Civil Engineering Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Civil Engineering Technology is a 66- to 68-credit-hour program for persons wishing to become civil and structural design draftsmen, survey instrument operators or construction inspectors. This program also provides a base knowledge for persons planning to transfer and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology.
This program prepares students for careers as civil engineering technicians. Civil engineering technicians work as part of the project team in the design and construction of roads, dams, airports, bridges, pollution control systems, water and sewage treatment plants, and all types of commercial and industrial buildings. To accomplish that work, the civil technician is involved in surveying, soil testing, preparing drawings, basic design, construction inspection, material testing, contract administration, estimating project costs or technical sales. Many positions provide the opportunity to work outdoors.
Graduates are qualified for positions as civil and structural design draftsmen, survey instrument operators, construction inspectors, soils technicians and technical sales representatives.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, an increase in the number of jobs related to public health and safety should create job opportunities for engineering technicians with the appropriate training and certification.
Persons interested in civil engineering should possess:
- An interest in practical problem solving
- Ability to take a project from start to finish
(Note: prior course work in algebra, geometry and drafting is helpful.)