New opportunity for RC officers to earn engineering master's degree.
It is an exciting time to be an engineer officer. Given the enormous surge in construction in Iraq and Afghanistan, technical skills for engineer officers have never been in greater demand. The United States Army United States Army
Major branch of the U.S. military forces, charged with preserving peace and security and defending the nation. The first regular U.S. fighting force, the Continental Army, was organized by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, to supplement local Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood Fort Leonard Wood, U.S. army post, 71,000 acres (28,700 hectares), S central Mo.; est. 1940. It is one of the largest basic-training centers in the United States and also provides training for army engineers. , Missouri, offers an overview of construction methods in the Basic Officer Leader Course, the Engineer Captains Career Course (ECCC ECCC Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity
ECCC East Central Community College
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ECCC Essex County Cricket Club ), and the Engineer Captains Career Course-Reserve Component (ECCC-RC). However, many of the technical skills needed to manage complex projects are gained only through civilian education. The Engineer School and the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) at Rolla, Missouri, provide a way for engineer officers to hone their technical skills.
Since 1984, the Engineer School has partnered with Missouri S&T (formerly known as the University of Missouri-Rolla) to give Active Army officers the opportunity to earn master's degrees in engineering management or civil, environmental, or geological engineering Geological engineering is the engineering science of applying engineering principles to the study of geological materials as part of the engineering design of facilities including roads, tunnels, and mines especially as related to minerals and mineral products. while attending ECCC. Officers are granted eight hours of graduate credit for satisfactorily completing ECCC, which is applied--along with an additional four-credit course taken in the evenings--toward a graduate certificate in either military construction management or military geological engineering. Upon completion of the graduate certificate requirements and ECCC, these officers are allowed to remain at Fort Leonard Wood on permissive temporary duty for 16 weeks to complete the remaining 18 credits required to earn a master's degree. Officers are assessed a special Fort Leonard Wood tuition rate and are not required to pay for the eight hours of shared credit.
Reserve Component Opportunity
Hundreds of Active Army engineer officers have taken advantage of this program since its inception. Now, recognizing the significant number of engineer officers who are in the Army Reserve or National Guard, the Engineer School announces the addition of Reserve Component (RC) officers to the educational partnership with Missouri S&T. The RC programs will be structured similar to the Active Army programs, with the Missouri S&T portion being offered via distributed learning Distributed Learning means a method of instruction that relies primarily on indirect communication between students and teachers, including internet or other electronic-based delivery, teleconferencing or correspondence; (British Columbia, School Act, 2006). (dL). RC officers will receive eight credits for satisfactorily completing ECCC-RC, which will be combined with a four-credit course offered by Missouri S&T via dL to earn a graduate certificate in either military construction management or military geological engineering. Officers who have an undergraduate degree “First degree” redirects here. For the BBC television series, see First Degree.
An undergraduate degree (sometimes called a first degree or simply a degree in either engineering or natural science disciplines will be able to apply the certificate in military construction management toward Missouri S&T's online master of science degree in civil engineering or engineering management and the certificate in military geological engineering toward the master of engineering in geotechnics Geotechnics (synonymous: Geotechnique) is the application of scientific methods and engineering principles to the acquisition, interpretation, and use of knowledge of materials of the Earth's crust and earth materials for the solution of engineering problems. .
Currently, all these programs are being offered online as part of Missouri S&T's Distance and Continuing Education continuing education: see adult education.
or adult education
Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). (DCE (1) (Distributed Computing Environment) Software from The Open Group that allows applications to be built across heterogeneous platforms in a network. DCE includes security, directory naming, time synchronization, file sharing, RPCs and multithreading services. ) program. For these traditional dL programs, officers will be assessed the special Fort Leonard Wood tuition rate for the four credits required to complete the certificate and will not be required to pay for the eight hours of shared credit. Tuition and fees for the remaining 18 credits will be assessed according to according to
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3. existing DCE policies.
Recognizing that a large number of engineer officers don't have the prerequisites to get into these existing programs, the Missouri S&T Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering has custom-designed a master's degree program in geological engineering for RC officers. In effect, this program will be similar to the traditional dL programs, with two significant differences. First, this program will be assessed the same tuition and fees as the resident Fort Leonard Wood program. It will be offered directly by the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering via its Blackboard dL platform. Second, the remaining 18 credits will be provided during compressed semesters to allow completion of the entire program within one year. It is the hope of both Missouri S&T and the Engineer School that officers who have not yet earned the degree in engineering or engineering management necessary to work as a facilities/contract construction management engineer will use this opportunity to earn the credential.
Although similar to the programs already mentioned, the custom-designed geological engineering program will be accomplished in three stages:
Admission to the Stage I program (graduate certificate in military geological engineering) requires officers to submit an application and provide a copy of their ECCC-RC Phase IV (general engineering) completion certificate, in addition to an official transcript showing proof of having completed at least one semester of college algebra, college chemistry, and either a college biology or physics course. Officers who do not have the prerequisite college courses may be required to take a five-credit bridging course, also provided by the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the same tuition rate, which is included to ensure that every officer will succeed in the program.
Once admitted to the certificate program, officers will be required to complete four credits of online course work, which will be offered during Missouri S&T's normal spring, summer, and fall semesters. Upon completion of the introductory course, officers will be awarded a certificate in military geological engineering. Officers will be given credit for the following courses upon satisfying all Stage I requirements:
* Geomorphology geomorphology, study of the origin and evolution of the earth's landforms, both on the continents and within the ocean basins. It is concerned with the internal geologic processes of the earth's crust, such as tectonic activity and volcanism that constructs new and Terrain Analysis The collection, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of geographic information on the natural and manmade features of the terrain, combined with other relevant factors, to predict the effect of the terrain on military operations.
* Geologic Field Methods
* Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
* Applied Geological Engineering
Officers who have already completed a legacy advanced course or career course will be allowed to participate in the program by enrolling and completing ECCC-RC Phase IV (general engineering) as part of their admission requirements.
Officers must apply, but they will be granted acceptance into Stage II of the program without the usual Graduate Record Examination if they complete Stage I with a letter grade of "B" or better. Stage II will consist of completing 15 credits of coursework, of which two three-credit classes will be offered during each special 8-week semester. Stage II courses can be taken in any order, with Stage I completion being the only prerequisite. The following courses will be completed during Stage II:
* Remote Sensing Deriving digital models of an area on the earth. Using special cameras from airplanes or satellites, either the sun's reflections or the earth's temperature is turned into digital maps of the area. Technology
* Advanced Concepts of Environmental Geological Engineering
* Geotechnical Construction Practice
* Subsurface Exploration
* Subsurface Hydrology hydrology, study of water and its properties, including its distribution and movement in and through the land areas of the earth. The hydrologic cycle consists of the passage of water from the oceans into the atmosphere by evaporation and transpiration (or
Stage III of the program will serve as the capstone exercise and will consist of a three-credit, regular semester course entitled Capstone Project in Geological Engineering. Officers will only be admitted into Stage III during their final semester of study because successful completion depends on knowledge acquired in previous stages.
Cutting Edge Problem-Solving
As students in the program, officers will have the opportunity to learn about the application of earth science principles to the engineering solution of critical problems facing global society, such as environmental and hazardous waste Hazardous waste
Any solid, liquid, or gaseous waste materials that, if improperly managed or disposed of, may pose substantial hazards to human health and the environment. Every industrial country in the world has had problems with managing hazardous wastes. issues, natural resource protection and energy sustainability, and the design of geotechnical infrastructure such as tunnels, excavations, dams, and waste disposal sites. Geological engineering is a very broad engineering discipline focusing on applications of geology and engineering fundamentals to solve problems. Geological engineers apply their unique set of skills to protect and preserve the environment in which we live, studying geological hazards such as landslides, rock falls, earthquakes, Karst Karst (kärst), Ital. Carso, Slovenian Kras, limestone plateau, W Slovenia, N of Istria and extending c.50 mi (80 km) SE from the lower Isonzo (Soča) valley between the Bay of Trieste and the Julian Alps. features (which create sinkholes), and dam and levee levee (lĕv`ē) [Fr.,=raised], embankment built along a river to prevent flooding by high water. Levees are the oldest and the most extensively used method of flood control. failures such as those in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Geological engineers are called upon to study and clean up contaminated sites, develop water supply wells, and map hazards using geographical information systems. Across a wide spectrum of global problems, geological engineers are on the cutting edge of engineering problem-solving. For more information on the geological engineering profession, visit the Missouri S&T Geological Engineering website at <http://web.mst.edu/~gee/>.
To get started in the program, an RC officer must enroll in and complete the requirements for Phase IV of ECCC-RC. Officers will be briefed about the program during their ECCC-RC resident Phase III and be placed on a list of potential candidates so they can start receiving information regarding the program. Upon completion of ECCC-RC Phase IV, officers can present their Phase IV completion certificate and apply for the graduate certificate program. Once they have completed the introductory course and ECCC-RC, they can apply for admission to the program. Officers will then complete Stage II and Stage III and earn their master's in geological engineering. It is that easy!
Officers interested in the RC programs in the traditional disciplines of engineering management, civil engineering, or geotechnics should contact Lahne Black at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or at (800) 441-5218 or visit the Missouri S&T DCE website at <http://dce.mst.edu/index.html>. Officers interested in the custom-designed program in geological engineering should contact the Missouri S&T Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering RC Program coordinator at <email@example.com> or visit the program website at <http://mst.edu/~flwgee>. For questions about ECCC-RC, contact Major Bunch at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Engineering technical skills training has now been placed at the fingertips of the RC officer, and this is just the beginning. Missouri S&T has agreed to study the possibility of offering similar programs to engineer warrant officers and noncommissioned officers with undergraduate degrees, as well as Department of the Army civilian employees who work as part of the Regiment. These programs will be the subjects of future articles in Engineer.
Lieutenant Colonel Knutzen is the Deputy Assistant Commandant-Army National Guard, for the United States Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Major Bunch is the Division Chief, Engineer Captains Career Course-Reserve Component, for the Department of Instruction at the United States Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
By Lieutenant Colonel Steven K. Knutzen and Major James L. Bunch