Concrete Technology Associate in Applied Science

Concrete Technology

Instructor Contact

Tim Onstwedder, Jr., Alpena Community College Concrete Tech Instructor
Tim Onstwedder, Jr.

Concrete Technology Instructor
989.358.7460
onstwedt@alpenacc.edu

Kevin Sylvester, Alpena Community College Concrete Tech Instructor
Kevin Sylvester
, Concrete Technology Instructor
989.358.7364
sylvestk@alpenacc.edu

Concrete Technology at ACC
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Concrete Technology is an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program that is the only one of its kind in the nation. As a student in this two-year program, you learn through a comprehensive curriculum that includes a great deal of hands-on technology and equipment housed in one of the world’s premier facilities — the World Center for Concrete Technology.

The Concrete Technology program at ACC was started in the late 1960’s as one of the original associate’s degree curriculums offered by The Portland Cement Association. Hundreds of men and women have gone through the program, and it continues to be one of the top programs
of its kind.

Job placement of graduates from the program is excellent, with many receiving numerous offers. Graduates find employment both locally and in all parts of the nation. Some of our graduates go on to complete a number of related transfer programs at other four-year institutions.

What You Learn

The Concrete Technology program at ACC gives you a broad-based understanding of the technology of concrete. You also learn trouble-shooting techniques to handle problems often encountered by finishers and masons. The program covers all concrete and many related industries, including:

  • Construction Inspection and Procedures
  • Aggregates
  • Cementitious Materials
  • Concrete Masonry
  • Ready Mixed Concrete
  • Admixtures
  • Precast and Prestressed
  • Pipe and many more

Concrete Tech students build on this educational foundation with a summer semester of co-op work in a related industry between the first and second years of study.

Career Opportunities

With the unique and exclusive credentials you earn through this program, you will find many job opportunities available to you when you graduate. These positions are diverse and include, but are not limited to, specialties such as:

  • Management
  • Quality Control
  • Inspection
  • Sales 
  • Research and Development
  • Technical Service
  • Production/Supervision
  • Engineering Assurance

Salary/Benefits

Your average salary will depend on the size, location and nature of your employer, as well as your skill and experience level. The overall job outlook for construction and extraction occupations is expected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Starting salaries for recent program graduates are typically very competitive with most workers receiving a complete benefit package, often including a company vehicle.

Certification

Although certification is not a requirement of this program, the majority of graduates choose to earn state and national credentials through certification exams which are given annually in Alpena. Participation is encouraged because certification can have a positive impact on your employment potential.