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Chabot Engineering

Introduction toEngineering

Bruce Mayer, PE

Licensed Electrical & Mechanical [email protected]

10 hardest jobs to fill in the usa
10 HARDEST Jobs to Fill in the USA

Engineers (ASEngr → UCBerkeley)

Nurses (NURS RN Program)

Skilled/Manual Trades (e.g., WELD)

Teachers (Chabot → CSUEastBay)

Sales Representatives (ASBus-Mrktng)

Technicians (ESYS, AutoTech)


Information Tech Staff (CAS, ESYS)


Machinist/Machine Operators (MTT)

  • Short Self Introduction by The Chabot Engineering Instructor (me)
  • Answer to the Question “What is Engineering?”
    • The $ & ¢ of an Engineering Career
  • Answer to the Question “Why Chabot?”
    • When I could Go to UCBerkeley or UCLAor Cal-Poly or CSU East Bay or…?
education b mayer
  • MS Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1991
  • MS Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1983
  • BS Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1978
  • AS Engineering, Cabrillo College, 1976
    • A Proud Community College Grad
professional history
Professional History
  • Industrial Employers (24+ yrs)
    • Watkins-Johnson Co.
    • Olympus Integrated Technologies
    • Dawn VME
    • Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
  • Professional Affiliations
    • Member ASME & IEEE
    • CA State Engineering Licenses EE & ME
what is engineering
What is Engineering?
  • Short Answer →Technical Product Creation
    • The Output of ALL Engineering is
      • The Solution to a Practical Problem
      • Fulfillment of a Practical Need
    • Long Answer → Technology Creation Through the Application of the Quantitative (Number-Based) Disciplines
      • Mathematics
      • Sciences; e.g., Physics, Chemistry, Biology
      • Empiricism (Experiments and Tests)
engineering vs science
Engineering vs. Science
  • Engineering is Closely Related to Science & Math, but it is NOT the SAME

Scientists seek to UNDERSTAND WHAT IS, while Engineers seek to CREATE THAT WHICH NEVER WAS- Theodore von Kármán, CalTech Professor, and the Father of Modern AeroSpace Engineering

engineer applied scientist
Engineer  Applied Scientist

Engineers take BASIC Scientific Discoveries and turn them into things that are USEFUL to people. In that role, Engineers are the agents of PROGRESS for Human Society

Prof. Jim Plummer, Dean of the Stanford School of Engineering

engineer applied scientist1
The First LaserEngineer  Applied Scientist
  • Laser Sheet-Metal Cutting Machine


Theodore Harold Maiman was born in 1927 in Los Angeles, son of an electrical engineer. He studied engineering physics at Colorado University, while repairing electrical appliances to pay for college, and then obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford in 1955. Theodore Maiman constructed this first laser in 1960 while working at Hughes Research Laboratories (T.H. Maiman, "Stimulated optical radiation in ruby lasers", Nature, 187, 493, 1960). There is a vertical chromium ion doped ruby rod in the center of a helical xenon flash tube. The ruby rod has mirrored ends. The xenon flash provides optical pumping of the chromium ions in the ruby rod. The output is a pulse of red laser light.

what do engineers do
What do Engineers Do?
  • Dozens of Branches of Engineering -The Major Disciplines include:
  • Civil Engineering (CE)
    • Archetypical Products = Bridges, Buildings, Roadways, Water Systems
  • Chemical Engineering (ChemE)
    • Archetypical Products = Oil & Gas Refineries
what do engineers do cont 1
What Do Engineers Do?Cont.1
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering (EE)
    • Archetypical Products =
      • Integrated Circuits (“computer chips”)
      • Electricity Distribution (“PG&E”)
  • Industrial/Manufact. Engineering (IE)
    • Archetypical Products = Efficient Factories
  • Materials Science & Engineering (MSE)
    • Archetypical Products = High Performance Metals, Ceramics, Plastic,Composites
what do engineers do cont 2









What Do Engineers Do?Cont.2
  • Computer (Science) Engineering (CS)
    • Archetypical Products = Software Code
  • Bio(Medical) Engineering
    • Archetypical Products =
      • Biomaterials/Tissue, BiomedicalElectronics & Imaging, Biomechanical Devices
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)
    • Archetypical Products =
      • Heat & Fluid-Flow Distribution
      • Machinery (automobiles, pumps, mach-tools)
chabot engineering labs
Chabot Engineering Labs
  • Building & Testing Electrical Circuits
chabot engineering at sjsu
Chabot Engineering at SJSU
  • Measuring the TCRof Copper Metal
  • Chabot Students in the San Jose State University Materials Engineering Lab

Chabot Engineering Transfer Student and UCBerkeley Mechanical Engineering Student, Mr. Robert Irwin, Poses before “CalSol[1]”, the UCBerkeley Solar Electric Vehicle at Soquel High School on 25Apr09. Mr. Irwin Leads the Steering & Suspension Design Team [1]


Chabot Engineering Transfer Student and UCBerkeley Mechanical Engineering Student, Mr. Robert Irwin, Poses before the UCBerkeley College of Engineering Graduation Ceremony 16May10.

FIVE Chabot students received Engineering Degrees this day

Mr. Irwin accepted a Mechanical Engineering Position with CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Lab

what is cool about engineering
What is COOL about Engineering?
  • Solving Challenging Problems
  • Opportunity to DESIGN, BUILD, and TEST Products that People ReallyUse
    • Engineering is a CREATIVE endeavor
      • The Root of the Word “Engineer” is Ingenium; Not Engine
  • Chance to Learn New Things
    • Engineering is about Progress; an Engineer’s Knowledge & Skills progress as well
what is cool about engineering cont 1
What is COOL about Engineering?Cont.1
  • Working with People
    • That’s Right; Not all Engineers are “Nerds”
    • Complex Technology Must Be Made Useful to the Non-Technical Person
    • Engineers, aside from applied Math/Sci, manage Projects and Organizations
      • Some of the BEST Managers in Recent Times have Been Engineers by Training
        • Andrew Grove of INTEL → Ph.D. Chem Eng
        • Jack Welch of GE → Ph.D. Chem Eng
        • James Morgan of Applied Matls → BS Mech Eng
what is cool about engineering cont 11
What is COOL about Engineering?Cont.1
  • Publishing Technical Papers
    • Thousands of Engineering/Technical Journals Publish The Results of Engineer’s Analyses, Designs, Experiments
what is cool about engineering cont 2
What is COOL about Engineering?Cont.2
  • Earning Patents
    • Earning A Patent Requires the Advancement of a Practical Art; This is what Engineers do

USA Constitution, Article 1, Section 8 (Powers Granted to Congress):

Clause 8: To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries

what is cool about engineering cont 21
What is COOL about Engineering?Cont.2
  • Engage in Professional Activities
    • Attend/Present-At Technical Conferences
    • Attend Trade-Shows
    • Society Membership (ASCE, IEEE, ASME)
  • See the World – Engineers often Travel
    • Special Knowledge/Skills Can often ONLY be Transmitted In-Person
      • Promote/Explain Product to Customers
      • Install Product, Train Users
      • -Site Product-Testing
the bottom line
The Bottom Line
  • There are VERY FEW Academic Disciplines Where One Can Move Into INDUSTRY with A Bachelor of Science (4yr) Degree
    • TWO Primary Categories
      • Engineering
      • Business
    • Difficult for Most Liberal Arts Disciplines
    • Somewhat Easier for the Sciences
class question
¿¿Class Question??
  • Which of the Following Professions do you think has the MOST Practitioners?
    • Accountant
    • Architect
    • Chemist
    • Dentist
    • Engineer
    • Lawyer
    • Medical Doctor
job offers circa jan 1979
Job Offers Circa Jan 1979

Thank You UC Berkeley Placement Center

~$65k in 2010-$

1960 ca master plan for higher ed
1960 CA Master Plan for Higher Ed

CaliforniaHigh SchoolGraduates







2.4 GPA

2.0 GPA

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1960 CA Master Plan for Higher Ed
  • The Heart of the 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education
    • CA Community Colleges (CCC) Offer
      • AA/AS Degrees as PREPARATION for CSU and UC Transfer
      • Vocational/Technical and Adult Education
    • CA State University (CSU) System
      • Offer Bachelor and Master Degrees
      • Primary Responsibility for CA Teacher Credential
      • Minor Research & Public-Service Functions
1960 ca master plan for higher ed2
1960 CA Master Plan for Higher Ed
  • University of California (UC) System
    • Offer Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. Degrees
    • Offer Professional (MD, JD, OD, etc.) Degrees
    • Primary Research & Public-Service Functions
    • Minor Responsibility for CA Teacher Credential
  • Admission Standards
    • UC: Top 12.5% of High School Grads, minimum 2.4 GPA for Community College Transfers
    • CSU: Top 33% of High School Grads, minimum 2.0 GPA for Community College Transfers
    • CC: Open Door to all High School Grads
why chabot college
Why Chabot College?
  • 1 Big Reason; Several Smaller ones
  • Biggest Reason → As GOOD, or Even BETTER, Instruction For Lower Division CourseWork (1st Two College Years)
    • Applies to ALL Academic Disciplines
      • e.g., Math, Science, English, History, etc.
why chabot college cont
Why Chabot College? Cont.
  • Other Reasons
    • Reduced Cost (see next Slides)
    • Smaller Class Sizes
    • More Personal Atmosphere
    • Enhanced Support Services
    • Generally More Convenient
    • Much Greater Flexibility
      • UC’s Often have “progress” Requirements
        • To Take Fewer Than 12 Units May Require a Special Waiver
instructional effectiveness
Instructional Effectiveness
  • UC Berkeley CoE
  • Community College transfer Students Graduate at Essentially the SAME rate as students UC “Native” Students
classroom performance gpa
ClassRoom Performance  GPA
  • Per R. Giomi, Asst. Dean At the UCBerkeley College of Engineering
    • Grades Earned for 3rd & 4th Year Students are Statistically INDISTINGUISHABLE Between Native & Transfer Students
chabot transfer agreements
Chabot Transfer Agreements
  • Guaranteed Transfer Admission After Students Meets Terms of the Agreement
  • UC Davis
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • CSUEB (Hayward)
  • CSU Monterey Bay
  • Santa Clara Univ
  • Good Students have a GUARANTEEDPath to EXCELLENT Universities
chabot engr study plan
Chabot ENGR Study Plan
  • Typical Engineering Study Plan for a Chabot College Student Intending to Transfer in Aerospace, Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Industrial, or Mechanical Engineering
high school prep for engineering
High School Prep for Engineering
  • Preparation for College or University Study of Engineering has Two Primary Components
  • Students Should Be Ready to Take during the First College Term
    • CALCULUS-I Mathematics (MTH1)
      • Be “Calculus-Ready” on Day-1
    • English Comp/Writing (ENGL1A)
mth1 engl1a at chabot
MTH1 & ENGL1A at Chabot
  • MTH 1 - Calculus I (5 Units)
    • Limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions, the definite integral. Prerequisite: Mathematics 20 or an appropriate skill level demonstrated through the Mathematics assessment process.
  • ENGL 1A - Critical Reading & Composition (3 Units)
    • Integrated approach to reading, writing, and critical thinking intended to develop ability to read and write complex, college-level prose. Examination of ideas in relation to individual\'s world view and contexts from which these ideas arise. Some research required. Prerequisite: English 101B, 102, or appropriate skill level demonstrated through English assessment process.
  • Contact Me (Bruce Mayer)
  • Visit the Chabot College Campus
    • 25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA
  • Check out the Engineering Website
      • Google-Search = Chabot Mayer

Chabot Engineering


Bruce Mayer, PE

Licensed Electrical & Mechanical [email protected]

california needs engineers
California Needs Engineers
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed an educational initiative that aims to boost by almost 50% the number of California-trained engineers during the next decade...
  • The goal of the Engineer Initiative is to bring 20,000 to 24,000 new engineers into the state\'s workforce. Even though the number of engineers in the state is expected to grow to 44,000 by 2014, there are too few graduatesto meet the demand forcivil, electronics, mechanical, aerospace and otherindustries, according to the state\'s Labor & Workforce Development Agency.

Lisa M. Krieger – SJ Mercury News - 01/01/2008

chabot engineering labs1
Chabot Engineering Labs
  • Measuring Steel Strength by Tear-Apart
  • Pull with 15,000 – 20,000 lbs