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Engineering Science

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment opportunities in all areas of engineering --- mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical, biomedical, aerospace, environmental, industrial, and others --- are expected to remain strong through the year 2020. Competitive pressures and advances in technology will fuel improvements and updates to product design, manufacturing processes, and productivity. With the use of new computer and communications systems, engineers are better able to produce and analyze product designs rapidly and in collaboration with other engineers throughout the world. The A.S. Engineering Science degree program at Finger Lakes Community College provides a core mathematics and science education and prepares you to pursue a bachelor's degree in any engineering specialty.

The Program

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Engineering Science is broad enough to accommodate individual interests and career plans within the engineering discipline. Students who successfully complete the program may transfer as juniors into engineering and related fields at four-year colleges and universities.

Course work and facilities: The curriculum offers courses in calculus, physics, chemistry, engineering graphics, computer programming, mechanics, thermal science, electric circuits and engineering design.

Facilities for the program include a well equipped engineering lab with laptops, machining equipment, wind tunnel, tensile testing machine, and electronic devices. Students also have access to the CAD lab and 3D printer. The majority of the core courses needed for this degree are offered at FLCC's Victor Campus Center.

Honors courses: In addition, the College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students enrolled in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • basic understanding of the different engineering disciplines and how engineering contributes to our modern way of life.
  • basic understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • understanding of the fundamental skills of oral and written communication.
  • fundamental working knowledge of calculus, physics, and chemistry.
  • fundamental working knowledge of the basic mechanical and electrical principles of engineering.
  • fundamental working knowledge of the basic computational methods used in engineering analysis.
  • understanding of the fundamental skills of engineering graphics and of computer aided design.

The Experience

Design project: Second year engineering students in collaboration with mechanical technology students participate in a yearlong project designing and building an autonomous robot which can perform specified tasks. Opportunities for travel to regional and national competitions are available.

Networking: The Engineering Science program is a member of the State University of New York-Two Year Engineering Science Association (SUNY-TYESA), allowing for the exchange of ideas between similar programs to maintain an up-to-date, transferable engineering curriculum.

The Graduates

Graduates of the program have successfully transferred to four-year institutions including the Rochester Institute of Technology, Clarkson University, SUNY University Centers at Buffalo and Binghamton, the University of Rochester, and Alfred University, among others* and have majored in mechanical, electrical, civil, ceramic, chemical, aerospace, biomedical, environmental, and agricultural engineering.

Careers: Those graduates who obtained a baccalaureate degree have become engineers performing research and development, design, and testing in a variety of settings. It is also possible to attend law school after obtaining a bachelor's degree in engineering and to work toward a degree in patent law.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which our students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the Educational Planning and Career Services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

Students meeting specific criteria may apply for the Bill Parham Memorial Scholarship. For details, contact a member of the Engineering faculty or the Financial Aid Office.

The Faculty

The lead teacher and the advisor for all students in the Engineering Science program is Selim Araci. Dr. Araci earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo in February 1999. He has carried out research at NASA Glenn Research Center in Summer 2004 as a NASA Faculty Fellow. In this capacity, he worked with the Instrumentation and Control Division on jet engine research, where he developed a heat transfer model for a cooled first-stage turbine stator. Dr. Araci is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.