Engineering Technology

Students interested in Engineering transfer will find information here.

Program Description

The Engineering Technology program at BSC prepares students for immediate employment as engineering technicians in engineering and construction related industries. Computer aided design (CAD) and Global Information Systems (GIS) courses prepare students to use modern hardware and software to produce 2-D and 3-D drawings, maps and plans. Lecture and hands-on laboratory courses in materials testing give students the opportunity to learn industry standard field and laboratory testing procedures of construction related materials. Surveying courses and modern laboratories provide students broad exposure to traditional and modern surveying techniques for land measurement and construction layout. Related coursework introduces students to fundamentals and computation techniques of water and wastewater treatment, elementary structural analysis and construction management. Additional courses in technical writing, communications, economics, mathematics and government complete the curriculum.

Students will benefit from many recent updates to the facilities and equipment used in the Engineering Technology program. Lecture courses and CAD courses are located in new classroom and laboratory areas in the NECE building. Surveying labs use modern equipment including total stations, robotic/spatial total stations, GPS survey receivers and data collectors. Hands-on structural analysis and material testing labs are held in a new fully equipped laboratory facility in the Armory.

The Engineering Technology program is fully accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. For information about ABET accreditation and its benefits to students and institutions, visit www.abet.org.

Transfer Option

Those who may pursue a four-year engineering degree at a later date should consider course modifications in consultation with the Engineering Technology program coordinator.

2+2 Geomatics Degree

Beginning as early as Summer 2018, graduates of the Engineering Technology degree will be able to enroll for the BAS in Geomatics degree at BSC.  This degree will further prepare students that want to pursue a career as a professional surveyor in North Dakota and other states.  The degree plan presented in this catalog will allow graduates from the Engineering Technology program to enter the 2+2 BAS in Geomatics in junior standing.  Additional information on the BAS in Geomatics will be posted online at www.bismarckstate.edu as soon as it becomes available.

GIS Certificate Option

By adding two more courses, students can complete a GIS Certificate of Completion. Refer to Geographic Information Systems Technician for complete details on the certificate of completion.

Preparation

Engineering technicians do the hands-on work related to engineering and/or construction. Incoming or potential students should have an interest in mathematics, computers, technology and construction.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the program requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Enrollees should be able to perform laboratory exercises inside or outside during the school year and be able to lift light equipment and material loads.

As indicated in the curriculum, MATH 107 (Pre-Calculus) is taken the first semester of freshman year. Students not prepared to start MATH 107 may require additional courses and/or time to complete the degree.

Although not required, students are encouraged to have access to a home computer. Students can access reduced or no-cost academic versions of many of the software packages used in the curriculum. Instructors use learning management systems for many courses to provide students access to course materials and grades.

Career Opportunities

The Engineering Technology program prepares graduates for immediate employment as engineering technicians in a high demand employment sector. Graduates may work as drafters, estimators, surveying assistants, inspectors or material testers. Potential employers include federal, state, county or local governments, engineering firms, testing firms, utilities, mining and power companies, and construction firms.

 

Contacts

David Sagsveen • NECE 311A
701-224-5443
David.Sagsveen@bismarckstate.edu


 

CAD 211. Computer Aided Design I

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course is designed to acquaint students with computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor software. System interface, templates, creating/modifying/displaying 2-D and 3-D geometry and modeling, annotations (text, leaders, dimensions, tolerances, tables), blocks, orthographics, sectioning, isometrics, model/layout space usage, file management, parametric drafting, sheet sets and recommended drafting standards and practices will be introduced to students as they create 2-D and 3-D basic engineering and architectural drawings.

CAD 212. Computer Aided Design II

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CAD 211 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course is designed to acquaint students with 3-D modeling and design, plan production, and designer collaboration using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. Other course topics include recommended detailing and drafting standards and practices used on architectural and engineering projects.

CAD 213. Computer Aided Design III

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CAD 211 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of civil engineering and surveying 3-D software techniques using AutoCAD Civil3D. Students learn how to work with points, how to create, analyze and modify TIN surfaces, how to develop survey sites, profiles, roads, corridors, pipe networks, cross-sections, and how to manage survey data. Students also learn how to create 2-D and 3-D civil engineering production drawings.

CT 228. Boundary and Cadastral Surveying

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ENGL 125.
Typically Offered: FALL
Course topics include evolution of land records systems, cadastral systems, and the Public Land Survey System (PLSS).

CT 232. Water Management Technology

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: MATH 105 or MATH 107.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course covers the fundamentals of water supply and distribution, water treatment processes, sanitary sewage and collection methods, sewage treatment and the environmental effects caused by improper water and sewage handling. Included in the course are topics on hydraulics, chemical and biological testing, water distribution and collection systems and water and sewage treatment facilities.

CT 250. Applied Statics and Mechanics of Materials

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: MATH 105 or MATH 107.
Typically Offered: FALL
Students study equilibrium of rigid-bodies and coplanar force systems, trusses, load tracing, centroids and centers of gravity, introduction to stress, strain, shear and bending moments, bending stress, shear stress and beam deflections, properties of materials, simple beam and column design, and connections.

CT 250L. Applied Statics and Mechanics of Materials Lab

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Math 105 or MATH 107.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, CT 250.
Typically Offered: FALL
Three hours of lab per week with hands on exercises that supplement lecture material.

CT 251. Materials Testing

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
Introduction to the physical properties of soil, aggregates, Portland cement concrete, and asphalt cement as building materials in engineering projects. Course also covers various AASHTO, ASTM, ACI and NDDOT field and laboratory testing and reporting procedures.

CT 251L. Materials Testing Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ENGL 125 and CT 251.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Three hours of lab per week using various AASHTO, ASTM, ACI and NDDOT field and laboratory testing and reporting procedures.

CT 252. Construction Project Management

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: CAD 212, CT 250 and ENGR 204 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
An introduction to inspection procedures, management of quality controls of construction projects, estimating, print reading, and procedures used to administer construction specifications and contracts.

ENGR 101. Graphical Communication

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, Math 105 or Math 107.
Typically Offered: FALL
An introduction to Engineering and Engineering Technology including career options, ethics, the engineering design process, an introduction to engineering calculation methods, and an introduction to graphical communication practices including elementary space visualization of points, lines, planes, and solids on orthogonal projection; graphical expression of technical sketching; geometry; pictorial representation, and an introduction to plan production techniques. Beginning computer-aided drafting and modeling is also introduced.

ENGR 204. Surveying I

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Either MATH 105 or MATH 107; plus CAD 211.
Corequisite: ENGR 204L.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course includes an introduction to surveying, measurements and errors, measurements of distances and angles, differential leveling, traverse surveys, coordinate geometry and area calculations, mapping, construction surveys, simple horizontal and vertical curves, earthwork calculations, and an introduction to GPS surveying, state plane coordinates and Public Land Survey system.

ENGR 204L. Surveying I Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALL
Three hours of lab per week. Field and office exercises that supplement lecture material. Equipment used includes tapes, chains, levels, total stations, and GPS equipment.

ENGR 205. Surveying II

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ENGR 204 and ENGR 204L.
Corequisite: ENGR 205L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course includes expanded topics on state plane coordinate system, Public Land Survey system, survey types (including boundary surveys, A.L.T.A. surveys and others), survey controls, precision, additional topics in GPS surveying, laser scan surveys, and surveying data collection and reduction.

ENGR 205L. Surveying II Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: SPRING
Three hours of lab per week. Field and office exercises that supplement lecture material. Equipment used includes tapes, chains, levels, total stations, robotic/spatial total stations, and GPS equipment.