Innovate the building industry with timber structures.
Thanks to mass timber and tall wood building, timber design is at the forefront of structural engineering and architecture—and Michigan Tech is one of a few universities offering timber design courses at the graduate level. The on-campus and online certificate in Structural Engineering: Timber Building Design expands your structural engineering skills in this specific subfield.
The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, where the certificate is housed, has timber design as its historical strength, providing students with an opportunity to gain from the rich experience and insights of exceptional faculty while receiving training at the cutting edge of building technology.
Who is this certificate for?
This certificate is for qualified professionals who want to enhance their skill set and can be a foundation to continue toward a graduate degree. It is also valuable for degree-seeking students looking to develop a concentration that gives them an edge in their career path.
What you’ll learn
Gain the ability to design timber structures, with an emphasis on timber buildings and the potential of wood as an alternative to steel and concrete for environmental sustainability. The comprehensive program provides options for the final course in topics related to modeling and hazard analysis relevant to timber designers.
What you need to know
- This is a 9-credit certificate designed to be completed in three semesters, with two required courses (Structural Timber Design and Advanced Structural Timber Design).
- Course electives include Finite Element Analysis, Structural Dynamics, and Probabilistic Analysis and Reliability.