Civil Engineering Technology

Associate Degree

Overview

With this associate degree, you can play a major role in the design and construction of airports, bridges, highways, pipelines, and water, and sewage systems.

This five-semester program can lead to careers like: 

  • Surveying Technician
  • Building Code Inspector
  • Construction Manager
  • Civil engineering Technician
  • Engineering Design Technician
  • Cost Estimator
  • Public Works Technician

To perform this work, civil engineering technicians must possess knowledge and skills in such technical areas as surveying, construction materials and cost estimating, structures, hydraulics, project management, and use of computers.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives for the Civil Engineering Technology program at Midlands Technical College are:

  1. Demonstrate a balance of knowledge that encompasses several areas within the practice of civil engineering technology.
  2. Demonstrate competency in applying the principles of civil engineering technology to the planning, development, analysis, construction, operation and management of both public and private facilities.
  3. Meet industry expectations in evaluating ethical, societal, and environmental issues in the practice of civil engineering technology.
  4. Practice effective professional communications in formats common to industry practice.
  5. Be capable of career advancement, professional development, and pursue lifelong learning opportunities within their field of employment.

Student Outcomes

Students in the Civil Engineering Technology program will demonstrate:

  • an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline
  • an ability to design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline
  • an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  • an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results
  • an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team

Academic Year Enrollment Data

2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
54 49 41 43 51

Program Graduates By Year

2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
4 3 2 3 5

 

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Application Process
Financial Aid & Scholarships

Print Plan

Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(16 Credit Hours)
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

1
ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

3
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
GEO-102 World Geography

World Geography

ID: GEO-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

3
EGT-151 Introduction to Cad

Introduction to Cad

ID: EGT-151

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the operation of a computer aided drafting system. The course includes interaction with a CAD station to produce technical drawings.

3
EGR-104 Engineering Technology Foundations

Engineering Technology Foundations

ID: EGR-104

Credit Hours: 3

This problem-based course introduces the student to fundamental concepts of electrical, mechanical, thermal, fluids, optical, and material systems related to engineering technology. Workplace readiness skills such as laboratory safety, communications, and teamwork are integrated into the course.

3
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
MAT-111 College Trigonometry

College Trigonometry

ID: MAT-111

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: circular functions; trigonometric identities; solution of right and oblique triangles; solution of trigonometric equations; polar coordinates; complex numbers, including DeMoivre's Theorem; vectors; conic sections; sequences; and series. (Graphic calculator required)

3
AET-202 History of Architecture

History of Architecture

ID: AET-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the origins, influences and aesthetics that underlie the various styles of architecture from prehistoric times to the present.

3
EGT-257 Advanced Civil Cad

Advanced Civil Cad

ID: EGT-257

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the advanced use of CAD in the field of civil engineering. Students will complete drawing projects using concepts related to planning, data capture, and project design.

3
CET-235 Construction Methods and Estimating

Construction Methods and Estimating

ID: CET-235

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers basic construction techniques with emphasis on cost estimating. This course includes quantity takeoff and tabulation of data spreadsheet format. Oral and written presentations are included.

3
CET-120 Construction Materials

Construction Materials

ID: CET-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a study of basic materials used in construction, including research of building product specifications.

3
Semester 3
(7 Credit Hours)
PHY-201 Physics I

Physics I

ID: PHY-201

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first in a sequence of physics courses. Topics include mechanics, wave motion, sound, heat, electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics.

4
EGR-120 Engineering Computer Applications

Engineering Computer Applications

ID: EGR-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the utilization of applications software to solve engineering technology problems.

3
Semester 4
(13 Credit Hours)
CET-218 Hydraulics

Hydraulics

ID: CET-218

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the fundamentals of flow, control, disposal of water, and flow through open and closed conduits, orifices, and weirs.

3
AET-105 Construction Documents

Construction Documents

ID: AET-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the interpretation of residential, commercial, and industrial building construction documents, including construction specifications, general conditions, and construction industry symbols.

3
CET-105 Surveying I

Surveying I

ID: CET-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes surveying theory and practice; care and use of instruments; traversing procedures; and computation of closure. Also included in this course are differential and trigonometric leveling and computation of the area of real property.

3
EGR-194 Statics and Strength of Materials

Statics and Strength of Materials

ID: EGR-194

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers external and internal forces in structures and/or machines, including conditions of equilibrium, systems of force, moments of inertia and friction. It also covers the stress/strain relationships in materials.

4
Semester 5
(13 Credit Hours)
CET-220 Concrete and Steel Design

Concrete and Steel Design

ID: CET-220

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the study of reinforced concrete and steel structural components.

3
CET-205 Surveying II

Surveying II

ID: CET-205

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes electro-optical instrumentation techniques and complex computations used in surveying. Also included are field astronomy, highway curves and topographic surveying.

4
CET-216 Soil Mechanics

Soil Mechanics

ID: CET-216

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers soil types, their engineering properties, and techniques of field and laboratory identification and testing. Also covered is analysis and design of soil-related structures, including spread footings and retaining walls.

3
CET-246 Environmental Systems Technology

Environmental Systems Technology

ID: CET-246

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers a study of the sources, treatment, collection and distribution of water and waste water. Also included are water and sewer pipe hydraulics and loads on buried pipes.

3
  Total Credit Hours 64
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,392.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(7 Credit Hours)
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

1
ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

3
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
Semester 2
(9 Credit Hours)
GEO-102 World Geography

World Geography

ID: GEO-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

3
EGT-151 Introduction to Cad

Introduction to Cad

ID: EGT-151

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the operation of a computer aided drafting system. The course includes interaction with a CAD station to produce technical drawings.

3
EGR-104 Engineering Technology Foundations

Engineering Technology Foundations

ID: EGR-104

Credit Hours: 3

This problem-based course introduces the student to fundamental concepts of electrical, mechanical, thermal, fluids, optical, and material systems related to engineering technology. Workplace readiness skills such as laboratory safety, communications, and teamwork are integrated into the course.

3
Semester 3
(6 Credit Hours)
MAT-111 College Trigonometry

College Trigonometry

ID: MAT-111

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: circular functions; trigonometric identities; solution of right and oblique triangles; solution of trigonometric equations; polar coordinates; complex numbers, including DeMoivre's Theorem; vectors; conic sections; sequences; and series. (Graphic calculator required)

3
AET-202 History of Architecture

History of Architecture

ID: AET-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the origins, influences and aesthetics that underlie the various styles of architecture from prehistoric times to the present.

3
Semester 4
(9 Credit Hours)
EGT-257 Advanced Civil Cad

Advanced Civil Cad

ID: EGT-257

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the advanced use of CAD in the field of civil engineering. Students will complete drawing projects using concepts related to planning, data capture, and project design.

3
CET-235 Construction Methods and Estimating

Construction Methods and Estimating

ID: CET-235

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers basic construction techniques with emphasis on cost estimating. This course includes quantity takeoff and tabulation of data spreadsheet format. Oral and written presentations are included.

3
CET-120 Construction Materials

Construction Materials

ID: CET-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a study of basic materials used in construction, including research of building product specifications.

3
Semester 5
(7 Credit Hours)
PHY-201 Physics I

Physics I

ID: PHY-201

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first in a sequence of physics courses. Topics include mechanics, wave motion, sound, heat, electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics.

4
EGR-120 Engineering Computer Applications

Engineering Computer Applications

ID: EGR-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the utilization of applications software to solve engineering technology problems.

3
Semester 6
(6 Credit Hours)
CET-218 Hydraulics

Hydraulics

ID: CET-218

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the fundamentals of flow, control, disposal of water, and flow through open and closed conduits, orifices, and weirs.

3
AET-105 Construction Documents

Construction Documents

ID: AET-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the interpretation of residential, commercial, and industrial building construction documents, including construction specifications, general conditions, and construction industry symbols.

3
Semester 7
(7 Credit Hours)
CET-105 Surveying I

Surveying I

ID: CET-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes surveying theory and practice; care and use of instruments; traversing procedures; and computation of closure. Also included in this course are differential and trigonometric leveling and computation of the area of real property.

3
EGR-194 Statics and Strength of Materials

Statics and Strength of Materials

ID: EGR-194

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers external and internal forces in structures and/or machines, including conditions of equilibrium, systems of force, moments of inertia and friction. It also covers the stress/strain relationships in materials.

4
Semester 8
(7 Credit Hours)
CET-220 Concrete and Steel Design

Concrete and Steel Design

ID: CET-220

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the study of reinforced concrete and steel structural components.

3
CET-205 Surveying II

Surveying II

ID: CET-205

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes electro-optical instrumentation techniques and complex computations used in surveying. Also included are field astronomy, highway curves and topographic surveying.

4
Semester 9
(6 Credit Hours)
CET-216 Soil Mechanics

Soil Mechanics

ID: CET-216

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers soil types, their engineering properties, and techniques of field and laboratory identification and testing. Also covered is analysis and design of soil-related structures, including spread footings and retaining walls.

3
CET-246 Environmental Systems Technology

Environmental Systems Technology

ID: CET-246

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers a study of the sources, treatment, collection and distribution of water and waste water. Also included are water and sewer pipe hydraulics and loads on buried pipes.

3
  Total Credit Hours 64
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,392.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Construction Material Lab Technician

Work in a laboratory testing the strength of different engineering materials used in the construction of buildings, bridges, and roadways.  

Projected Job Growth

+5.5%

Average Annual Salary

$75,446
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Construction Companies
  • State Transportation Departments
  • Engineering Firms Specializing in Construction Services

Careers

Construction Estimator

Assist senior engineers in estimating the cost of building construction to bid for projects. Factors include quantity, material selection, and labor costs.

Projected Job Growth

+12.6%

Average Annual Salary

$56,267
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Construction Companies
  • Engineering Firms Specializing in Construction Services

Careers

Surveyor

Prepare topographic maps, boundary adjustments, subdivision maps, and records of a survey for construction projects.

Projected Job Growth

+4.5%

Average Annual Salary

$56,241
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Civil Engineering Firms
  • Site Development Companies
  • Surveying Services

What’s next after I complete this program?

Transfer to a four-year school to get a bachelor’s degree

If the MTC graduate has aspirations of being a professional engineer, they can continue their education and get their engineering four-year degree from an ABET-accredited school. They can then take the fundamentals of engineering exam, work under a professional engineer, take the PE exam, and then ultimately become a professional engineer.

Go straight to the workforce

There are plenty of companies that are looking for engineering technicians with technical knowledge to assist senior engineers. They can work in both the public and private sectors.