Excavation technology involves big machines and the know how to use them to dig and extract large amounts of earth. To do this safely requires some education, likely in mining engineering.
10 Schools with Excavation Technology Programs
These colleges offer a variety of programs in excavation technology:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, PA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$17,514 in-state, $31,346 out-of-state|
|University of Arizona||4-year, Public||Tucson, AZ||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$11,403 in-state $32,630 out-of-state|
|Virginia Tech||Blacksburg, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$12,485 in-state $29,129 out-of-state|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, WV||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$7,632 in-state $21,432 out-of-state|
|University of Utah||Salt Lake City, UT||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$8,197 in-state $26,022 out-of-state|
|University of Kentucky||Lexington, KY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,936 in-state $24,268 out-of-state|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$53,000|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Carbondale, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,137 in-state $26,390 out-of-state|
|University of Nevada - Reno||Reno, NV||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$6,902 in-state $20,812 out-of-state|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Fairbanks, AK||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$5,674 in-state $17,303 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, School Websites
College Selection Criteria
Excavation is often part of a greater curriculum, and students interested in pursuing training in excavation technology must first find a school offering courses within a related degree program, such as mining engineering. Consider the following when looking for excavation technology schools:
- Students should look for programs that teach theories pertaining to digging and extraction, how to utilize the earth's crust and excavating through developing rock systems.
- Prospective students should also check for programs that cover concrete, earth soil mechanics, transport of liquids and deep foundation systems.
- They may also want to consider if the mining engineering school is affiliated with area businesses where students can put their study to work through internships.
Excavation technology programs are found throughout the country with many degree levels at public universities as well as some private schools.