The Irrigation Engineering Technology program prepares students for careers in irrigation sales, installation, design and operation; learning skills in computer-aided drafting, irrigation management, evaluation and design, including advanced design and drip and micro irrigation design and management. The curriculum is designed to align with the Irrigation Association's certified irrigation designer (CID) certification and certified agricultural irrigation specialist (CAIS) certification. Completion of either certificate qualifies students to enter the professional job market or the units may be applied as university transfer or to fulfill the education requirement for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation's (CDPR) Agricultural Pest Control Adviser (PCA) license and the Society of Agronomy's Certified Crop Adviser (CCA).
Program student learning outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of soil-plant-water relationships.
- Students will determine irrigation system distribution uniformity and application efficiency for given irrigation systems.
- Students will determine which type of irrigation system is appropriate for site specific conditions, i.e. soil properties and crop data.
- Students will specify materials and components to make a complete system that optimizes the balance between capital investment and operation and maintenance costs.
- Students will complete irrigation designs for efficiency and uniformity.
- Students will determine proper pipe size, pressure regulation and appropriate filtration for given design parameters.
- Students will understand agronomic fundamentals and technological principles (i.e. surveying, CAD, precision agriculture, soil and plant science).