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Engineering Technology: Civil Specialization

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.

Employment Information

70% BTC graduate placement rate

$48,641 starting annual wage

$57,658 average annual wage

$68,297 potential annual wage

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 70% of BTC Civil Engineering Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $57,658, with an earning potential of about $68,297 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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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Academic Core
  • 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 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22WF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 14
    1/4-3/22Online PENG AOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 3
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online PENG AOpenings: 24
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pPENG AOpenings: 11
    1/4-3/22Online PENG AOpenings: 14
    4/5-6/16Online PENG AOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 20
  • 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/21Th 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 4
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 9
    1/4-3/23Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/13T 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/4-3/23Online HATCH LOpenings: 1
    4/4-6/16Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 24
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    This is an introductory chemistry course which includes an introduction to the scientific method, the international system of measurements, the nature of atoms and molecules, ions, chemical bonding, the periodic table, chemical formulas and equations, stoichiometry of reactions and solutions, and the physical properties of real and ideal gasses. Also included are short courses on polymers and nuclear chemistry. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:45aMALO GOpenings: 7
    1/5-3/23TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 7
    4/4-6/16TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pHATCH LOpenings: 15
    1/5-2/9Th 3:30p-5:00pHATCH LOpenings: 7
    1/4-2/8W 3:10p-5:00pGIST BOpenings: 5
    2/15-3/22W 3:10p-5:00pGIST BOpenings: 1
    1/4-3/23ARR12:30p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 7
    1/11-2/1W 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 5
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/13-5/4Th 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 25

  • TOTAL Academic Core Course Credits
    26 credits

  • Engineering Core
  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 credits

    This course explores engineering and technology through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics include engineering disciplines, degree and transfer options, career opportunities, academic success strategies, and planning your program of study.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 6
    4/5-6/14W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20Online DAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 credits

    Course explores the role of teamwork, creativity, and communication in innovative engineering design. Topics include engineering design process, collaborative problem solving techniques, and computer applications. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in these areas through a series of hands-on design projects.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or Math 098 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or better).

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pSEAY BOpenings: 8
    4/5-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of graphical techniques and standard practices used to communicate engineering design information. Students will learn graphics techniques, visualization skills, standards for object views and drawing sizes, orthographic projection, section views, proper dimensioning techniques, and tolerances. Freehand sketching is used to develop visualization skills and as an instrument for design conceptualization and communication.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSEAY BWaitlisted: 5
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSEAY BWaitlisted: 0
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pGOODRICH SWaitlisted: 4
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pGOODRICH SOpenings: 1
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pMORGAN POpenings: 24
  • ENGT 134AutoCAD I5 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
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aSTETTLER TOpenings: 6
    1/5-3/23TTh 5:30p-7:40pGOODRICH SOpenings: 12
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 135AutoCAD II5 credits

    This course is a continuation of AutoCAD I and utilizes intermediate drawing and editing tools. Coursework includes generating and editing dimensions and tolerances in CAD, methods for creating isometric drawings, paperspace techniques for printing/plotting to scale, applications and procedures for creating attributed blocks, creation of table, and the applications and procedures for using external references.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 and ENGT 134 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSEAY BWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/19MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 215Applied Statics5 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 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
  • (Can substitute ENGR& 214 for ENGT 215)

  • ENGT 216Applied Mechanics Of Materials5 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 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • (Can substitute ENGR& 225 for ENGT 216)


  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    32 credits

  • Civil Core
  • CET 102Fundamentals Of Surveying I5 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 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.
  • CET 141Fundamentals Of GIS & GPS5 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 with a "C" or better.
  • CET 142Intermediate GIS5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 134 and CET 141 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF 2:10p-3:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
     MW 8:00a-10:00a
  • CET 230Estimating And Scheduling5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    CET 251 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • CET 235Construction Materials5 credits

    An introduction to the practices and procedures for the testing and placement of construction materials. This course covers basic steel stress, strain and thermal expansion. In depth coverage for testing and placing: soil, aggregate, asphalt and concrete. Also, included are standard inspection practices and construction documentation during and after the construction of sewer, water, storm, and roadway civil improvements.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-12:40pSTETTLER TOpenings: 17
  • CET 240Earthmoving 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:
    CET 251 with a "C" or better.
  • CET 251AutoCAD Civil 3D I5 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 134 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.
  • CET 252AutoCAD Civil 3D II5 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:
    CET 251 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTETTLER TOpenings: 19

  • TOTAL Civil Core Course Credits
    40 credits

  • Engineering Electives
  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 credits

    This course is an introduction to 3D CAD (computer aided design) with an emphasis on parametric solid modeling applications and usage. Topics include methods for creating solid model components, joining components to form assemblies, and generation of 2D manufacturing drawings from 3D solid models.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 13
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/4-6/20TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/4-6/20TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 12
  • ENGT 233Intro To CATIA5 credits

    This course is an introduction to solid modeling using CATIA V5 CAD (computer aided design) software. Topics include methods for creating solid model components, joining components to form assemblies, and generating 2D manufacturing drawings from 3D solid models.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 with a “C” or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MW12:30p-1:50pMORGAN POpenings: 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 15
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 11
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 20
  • 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
    1/4-3/22Online HONEYCUTT TOpenings: 17
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 13
  • 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.
  • CET 103Fundamentals Of Surveying II5 credits

    Emphasis on field work with the Total Station and Digital Level. A traverse will be run and adjusted and a topo made of the enclosed ground.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 102 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:00aBROD ROpenings: 16
     MW 8:00a-10:00a
  • CET 110Construction And Highway Surveys5 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.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 134 and CET 102 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MW12:30p-1:20pBROD ROpenings: 24
     F12:00p-1:50p
     F 8:00a-10:00a
  • CET 120Zoning, Permitting & Platting5 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.

    Prerequisite:
  • CET 143Advanced GIS Applications5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    CET 142 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 1:00p-1:50pBROD ROpenings: 14
     MW11:00a-1:00p
  • CET 205Survey of Public Lands5 credits

    This course will cover the basics of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS), when to use different reconstruction methods, and the correct techniques to determine information described on original survey data for the Public Lands.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 102 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TTh10:30a-12:40pBROD ROpenings: 24
  • CET 210Boundary Law & Land Description5 credits

    Explores the importance of various laws dealing with the survey of land boundaries, and the State and Federal laws about ownership and title.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 103 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aBROD ROpenings: 13
  • CET 215Environmental Mapping5 credits

    Coursework includes current industry mapping techniques and equipment as it relates to environmental issues such as wetlands mapping and habitat restoration.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 134 and CET 102 with a "C" or better.
  • CET 220GPS Systems5 credits

    Global Positioning System software will be used to adjust raw field data collected with Trimble 4000 SST receivers.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 215 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-11:45aBROD ROpenings: 12
     TTh12:00p-2:00p
  • CET 225Advanced Survey Seminar5 credits

    Offers opportunities for the second year student to study advanced techniques in GPS, GIS, Data Collection, Research, and Surveying/ Mapping Software. The structure is self-motivated and supports transition from college structure to jobs in the Surveying and Mapping profession.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 103 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TTh 8:50a-10:10aBROD ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-3:00p

  • TOTAL Engineering Electives Course Credits
    10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

Program Entry Information

Students may begin working toward this degree quarterly.

Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Sentence Skills is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or at admissions@btc.ctc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

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

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

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

Certificate, Engineer-in-Training, State of Washington

Certificate, Radiation Safety and Use of Nuclear Gauges, CPN International

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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

 

Background


Profile

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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


752-8414
cbrod@btc.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.

Employment Information

70% BTC graduate placement rate

$48,641 starting annual wage

$57,658 average annual wage

$68,297 potential annual wage

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 70% of BTC Civil Engineering Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $57,658, with an earning potential of about $68,297 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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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Academic Core
  • 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, percents, 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
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aMOYLE VOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aMOYLE VOpenings: 28
  • (Can substitute MATH& 141 and MATH& 142 for AMATH 111)

  • 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/21Th 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 4
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 9
    1/4-3/23Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/13T 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pBURNS JOpenings: 20
    4/4-3/16TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 5:30p-6:50pBURNS JOpenings: 28
  • (Can substitute ENGL& 235 or CMST& 210 for CMST& 220)

  • 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
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pHATCH LOpenings: 15
    1/5-2/9Th 3:30p-5:00pHATCH LOpenings: 7
    1/4-2/8W 3:10p-5:00pGIST BOpenings: 5
    2/15-3/22W 3:10p-5:00pGIST BOpenings: 1
    1/4-3/23ARR12:30p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 7
    1/11-2/1W 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 5
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/13-5/4Th 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 25

  • TOTAL Academic Core Course Credits
    16 credits

  • Engineering Core
  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 credits

    This course explores engineering and technology through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics include engineering disciplines, degree and transfer options, career opportunities, academic success strategies, and planning your program of study.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 6
    4/5-6/14W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20Online DAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 credits

    Course explores the role of teamwork, creativity, and communication in innovative engineering design. Topics include engineering design process, collaborative problem solving techniques, and computer applications. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in these areas through a series of hands-on design projects.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or Math 098 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or better).

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pSEAY BOpenings: 8
    4/5-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 24
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of graphical techniques and standard practices used to communicate engineering design information. Students will learn graphics techniques, visualization skills, standards for object views and drawing sizes, orthographic projection, section views, proper dimensioning techniques, and tolerances. Freehand sketching is used to develop visualization skills and as an instrument for design conceptualization and communication.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSEAY BWaitlisted: 5
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSEAY BWaitlisted: 0
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pGOODRICH SWaitlisted: 4
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pGOODRICH SOpenings: 1
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pMORGAN POpenings: 24
  • ENGT 134AutoCAD I5 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
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aSTETTLER TOpenings: 6
    1/5-3/23TTh 5:30p-7:40pGOODRICH SOpenings: 12
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 135AutoCAD II5 credits

    This course is a continuation of AutoCAD I and utilizes intermediate drawing and editing tools. Coursework includes generating and editing dimensions and tolerances in CAD, methods for creating isometric drawings, paperspace techniques for printing/plotting to scale, applications and procedures for creating attributed blocks, creation of table, and the applications and procedures for using external references.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 and ENGT 134 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSEAY BWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/19MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 215Applied Statics5 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 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
  • ENGT 216Applied Mechanics Of Materials5 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 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24

  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    32 credits

  • Civil Core
  • CET 102Fundamentals Of Surveying I5 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 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.
  • CET 110Construction And Highway Surveys5 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.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 134 and CET 102 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MW12:30p-1:20pBROD ROpenings: 24
     F12:00p-1:50p
     F 8:00a-10:00a
  • CET 120Zoning, Permitting & Platting5 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.

    Prerequisite:
  • CET 141Fundamentals Of GIS & GPS5 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 with a "C" or better.
  • CET 142Intermediate GIS5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 134 and CET 141 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF 2:10p-3:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
     MW 8:00a-10:00a
  • CET 230Estimating And Scheduling5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    CET 251 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • CET 235Construction Materials5 credits

    An introduction to the practices and procedures for the testing and placement of construction materials. This course covers basic steel stress, strain and thermal expansion. In depth coverage for testing and placing: soil, aggregate, asphalt and concrete. Also, included are standard inspection practices and construction documentation during and after the construction of sewer, water, storm, and roadway civil improvements.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-12:40pSTETTLER TOpenings: 17
  • CET 240Earthmoving 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:
    CET 251 with a "C" or better.
  • CET 251AutoCAD Civil 3D I5 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 134 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.
  • CET 252AutoCAD Civil 3D II5 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:
    CET 251 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTETTLER TOpenings: 19

  • TOTAL Civil Core Course Credits
    50 credits

  • Engineering Electives
  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 credits

    This course is an introduction to 3D CAD (computer aided design) with an emphasis on parametric solid modeling applications and usage. Topics include methods for creating solid model components, joining components to form assemblies, and generation of 2D manufacturing drawings from 3D solid models.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 13
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/4-6/20TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 12
    4/4-6/20TTh10:30a-12:40pREISS JOpenings: 12
  • ENGT 223Structural Detailing5 credits

    This course provides an introductory overview of structural drafting and design. Subject areas include specifications for structural members and ancillary components, design and construction work flow, drafting and design of bolted and welded connections, and standard structural design concepts. Students will utilize Bentley Pro-Steel software to create 3D design models. The 3D design models will be subsequently used to generate structural member detail drawings.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 116 and ENGT 135 with a "C" or better.
  • ENGT 224Process Piping Design5 credits

    This course provides an introductory overview of process pipe drafting and design. It covers various topics including: piping concepts/terminology, pipe and fitting specifications, piping symbol representation, valves and instrumentation, process piping equipment. Students will utilize AutoCAD Plant 3D software to create flow diagrams and 3D design models from piping specifications according to industry standards. The 3D design models will be used to generate a variety of standard pipe drawings including plans/elevations, isometrics, spool drawings.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 116 and ENGT 135 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-12:40pSEAY BOpenings: 19
  • ENGT 233Intro To CATIA5 credits

    This course is an introduction to solid modeling using CATIA V5 CAD (computer aided design) software. Topics include methods for creating solid model components, joining components to form assemblies, and generating 2D manufacturing drawings from 3D solid models.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 115 with a “C” or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MW12:30p-1:50pMORGAN POpenings: 24
  • CET 103Fundamentals Of Surveying II5 credits

    Emphasis on field work with the Total Station and Digital Level. A traverse will be run and adjusted and a topo made of the enclosed ground.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 102 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:00aBROD ROpenings: 16
     MW 8:00a-10:00a
  • CET 143Advanced GIS Applications5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    CET 142 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 1:00p-1:50pBROD ROpenings: 14
     MW11:00a-1:00p
  • CET 205Survey of Public Lands5 credits

    This course will cover the basics of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS), when to use different reconstruction methods, and the correct techniques to determine information described on original survey data for the Public Lands.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 102 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TTh10:30a-12:40pBROD ROpenings: 24
  • CET 210Boundary Law & Land Description5 credits

    Explores the importance of various laws dealing with the survey of land boundaries, and the State and Federal laws about ownership and title.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 103 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aBROD ROpenings: 13
  • CET 215Environmental Mapping5 credits

    Coursework includes current industry mapping techniques and equipment as it relates to environmental issues such as wetlands mapping and habitat restoration.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 134 and CET 102 with a "C" or better.
  • CET 220GPS Systems5 credits

    Global Positioning System software will be used to adjust raw field data collected with Trimble 4000 SST receivers.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 215 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-11:45aBROD ROpenings: 12
     TTh12:00p-2:00p
  • CET 225Advanced Survey Seminar5 credits

    Offers opportunities for the second year student to study advanced techniques in GPS, GIS, Data Collection, Research, and Surveying/ Mapping Software. The structure is self-motivated and supports transition from college structure to jobs in the Surveying and Mapping profession.

    Prerequisite:
    CET 103 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TTh 8:50a-10:10aBROD ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-3:00p
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    This is an introductory chemistry course which includes an introduction to the scientific method, the international system of measurements, the nature of atoms and molecules, ions, chemical bonding, the periodic table, chemical formulas and equations, stoichiometry of reactions and solutions, and the physical properties of real and ideal gasses. Also included are short courses on polymers and nuclear chemistry. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:45aMALO GOpenings: 7
    1/5-3/23TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 7
    4/4-6/16TTh 3:00p-5:45pMALO GOpenings: 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 15
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 11
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aWHITMORE DOpenings: 20
    4/5-6/16Online WHITMORE DOpenings: 20
  • 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.

  • TOTAL Engineering Electives Course Credits
    10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

Program Entry Information

Students may begin working toward this degree quarterly.

Program Start

Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Sentence Skills is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or at admissions@btc.ctc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

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

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

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

Certificate, Engineer-in-Training, State of Washington

Certificate, Radiation Safety and Use of Nuclear Gauges, CPN International

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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

 

Background


Profile

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Chris Brod

Area of Instruction


Geomatics

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Geography, Northern Arizona University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8414
cbrod@btc.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