About this Course
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. Learn about drinking water and wastewater systems at camps, homes and communities in the far North.
What the Course Covers
Descriptive and geotechnical aspects of:
- Arctic hydrology
- Heat transfer
- Water supply, treatment, storage and distribution
- Air infiltration and water vapor concerns
- Depth of freeze and thaw in soils
- Wastewater treatment and disposal
- Air pollution and solid waste management
- Working cross-culturally
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.
Individuals who are seeking a professional license to practice engineering in the state of Alaska, and those who are curious about life in the North.
Completing the Course
To successfully complete this course, you must attend all class sessions and complete all homework assignments.
You must also pass an examination, given on the last day. Approximately two weeks are required for the instructors to grade the exams. The names of those individuals who have passed the exam will be sent to the State of Alaska Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors. Course participants will be informed of the exam results, and successful participants will receive a certificate of course completion from the University of Washington.
Textbooks and a course notebook are included in the registration fee. All course materials will be given to participants on the first day of the course. Participants should bring a calculator with LOG and LN math functions. Assignments and exam problems will require some knowledge of algebra and calculus.
You may have the course notebook mailed to you prior to the course for a $15 fee. Notebooks will be sent only if your request is received two weeks before the course starts. Please note that we can only mail the course notebook, not the course texts, prior to the course. To request to have the notebook mailed to you, please add $15 shipping and handling to your registration.
1150 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Silver Cloud Inn offers a preferred rate for students attending the Cold Regions Engineering Course. Rates range between $129–$189 a night, plus tax, depending on time of year and availability. Mention Cold Regions to get the preferred rate. Book early as rooms and rates are only guaranteed up to a month in advance of the course.