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Environmental Engineering Tech

The Environmental Engineering Tech program is designed to prepare students for work in an exciting and growing field. As our population grows, society puts an ever increasing demand on our natural resources.

Degree Description

Students will gain experience in environmental sampling and monitoring throughout the program. Environmental Engineering courses provide students with an excellent balance of theory and hands-on experience that will enable them, upon graduation, to conduct environmental investigations under the supervision of professional Geologists, Engineers or Hydrologists. Courses such as Soil Testing, Field Instrumentation, Hydrology, and Field Methods, provide students with hands-on experience. Some of the other required courses in the program include Mapping, Global Positioning Systems, Surveying, and Geographic Information Systems. In addition, students take courses in communications, human relations, computers, and mathematics that will provide them with the skills necessary to advance in their careers.

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Application Process

1. Complete Western Dakota Tech Admissions Application
2. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15 fee)
3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session
4. Provide an official copy of a High School transcript or GED scores. If you graduated from an international high school, you must submit your transcript to Educational Credential Evaluators to determine U.S. equivalence.)
5. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub-score of at least 440 in Verbal and Math.  The scores must be within the last five years.)

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

Program graduates primarily work outdoors in the field, collecting information used to assess how increased demand affects the quality and quantity of our nation’s natural resources. Our Environmental Engineering Tech graduates work in a broad range of jobs such as collecting and analyzing water and soil samples, measuring stream flow and groundwater levels, and conducting soils testing.

The work can be physically demanding, requiring technicians to climb or hike long distances, carrying equipment to remote locations. The job often entails working under varying climatic conditions for extended periods. Technicians may be required to drive off-road vehicles such as 4-wheelers and snowmobiles, or even ride horses, boats or helicopters, to access some remote sampling sites.

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After Earning Your Degree

Environmental engineering technicians carry out the plans that environmental engineers develop. They test, operate, and, if necessary, modify equipment used to prevent or clean up environmental pollution. They may collect samples for testing, or they may work to mitigate sources of environmental pollution. Employment of environmental engineering technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment in this occupation is typically tied to projects created by environmental engineers. State and local governments are expected to focus their efforts and resources on efficient water use and wastewater treatment, and thus to increase demand for environmental engineering technicians. The median annual salary for an Environmental Engineering Technician is $48,650.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.

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Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.

Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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