Mechanical Engineering Associate | Cascadia College

Mechanical Engineering


Associate in Science Track 2, Pre Engineering MRP Other (Mechanical/Civil/Aeronautical/Industrial/ Materials) Science Transfer Degrees (

Area of Interest:

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Program Length:

107 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination of web enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing, and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level. 

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Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study. 

You will take Math through MATH& 264 Calculus, plus MATH 208 Linear Algebra and MATH 238 Differential Equations.  Program prerequisites for UW, Seattle and UW, Bothell vary slightly from one another. Please consult with an academic advisor.


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Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you. Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements. You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team!

The Annual Course Planning Guide show Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • CHEM& 161 General Chemistry with Lab I   
  • COLL 101 College Strategies    
  • MATH& 151 Calculus I  
  • MATH& 152 Calculus II    
  • PHYS& 221 Engineering Physics I    
    PHYS& 222 Engineering Physics II   

30-60 credits

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I   
  • CHEM& 162 General Chemistry with Lab II    
  • ENGR& 240 Engineering Computations     
  • MATH& 163 Calculus 3   
    MATH 208 Linear Algebra   
  • PHYS& 223 Engineering Physics III  

60-107 credits

  • 150 Diversity, Equity and Power Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)     
  • ECON& 201 Microeconomics or Social Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)    
  • ENGL& 235 Technical Writing     
  • ENGR& 214 Statics     
  • ENGR& 215 Dynamics    
  • ENGR& 225 Mechanics of Materials    
  • Humanities Distribution Requirement with EDP Designation (View Choice Classes)    
  • MATH 238 Differential Equations     
  • MATH& 264 Calculus 4 

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests. 

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History    
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses


Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.


  • ART 110 2-Dimensional Design  
  • ART 120 Introduction to Graphic Design 
  • ART 121 Drawing  
  • ART 122 Drawing II 
  • CMST 103 Interviewing Skills  
  • CMST 105 Professional Communication  
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication  
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking  
  • CMST& 230 Small Group Communication-Leadership Dynamics  
  • CMST 251 Intercultural Communication 
  • DRMA 153 Performance Production  
  • HUMAN 107 Technology, Culture and Innovation   
  • PHIL 102 Ethics and Social Problems  
  • PHIL 115& Critical Thinking  
  • PHIL 220 Global Philosophical Ethics  
  • MUSC 130 Popular Music in the United States

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.


  • ANTH& 104 World Prehistory  
  • ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology    
  • ANTH& 207 Linguistic Anthropology  
  • BUS& 101 Introduction to Business   
  • ECON& 202 Macroeconomics  
  • GS 230 Contemporary Japan  
  • POLS& 202 American Government   
  • POLS 206 State and Local Government 
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology    
  • PSYC 250 Cross-Cultural Psychology    
  • PSYC 251 Psychology of the Workplace 
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology  
  • SOC& 201 Social Problems 

Program Elective Credits:

Elective credits may be selected from any of the distribution requirements but for this degree they must be from recommended.


  • ENGR& 204 Electrical Circuits Analysis
  • ENGR 120 Introduction to Computer Aided Design
  • ENGR 240 Applied Numerical Methods
  • IT-CS 142 or 143 Intermediate Programming or Programming Data Structures
  • MATH& 264 Calculus 4

Transfer Opportunities: 

Associate in Science – Transfer Track 2 Pre-Engineering Major Related Program (MRP) Other: (Mechanical/Civil/Aeronautical/Industrial/Materials) Science

Cascadia's Associate in Science - Transfer Track 2 Pre- Engineering MRP Major-Related Program (part of the Direct Transfer Agreement) that prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university in a variety of engineering majors. Engineering is a broad field; one course of study will not prepare you for study in all the sub-disciplines in the field. Cascadia therefore offers three different “pathways” of study within the associate in science in engineering.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

Seattle University

Seattle Pacific University

University of Washington, Bothell

University of Washington, Seattle

Washington State University, Everett

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities. 

University admissions requirements may vary – consult with the Career and Transfer Center for transfer assistance to plan your career and future educational goals


Career Possibilities

One of the most versatile engineering degrees with a wide range of possibilities. Just a few examples, include development of tools and machinery, transportation, automotive systems, material handling, dynamics of machines, handling of fluids, heat transfer, mechanical motion devices, and renewable energy. 

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*Net Online. O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry and more.

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Center for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals.

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