Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Water Quality Option

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Program Mission

The Applied Water Quality Option of the Civil Engineering & Surveying Technology program prepares students with the foundation to enter the workforce with a working knowledge of water quality operations.

Program Description

This option includes four introductory courses in water and wastewater operations and 24 credit hours of related cooperative work. The equivalent of approximately S months of full-time work experience will count towards the 12 months of work experience required for Level I Certification. The coursework will help prepare for the Level I Certification exams. UCC Engineering faculty advisors will assist with finding placement at water and wastewater facilities for cooperative work experience.

Program Outcomes

In addition to the learning outcomes for the AAS Degree in Civil Engineering & Surveying Technology, students that complete the Applied Water Quality Option AAS degree in Civil Engineering & Surveying Technology will also:

  • Demonstrate multiple forms of communication in well defined technical and non-technical environments based on appropriate research
  • Conduct and analyze standard test, measurements, and experiments, culminating in the interpreting and reporting of results
  • Participate effectively as a member of a technical team
  • Demonstrate functional use of 3D computer-aided drafting and design software used for a variety of drawing techniques
  • Explain operating principles of a range of unit processes for environmental control

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AAS Degree Options

AAS degrees provide students with job-ready skills upon graduation. UCC has three options for an AAS degree in Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology. The base degree includes two quarters of calculus. Students can transfer with the AAS + one year of additional course work. There are also two applied options (Water Quality & Surveying) for students that are interested in more hands-on training and have no plans for future transfer. The applied options include approximately 6 months of on-the-job experience through our occupational skills training program.

Career Considerations

Civil Engineering and Surveying Technicians

Civil engineering and surveying are the largest fields of engineering in Oregon and the nation. Virtually all construction and development projects require the services of civil engineers and surveyors. The AAS program provides a broad-based education, which provides UCC graduates with multiple career pathways. Employees that are able to work as both an engineering technician and surveying technician are a valuable asset to many employers. In addition, the problem-solving skills developed in the program apply to other branches of engineering, and many UCC graduates are employed in other engineering-related fields.

Average beginning salaries for Surveying Technicians and Civil Engineering Technicians are in the range of $13.50 to $18.50 per hour, depending on experience and other factors. Demand for trained workers in this field is related to the amount of construction and development occurring in the area. If you are interested in this field, you should be prepared to consider relocating to gain initial experience, as these are high-demand skills in locations where significant development is occurring.

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why-uccEngineering technology faculty members at UCC have practical experience working in business and industry. They bring their real world experience into the classroom. Faculty members network with employers, and are able to work cooperatively with the UCC Advising and Career Center to assist you in finding internships and permanent employment.

Contact

Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

Clay Baumgartner, PE - Contact
Chair, Associate Professor, Engineering / Surveying & CIS
Phone: 541-440-4683

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