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Building Solid Careers in Engineering and Construction

Archive photo dating back to the mid-60s taken in a drafting class.The Engineering and Construction Technologies programs at Sandhills have four areas of study taught on the Pinehurst campus: Civil Engineering Technology, Architectural Technology, Geomatics (Surveying) Technology, and the newest program, Environmental Engineering Technology. An Associate in Applied Science degree, a Certificate, and high school offerings are available in each.

Industrial Systems Technology is taught at the Sandhills Hoke Center in Raeford. An Associate in Applied Science, a Diploma, or certificates in Industrial Maintenance, Machining Technology or Production Technologies can be earned in this program.

The Continuing Education division offers classes in the construction industry that can be completed in a few months. They are taught on the Pinehurst campus and will be taught in the new facility being constructed on the grounds of the Larry R. Caddell Public Safety Training Center in Carthage.

50 Years Strong

The Engineering Technologies curriculum department began at Sandhills in 1970 with the founding of the Civil Engineering Technology program. The first Chair of the department was Henry Rahn, who oversaw it for ten years. During this period, the Architectural Technology program began in 1972. Following Rahn as Chair was Reynold Davenport from 1980 until 1996. The Surveying Technology program began in 1982, and as computers started to rise in importance, the engineering faculty taught the first computer classes.

John O’Brien led the department from 1997-2006, Paul Steel led from 2006-2011, and Ed Spitler became the Chair of Engineering Technologies in 2011. In 2013 the Geomatics Technology program replaced Surveying Technology to satisfy the demand in the geospatial industries. Launched in 2020, the Environmental Engineering Technology program meets engineering and development firms’ employee training needs. Additionally, “Construction” was added to the department name in recognition of opportunities available to graduates.

Architectural Technology

Lindsay McManamon, the Architectural Technology Program Coordinator, is proud of the program’s growth and employment opportunities available to graduates. “The program prepares students to assist architects, engineers, and construction professionals in developing plans and related documentation for residential and commercial projects in both the private and public sectors,” she said.

After earning an Associate in Applied Science in Architectural Technology, graduates are well prepared to enter good-paying professional positions or take advantage of several transfer opportunities at four-year universities.

Civil Engineering Technology

In this program, Program Coordinator Matthew Sheffield prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to carry out planning, documenting, and supervising tasks in sustainable land development, public works, and facilities projects.

Local business LKC Engineering currently employs nine SCC graduates, eight of them from the Engineering Technologies program. Co-owner Tim Carpenter is a graduate and past Trustee of the College. Representatives from LKC regularly present career opportunities to Engineering students’ classes and financially support the program as a Partner.

Environmental Engineering Technology

The newest Engineering and Construction Technologies curriculum program is Envi­ronmental Engineering Technology. Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree or a Certificate.

The program prepares students to use mathematical and sci­entific principles to modify, test, and operate equip­ment and devices used to prevent, control, and remediate environmental problems.

Geomatics Technology

The Geomatics Technology program expands on traditional surveying topics to prepare students for the delinea­tion, determination, planning and positioning of land tracts, boundaries, contours and features applying principles of route surveying, construction survey­ing, photogrammetry, mapping, global positioning systems, geographical information systems, and other kinds of property description and measurement to create related maps, charts, and reports.

Matthews Land Surveying and Mapping currently em­ploys eight SCC graduates, most with civil engineer­ing or geomatics degrees. David Essick, a Sandhills civil engineering and geomatics grad, serves a vital role in management. Other graduates serve as survey crew chiefs, AutoCAD drafters, and field crew members.

“We highly prefer SCC graduates when looking to fill positions because we know that they are fully pre­pared to take on the roles and responsibilities that will be required of them,” said company owner John Matthews. “As an SCC Geomatics graduate myself, I know the educational quality and preparation that these candidates have received from Ed Spitler and the team in the Engineering and Construction Technologies programs. They come from SCC with an understanding of the advanced technology, mathematics, techniques, and equipment that we use in the field daily. As a land surveying firm, we’re very fortunate to be located near a college with such a high-caliber program.”

Industrial Systems Technology

At the Hoke Center, in a partnership between curriculum and continuing education, students earn state and national credentials in a hands-on environment that transfer directly into curriculum programs. Instruction includes theory and hands on skill training needed for inspecting, testing, troubleshooting, and diagnosing industrial systems.

Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) Construction Classes

The Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) division offers short term training leading to state/national credentials in HVAC, plumbing, construction project management, blueprint reading, forklift operation and General Contractors updates for in demand, high paying careers in our community.

The WCE construction programs will be taught in a new $1.2M facility currently under construction at the Larry R. Caddell Training Center in Carthage. This is being funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation, the W.L and Josephine B. Weiss Family Foundation, the Palmer Foundation, Peterson Funds from the SCC Foundation, the American Red Cross, and SCC Workforce Development funds.

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