Mission Statement

The Associate of Applied Science, Technology degree program is designed to provide entry-level skills, continuing education and advanced technical skills in several specialized fields including Welding, Construction, and Occupational Safety.


The Occupational Safety & Health Emphasis has been suspended as of Spring 2016. This means that no new students may enroll.

For more information and advising, contact Lorraine Stewart at lstewart@alaska.edu or 907-486-1209.

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What will I learn?

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand, describe, and analyze the physical components found in technical systems.
  • Understand and apply safety practices.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of science, math, and computers in technical fields.
  • Identify risks to life, health and property, and develop and implement strategies that prevent injury.
  • Develop, implement, manage, and assess safety programs that comply with government regulations, industry standards, and best practices.
  • Develop and implement a process of incident or injury investigations; properly collect, organize, and analyze appropriate information to link root causes with observed effects.


What classes will I take?

Oral Communications GER (3CR) Select one of the following:
COMM A111 Methods of Oral Communication
COMM A235 Small Group Communication
COMM A237 Interpersonal Communication
COMM A241 Public Speaking

Written Communications GER (6CR)
ENGL A111 Methods of Written Communication
ENGL A212 Technical Writing

Mathematics GER (3CR) MATH A105 Intermediate Algebra
Natural Sciences GER (4CR) Select one of the following: CHEM A103/L Survey of Chemistry with Lab
CHEM A105/L General Chemistry with Lab
GEOL A111 Physical Geology
PHYS A123/L Basic Physics I with Lab
Technology Core Requirements AET A101 Fundamentals to CADD for Building Construction
CIS A105 Introduction to Personal Computers and Software Applications
ET A151 & Basic Electricity for the Trades
HUMS A153 Human Relations or HUMS A155 Human Relations in the Workplace
OSH A101 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health
OSH A250 Hazardous Material Operations
TECH A101 Introduction to Technological Principles

Occupational Safety and Health Emphasis Requirements
OSH A108 Injury Prevention and Risk Management
OSH A111 Training Needs and Methods
OSH A120 Safety Program Management and Recordkeeping
OSH A180 Industrial Hygiene
OSH A201 Workplace Injury and Incident Evaluation
OSH A211 Program Assessment, Development and Implementation
TECH A295 Technical Internship

What can I do with this degree?

 welding 3_0Skills

Students completing this degree will work to conduct safe activities and direct safety programs in a variety of industrial settings.

Earning Potential

The median wage for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians is $22/hour or about $45,000 per year.

Job Outlook

The need for this job is growing about as fast as average.