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Engineering Program


The graduates from the Engineering Transfer Program receive an Associate of Science Track 2 Degree. Students who graduate with the Technology Degrees earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree. The Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Certificate is awarded after one year of study.

Today, civil engineering technicians (CET) and construction design technicians (CDT) are applying computers, global positioning systems, satellite imaging, geographic information systems, and other high-tech developments to every aspect of their work in research, design, construction, and management. This application of high technology is evident in the CET and CDT programs at Yakima Valley College.


Civil Engineering Technology, AAS

This degree is designed for persons planning to enter the engineering profession at the technician level. The program is designed with input from a local engineering advisory board in order to best meet the needs of community employers. Technicians at YVC learn specialized skills that include plan-reading, surveying, computer drafting, materials testing, estimating, scheduling, and using engineering design software. Promising careers exist with municipal, state, and federal agencies, engineering and construction firms, public utilities, and local manufacturers.

Degree Requirements

Land Survey & Construction Design Technology, AAS

Students enrolled in the Land Survey & Construction Design Technology Program are trained in a broad base of engineering services such as structural systems, CAD, geo-technology, parametric software, building code, construction management and estimating, surveying sciences, and construction engineering leading to an Associates of Science degree in Land Survey & Construction Design Technology. This degree will provide students with professional-level skills on AutoCAD. They will also learn many skills essential to the light construction trade.

Many CAD courses use a drawing studio format, and students create portfolios of their work as a basic course or program goal. With this degree, students will be highly competitive with respect to job placement in the construction design field.

Degree Requirements

Engineering Transfer Track 2, AS-T T2

This degree is for students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science (information technology), or physics (Track 2) at a four-year institution.

This degree is appropriate for a student who has a strong commitment to majoring in one of the sciences and who is ready to enter MATH& 151: Calculus I and ENGL& 101. Completion of this degree will prepare the transfer student for upper division study in the sciences; however, it does not guarantee admission to the major. Course sequences should be completed at one institution. For example, the physics sequence or chemistry sequence should be completed at one school.

Advising is a critical element for students pursuing the associate in science – transfer degree in order to determine exactly which courses are included in each of the categories. Students are responsible for checking specific requirements of the four-year institution.

Note: Special advising is required for this degree.

Degree Requirements



Engineering Technology Certificate

This certificate provides entry-level skills in manual and computer-aided drafting. The program focuses on specific occupational skills and is suited for persons who find it hard to attend college for two years to acquire employable skills. The credits earned through this program can be applied to the associate of applied science degree requirements for civil engineering or computer drafting. The first-year classes are to be taken for the certificate.

Note: The one-year drafting certificate program is the first year of the associate of applied science construction design and civil engineering technology degrees.

Certificate Requirements

CAD Certificate

The CAD Technology Certificate is designed to provide students with the skills and technical knowledge requested by employers using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. This an 18 credit certificate.

Certificate Information

Unmanned Aerial Systems

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is becoming an increasingly common tool in the workplace, and employers are looking for people with traditional industry skills who can also utilize UAS in the workplace. Designed for working professionals, YVC’s certificate covers all aspects of UAS law, safety, and operations. The program is being offered in partnership with Big Bend Community College.

Certificate requirements

Degree and Certificate Worksheets

Degree and certificate worksheets can be found on the Degree/Certificate Search page. If you have questions concerning your degree progress, please make an appointment to discuss it with your advisor.


Rajkumar RajEngineering Department
Yakima Campus
Deccio Higher Education
Building 8 , Room 223
Phone: 509.574.4752

Brittni PackardProgram Assistant
Yakima Campus
Technology Complex
Building 24, Room 100
Phone: 509.574.6810