Become an Engineer!
Science is about innovation and inspired thinking. When you study physics, engineering and other STEM subjects, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the world we live in.
Launch your journey to becoming an engineer at Southwestern! Specialize in a variety of different areas by pursuing any one of our four engineering degrees that lay the foundation for a successful transition to a partner university. Our degrees are designed around core engineering principles intended to prepare you for a smooth transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at the following universities: Oregon State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, and Portland State University. To learn more about becoming an engineer, the coursework, and transfer eligibility contact an advisor today!
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Tuition & fees at Southwestern are half that of major state universities.
Specific overview, class descriptions and courses you’ll take for each degree.
Choose from one of our four degrees in this high-paying field. Lay the foundation for a successful transition to a partner university:
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Benefit from small classes. Explore with hands-on experiments.
Work on innovative research projects. Collaborate on inventions through InventOR.
Apply for SWOCC Foundation scholarships. We award $40k/year in STEM scholarships.
MEET OUR STUDENTS
“I would highly recommend engineering students attend Southwestern before transferring to a university. Community college saved me money, and the smaller classes provided a one-on-one experience. Now at OSU, I draw on what I learned at SWOCC constantly. The atmosphere made me want to learn because there was passion behind the teaching.”
–Skyler Linder, Engineering Student
$34.69/hr is the average for Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
$32.66/hr is the average for Traffic Technicians
$26.33/hr is the average for Cost Estimators
$32.75/hr is the average for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$35.62/hr is the average for Surveyors
Source: Oregon Employment Department
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
DR. AARON COYNER, PHD
“Physics is the science of discovering the workings of the universe. Teaching physics is the art of making the workings of the universe attainable.”
Dr. Aaron Coyner is a solar physicist by trade and the physics faculty at Southwestern. He is an avid amateur astronomer, and a proponent for lifelong science exploration. Dr. Coyner has research experience having spent graduate school at Rice University, and a three-year post-doctoral research term at NASA/Goddard Spaceflight Center. He has teaching experience at the community college and university level in physics, astronomy, meteorology, and engineering.
Dr. Coyner’s goal in teaching is to make science and engineering accessible to everyone. He hopes to instill a sense of wonder and an increased desire for exploration among students of all ages and backgrounds. As a professor, he relies on making tangible connections with students through comparisons to everyday life or familiar references, and strives to create hands-on research and innovation opportunities to drive students to further exploration. These activities include: mentoring students in NASA OSGC SCORE projects in solar physics and other subjects; maintaining the Southwestern Physics Experimental Atmospheric Research (SPEAR) high-altitude balloon group – for students interested in weather and atmospheric science; and serving as a faculty lead for Southwestern’s participation in the statewide Invent Oregon (InventOR) competition.
*The material contained in this document is based upon work supported by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant or cooperative agreement. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA.