Civil Engineering Technician

Technology Careers

About the Career

Civil engineering is the study of the design and construction of buildings, bridges, dams and highways. Civil engineering technicians play an important role in today’s workplace: preparing drawings and plans; estimating costs and producing specifications and materials lists; and working with civil engineers planning, designing and supervising construction and maintenance on a wide variety of projects including bridges, manufacturing plants, roads, water systems and airports.

Civil engineering technicians work as steel detailers, inspectors, civil engineering aides, contractors’ aides, and as junior surveyors or drafters for construction companies, utility companies, highway departments, and municipal and county public works agencies. Other opportunities include working with a contracting firm in quality control, surveying, project inspection or project management, or with consulting engineering firms testing soils, materials and foundations. With the right skills and knowledge, the potential for advancement and increased compensation are excellent.


Academic Programs

Civil Engineering Technology

Civil Engineering Technology graduates play a major role in the design and construction of airports, bridges, highways, pipelines, and water and sewage systems.

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Construction Engineering Technology

The Construction Engineering Technology Certificate is a 25-credit-hour program that addresses the following: principles of engineering project management, engineering properties and testing procedures for construction materials, contract documents and legal concepts, material quantity and cost estimating, surveying, plans and specifications, and highway design.

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Geomatics

The Geomatics certificate is a two-semester program that addresses the fundamentals of land surveying and geomatics (modern surveying practice with the application of the Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS).

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Low Impact Land Development

The Low Impact Land Development/Sustainable Construction certificate is a two-semester program that addresses the following: principles of low impact development including best management practices (BMP) for development conservation, impact and control of storm water runoff and non-point source pollution, computer design for residential and commercial land use applications, concepts of holistic construction, alternative transportation options, water conservation, environmental building design, and the LEED rating system for the civil engineering aspects of project development.

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Structural Technology

The Structural Technology Certificate is a two-semester program that examines the engineering properties and testing of a variety of building materials; principles of analysis and design of concrete and steel structures; estimation of material quantity takeoffs and costs; engineering plans and specifications; and legal principles and contract documents for engineering construction projects.

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Projected Job Growth

3.8%*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Average Annual Salary

$49,156*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Academics

Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training

Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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