Cold Regions Engineering


Course Details

  • Location: Other
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Class Times: Weekends, Days
  • Cost : $1,495

Next Start Date:

April 27, 2017

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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.

Who Should Attend

This course is for 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.

Course Examination

In order to successfully complete this course, participants must pass an examination 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 issued a certificate of course completion from the University of Washington.

Course Materials

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.

Schedule Notes

The class meets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first four days and 8 a.m. to noon on the final day. The exam will take place on the final day. Please be aware that attendance during all course sessions is required.

Course Location

Silver Cloud Inn, South Lake Union

Reservations: 800-330-5812
Fax: 206-812-4900
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 + 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.

Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

Not available for this course


Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this course

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Meet your instructors

Bob Tsigonis

President, Lifewater Engineering Company

John P. Zarling

Ph.D., P.E., Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks

William G. Nelson

Professor Emeritus, School of Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage


This course may earn you 3.2 CEUs - what's this?