Program Description

The Safety Engineering Technology Associate Degree program prepares learners to work in a variety of positions in the manufacturing sector. Graduates will be able to contribute to an environmental, health and safety program in any size organization. This specialization is ideal for preparing graduates to work with supervisors and employees to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Learners will gain a specialized education in environmental, health and safety concepts and regulations, lean concepts, problem solving, CAD, leadership and safety and environmental management.

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,348
Books & Supplies: $891

Starting Salary

Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).


100% Online
An aerial view of NTC's Wausau Campus main entrance on a sunny summer day. Trees and greenery frame the spacious side walks that lead up to the light-brown brick building.

Take a Look Around

Explore our campuses to get an idea of what it’s like to be a student at NTC.

Get Started

The application takes just a few minutes to complete.


Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Troubleshoot and diagnose problems in all sectors of manufacturing
  • Articulate the value of continuing professional development
  • Implement lean practices relating to environmental health and safety in a manufacturing setting
  • Prepare for submission the appropriate occupational reports
  • Articulate and apply applicable ISO standards
  • Perform compliance inspections
  • Articulate the role of sustainability as a business practice
  • Demonstrate and comply with OSHA guidelines
  • Apply appropriate laws and regulations
  • Demonstrate established safety principles


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Loss Control Technician
  • Assistant Safety Engineer
  • Claims Analyst
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Assistant Safety Engineer
  • Safety and Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Safety Technician


The Safety Engineering Technology Associate Degree is a 62–63 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
OSHA Compliance 3.00
Environmental Regulations & Compliance 4.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00
Intermediate Algebra W/Apps 4.00
College Algebra W/Apps 3.00

Second Term

Team Building And Problem Solving 3.00
Workplace Ergonomics 2.00
Lean Manufacturing Fundamentals 2.00
Interpreting Engineering Drawings 1.00
Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00
Survey Of Physics 3.00

Third Term

Incident Investigation In The Workplace 3.00
Safety Management Systems 3.00
Microeconomics 3.00
Emergency Spill & Response 3.00
Technical Drafting/CAD 2.00
Solidworks 1 1.00
Solidworks 2 1.00
Introduction To Diversity Studies 3.00
Intro To Sociology 3.00

Fourth Term

Workers Compensation 2.00
OSHA Workplace Safety Training Strategies 3.00
Environmental Management Systems 3.00
Fundamentals Of Industrial Hygiene 3.00
Introduction To Six Sigma 3.00
Psychology Of Human Relations 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

View All Detailed Course Information


Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Safety Engineering Technology Associate Degree:

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Bellevue University Online Bachelor of Business and Management
Marian University Bachelor of Management
Milwaukee School of Engineering Bachelor of Technical and Business Management
Minnesota State University - Moorhead Bachelor of Operations Management
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
UW Platteville Bachelor of Industrial Technology Management

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

View all transfer guides

Cost of Attendance

2024–2025 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semesters — Fall 2024 and Spring 2025.
Expenses Student Living With Parents (Home) Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)
In-State Tuition & Fees
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
In-State Tuition & Fees
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
Living Expenses (Housing & Food) $3,008 $9,147
Books / Supplies $1,465 $1,465
Transportation $4,017 $4,017
Personal Expenses $3,608 $3,608
Loan Fees $85 $85
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2024–2025 academic year. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, the Wisconsin Resident tuition rate is $149.50 per credit and Out-of-State resident tuition is $224.25 per credit.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, Student Fees include: a minimum $5.00 material fee and a $13.15 per credit activity fee. A $4.00 per semester insurance fee will be assessed to students taking at least one course which has a scheduled session on campus.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

For more information regarding billed tuition and fees visit

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

NTC Financial Aid Office


Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. There is no fee to apply.

Apply Now

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be emailed to you.