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Civil Engineering Technology

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

This program will prepare you for a career as a civil engineering technician, computer aided drafter, construction manager, transportation technician, or GIS technician. You’ll learn valuable skills like civil drawing, design, geographic information systems (GIS) and field engineering.

If you’re looking for a program that will put you on a solid career track with employers such as high-tech industries, civil engineering and surveying firms, the Department of Transportation, or civil construction companies, then look into Civil Engineering at BTC.

Program Facts

72% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average wage $53,258 annually

Wage potential $64,074 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of engineering technicians is expected to increase. As technology becomes more sophisticated, employers continue to look for technicians who are skilled in new technology and require a minimum of additional job training.

About 72% of BTC Civil Engineering Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $53,258, with an earning potential of about $64,074 per year.*

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as civil engineering technicians. Potential positions also include computer aided drafter, construction manager, transportation technician, and GIS technician.

Graduates may be employed by both public and private organizations including municipal, state and federal agencies, roadway and building construction firms, public utilities, engineering firms, manufacturing companies, and aircraft companies.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • ENGT 122CAD I: BASICS6 credits

    This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9TTh 6:00p-9:00pGOODRICH SOpenings: 23
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-12:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 6
    9/24-12/12MWFSTAFFOpenings: 22
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 20
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 13
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • SURV 102Fundamentals of Surveying I7 credits

    Emphasis is placed on familiarization with the different types of surveys and their purpose and teaches the student to be able to differentiate between "accuracy" and "precision". It teaches the student to measure distances in a vertical direction and relate these measurements to a datum plane or elevation from sea level. Course also teaches the student how to measure directions from known points to find or establish other points and will enable the student to gain necessary skills in operating surveying instruments.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 098 or instructor's permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF10:00a-10:50aBROD ROpenings: 18
  • SURV 140Fundamentals of GIS & GPS4 credits

    Students develop knowledge and designing skills in topology, features, attributes, relational operators, data capture, coverage editing, coordinate systems, and map projections.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 098

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/10MW 1:00p-1:50pBROD ROpenings: 18
  • Quarter 2
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 23
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 23
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/12Online NEWTON DOpenings: 16
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • ENGT 132Engineering Applications Using MS Office5 credits

    This course focuses on applied projects to exercise higher level spreadsheet and word processing skills. Projects include utilization of mathematical and logical functions on multiple linked sheets, document formatting and headers/footers, generation of charts, graphs, and tables, automated document production, graphics and drawing tools, and toolbar customization and custom button macros.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, ENGT 122

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 4:00p-4:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 28
  • ENGT 153Intermediate GIS7 credits

    An introduction to desktop mapping, focusing on the use of ArcView software in Geographic Information Systems applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122, SURV 140

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 2:00p-2:50pBROD ROpenings: 30
  • MATH& 142 *Precalculus II5 credits

    The majority of this course will cover trigonometry. Students will explore trigonometry functions, right and oblique triangle trigonometry, graphing, trigonometry identifies, laws of Sine and Cosine as well as trigonometric application problems. This course will also cover vectors in the plane and in space, along with parametric equations. Polar coordinates and graphs of polar equations will also be included.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Quarter 3
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 7
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 10
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 18
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 251AutoCAD Civil 3D I7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey industry-specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on land development and survey applications with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122 and SURV 102 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF12:00p-12:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • MATH& 151 *Calculus I5 credits

    Study of functions, limits, continuity,limits at infinity, differentiation of algebraic,exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 27
    9/24-12/10W 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 25
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • SURV 104Construction & Highway Surveys6 credits

    Students will learn stakeout procedures for a variety of construction projects. In addition, the students will develop techniques to help the student learn to use horizontal and vertical curves in the field and office to join tangent lines. The layout of a horizontal curve will also be done as a portfolio project.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122 and SURV 102

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:10p-2:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
  • SURV 116Survey Data Systems2 credits

    A comprehensive study of transferring data between the data collector and the computer.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122, SURV 102

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/19F 2:10p-3:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/29-10/15MW 1:00p-3:00pBRYSON MOpenings: 30
    9/24-10/29W 3:00p-5:00pNELSON LOpenings: 20
    9/23-10/28T 3:00p-5:00pDETTMAN DOpenings: 18
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 13
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 156Earthmoving Fundamentals5 credits

    An introduction to earthmoving production fundamentals of construction equipment. The production of heavy equipment, including excavators, scrapers, trucks, bulldozers, and front end loaders is examined from a production prospective. In addition, earthwork conversions to and from loose cubic yards, bank cubic yards, and compacted cubic yards is introduced.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 251

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 4:10p-5:00pSTETTLER TOpenings: 17
  • ENGT 252AutoCAD Civil 3D II7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey Industry specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on roadway and infrastructure design with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 251

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/11MWF 2:00p-2:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 16
  • PHYS& 221 *Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 credits

    Kinematics and dynamics of particles; work and energy; gravitation; collisions and conservation of momentum.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a grade of C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH& 151 with a C grade or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9T 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 25
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-11:10aSTAFFOpenings: 27
    1/8-3/26TTh 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • SURV 152Zoning, Permitting & Platting4 credits

    Introduction to Whatcom County and City of Bellingham zoning ordinances and an introduction to the various state, county, and city permits associated with construction and land use in Whatcom County.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-3:00pIRWIN JOpenings: 15
  • Quarter 5
  • ENGT 215Statics9 credits

    This course is an introduction to engineering mechanics, focusing on the analysis of "static" (non-moving) structures. Students will use statics concepts to determine the external reaction loads and internal member forces for trusses, frames, and machines.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:15pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:25pREISS JOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 258Construction Materials7 credits

    This course is an introduction to engineering mechanics, focusing on the analysis of “static” (non-moving) structures. Students will use statics concepts to determine the external reaction loads and internal member forces for trusses, frames, and machines.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 156

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/25MWF 2:00p-3:15pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • SURV 205Advanced GIS Applications7 credits

    An advanced course in desktop mapping focusing on the use of the extensions in Geographic Information Systems applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 153

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh10:15a-11:30aBROD ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • ENGT 152Estimating & Scheduling5 credits

    An introduction to the construction process, project scheduling, and estimation of concrete, rebar, and earthwork quantities.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 251

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MW 5:00p-5:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 216Strength of Materials7 credits

    This course explores the effect of forces on engineering structures and the resulting internal stresses and deformations that develop. Students will apply statics and strength of materials concepts to determine size, shape, and material requirements for engineering components. Topics include an introduction to stress and strain, physical characteristics of components (size and shape), mechanical properties of engineering materials (strength, stiffness, etc.), and materials testing and composition.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 215

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:30pREISS JOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 253AutoCAD Civil 3D III7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey industry specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on land development and grading with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 252

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 2:00p-2:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 256Standards, Specifications, & Codes3 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the as-built process and current civil improvement inspection practice. The course focuses on field measurements and inspection during and after construction of sewer, water, storm, and roadway civil improvements.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 251

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/19F 5:00p-5:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS136 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • CAP 101 or passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools.

Program Outcomes

  • Produce a wide variety of design quality plan sets using computer aided drafting methods.
  • Inspect and track project revisions to produce As-Built record drawings using appropriate design standards.
  • Import, export, and create several types of GIS data for the production of specialized planning and demonstration maps.
  • Calculate quantities and assign costs for the production of detailed cost estimates and schedules for a variety of construction projects.
  • Assess and approve specifications for construction materials.
  • Communicate, solve, and present engineering problems using Microsoft Office programs.
  • Solve engineering problems using a variety of mathematical processes and quantitative reasoning.

Tim Stettler - Instructor image

Tim Stettler

360 752-8338

tstettler@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

      A.A.S., Civil Engineering, Spokane Community College

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Chris Brod - Instructor image

Chris Brod

360 752-8414

cbrod@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Chris has worked in surveying and mapping for most of the last 30 years, working across the western United States while employed in oil exploration, then settling down in Arizona for twenty three years. There he worked with scientific studies, civil engineering, and environmental groups surveying and mapping across northern Arizona, southern Nevada and Utah, and western New Mexico. There he received his BS in Geography at Northern Arizona University, where he taught in the College of Engineering and the Geography Department as an undergraduate and while working on his MS. He recently moved to Bellingham to become one of the newest members of the BTC family.



Associate of Applied Science Degree

This program will prepare you for a career as a civil engineering technician, computer aided drafter, construction manager, transportation technician, or GIS technician. You’ll learn valuable skills like civil drawing, design, geographic information systems (GIS) and field engineering.

If you’re looking for a program that will put you on a solid career track with employers such as high-tech industries, civil engineering and surveying firms, the Department of Transportation, or civil construction companies, then look into Civil Engineering at BTC.

Program Facts

72% Average placement rate for program graduates

Entry-level wage $53,258 annually

Wage potential $64,074 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of engineering technicians is expected to increase. As technology becomes more sophisticated, employers continue to look for technicians who are skilled in new technology and require a minimum of additional job training.

About 72% of BTC Civil Engineering Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $53,258, with an earning potential of about $64,074 per year.*

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as civil engineering technicians. Potential positions also include computer aided drafter, construction manager, transportation technician, and GIS technician.

Graduates may be employed by both public and private organizations including municipal, state and federal agencies, roadway and building construction firms, public utilities, engineering firms, manufacturing companies, and aircraft companies.

Courses

Filter courses by quarter 
Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 111 *Applied Technical Math5 credits

    This course introduces concepts of plane geometry and right triangle trigonometry, and develops further the elements of algebra in applications for technical professions. Unit conversions in Metric and English systems, Scientific notations, fractions, decimals, perdents, ratios, and proportions are extensively reviewed. Textbook and Scientific or Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aMOYLE VOpenings: 23
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pMOYLE VOpenings: 23
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • ENGT 122CAD I: BASICS6 credits

    This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9TTh 6:00p-9:00pGOODRICH SOpenings: 23
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-12:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 6
    9/24-12/12MWFSTAFFOpenings: 22
  • SURV 102Fundamentals of Surveying I7 credits

    Emphasis is placed on familiarization with the different types of surveys and their purpose and teaches the student to be able to differentiate between "accuracy" and "precision". It teaches the student to measure distances in a vertical direction and relate these measurements to a datum plane or elevation from sea level. Course also teaches the student how to measure directions from known points to find or establish other points and will enable the student to gain necessary skills in operating surveying instruments.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 098 or instructor's permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF10:00a-10:50aBROD ROpenings: 18
  • SURV 140Fundamentals of GIS & GPS4 credits

    Students develop knowledge and designing skills in topology, features, attributes, relational operators, data capture, coverage editing, coordinate systems, and map projections.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 098

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/10MW 1:00p-1:50pBROD ROpenings: 18
  • Quarter 2
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 11
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 21
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 22
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 13
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 132Engineering Applications Using MS Office5 credits

    This course focuses on applied projects to exercise higher level spreadsheet and word processing skills. Projects include utilization of mathematical and logical functions on multiple linked sheets, document formatting and headers/footers, generation of charts, graphs, and tables, automated document production, graphics and drawing tools, and toolbar customization and custom button macros.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, ENGT 122

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 4:00p-4:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 28
  • ENGT 153Intermediate GIS7 credits

    An introduction to desktop mapping, focusing on the use of ArcView software in Geographic Information Systems applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122, SURV 140

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 2:00p-2:50pBROD ROpenings: 30
  • Quarter 3
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 7
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 10
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 18
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 251AutoCAD Civil 3D I7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey industry-specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on land development and survey applications with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122 and SURV 102 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF12:00p-12:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • SURV 104Construction & Highway Surveys6 credits

    Students will learn stakeout procedures for a variety of construction projects. In addition, the students will develop techniques to help the student learn to use horizontal and vertical curves in the field and office to join tangent lines. The layout of a horizontal curve will also be done as a portfolio project.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122 and SURV 102

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:10p-2:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
  • SURV 116Survey Data Systems2 credits

    A comprehensive study of transferring data between the data collector and the computer.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122, SURV 102

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/19F 2:10p-3:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/29-10/15MW 1:00p-3:00pBRYSON MOpenings: 30
    9/24-10/29W 3:00p-5:00pNELSON LOpenings: 20
    9/23-10/28T 3:00p-5:00pDETTMAN DOpenings: 18
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 13
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 156Earthmoving Fundamentals5 credits

    An introduction to earthmoving production fundamentals of construction equipment. The production of heavy equipment, including excavators, scrapers, trucks, bulldozers, and front end loaders is examined from a production prospective. In addition, earthwork conversions to and from loose cubic yards, bank cubic yards, and compacted cubic yards is introduced.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 251

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 4:10p-5:00pSTETTLER TOpenings: 17
  • ENGT 252AutoCAD Civil 3D II7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey Industry specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on roadway and infrastructure design with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 251

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/11MWF 2:00p-2:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 16
  • SURV 152Zoning, Permitting & Platting4 credits

    Introduction to Whatcom County and City of Bellingham zoning ordinances and an introduction to the various state, county, and city permits associated with construction and land use in Whatcom County.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-3:00pIRWIN JOpenings: 15
  • Quarter 5
  • ENGT 215Statics9 credits

    This course is an introduction to engineering mechanics, focusing on the analysis of "static" (non-moving) structures. Students will use statics concepts to determine the external reaction loads and internal member forces for trusses, frames, and machines.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:15pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:25pREISS JOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 258Construction Materials7 credits

    This course is an introduction to engineering mechanics, focusing on the analysis of “static” (non-moving) structures. Students will use statics concepts to determine the external reaction loads and internal member forces for trusses, frames, and machines.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 156

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/25MWF 2:00p-3:15pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • SURV 205Advanced GIS Applications7 credits

    An advanced course in desktop mapping focusing on the use of the extensions in Geographic Information Systems applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 153

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh10:15a-11:30aBROD ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • ENGT 152Estimating & Scheduling5 credits

    An introduction to the construction process, project scheduling, and estimation of concrete, rebar, and earthwork quantities.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 251

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MW 5:00p-5:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 216Strength of Materials7 credits

    This course explores the effect of forces on engineering structures and the resulting internal stresses and deformations that develop. Students will apply statics and strength of materials concepts to determine size, shape, and material requirements for engineering components. Topics include an introduction to stress and strain, physical characteristics of components (size and shape), mechanical properties of engineering materials (strength, stiffness, etc.), and materials testing and composition.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 215

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:30pREISS JOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 253AutoCAD Civil 3D III7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey industry specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on land development and grading with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 252

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 2:00p-2:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 256Standards, Specifications, & Codes3 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the as-built process and current civil improvement inspection practice. The course focuses on field measurements and inspection during and after construction of sewer, water, storm, and roadway civil improvements.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 251

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/19F 5:00p-5:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS121 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • CAP 101 or passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools.

Program Outcomes

  • Produce a wide variety of design quality plan sets using computer aided drafting methods.
  • Inspect and track project revisions to produce As-Built record drawings using appropriate design standards.
  • Import, export, and create several types of GIS data for the production of specialized planning and demonstration maps.
  • Calculate quantities and assign costs for the production of detailed cost estimates and schedules for a variety of construction projects.
  • Assess and approve specifications for construction materials.
  • Communicate, solve, and present engineering problems using Microsoft Office programs.
  • Solve engineering problems using a variety of mathematical processes and quantitative reasoning.

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Tim Stettler

360 752-8338

tstettler@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

      A.A.S., Civil Engineering, Spokane Community College

      WA Professional Technical Certification



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Chris Brod

360 752-8414

cbrod@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Chris has worked in surveying and mapping for most of the last 30 years, working across the western United States while employed in oil exploration, then settling down in Arizona for twenty three years. There he worked with scientific studies, civil engineering, and environmental groups surveying and mapping across northern Arizona, southern Nevada and Utah, and western New Mexico. There he received his BS in Geography at Northern Arizona University, where he taught in the College of Engineering and the Geography Department as an undergraduate and while working on his MS. He recently moved to Bellingham to become one of the newest members of the BTC family.