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Civil Engineering Technology

Pre-Engineering General

BTC’s general pre-Engineering transfer degree provides the academic coursework and hands-on education that will prepare you for direct tranfer into a Bachelor of Science degree program at a four-year college or university. Upon completing the 99-credit program, you may transfer as a junior into engineering progams in Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical, Industrial, or Materials Science.

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  • Engineering Electives
  • ENGR 175 - Introduction to Materials Science14 credits

  • Chemistry
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    For programs requiring strong backgrounds in chemistry. Atomic theory, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding theories, and molecular geometry. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pALMAN AOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/23MW 9:00a-10:45aALMAN AOpenings: 3
     F 9:00a-11:00aSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MW 3:00p-4:45pALMAN AOpenings: 10
     F 3:00p-5:00pSTAFF
    4/10-6/22MF 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • CHEM& 162General Chemistry w/Lab II5 credits

    Atomic periodicity, chemical bonding theories, solid and liquid states and solutions.

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 161 with C grade.
  • Communications
  • ENGL& 101English 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
    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 13
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 5
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 3
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NWaitlisted: 2
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
  • Electives
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    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
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aBURNS JWaitlisted: 3
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 21
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MW 6:00p-8:05pBURNS JOpenings: 24
  • ENGL& 102English Composition II5 credits

    Intermediate academic essay writing. Emphasis on critical reading and writing, synthesis of cross-disciplinary texts, documentation of sources and argumentation. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Prerequisite:
    Engl& 101 with a C or above

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 1
    4/7-6/23Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
  • MATH& 141Precalculus 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
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 15
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pBILLS MOpenings: 15
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    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
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aOEKERMAN COpenings: 13
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 7
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/26Online MUDD SWaitlisted: 3
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    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
    1/7-3/26Online POLLARD DWaitlisted: 3
    4/7-6/23Online POLLARD DOpenings: 24
  • SPAN& 121Spanish I5 credits

    An introductory course, which facilitates elementary ability in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course provides some understanding of Hispanic cultures.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 16
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Engineering
  • ENGR& 214Statics5 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:
    C or better in PHYS& 221; C or better in Math& 151; or Instructor Permission
  • ENGR& 215 - Dynamics

  • ENGR& 225Mechanics of Materials5 credits

    Introduction to the concepts of stress, deformation, and strain in solid materials. Includes relationships between loads on structural and machine elements and the stresses, deflection and load-carrying capacity of these elements under tension, compression, torsion, bending, and shear forces.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in ENGR& 214
  • Engineering Electives
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

    This course is designed to help students report technical information clearly, completely, and persuasively. Technical writing shares many of the same concerns of other kinds of writing, such as attention to Purpose, Readability, and most significantly, Audience. This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in creating practical and effective documents for students in medical, scientific, technical, and other professional fields.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 122AutoCAD I: BASICS5 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
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-9:00pGOODRICH SWaitlisted: 6
  • Humanities
  • HIST& 148United States History III5 credits

    Survey course exploring the social, political, and economic history of the United States from 1900 to the present.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online CRAWFORD KOpenings: 24
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  • SPAN& 121Spanish I5 credits

    An introductory course, which facilitates elementary ability in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course provides some understanding of Hispanic cultures.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 16
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Mathematics
  • MATH& 151Calculus 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.
  • MATH& 152Calculus II5 credits

    The study of Riemann Sums, methods of integration, numerical methods, polar and rectangular forms, fundamental theorem of Calculus, areas of regions, volumes of solids, centroids, length of curves, surface area, and an introduction to differential equations.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 151 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:00pRANGEL DOpenings: 20
  • MATH& 163Calculus 35 credits

    Multivariate integral and differential calculus. Geometry in R3 and in the plane. The study of vectors, acceleration, curvature; functions of several variables, partial derivatives; directional derivatives and gradients; extreme values; double and triple integrals; applications. Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 152 with a C or better.
  • MATH 238 - Intro to Differential Equations5 credits

  • MATH 204Introduction to Linear Algebra ALGEBRA (5)5 credits

    Elementary study of the fundamentals of linear algebra. Course is intended for stronger math or science students. Course to include the study of systems of linear equations; matrices; n-dimensional vector space; linear independence, bases, subspaces and dimension. Introduction to determinants and the eigenvalue problem; applications. Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 151 with a C grade or better.
  • Physics
  • PHYS& 221Engineering 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.
  • PHYS& 222Engineering Physics II w/Lab5 credits

    Basic principles of thermodynamics, mechanics of fluids and oscillatory motion, and mechanical waves.

    Prerequisite:
    PHYS& 221 with a grade of C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite MATH& 152 with a C grade or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25W12:00p-4:00pRANGEL DOpenings: 20
     MF12:00p-1:00p
  • PHYS& 223Engineering Physics III w/Lab5 credits

    Basic principles of electricity and magnetism, waves, optics and atomic structure.

    Prerequisite:
    PHYS& 222 with a grade of C or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23T 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Social Sciences
  • ECON& 201Micro Economics5 credits

    Introduction to microeconomics. Presents supply and demand models, consumers and producers choice in the competitive and non-competitive market. Examines the various economic decisions made by firms relating to price, demand, factors or production, and cost.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online BERGAN NOpenings: 17
    4/7-6/23Online BERGAN NOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS99 credits

Program Entry Information

For questions, please contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or e-mail us at Admissions

Program Outcomes

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Samuel Cheung

Area of Instruction


Electronics, Engineering

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Education, Western Washington University

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Vermont

B.S., Electrical Engineering, California State University

Certificate, E.I.T., State of California

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8455
scheung@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 137

Background


Profile

Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B....

    • Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B.S.E.E., he worked at Rockwell International in the field of satellite communication. In 1977, Sam joined IBM and worked as a manufacturing engineer, development engineer, and engineering manager. His work experiences are in the areas of thin-film, laser and optical measurements, PC development, and server system performance. At IBM Sam received numerous achievement awards including: the First Patent Application Invention, the First Plateau Invention, and Authors’ Recognition. Sam also received a US patent and has one pending patent for his work at IBM.

      Prior to joining Bellingham Technical College as a faculty member in 2005, he was a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina. He previously served as adjunct mathematics faculty at Palm Beach Community College in Florida, and Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina.

Specialties
NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)

    • NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)
    • Faculty Advisory Board Member: National Science Foundation Network National Resource Center (Current)
    • IBM Faculty Loan Program to the University of Washington to assist the Minority Engineering Program (1989 – 1990)
    • Areas of expertise: Electronics Hardware: discrete analog and digital components, embedded micro-controller systems, PC architecture and system design, PLC, Optics and electronics communication; Renewable Energy: Solar, and Fuel cells.; Programming languages: Basic/Visual Basic, C/C++ and assembler


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Scott Reiss

Area of Instruction


Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, CAD

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont

E.I.T., E.I.T., State of Vermont

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8424
sreiss@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J5-A

Background


Profile

Scott Reiss is tenured faculty at BTC where he has been instructing the Mechanical Engineering Technology program since 2003.

Scot...

    • Scott Reiss is tenured faculty at BTC where he has been instructing the Mechanical Engineering Technology program since 2003.

      Scott has over 20 years of industry based mechanical engineering experience. Before Scott joined BTC he owned and operated J. Scott Reiss Consulting, where he performed 3D solid modeling, stress analysis, and patent work for various clients. For ten years prior to that, Scott worked for the PACCAR Technical Center in Mount Vernon as a stress analyst. In this capacity, Scott performed finite element analysis and developed testing strategies to support the development of new class 8 trucks and remedy issues with existing vehicles. Other work experience includes jobs on the east coast where Scott worked in R&D labs developing products and performing test and analysis work.

Specialties
Areas of Expertise: CAD, AutoCAD, Inventor, Plant 3D; Stress Analysis; Finite Element Analysis; Optimization; Composite Design

    • Areas of Expertise: CAD, AutoCAD, Inventor, Plant 3D; Stress Analysis; Finite Element Analysis; Optimization; Composite Design


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Steve Mudd

Area of Instruction


Social Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


M.A., Counseling Psychology, National University

B.S., Applied Science in Industrial Technology, Western Illinois University

Contact Info


360 752-8437
smudd@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 223

Background


Profile

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Tim Stettler

Area of Instruction


Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8338
tstettler@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J1

Background


Profile

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Jason Kefover

Area of Instruction


Electro Mechanical Technology, Engineering

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Manufacturing Systems, East Carolina University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University

B.A., Physics, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Certificate, Programmable Logic Controllers 1, Assn for Packaging & Processing Technologies

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8568
jkefover@btc.ctc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B11-A

Background


Profile

Jason has taught at BTC for 5 years. Prior to his tenure at Bellingham Technical College he worked as an Engineer and taught Industrial Maintena...

    • Jason has taught at BTC for 5 years. Prior to his tenure at Bellingham Technical College he worked as an Engineer and taught Industrial Maintenance in the Carolinas. His experience includes work for several major corporations in the Automotive, ¬¬Polymer, and Industrial Robotics industries.

Specialties
Industrial automation, lean manufacturing, and machine maintenance.

    • Industrial automation, lean manufacturing, and machine maintenance.


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Carl Oekerman

Area of Instruction


Social Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Counseling and Mental Health, California State University, Hayward

B.A., Liberal Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Info


360 752-8566
coekerman@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 218

Background


Profile

Carl has twelve years of experience in a number of settings as a licensed mental health counselor. He has worked as a therapist in private pract...

    • Carl has twelve years of experience in a number of settings as a licensed mental health counselor. He has worked as a therapist in private practice, organizational development consultant, and County Designated Mental Health Professional. He also served as the Director of the Emergency Services Department at Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic.

      Carl started teaching Interpersonal Communications courses at BTC in 2004 and was hired as a full time instructor in 2007.


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Danielle Newton

Area of Instruction


Humanities

Degrees and Certifications


M.F.A., Master of Fine Arts - Fiction, Bennington College

M.A., English (Creative Writing), California State University, Sacramento

B.A., English, California State University, Sacramento

Contact Info


360 752-8421
dnewton@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 217

Background


Profile

Danielle Newton has worked as a writing specialist for organizations such as the American Lung Association, the California Institute for Rural St...

    • Danielle Newton has worked as a writing specialist for organizations such as the American Lung Association, the California Institute for Rural Studies, and Green River Community College. Danielle has also taught composition, oral and written communications, and social media writing in various higher education settings, including Deganawidah Quetzalcoatl University, California’s two-year tribal college, Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, and Bellevue College. Her teaching interests include writing for professional purposes, contextualized curriculum, and technology in the classroom.

Specialties
Recent Scholarship

    • Recent Scholarship
    • Presenter. ACTIVIST PUBLIC RELATIONS in AMERICAN INDIAN COMMUNICATIONS: “People Are Not Collateral Damage”. May 21-25, 2014. American Indian Workshop (International). University of Leiden (Netherlands). Peer Reviewed.
    • Presenter. “Open Access, Open Opportunity: Using Universal Course Design to Help International Students Succeed in the American Community College Classroom.” February 5-7, 2014. International Teacher Education Conference. Dubai, UAE. Peer Reviewed.
    • Panel Chair. Presenter. “Just Because I’m a Woman: Music and Social Agitation in Yesterday’s Communities.” November 15-18, 2012. National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. Peer reviewed. First author.
    • Presenter. “Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure, Race to the Bottom: Social Media, Digital Agitation, and the Partisan Politics of Women’s Healthcare.” November 15-18, 2012. National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. Peer Reviewed.
    • Presenter. “All My Tears Be Washed Away: Revelations of Displacement in Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball.” November 9-11, 2012. South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Raleigh, North Carolina. First author.
    • Presenter. Women as Global Leaders Conference. The Shorthand of Quintessence: How Business Women Lead and Partner for Dynamic, Thoughtful, and Different Forms of Sustainability. March 2012. Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates.
    • “Citizen 2.0: How Government Uses Social Media to Reframe Public Messages,” Citizen 2.0: Public and Governmental Interaction through Web 2.0 Technologies. IGI Global. 2012. Second Author. Peer Reviewed.
    • Professional Affiliations
    • Assistant Editor, Fiction. Fifth Wednesday Journal. Literary Magazine.
    • Member. Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
    • Member. National Communication Association.


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David Rangel

Area of Instruction


Physics, Mathematics

Degrees and Certifications


Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Washington

M.S., Chemistry, University of Washington

M.S., Oceanography, University of Washington

B.A., Physics, Harvard University

Contact Info


360 752-8473
drangel@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J3-A

Background


Profile

David Rangel has been an instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 2013. Before joining BTC, he conducted research, student mentorship, an...

    • David Rangel has been an instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 2013. Before joining BTC, he conducted research, student mentorship, and instruction in the applied sciences and currently utilizes this experience in both his teaching and in his ancillary roles as instructional mentor and program coordinator.

      David is a native of Bellingham, Washington who received his training both on the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest. He continues to strive to meet the excellent standards set by the institution in both instruction, and in serving the diverse educational goals of its students.

      Currently, David is involved in several campus-wide initiatives ranging from the contextualization of core academic instruction with established program pathways, to finding and implementing grants from national funding agencies to create new opportunities for students seeking job training or the ability to continue their education at partner four-year institutions.

Specialties
Instructional innovation; Content Contextualization, Problem- & Project-based Learning, Statistics and Data Analysis Education

    • Instructional innovation; Content Contextualization, Problem- & Project-based Learning, Statistics and Data Analysis Education
    • Applied and Numerical Mathematics ; Simulation, Numerical Methods
    • Applied Physical Chemistry ; Biophysical Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Sustainability & Environmental Engineering


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 122AutoCAD I: BASICS5 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
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-9:00pGOODRICH SWaitlisted: 6
  • MATH& 141Precalculus 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
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 15
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pBILLS MOpenings: 15
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 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.
  • 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
  • Quarter 2
  • ENGL& 101English 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
    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 13
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 5
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 3
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NWaitlisted: 2
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 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: 9
  • 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: 11
  • MATH& 142Precalculus 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.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 9
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 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
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 0
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 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& 151Calculus 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.
  • 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
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 12
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pBRYANT KOpenings: 12
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pBRYANT KOpenings: 19
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 16
    1/7-2/11W 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    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
  • 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
  • PHYS& 221Engineering 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.
  • 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.

  • Quarter 5
  • ENGT 215Applied Statics9 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, or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:25pSTETTLER TOpenings: 9
  • 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: 17
  • 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: 18
  • 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 216Applied Strength 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

Area of Instruction


Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8338
tstettler@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J1

Background


Profile

...


Chris Brod - Instructor image

Chris Brod

Area of Instruction


Geomatics

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Geography, Northern Arizona University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8414
cbrod@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J1

Background


Profile

Chris began his career in surveying in the mountains of Colorado in 1978, working in the oilfield. He travelled extensively in the western Unit...
    • Chris began his career in surveying in the mountains of Colorado in 1978, working in the oilfield. He travelled extensively in the western United States, working from south Texas to several miles south of the Canadian border, and from eastern Oklahoma to western Nevada. Wishing to settle down, he attended a technical school in Arizona, learning more about the math, drafting, and fieldwork involved in engineering related surveying.

      Chris eventually ended up in Flagstaff, AZ, working for the Environmental Impact Statement on Glen Canyon Dam, where he was responsible for establishing a survey control network through the Grand Canyon for the Bureau of Reclamation’s GIS project. He started Spatial Science Solutions, a GIS firm shortly before receiving his degree, and has continued this business in a limited way since then. He returned for a third stint with Arizona Engineering to start a GIS department in 2004.

      Chris came to Bellingham Technical College in 2010 be the Surveying and Mapping program instructor.

Specialties
Areas of Expertise:

    • Areas of Expertise:
    • • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
    • • Field procedures for mapping, property surveys, and construction surveys.
    • • Survey calculations


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

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  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 111Applied 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
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aMOYLE VOpenings: 21
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • ENGT 122AutoCAD I: BASICS5 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
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-9:00pGOODRICH SWaitlisted: 6
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 3
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pWISE JOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 4
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY RWaitlisted: 4
    4/7-6/23T12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pBURNS JOpenings: 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: 9
  • 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: 11
  • 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
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 0
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 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
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 12
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pBRYANT KOpenings: 12
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pBRYANT KOpenings: 19
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 16
    1/7-2/11W 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Quarter 5
  • ENGT 215Applied Statics9 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, or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:25pSTETTLER TOpenings: 9
  • 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: 17
  • 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: 18
  • 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 216Applied Strength 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.

Tim Stettler - Instructor image

Tim Stettler

Area of Instruction


Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8338
tstettler@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J1

Background


Profile

...


Chris Brod - Instructor image

Chris Brod

Area of Instruction


Geomatics

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Geography, Northern Arizona University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8414
cbrod@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J1

Background


Profile

Chris began his career in surveying in the mountains of Colorado in 1978, working in the oilfield. He travelled extensively in the western Unit...
    • Chris began his career in surveying in the mountains of Colorado in 1978, working in the oilfield. He travelled extensively in the western United States, working from south Texas to several miles south of the Canadian border, and from eastern Oklahoma to western Nevada. Wishing to settle down, he attended a technical school in Arizona, learning more about the math, drafting, and fieldwork involved in engineering related surveying.

      Chris eventually ended up in Flagstaff, AZ, working for the Environmental Impact Statement on Glen Canyon Dam, where he was responsible for establishing a survey control network through the Grand Canyon for the Bureau of Reclamation’s GIS project. He started Spatial Science Solutions, a GIS firm shortly before receiving his degree, and has continued this business in a limited way since then. He returned for a third stint with Arizona Engineering to start a GIS department in 2004.

      Chris came to Bellingham Technical College in 2010 be the Surveying and Mapping program instructor.

Specialties
Areas of Expertise:

    • Areas of Expertise:
    • • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
    • • Field procedures for mapping, property surveys, and construction surveys.
    • • Survey calculations