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Safety Engineering Technology

10-449-3 Associate Degree (AAS) 67 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Oshkosh

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

A solid background in environmental health and safety can make you a valuable employee in the manufacturing and service industries. Your ability to understand the connection between engineering and safety will help you establish a successful career in both industrial and service settings. Your training includes a wide variety of compliance and inspection topics, along with regulatory interpretation and application, workplace ethics and employee safety. You’ll also gain an understanding of engineering and project management fundamentals. With this broad foundation, you’ll be well equipped to meet the environmental and safety needs of today’s employers.


Technical Studies (43 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Safety Management
Provides an introduction to occupational health and safety management principles. Topics include a history into safety and health management, ethics, interpersonal dynamics, prevention, response, and promoting safety in the work place. This course reviews the role a safety and health coordinator has in today’s workplace.
Audits and Inspections
Examines the process that takes place during the planning, design, and implementation of an effective audit and inspection program. Students will learn how to conduct the monitoring function in an organization to locate and report existing and potential hazards. Students will develop site specific inspection forms in selected topic areas.
Manufacturing Processes
Presents a comprehensive overview of the fundamental manufacturing process families. Learners focus first on how the processes move from a primary process of operation to the secondary process; then examine the tools and tooling used in manufacturing, forming, and casting techniques and their application, as well as material removal processes.
Regulatory Compliance
Provides the student with an introduction of the federal and state standards that apply to safety and health. The focus will be on how to research and respond to regulatory standards. Using on-line and off-line resources, the student will respond to a series of selected questions about regulatory compliance.
CAD Safety Applications
Provides the student with a basic understanding of computer-aided drawing for safety plan development and response. Topics include vehicle flow and movement, fire alarm system mapping, evacuation route design, and process/system mapping.
OSHA & Ethylene Oxide
Provides the student with an understanding of the hazards presented by ethylene oxide, the requirements that OSHA has for workplace safety, and the expectations of the facility during an unplanned release.
Introduction to ISO 50001
Provides the student with the main requirements of ISO 50001, an international standard that provides a framework to help you manage the energy supply and consumption in organizations. The course also provides a practical overview of the guidance and applications for energy management systems and environmental standards.
Industrial Hygiene, Introduction to
Focuses on identifying and preventing environmental stressors in the workplace. The student will be involved in predicting, recognizing and assessing exposures that can lead to sickness or injury within the facility. Students will locate and interpret the OSHA 300 logs and compare to current injury/illness data.
Accident Investigation
Reviews the practices needed to conduct an effective and thorough accident investigation and prepare a comprehensive accident report. The student will learn to interview witnesses, prepare a site drawing, and gather appropriate visual evidence. In a simulated scenario, the student will prepare a comprehensive report on the incident.
Business Continuity Planning
Provides the students with the working knowledge of continuity planning. The student will discuss the aspects of preparing a facility for a catastrophic building failure. The processes involved in the process of moving a building staff, etc., after an event. The methods used to secure computer records and server operations.
OSHA Environmental Technology
Introduces the student to the concepts of safe aspects of Environmental Technology. Other topics include worker training, hazardous chemicals and waste, and the relationship between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards.
Provides the student with an understanding of human engineering. The course will cover the methods to control repetitive motion injuries, office design, and the concept of ease and efficiency for industrial workers. Workstation design in the office and assembly line operations are a part of the class.
Safety & Environmental Health
Explores the things that individuals and society do at result in environmental health hazards. There is an emphasis on energy production and the risk associated with it. This course is designed to be delivered online. Alternate modes of delivery are available upon request.
DOT Engineering
Designed to introduce the student to ever changing regulations of the DOT. The course will cover Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, entry-level driver requirements, drug and alcohol testing and reporting, and handling hazardous materials. The newest requirement, Transportation Safety Plans, are a part of the class. This course is designed to be delivered online. Alternate modes of delivery are available upon request.
Introduction to the ISO 14000 Series
Provides the student with the fundamentals associated with the ISO process. The course will review the general expectations of the process in regards to Safety, Health and Environmental challenges.
Lean Safety
Focuses on improving safety by the use of Lean tools and techniques. The course covers ethical behavior, cultural change, and leadership and improvement methodologies, as well as the development of standards and metrics for measure and tracking overall safety.
Environmental Laws & Regulations in Industry
Provides an overview of regulatory agencies at the local, state and federal levels that apply in an industrial setting. Coursework includes interpreting and applying laws, regulations, inspection programs and potential fines. It also addresses the development of resources to aid in regulatory compliance.
Lean Tools
Introduces useful tools to use when implementing Lean in your organization. Major course topics include team building, lean tools and project management.

General Studies (21 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Written Communication
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
College Technical Math 1
Includes solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations; graphing; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; percents; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; right and oblique triangle trigonometry; trigonometric functions on the unit circle; and operations on polynomials. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. This course is the equivalent of successful completion of College Technical Math 1A and College Technical Math 1B.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor at the first class.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
General Chemistry
Covers inorganic chemistry and basic organic chemistry. Topics include metrics, problem solving, atomic structure, chemical reactions, solutions and concentrations, ionization, pH and organic compounds.
Prereq: ACCPL Algebra >= 51 OR ACT(Math) >=18 OR Program Prep with a C or better OR College Math 1 (10804115/113) OR Algebra (10804109) OR Tech Math (10804121) OR Math Tech Basic (10804125) OR College Math (10804107) OR Math Common Topics (10804117)
Psychology of Human Relations
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Contemporary Amer Society
Analyzes public policy issues relating to government, media, education, family and the workplace. This course also looks at the impact of global, multicultural and technological trends on American life and explores these issues by using critical thinking skills, advocating points of view, and participating in political processes.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Safety Internship - 3 Cr
Incorporates having the student work a typical 40-hour work week as support in a safety office at a local employer. The position will provide support in safety-related areas of study. The student will be evaluated by the employer who will provide the final grade.


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