What is Engineering?
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology:
"Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences, gained by study, experience, and practice, is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of [hu]mankind."
Source: Landis, Raymond B. Studying Engineering; A Road Map to a Rewarding Career, Los Angeles: Discovery Press, 2007.
The Engineering courses at West Los Angeles College offers lower-division engineering, pre-engineering, and technology courses that allows students to complete their transfer requirements, obtain a certificate and/or associates degree. Here is the list of Engineering program student outcome.
- Design/conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data
- Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturing, and sustainability
- Function on multi-disciplinary teams
- Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- Understand the professional and ethical responsibility
- Communicate effectively
- Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
- Recognize the need for an ability to engage in life-long learning
- Understand contemporary issues
- Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice