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2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Safety Certificate

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Contact Information

Dr. Carter Kerk
Industrial Engineering
IER 309
(605) 394-6067
E-mail: Carter.Kerk@sdsmt.edu

Program Summary

The graduate level Occupational Safety Certificate at SDSM&T is designed to respond to a business need across all sectors (including general industry, construction, mining, health care, service, etc.) that places occupational safety at the highest level of organizational priorities.  This certificate is open to any graduate student at SDSM&T.  (For undergraduate students, refer to the Occupational Safety Minor.)

Program Description

The Occupational Safety Certificate program is designed to enable students to enhance their graduate degree with a concentration of occupational safety related courses. While the certificate could enrich any graduate degree, it would be particularly well-suited for Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Construction Management, Engineering Management, and Mechanical Engineering.  Courses are offered on-campus and it is possible to complete the certificate through distance offerings.  The core course and core electives provide a foundation in the identification, evaluation, and control of hazards relating to safety, industrial hygiene, and ergonomics.  These courses will provide students with knowledge of regulatory aspects (OSHA, MSHA, EU, etc.), standards (ISO,ANSI,OHSAS, NIOSH, etc.), program development and evaluation, as well as professional licensing, certification, and ethnics.     

Application Procedures

Students should contact the program coordinator for the application procedure and appropriate forms.

Certification Check

Once an application is filed, it is included in the degree audit form.  It is the responsibility of the student’s advisor to certify certification completion along with the final degree audit.  

Required Courses

Core Electives


Note A:  With significant safety content and pre-approved by the certificate coordinator.

Nine (9) Total Credit Hours = 3 (required course) + 3 (one of the core electives) + 3 (combined additional core electives and other elective credits).

A Certificate of Occupational Safety must be approved by the student’s graduate advisor and the certificate coordinator on a form available at the Office of the Registrar and Academic Services or from the certificate coordinator.  Additional information may be found at the Industrial Engineering Department website ie.sdsmt.edu.



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