Public Works Management

Public Works Management at Palomar College has Level I and Level II certificate programs. A student can earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree by completing a minimum of 33 additional units of general education. Contact a Palomar College counselor to prepare an educational plan to complete an AA degree.

Public Works Management Certificates of Achievement

Palomar College Catalog

Public Works
Employees in the public works field are responsible for the approval, construction, and/or maintenance of streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and storm drains; facilities and grounds maintenance, administration and operation of utilities and water resources; and the maintenance of equipment, fleet, facilities, and grounds.

CAREER PATHWAYS – Careers in Public Works and Management and wages.

Click on the following links for Gainful Employment Information:

◊  Public Works Management Level I               ◊  Public Works Management Level II

Public Works Management Program
The Public Works Management (PWM) program provides the knowledge and skill attainment for individuals seeking employment as a first level manager in a public works organization. The program provides instruction in the broad range of competencies required for managing technicians in a public works organization in the following basic areas:

General Management – Management of public works programs and the necessary preventative maintenance, operational advantages and disadvantages, and program effectiveness measurement.

Street Construction and Maintenance – Management of materials and methods, specifications, records and cost accounting systems, revenue sources and budget preparation.

Procedures – Understanding practices, and testing criteria for the transporting, placing, curing, and testing of asphalt concrete & Portland cement concrete construction for roads, runway floors, and hydraulic structures.

Inspection Methods – Functions and responsibilities of inspectors of both simple and complex public works construction projects; including construction materials and control procedures, methods and inspection procedures.

Personnel Management – Understanding supervision to include personnel management, recruitment, training, evaluation, promotion, morale, grievances, and safety promotion.

Faculty names, work affiliation, contact information

PWM 50 Introduction to Public Works
PWM 55 Public Works Administration

PWM 51 Street Construction & Maintenance
PWM 52 Asphalt & Portland Cement

PWM 53 Public Works Inspection

PWM 57 Plan Interpretation and Cost Estimating

PWM 125 Public Works Supervision

Certification Information

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

  • Water D2 or Wastewater Grade II Certification; or
    Streets Pesticide Applicator’s License and
    Penal Code 832 Certification.
  • Water D3 or Wastewater Grade III Certification is desirable;
  • Wastewater Grade II Certification is desirable for NPDES positions;
  • Commercial Driver’s License, Class A;
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification;
  • First Aid Certification;
  • Competent Employee Licensure;
  • Confined Space Certification.

Links to Other Professional Organizations

American Public Works Association

Links to Palomar Sites

Forms