General Studies – 18 Unit Emphasis | SC Program: AS.1500

The Industrial Technology emphasis permits the student to explore the trades and acquire skills in a variety of technical fields: automotive and diesel technology, construction, computerized drafting, computer electronics, heavy equipment operation, aviation ground school, machine tooling, and welding.

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A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.

Fall Semester, First Year

14 Units Total
ENGL 1A
GE 4
College Composition
ENGL 1A
Units 4
This course develops the reading, critical thinking, and writing skills necessary for academic success, emphasizing expository and argumentative writing as well as research and documentation skills. As a transferable course, it presupposes that students already have a substantial grasp of grammar, syntax, and organization, and that their writing is reasonably free from errors. A research paper is required for successful completion of this course. This course may be offered in a distance learning format.
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CONS 45
M 2
Career Planning/Leadership for Heavy Equipment
CONS 45
Units 2
This course covers career opportunities and training requirements in the field of heavy equipment operations. Students will be assisted in identifying tools to investigate career opportunities and develop career goals. This class is required of all equipment operations students. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CONS 46
M 3
Equipment Ops & Maintenance
CONS 46
Units 3
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must produce a negative test result in accordance with the Shasta College Student Substance Abuse Testing Policy at a student cost to be paid to the designated testing facility prior to enrolling.

This class covers basic skill-level operation and maintenance of on- and off-road heavy equipment including agriculture and earth moving. Students will not be allowed to operate road equipment without license and driving record. Operational equipment used may include any of the following: dump truck, grader, backhoe, dozer, farm tractor, loader, excavator, forklift, scraper, and chainsaws. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CONS 48
M 2
Surveying for Equip Operators
CONS 48
Units 2
Advisory: MATH 100 with a grade of C or higher

This course teaches basic surveying techniques and concepts with emphasis on application for heavy equipment operators. It involves basic problem solving, grade setting and checking, leveling, distance measurement, cut-fill ratio, and basic mapping. The course has a heavy emphasis on field work using various equipment and instruments including levels, compasses tapes, as well as various state-of-the-art electronic surveying devices. This course will prepare students for work on a heavy equipment construction crew. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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AGMA 44
M 3
Intro to Construction Skills for Agriculture
AGMA 44
Units 3
This course covers the basic construction skills related to agriculture, natural resources, and environmental horticulture. Subjects covered will be mechanical drawing, design layout, arc welding, oxy/acetylene cutting and brazing, carpentry, electrification, small engine theory, concrete work structures, and project construction. Safety will be emphasized. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Spring Semester, First Year

15 Units Total
MATH 73
GE 3
Contemporary Math for Technical Fields
MATH 73
Units 3
Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra as determined by Multiple Measure, or Math Placement Level 4 or higher.

This course is designed to equip Career Technical Education students with college-level mathematical competencies required in today's workplace. Topics include college-level algebra, measurement units and conversion, estimation, solid figures, geometry, trigonometry, basic statistics, and probability. This course will promote quantitative reasoning through the use of mathematical applications and modeling with an emphasis on CTE topics. These applications and modeling will be reinforced by using requisite tools utilized by CTE courses to enhance students' visualization and problem-solving development.
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CONS 47
M 3
Project Construction/Equip Ops
CONS 47
Units 3
Limitation on Enrollment: Students are required to complete a pre-enrollment process prior to registering for this course, including passing a federal drug test. Please email Baits.HeavyEquipment@shastacollege.edu for more information on how to enroll in this course, or with any questions regarding the Heavy Equipment Program at Shasta College.

This class teaches intermediate skill-level operation and maintenance of off-road and on-road heavy equipment. It also covers common project construction techniques utilizing heavy equipment with an emphasis on moving soil to grade using cut and fill calculations. This class will also introduce the student to the Topcon 3D-MC2 GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System). The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CONS 55A
M 1
Equip Ops Skills Development
CONS 55A
Units 1
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must produce a negative test result in accordance with Shasta College Student Substance Abuse Testing Policy at a student cost to be paid to the designated testing facility.

The practical application of skills needed to be successful in equipment operation as it applies to excavations. Includes farm and industrial equipment such as wheel and crawler tractors, backhoes and excavators. Service and adjustment will also be a part of this course.
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AGNR 66A
1
Watershed Restoration Practicum
AGNR 66A
Units 1
This course will use the hydrologic watershed unit as the focus which will provide a hands-on approach to ecosystem management, erosion control, sediment control, and stream restoration. The course will emphasize how restoring resource values require an interdisciplinary scientific approach and community-wide participation to protect, enhance and restore. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CONS 148
M 3
Surveying, Grade Setting and GNSS for Construction
CONS 148
Units 3
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must produce a negative test result in accordance with Shasta College Student Substance Abuse Testing Policy at a student cost to be paid to the designated testing facility.

Note: Previous construction experience will be helpful. Student must be enrolled in the college's random drug testing program.

This is an advanced level course designed to give the participants practical skills and knowledge in the latest technology and applications related to surveying for construction, grade setting and Global Satellite Control Systems (GNSS). The course will emphasize skills development, with hands on exercises using GNSS technology. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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WELD 70
M 3
Beginning Welding
WELD 70
Units 3
Note: Students must provide safety glasses and welding gloves, and those materials which are of continuing value outside of the classroom setting. This cost will be explained at the first class meeting.

A beginning course designed for the student interested in acquiring basic welding skills to be used in a trade or service occupation. Emphasis is placed on oxyacetylene and arc welding in all positions. A portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CONS 55B
1
Equip Ops and Pad Construction
CONS 55B
Units 1
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must produce a negative test result in accordance with Shasta College Student Substance Abuse Testing Policy at a student cost to be paid to the designated testing facility.

This course focuses on the practical application of skills needed to be successful in equipment operation as it applies to building pads. This course includes farm and construction equipment such as bulldozers, loaders, dump trucks and motor graders. Hands-on training is emphasized in lab.
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Fall Semester, Second Year

16.5 Units Total
AGNR 1
GE 3
Intro to Natural Resources
AGNR 1
Units 3
Note: Required day field trips.

An introduction to the integrated management of forests, soil, watershed, fish, and wildlife in the context of protection and restoration of watersheds and ecosystems. An emphasis will be placed on natural resources careers, policy and law, tools, techniques and practices, and management philosophies of public and private lands. Basic biological and ecological processes will be introduced along with discussion of the scientific method and preparing reports.
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CMST 60
GE 3
Public Speaking
CMST 60
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is an introduction to the process of human communication with emphasis on public speaking. The subjects covered are speech topic selection, audience analysis, information competency (e.g. researching, evaluating and using supporting materials), presentation outlining, principles of effective speech delivery, critical evaluation of speeches, and presentation of informative and persuasive speeches. Most students will have the opportunity to be recorded and to use presentational technology. College level writing skills will be expected on all papers, outlines and short essays. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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INDE 1
M 1
Career Plan/Industrial Tech
INDE 1
Units 1
Career opportunities and training requirements in Industrial Technology will be examined as well as small business employment and entrepreneurship. Students will be assisted in identifying career and business opportunities and developing career goals. This class is required of all Industrial Technology majors. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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AGNR 52
3
Computers in Ag and Nat Res
AGNR 52
Units 3
This course introduces students to basic computer applications in agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, and related Career Technical Education majors. Students will gain basic computer literacy skills while learning to use examples of industry-specific software. Other topics will include file management, data manipulation, and use of software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students will also be exposed to basic concepts and software related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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DIES 48
M 3.5
Hydraulics
DIES 48
Units 3.5
A study of the theory, application, and component parts of a hydraulic system. This course will emphasize fundamentals in dismantling, inspection, and troubleshooting hydraulic components and complete systems. Closed-loop application, inspection and troubleshooting will be studied. This course is required for all Diesel Technology, Welding Technology, and Equipment Operations and Maintenance majors. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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AGMA 42
3
Farm Power and Machinery
AGMA 42
Units 3
This class covers basic skill-level operation and maintenance of agricultural equipment including tractors, tillage, planting and harvesting machinery. Safe operational practices, proper machine and implement inspection and set-up, and basic operational skills will be covered. Precision agricultural technology, equipment management and field layout will be discussed. The lab activities will include the operation of machinery in the field laboratory. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Spring Semester, Second Year

15 Units Total
GEOG 8
GE 3
World Regional Geography
GEOG 8
Units 3
This course will introduce students to the world's major geographic regions. This course will increase student awareness of geographic concepts by examining the physical, cultural, economic and political characteristics of the major realms of the world through the unifying concept of the geographic region. This course will illustrate the importance of the world's geographic regions and how they interrelate. The location of important geographic features such as mountain ranges, rivers, countries, and major cities will be an important part of the course. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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HIST 2
GE 3
World Civilization to 1500 CE
HIST 2
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher

This course is a comparative survey of the major ancient world civilizations which developed between 3500 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E. It examines political institutions, religious ideologies, the rise and fall of empires, and the major cultural innovations of each of the major world civilizations. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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BUAD 10
3
Introduction to Business
BUAD 10
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 280 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 5 or higher.

A survey course for both business and non-business majors covering the different disciplines (finance, management, and marketing) of business. The course also covers the complexities of the competitive business world and includes additional disciplines such as international business, forms of business ownership, social responsibility and ethics, and entrepreneurship. Designed to provide students familiarity with basic principles and practices of contemporary business, knowledge of business terminology, and an understanding of how business works within the U.S. economic system. Due to its introductory nature, it is recommended that this course be taken as a first business course. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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WELD 170
3
Introduction to Arc Welding
WELD 170
Units 3
Note: Students must provide safety glasses and welding gloves, and those materials which are of continuing value outside of the classroom setting. This cost will be explained at the first class meeting.

This is a course to advance beginning arc welding skills with an emphasis on SMAW. Power sources, electrode identification, weldability of metals, joint design, air arc, oxyacetylene cutting, and introduction to GTAW and GMAW are covered in this course. Course activities include learning to weld stringer and weave beads, butt and fillet welds in flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. A portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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WELD 175
3
TIG Welding
WELD 175
Units 3
Note: Students must provide safety glasses and welding gloves, and those materials which are of continuing value outside of the classroom setting. This cost will be explained at the first class meeting. Welding is a skill that requires a great deal of hand and eye coordination. Hours of practice are needed to master skills to advance to the next level or become skilled enough for employment.

TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) is an inert gas welding process also known as Heliarc which covers aluminum, mild steel, stainless steel, magnesium and copper welding. The course consists of welding on flat and pipe stock in all positions. Course content will include metals identification and weld symbols. Welding exercises are stressed to develop welding skills. A portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.

*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:

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