Minors and Certificates

Minors and Certificates


The Department of Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction at Central Washington University offers seven minors/certificates.

These minors and certificates are typically paired with majors across campus to offer specialization in a given field.

Construction Management Minor/Certificate


If you would like to use your education to further your career in the construction field, this minor/certificate is an excellent option for you to learn more about practical skills such as architectural design, construction safety, and LEED in sustainable construction. Alumni of this program have gone on to hold competitive roles in a high-demand field. A minor or certificate in construction is often paired with the Safety and Health Management Major.
  • Requirements

    Admission 

    To apply for admission to the construction minor or certificate, please contact the ETSC department. All students will meet the new general education requirements for acceptance into the minor. Admission to any course within the construction minor requires a grade of C or higher in each prerequisite. 

    If you are interested in the Construction Management major, please visit the program homepage to learn more. 

    Graduation 

    Students must complete each course with a C grade or higher and a minimum GPA of 2.3 in the program. 

  • Learner Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:  

    • Understand the professional construction environment.  
    • Communicate effectively in oral, written, and pictorial formats. 
    • Recognize and understand the professional and ethical responsibilities of construction management professionals. 
    • Review and interpret construction documents for the management of a construction project. 
    • Understand and describe the fundamentals of construction means and methods. 
    • Develop an understanding of safety processes and procedures used to create a construction project safety plan.  
    • Use computer applications to create drawings to manage a construction project.  
    • Formulate an understanding of specialized construction applications related to electrical, mechanical, or utility systems.  
    • Understand how sustainable practices are used in the built environment.  
    • Demonstrate an understanding of basic construction processes. 
  • Curriculum

    Total of 25 or 26 Credits:

    Course Number Course Name Credits
    CMGT 101 Construction and the Built Environment 4
    ETSC 161 Architectural Computer Aided Design 3
    CMGT 265 Construction Documents 3
    BUS 241 Business Law 5
    SHM 323 Construction Safety 3
    CMGT 346 or CMGT 347 Construction Methods and Materials or Heavy Civil Methods and Materials 4 or 4

     

    Choose one course from below:

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CMGT 320 Electrical Systems

    3

    CMGT 442 Building Mechanical Systems 3
    CMGT 443 Heavy Civil Utilities 3
    CMGT 452 LEED in Sustainable Construction 4

     

Engineering Technology Minor


Pursuing the engineering technology (ET) minor will provide you with strong foundational knowledge useful in combination with many non-engineering technology majors. The minor introduces the principles of applied engineering and complements many fields of study at the University. You can harness the ET minor to enhance your career opportunities and gain a competitive advantage in the job market. It is an excellent addition to majors in business administration, communication, and many other areas.
  • Requirements

    Admission 

    The ET minor applications are accepted throughout the year, and typically, the students start in the fall quarter.  CWU students interested in improving their career opportunities can obtain the ET minor. For details about the application procedures, contact the ETSC Department. 

    Graduation 

    Students must complete each course with a grade of C or higher and a minimum GPA of 2.3 in the program. 

    Program  

    Students pursuing majors in the fields of Mechanical, Industrial, or Technology cannot pursue this minor. 

  • Curriculum

    Total of 21 Credits:

    • ETSC 101 - Modern Technology and Energy (5) 
    • ETSC 150 - Engineering Graphics (5)  
      • OR Department Approved Drawing Course (5)  
    • ETSC 155 - Manufacturing Processes (4)  
    • ETSC 277 - Introduction to Robotics (4)  
    • SHM 325 Manufacturing/General Industry Safety and Health (3) 
  • Careers and Outcomes

    The beauty of this minor is its flexibility and adaptability to many fields of study and industry.  If you are looking for an ideal program to boost your knowledge of general engineering technology, then this could be the minor for you. 

    The minor in engineering technology complements many majors, including Business Administration and Communication.

Engineering Technology Management Minor/Certificate


If you plan to pursue a career in management of engineering operations and anticipate moving from technical to managerial positions during your career, this minor or certificate program can provide you with the career enhancement opportunities you are seeking. This addition to your scholastic plan can give you a competitive edge in the job market and complement majors such as engineering technologies, business administration, communications, and many other disciplines.
  • Degree Explanation

    Degree Explanation

    Located at the Ellensburg, WA campus, applications to the ETM minor or certificate are accepted throughout the year, with students typically beginning their studies in the fall quarter.  The Engineering Technology Management (ETM) minor/certificate is open to all majors, except the Industrial Engineering Technologies major.  CWU students interested in improving their career opportunities can obtain the ETM minor or certificate. For details about the application procedures, contact the ETSC Department. 

  • Curriculum
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ETSC 301 Engineering Project Cost Analysis 4
    ETSC 380 Quality Control 4
    ETSC 385 Product Design and Development 4
    ETSC 455 Engineering Project Management 4
    SHM 454 Risk Management Principles and Practices 4
      Total Credits (20)

    Note: Students must complete each course with a grade of C or higher and a minimum GPA of 2.3 in the program.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    The Engineering Technology Management minor or certificate program will help you acquire essential practical knowledge of the field.  Upon completion, you will be prepared to: 

    • Understand professional and ethical responsibilities. 
    • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms. 
    • Understand professional and ethical responsibilities of engineering technology management professionals. 
    • Describe the fundamental aspects of engineering project management. 
    • Identify and describe various risks and the techniques to manage them. 
    • Use techniques of economic cost analysis applied to engineering projects 
    • Use fundamental concepts of probability to construct and interpret control charts for attributes to determine product quality. 
    • Demonstrate competence in using engineering analytical methods in the development of a simple product. 
    • Research methods of design and production of sample products. 

    The Engineering Technology Management minor or certificate is often taken to enhance the following major options:

    • Engineering Technologies
    • Business Administration
    • Communication

Insurance Management Certificate


Our Insurance Management Certificate (IMC) will provide you with a basic understanding of risk management, insurance operations, and the types of insurances available to manage the various hazard (insurable) risks faced by all organizations. Our team of knowledgeable faculty will partner with you on your academic and professional journey.
  • Requirements

    Admission  

    IMC applications are accepted throughout the academic year, and the students start in the Winter quarter. Any CWU student interested in improving their career opportunities can obtain the IMC. For details about the application procedures, contact the ETSC Department.

    Graduation  

    Students will receive the IMC after completion of the requirements with a 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the IMC coursework. 

    Program  

    A minimum grade of “C-” is required in each of the courses used to satisfy the IMC.

  • Curriculum

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    SHM 353 Risk and Insurance 4
    SHM 450 Commercial Property Risk Management and Insurance 3
    SHM 451 Commercial Liability Risk Management and Insurance 3
    SHM 453 Construction Risk and Insurance Mgmt 4
    or or  
    SHM 452 Risk Management for Public Entities 4
    SHM 482 Evolving Issues in Risk Management 1
      Total Credits (15)

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Students seeking or currently pursuing careers as construction professionals, project engineers, project managers, safety and health professionals, safety engineers, risk management professionals, loss control specialists, etc., may consider adding the IMC to their undergraduate degree plan. 

    The IMC may be used in combination with many majors to enhance a student’s career opportunities and gain a competitive advantage in the job market. Many students select the Safety and Health Management Major.

Public Health and Risk management Minor/Certificate - ONLINE


Are you looking for the opportunity to learn about crisis management, enterprise risk, and training that will prepare you to understand organizational public health risks? The Public Health and Risk Management minor or certificate program, a partnership between the Department of Health Sciences and Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction, will give you the chance to learn about these key concepts and responses.
  • Requirements

    Students should complete the requirements for the minor or certificate with a 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the coursework.  A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the courses used to satisfy the minor or certificate. 

  • Curriculum

    Course

    Quarters Offered

    PUBH 230 - Foundations of Public and Community Health (4)

    Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer

    PUBH 380 - Epidemiology (4)

    Winter and Summer

    SHM 371 - Emergency Planning and Preparedness (4)

    Spring

          OR PUBH 411 - Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Management (4)

    Spring

    SHM 454 Risk Management Principles and Practices (4)

    Spring

    SHM 455 Risk Assessment and Treatment (4)

    Summer

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Upon completing this program, you will have gained an understanding of the following: 

    • Define professional and ethical responsibilities of risk management professionals.  
    • Describe the fundamental theories of risk management. 
    • Explain the collaborative role that public health plays in mitigating risk. 
    • Examine, interpret, and apply data to manage hazards and risks. 
    • Identify and describe various risks and the techniques to manage them. 
    • Develop a comprehensive emergency management plan. 
    • Demonstrate the broad application of epidemiology to risk management. 

    Graduates of the Public Health and Risk Management minor or certificate program go on to obtain careers in a variety of rewarding settings.  This minor or certificate also complements several majors at CWU.

Risk Management Certificate - ONLINE


Are you looking to forward your education in Risk Management? Our 100% online program will enhance your knowledge in the science of risk management.
  • Requirements

    Risk Management Certificate (RMC) applications are accepted throughout the academic year, and the students start in the Spring quarter. Any CWU matriculated or non-matriculated student interested in improving their career opportunities can obtain the RMC. For details about the application procedures, please contact us.

    Students will receive the RMC after completion of the requirements with a 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the RMC coursework.

    A minimum grade of “C-” is required in each of the courses used to satisfy the RMC. 

  • Curriculum

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    SHM 454 Risk Management Principles and Practices 4
    SHM 455 Risk Assessment and Treatment 4
    SHM 456 Risk Financing for Safety and Health Management 4
    SHM 482 Evolving Issues in Risk Management 1
      Total Credits (13)

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Upon completing this program, you will be prepared to: 

    • Understand professional and ethical responsibilities of risk management professionals. 
    • Describe the fundamental aspects of risk management. 
    • Identify and apply standards, regulations, codes, and guidelines associated with the risk management discipline. 
    • Examine, interpret, and apply data to manage hazards and risks. 
    • Identify and describe various risks and the techniques to manage them. 
    • Identify contemporary risk management issues and the impacts of their solutions within a global and societal context. 

    You can pursue a risk management career in industries spanning from construction to aviation and insurance.  As stated by The Risk Management Society, $120,000 is the median annual base salary for those working in the risk management field. 

    Additionally, the CWU Risk Management minor or certificate adds value to many majors, such as: 

    • Safety and Health Management 
    • Business Administration 
    • Mathematics 
    • Actuarial Science 
    • Engineering Technologies 

Risk Management Minor - ONLINE


Are you good at recognizing preventable hazards? Do you like to analyze and assess situations? Are you concerned about unnecessary property loss or personal injury? You may enjoy a rewarding career as a high-demand, risk management professional.
  • Requirements

    Applications are accepted throughout the year for fall admission. Any CWU student interested in improving their career opportunities can obtain the RMM. For details about the RMM application procedures, contact the ETSC Department. 

  • Curriculum

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    SHM 301 Fundamentals of Safety and Health Management 3
    SHM 353 Risk and Insurance 4
    SHM 454 Risk Management Principles and Practices 4
    SHM 455 Risk Assessment and Treatment 4
    SHM 456 Risk Financing for Safety and Health Management 4
    SHM 482 Evolving Issues in Risk Management 1
      Total Credits (20)

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Upon completing this program, you will be prepared to: 

    • Understand professional and ethical responsibilities of risk management professionals. 
    • Describe the fundamental aspects of risk management. 
    • Identify and apply standards, regulations, codes, and guidelines associated with the risk management discipline. 
    • Examine, interpret, and apply data to manage hazards and risks. 
    • Identify and describe various risks and the techniques to manage them. 
    • Identify contemporary risk management issues and the impacts of their solutions within a global and societal context. 

    You can pursue a risk management career in industries spanning from construction to aviation and insurance.  As stated by The Risk Management Society, $120,000 is the median annual base salary for those working in the risk management field. 

    Additionally, the CWU Risk Management minor or certificate adds value to many majors, such as: 

    • Safety and Health Management 
    • Business Administration 
    • Mathematics 
    • Actuarial Science 
    • Engineering Technologies 

Robotics and Automation Minor


Amplify your career prospects with a minor in robotics and automation. This popular field provides a number of employment opportunities, in a variety of settings.
  • Degree Explanation

    Our program is offered at the Ellensburg campus location.  All majors are encouraged to apply and transfer students are welcome. Students will need ETSC departmental permission to enter the program and must earn a 2.25 cumulative grade point average in the minor courses. 

  • Curriculum

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    EET 221 Basic Electricity 3
    EET 221LAB Basic Electricity Laboratory 1
    ETSC 241 Programmable Logic Controller Applications 4
    ETSC 242 Instrumentation 4
    ETSC 277 Introduction to Robotics 4
    EET 377 Advanced Robotics and Automation 4
    EET 477 Industrial Robotics and Automation 4
      Total Credits (24)

  • Careers and Outcomes

    The Robotics & Automation Minor (RAM) introduces you to mechatronics engineering and prepares you for automation-related careers in: 

    • Process Control 
    • Manufacturing 
    • Computerized Hardware/Software Integration 
    • Sustainable Automated Systems 

    You will engage in real life industrial processes related to automation in an industrial robotics laboratory setting.  This minor will enhance majors in:

    • Electronics Engineering Technology 
    • Industrial Engineering Technology 
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology 
    • Technology Education 
    • Safety and Health Management 
    • IT & Administrative Management (ITAM) 
    • Computer Science 
    • Mathematics 
    • Physics 

Safety and Health Management Minor/Certificate


If you are passionate about creating hazard-free work environments, identifying and controlling risks, and preventing worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, then this program is right for you. By pursuing a degree focused on health, safety, and management, you are taking the next step to gain the skills and knowledge to be successful in the context of a variety of industries. Here at Central, we support your dreams, both academic and professional.
  • Requirements

    Students should complete the requirements for the minor and certificate with a 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the coursework. 

    A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the courses used to satisfy the SHM Minor and Certificate. 

  • Curriculum

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    SHM 301 Fundamentals of Safety and Health Management 3
    SHM 323 Construction Safety and Health 3
    or or  
    SHM 325 General Industry Safety and Health 3
    SHM 351 Incident Analysis 3
    SHM 353 Risk and Insurance 4
    SHM 371 Emergency Planning and Preparedness 4
    SHM 474 Safety and Health Management Systems 4
      Total Credits (21)

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Upon completing your minor or certificate in Safety and Health Management, you will be prepared to: 

    • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms. 
    • Recognize the need to engage in life-long learning in a chosen professional career. 
    • Describe the fundamental aspects of safety and health management. 
    • Identify and apply standards, regulations, codes, and guidelines associated with the safety and health management discipline. 
    • Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices. 
    • Explain the purpose and operation of insurance. 
    • Develop a workplace emergency management plan. 
    • Design and evaluate an organization’s safety management system using ISO 45001. 
    • Complete safety management training by applying adult learning theories. 
    • Conduct an incident investigation and analysis. 

    Job opportunities exist in all occupational settings, including construction, consulting, government, hospitals, insurance, risk management, manufacturing, and retail.  Alumni of the program have gone on to utilize their skills to pursue careers in a variety of fields.

    The SHM minor and certificate may be used in combination with many majors to enhance your career opportunities and gain a competitive advantage in the job market. It compliments majors in numerous fields, including but not limited to: 

    • Aviation Management 
    • Biology 
    • Chemistry 
    • Construction Management 
    • Human Resources Management 
    • Industrial Engineering Technology 
    • Administration Management 
    • Sociology 
    • Psychology 
    • Public Health 

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