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Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree Program

Program Overview

The Civil Engineering program prepares you to become an integral part of an engineering and construction team. Learn how to apply the fundamentals of civil engineering and design within the context of materials, soils, planning, surveying, environmental systems, and construction. Eligible for entry-level positions with civil engineering firms, survey companies, construction firms, and more.


Career Possibilities

  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Drafter
  • Land Surveyer

The Civil Engineering Technology Program prepares graduates to become an integral member of the engineering and construction team. The program emphasizes the practical application of construction technology and engineering principles.

A civil engineering technologist designs, engineers, analyzes, and assists in the supervision of building construction and infrastructure projects such as roadways, bridges, and environmental facilities. As an integral member of the engineering and construction team, the civil engineering technologist must have the ability to create and build structures that will answer the engineering, economic, safety, technical, and aesthetic requirements of a project. This program allows students to develop those necessary abilities by emphasizing the application of the fundamentals of civil engineering and design within the context of the scientific and technical aspects of materials, soils, planning, surveying, structures, environmental systems, and construction. The program is also designed to instill within students a sense of professionalism and a desire to serve and contribute to society.

In the associate degree program, students concentrate on civil engineering technology fundamentals including: computer aided drafting geared for the Civil Engineering industry (e.g., AutoCAD Civil 3D), construction documents, construction estimating, construction materials, structural analysis and design, surveying methods for land measurement, and soil mechanics. Additionally, students will also conduct field and laboratory testing on civil engineering materials and use computer applications to solve technical problems.

Upon successful completion of the Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree, students may choose to continue their education in a bachelor program or enter the profession. Graduates of the CET Associate Degree will be qualified for entry level careers with civil engineering firms, survey companies, materials testing companies, or construction companies.

Students successfully completing the Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology may matriculate into the Bachelor Degree in Construction Management or the Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering Technology program.

Program Mission

The Associate in Science Degree in Civil Engineering Technology will equip students with foundational knowledge of planning, surveying, building materials, structures, testing, cost estimating, operation and maintenance associated with heavy/civil construction projects, the skill to produce and utilize basic construction documents, and the ability to perform basic analysis and design of system components in support of infrastructure projects in the built environment.

Program Educational Objectives

A graduate of the Associate in Science in Civil Engineering Technology program will be capable of:

  1. Utilizing graphic techniques to produce civil engineering documents.
  2. Conducting standardized field and/or laboratory testing on civil engineering materials.
  3. Utilizing modern surveying methods for land measurement and/or construction layout.
  4. Determining forces and stresses in elementary structural systems.
  5. Estimating material quantities for civil engineering projects.
  6. Employing computer software to solve technical problems.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of their degree, graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology degree program will have demonstrated they have achieved the following general outcomes:

  1. An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of their civil engineering technology.
  2. An ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
  3. An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments, and apply experimental results to improve processes.
  4. An ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to program objectives.
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams.
  6. An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  9. An ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
  10. A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Associate in Science Degree

  • CET 110 Introduction to Civil Engineering Technology
  • CET 114 Introduction to CAD for Civil Engineering
  • CET 120 Introduction to Transportation Design
  • CET 124 Construction Fundamentals and Materials
  • CET 128 Civil Documents and Design I
  • CET 135 CAD II for Civil Engineering
  • CET 136 Introduction to Water and Waste Water Design
  • CET 138 Zoning and Land Use Planning
  • CET 215 Environmental and Sustainable Design
  • CET 216 Safety in Construction
  • CET 221 Estimating for Heavy Construction
  • CET 225 Civil Documents and Design II
  • CET 231 Surveying II
  • CET 235 Materials Testing & Quality Control
  • ABT 111 Introduction to Building Science
  • ABT 138 Surveying & Civil Technology
  • ABT 223 Structures I
  • ABT 232 Structures II
  • CMH 300 Chemistry I and Lab
  • EN 100 Introduction to College Writing
  • EN 200 Workplace Communications
  • MA 110 Introduction to College Math
  • MA 125 Technical Math I
  • MA 210 Technical Math II
  • MA 310 Calculus I
  • PHY 200 Physics I and Lab
  • PHY 300 Physics II

Choose One Technical Elective:

  • ABT 112 Technical Drafting & Graphic Communication
  • ABT 124 Construction Methods & Materials (required for students entering the BS Construction Management Program)
  • ABT 218 Building Information Modeling BIM I
  • MGM 108 Introduction to Business
  • MGM 130 Accounting Fundamentals