepreneurship , artificial intelligence , cyber security , software creation , and big data

Engineering Occupation Average Annual Salary Projected % Job Growth
2012-2022
Projected # Jobs Added
2012-2022
Aerospace Engineering & Operations $64,310 -0.40% 2,000
Aerospace Engineers $107,700 7.30% 25,000
Agricultural Engineers $75,440 4.80% 1,000
Airline Pilots & Flight Engineers $131,760 -6.60% 19,000
Architectural & Engineering Managers $138,720 6.70% 61,000
Biomedical Engineers $91,760 26.60% 10,000
Chemical Engineers $103,590 4.50% 9,000
Civil Engineering Technicians $50,290 0.60% 16,000
Civil Engineers $87,130 19.70% 120,000
Computer Hardware Engineers $110,650 7.40% 24,000
Electrical & Electronics Engineering Tech $60,330 0% 30,000
Electrical Engineers $95,780 4.70% 44,000
Electronics Engineers $99,660 3.40% 35,000
Engineering Professors $102,000 11.80% 11,000
Engineering Technicians $63,140 0.90% 15,000
Engineers, All Other $96,350 3.80% 30,000
Environmental Engineering Tech $51,030 18.40% 7,000
Environmental Engineers $86,340 15.30% 21,000
Health & Safety Engineers $84,850 11% 10,000
Industrial Engineering Tech $55,660 -3.20% 14,000
Industrial Engineers $85,110 4.50% 75,000
Locomotive Engineers $57,000 -3.90% 11,000
Marine Engineers $99,160 10.30% 3,000
Materials Engineers $91,150 0.90% 8,000
Mechanical Engineering Tech $55,470 4.70% 12,000
Mechanical Engineers $87,140 4.50% 100,000
Mining & Geological Engineers $100,970 12% 3,000
Nuclear Engineers $104,630 9.30% 7,000
Operating Engineers $48,020 18.90% 144,000
Petroleum Engineers $147,520 25.50% 20,000
Rail Yard Engineers $44,810 2.40% 2,000
Sales Engineers $104,660 8.90% 17,000
Ship Engineers $74,600 7.80% 6,000
Sound Engineering Tech $58,670 0.70% 3,000
Stationary Engineers $58,070 3.10% 13,000

Source: https://typesofengineeringdegrees.org/highest-paid-engineering-jobs/

Computer Engineering Occupation Total Currently Employed AVG Annual Salary Job Growth by 2022
Computer Programmers 302,150 $82,690 8.3%
Database Administrators 112,170 $82,280 15.1%
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 35,410 $80,730 12.7%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 365,430 $79,770 11.7%
Web Developers 121,020 $68,670 20.1%
Computer Network Support Specialists 174,490 $66,140 6.9%
Computer User Support Specialists 563,540 $51,500 20.2%
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers 24,960 $50,200 27.6%
Computer Operators 58,060 $41,240 -17%
Computer, and Office Machine Repairers 110,940 $38,450 3.8%
Office Machine Operators 66,530 $30,200 -10.2%

Source: https://typesofengineeringdegrees.org/computer-engineering/

  • Guest speakers each semester
  • Tours of ASU research labs (ISTB4)
  • Tours of ASU solar power research lab
  • TGEN internships
  • NASA internships
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • Tours of Fender Musical Instruments
  • Other Industry Internships

Dr. Donna Slaughter, Division Chair
Office: CM-425
Phone: (480) 423-6123
donna.slaughter@scottsdalecc.edu

Patricia Dueck, Program Advisor
Office: CM-429
Phone: (480) 423-6594
patricia.dueck@scottsdalecc.edu

Cody Anderson, Department Coordinator - Engineering
Office: CM-417
Phone: (480) 423-6579
cody.anderson@scottsdalecc.edu

Bill Meacham, Department Coordinator – Computer Science
Office: CM 430
Phone: (480)423-6664
william.meacham@scottsdalecc.edu

Department Office
Office CM-404
Phone: (480) 423-6581