This degree initiated as a collaborative effort between the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) and BridgeValley Community and Technical College. It serves technicians working in the public sector of the civil/highways fields and those working in private industry. The aim of the program is to develop skilled technicians and technologists to service the highway engineering and construction industries. The program provides a career path by offering academic courses for advancement in the Highway Engineering Technology technician certification program in West Virginia. Technicians in this program may advance through a series of five levels based on their years of work experience and technical competency in the various technical aspects of the construction and highway fields. A Bridge Safety Inspection Concentration of the Highway Engineering Technology degree program is also available. Both programs are available to those currently working or desire to work in the related fields mentioned.
In addition to the learning outcomes set forth in the general education core curriculum for the associate of applied science degree, specific outcomes for this program have been established. Upon completion of this program, the graduate should be able to:
Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of topics encountered by the highway technician including surveying, construction inspection and field and lab testing.
Perform routine calculations common to highway technician work.
Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively by written and oral means.
Demonstrate an awareness of safety issues related to highway construction and to use this knowledge to maintain a safe working environment.
Exhibit appropriate workplace behavior and display a commitment to quality and dependability.
Understand and use standard documents encountered in highway construction.
Types of Jobs Available:
West Virginia Division of Highways
Construction Materials Manufacturing Industry
Bridge Construction Inspector
Highway Construction Inspector
Assistant Project Manager
GEC 1: Communicate effectively by listening, speaking, and writing using appropriate technology.
GEC 2: Use quantitative and scientific knowledge effectively to solve problems, manipulate and interpret data, and communicate findings. May substitute College Algebra, Trigonometry, for math course to meet the requirements for a future A.S. or B.S. program. 100 level math course is a minimum requirement for this GEC-2.
GEC 3: Demonstrate interpersonal skills and ethical behavior appropriate for living and working in a diverse society.
GEC 4: Apply critical thinking skills to analyze problems and make informed decisions. Computer Application course required.