Structural Engineering Technology: Associate in Science (AS) (4850)
Do the designs of the Hoover Dam, Chicago O’Hare International Airport or Golden Gate Bridge intrigue you? Does the creativeness surrounding the design and creation of large-scale structures such as these capture your attention
Structural engineering is the largest discipline within the field of civil engineering. Our Structural Engineering Technology Program can be an exciting starting point for this dynamic and specialized field.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
Structural engineers design and execute large structural projects, such as dams, docks and bridges, tunnels, airport terminals and many railroad structures.
With your Associate in Science (AS) in structural engineering technology, you may be able to work as an assistant to an engineer or find entry-level employment as a(n):
- Computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) operator
- Construction inspector
- Engineering technician
- Specification writer
To continue advancing in this career, you may want to earn your bachelor’s degree to become an engineer.
This career could be perfect if you:
- Have strong communication skills
- Work well in teams
- Are an analytical thinker who can solve problems creatively
- Can focus on the details of the project without losing sight of the end goal
- Have solid computer and math skills
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What is HACC’s program like?
Structural Engineering is a large specialty discipline within the broader engineering field, particularly within civil and mechanical fields. Our curriculum allows you to participate in team-based projects that allow you to complete basic designs for commercial buildings and other structures. Your projects will cover such specifics as calculating design loads and stresses, drawing free-body diagrams and sizing components such as beams, columns and joists.
Our highly qualified professors will teach you to:
- Assist in the design and development of civil structures using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) equipment
- Prepare, interpret and read technical drawings
- Conceptualize ideas and communicate them to other project team members
- Analyze static structures using trigonometry
- Perform simple member designs
- Interpret and apply the appropriate codes, regulations and standards that govern the practice of structural engineering
- Collect and interpret engineering data
- Prepare reports, specifications and manuals under the direction of scientists and engineers
- Write and speak effectively
- Identify the student's career path
- Identify global and ethical engineering issues
What classes will I take?
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Yes! Although this program is designed to lead directly to employment, transfer opportunities do exist. Our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. Therefore, we encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper classes at HACC.
Your transfer option includes:
|Penn State Harrisburg:||Structural Engineering Technology (pdf)
Where can I complete this program?
We offer the entire program at our Harrisburg Campus.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships for details and deadlines.
When can I apply?
We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall for your convenience. Please apply anytime by visiting our website. When you apply, please include the unique program code 4850. The code is unique to your intended program.
How can I learn more?
Let us help you turn YOUR passion for large-scale structural engineering into a career. To learn more about this promising career path, please contact an admissions counselor or department chair Kelley Engle, today!