WTM - Irrigation Technology
The irrigation industry is experiencing a period of rapid technological advancement in labor saving and water conserving irrigation systems. Highly skilled irrigation technicians are required to design, install, operate and maintain these new product. Irrigation technicians are in high demand in the agriculture, turf maintenance, and landscape industries.
The Water Technologies and Management program offers certificates, Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences degrees (AAAS) and transfer options in Watershed Ecology, Natural Resources Technology and Management, and Irrigation Technology.
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Irrigation Technology provides practical learning experience in both the agriculture and the turf industries. The study of irrigation principles and practices, water and energy conservation, pumps, fluid hydraulics, troubleshooting, and installation prepares students for irrigation industry challenges. Graduates of the Irrigation Technology program are highly recruited to design, sell, install, operate, maintain, manage, and/or service turf, landscape, and agricultural irrigation systems. Approximately half of the courses required for the degree can be taken online. The curriculum is reviewed annually by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members..
Students in the program have the unique opportunity to participate in a paid work experience in spring and summer quarters of the program. Approximately half of the courses required for the degree can be taken online.
The Water Technologies & Management curriculum is reviewed annually by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Irrigation Technology upon completion of the two-year program of study. A Center Pivot Technology Certificate is available upon completion of the first year of the program. A two-course short certificate is also available.
- Irrigation Designer
- Installation Foreman
- Service Technician
- Sales Personnel
- Irrigation Manager
Irrigation Technology Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by Nelson Irrigation, Inc. and awarded to students who intend to make a career working in the many areas of irrigation technology. The $1,000 award may be shared with one or more applicants.
Students may begin their study in fall, winter, spring, or summer quarter. In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit wwcc.edu/placement for more information.
For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov.