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Safety Engineering Technology

10-449-3 Associate Degree (AAS) 60 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.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Technical Studies (36 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
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.
Fundamentals of Occupational Safety
Provides the learner with the fundamentals of occupational safety, including the business case for safety, common industrial hazards, hazard control, and common OSHA safety standards.
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.
Construction Safety Management
Provides students with an understanding of common construction methods, hazards, and preventive measures. Will provide a detailed understanding of the OSHA Construction Standards, including Excavations, Fall Protection, Scaffolds, Steel Erection, Demolition, and Cranes and Derricks, as well as common components of successful construction safety programs.
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.
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.
Industrial Hygiene
Instructs students on the art and science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling typical hazards within the work environment. This course will require a one-weekend on-campus requirement for hands on instruction of typical industrial hygiene equipment.
Prereq: Regulatory Compliance (10449102), College Technical Math 1 (108004115), and General Chemistry (10806134)
Human Resources Management
Covers the supervisor's role in human resources planning. Topics include human resource development, employee selection, performance appraisals, compensation, training, labor relations, organizational productivity, motivation, teamwork and affirmative action.
Emergency Response Operations
Provides instruction in typical emergency situations, including fire emergencies, medical emergencies, confined space emergencies, and hazardous materials emergencies. Course will cover hazards involved, regulatory requirements, and response options. The course will include a one-weekend on-campus requirement to provide hands-on experience with the various equipment and techniques discussed throughout the course.
Safety Program Management
Prepares students to manage safety programs in a general industry environment to meet compliance with applicable OSHA Standards and industry best practices to include training development, hazard assessment, and organizational risk management. Will require one weekend on-site requirement.
Prereq: Regulatory Compliance (10449102)
Leadership Development
Covers the supervisor's role in leadership effectiveness. Topics include theories of leadership, development and implementation of teams, impact of leadership style, philosophy of corporate culture and leadership in the global marketplace.

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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
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.
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
MS Office Suite, Introduction
Provides an opportunity to gain technical skills employers are seeking, by using the features in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Through hand- on course work, students will be able to integrate Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
Provides a basic understanding of ethical theories and uses diverse ethical perspectives to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
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.
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.
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.

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