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AS Degree in PIPED

The Current AS Degree

CCSF's current Associate of Science Degree in PIPED subject matter is actually a specialization of our AS in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Details for this as can be found here:

Ideas for AS Improvement

Below we present some of the ideas we are currently exploring in creating either an AS Degree specifically in PIPED, or at the very least, adjustments to the AS in Mechanical Engineering Technology specialization in PIPED.

  • Math
    • ET 50 will replace Math 100A. ET 50 includes advanced algebra and trig, and is sufficient for:
      • PIPED STEM needs
      • AS Graduation
      • BS CSU Transfer (B2) Requirement
  • CAD
    • CAD 187, HVAC/Piping will be a required course vs. one of the elective courses. The content of the course includes AutoCAD as well as Rivit-MEP. The pending issue is whether the prereq courses for CAD 187, which are CAD 180 or CAD 181, should somehow be included in the AS curriculum or be left there as an elective.
    • One potential resolution on this issue is to have a new “Basic CAD Certificate”, with 180,181, and one more (e.g. 187). This way, we require the basic CAD certificate for several programs such as PIPED.
  • ET 139A/B/C
    • The three core courses will remain, with minor improvements and modiciations. As the high school STEM modules are developed, we can re-structure the content of the 139A/B/C to align with the STEM modules, representing a seamless pathway.
  • Physics
    • PHYC course, 8 units total, have great potential for being replaced by Engineering and Technology Professor Emeritus Ed Dierauf's “Unified Concepts in Applied Physics”, which were taught as PHYC 61/61L and PHYC 62/62L in the 80s for the ABET accredited ET programs. Although, they would have to be modularized into smaller units, project based, etc.
  • Internships
    • We need to start planning for internships to be integral part of the AS requirement, similar to Biotech’s model. But for this to work, we need to have internship positions somehow predictably allocated by local industries and the sources of funding.
  • AS Degreee Learning Community
    • Leveraging our own successful Biotechnology program model, CCSF could introduce contextualized Math and English, such as ET 107/108A. These could be beneficial to program participants, and couls also replace the general math and English requirements in the PIPED AS degree curriculum. The math courses, similarly, should eventually be integrated in to the curriculum and ideally taught in a “Learning Community” format similar to the Bridge to Biotech model.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1103826.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.