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Public Works

​​​​​​​​​Orange Collar: Public Works @ SCC

There's nothing wrong with a "desk job," but for some of us, having a satisfying career means being part of the action.

Public works professionals make their living on highways, worksites, parks and power lines. They serve their communities every day, responding to natural disasters and creating future-critical infrastructure. It's an active, energetic career path, bearing ever-expanding opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

Santiago Canyon College's Public Works department prepares our community's unsung action heroes for rock-solid careers in construction, maintenance, equipment operation, equipment inspection, and dozens of other fields related to government and business infrastructure. The curriculum combines the hands-on with the high-tech, covering everything from planning to project management and implementation, using the latest industry tools.

When it comes to demand, Public Works careers are among the most consistent, with virtually every job classification growing or holding steady, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. SCC grads go on to high-paying careers as construction workers and supervisors, maintenance professionals, heavy equipment operators, water quality inspectors, technicians, and more.

Santiago Canyon College's Public Works department is also home to the Power Lineman: Apprenticeship program, which earned prestigious, Gold Star recognition from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office in 2018. Students in this program found industry-relevant employment at a 100-percent rate, bolstering their annual earnings by an average of 70%.

When you're ready to be part of the action, SCC's Public Works program is ready with the hands-on training you need to get your career in gear. ​​

If you have questions or if you'd like more information about any of the Business and Career and Technical Education programs, feel free call or email. You can also use our form to Contact Us.




​Yes! ​​​​​​​Santiago Canyon College’s tuition rates are affordable and competitive, providing one of Orange County’s best higher education values. Click Here to learn more about the cost of attending SCC.

​​​​​Your Career Education degree or certificate opens doors to bigger paychecks, broader opportunities, and more!

  • Maintenance Worker, Machinery - $47,750
  • Installation, Maintenance and Repair Worker - $39,130
  • Construction Manager - $101,660
  • Highway Maintenance Worker - $52,370
  • Paving, Surfacing and Tamping Equipment Operator - $55,570
  • Meter Reader, Utilities - $51,410
  • Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operator - $84,690

​Santiago Canyon College’s Public Works department offers four certificates in this Future BUILT field.

  • Associate of Science (A.S.): Construction Inspection
  • Associate of Science (A.S.): Construction Management
  • Associate of Science (A.S.): Environmental Management
  • Associate of Science (A.S.): Code Enforcement and Compliance
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Construction Inspectio
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Construction Management
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Environmental Management
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Code Enforcement and Compliance
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Code Enforcement Officer
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Public Administration and Policy

Click Here to browse SCC’s online catalog.

Carlos Castellanos
Program Facilitator
(714)​ 486-4660

Chandrikaa Balendhran

Christopher Martin

Krishna Nadaraja

Michael Ortiz

Grant Sharp

Clark Shen

Sergio Verino

Kurt Wiemann

PBLC-050-02719 Fundamentals of Public Works
Monday evenings on campus, Carlos Castellanos

PBLC-063-02726 Construction Materials and Testing
Tuesday evenings on campus, Krishna Nadaraja

PBLC-068-02727 Fundamentals of Storm Water
Wednesday evenings on campus, Grant Sharp

PBLC-080-02723 Principles of Project Management
Online format, Carlos Castellanos

PBLC-085-02729 Code Enforcement Officer
Tuesday evenings on campus, Sergio Verino

PBLC-150-02737 Introduction to Public Administration
Wednesday evenings plus some online, Mario Espindola

PBLC-153-02729 Introto Public Sector Human Resources
Thursday evenings plus some online, staff

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​If you're interested in seeing more about the Public Works program, including course offerings, certificate requirements and more, Click Here.

Average Salary In This Field

$39,130 -

Per Year

Potential Careers

Meter Reader
Construction Manager
Repair Worker


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Phone: (714) 628-4883

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