Cold Regions Engineering Certificate | UW Professional & Continuing Education

Cold Regions Engineering

Meet the arctic engineering course requirement to practice in Alaska. Explore the challenges of cold regions engineering and solutions for technical problems related to cold weather, snow and ice. Consider foundation and building designs for arctic regions. Learn about snow control, ice growth on water surfaces, ice mechanics and the physical and thermal properties of frozen ground. Study the effects low temperatures have on construction materials and personnel.

What the Program Covers

Descriptive and geotechnical aspects

  • Arctic hydrology
  • Heat transfer
  • Water supply, treatment and storage
  • Air infiltration and water vapor concerns
  • Depth of freeze and thaw in soils
  • Water storage and distribution
  • Wastewater treatment and disposal
  • Air pollution and solid waste management


Upon completion, you will earn 3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The course is approved by the Alaska Board of Registration and satisfies the arctic engineering requirement for a professional license to practice architecture or engineering in the state of Alaska.

Who Should Attend

This course is for individuals who are seeking a professional license to practice engineering in the state of Alaska.

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