Forest Technology (FR)
(Effective Fall 2017)
- School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
- Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
- Natural gas major
- Green major
- More Information about Forest Technology
The curriculum prepares students for technical and mid-management positions in forestry production, wood processing, federal and state agencies, natural gas, and manufacturing industries. The course work emphasizes outdoor learning and practical hands-on experience. It provides both an academic and a specialized background needed for a variety of careers in forestry.
Forest fire control; wildlife habitat improvement; maintenance of forest roads, structures, and recreational areas; timber estimation, marking, and stand improvement; pulpwood procurement; logging supervisor; location and survey of forest property lines; lumber inspector; dry kiln operator; lumber yard supervisor; quality control technician; mill manager; field forester or researcher; soil conservation technician; and equipment sales.
Recommended High School Subjects
Four years of English, two years of algebra, and two years of science.
All students must remediate within the first year. The order of remediation will be math, reading, and English.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Program GoalsA graduate of this major should be able to:
- practice approved safety procedures in the work environment.
- identify selected species of trees and shrubs by their scientific and common names, general uses, site characteristics, and geographic distribution.
- apply the fundamentals of plane surveying, including the use and care of surveying equipment, maps and map-making, and the theory of measurements.
- measure the volume and value of standing timber.
- prepare a forestland management plan for a property using the concepts of multiple use and sustained yield forest management.
- demonstrate knowledge of the silvicultural treatments used to regulate stand composition, regenerate stands, increase growth rates, and improve timber quality.
- apply the basic theories, principles, and techniques used in timber harvesting and demonstrate skills in the operation and maintenance of tools and equipment used to harvest a timber crop.
- describe the life history, food, and habitat requirement of the major game, non-game birds, and mammals of Pennsylvania.
- identify and describe the function of tree parts and of selected plants and describe their relation to soil.
- describe the manufacturing and uses of various forest products and describe the characteristics and structure of common wood species.
- describe the characteristics and control of various forest pests, diseases, and fire problems.
- grade hardwood and softwood logs and lumber based on industry standards.
- develop marketing and logistical skills for the forest industry.
- demonstrate familiarity with the principles of cutting logs into lumber.
- demonstrate basic skills in handling and drying of lumber.
- discern the concepts of plant variability and diversity.
- apply computer skills to forestry related software.
- apply basic GIS/GPS technology to field applications.
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1|
|ENL111||English Composition I||3|
|FOR103||Forestry Equipment & Safety Operation||1|
|CSC124||Information, Technology, and Society||3|
|FOR120||Forest Surveying I||2|
|FOR124||Advanced Forest Mensuration||3|
|ENL121||English Composition II||3|
|ENL201||Technical and Professional Communication||3|
|SPC101||Fundamentals of Speech||3|
|MTH124||Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I||3|
|MTH180||College Algebra and Trigonometry I||3|
|FIT||Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective||1|
|FOR210||Forest Products||3||Writing Enriched Requirement|
|FOR232||Forest Surveying II||3|
|FOR243||An Introduction to GIS/GPS||3|
|FOR252||Timber Harvesting and Equipment||3|
|FOR249||Forest Land Management||3||Writing Enriched Requirement|
|ECO111||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
NOTE: MTH 180 and MTH 182 are recommended for Forest Technology students desiring to transfer to a four-year degree major.
The educational program in Forest Technology leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Forest Technology is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.