Overview

A construction engineering technician assists engineers and construction supervisors. This academic certificate trains you in specifics such as engineering project management, testing procedures for construction materials, contract documents and legal concepts, surveying, plans and specifications, and basic highway design.

The Construction Engineering Technology Certificate is a 35-credit-hour program that addresses the following: principles of engineering project management, engineering properties, and testing procedures for construction materials, contract documents, legal concepts, and material quantity, as well as cost estimating, surveying, plans and specifications, and highway design.

Certificate curricula are reviewed and updated periodically in response to community and industry demands. The student is cautioned to discuss certificate choices and course selections with an academic and career advisor before each registration cycle.

How to Enroll

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

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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
(12 Credit Hours)
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
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
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
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 2
(12 Credit Hours)
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
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
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-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
Semester 3
(8 Credit Hours)
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
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 4
(3 Credit Hours)
CET-251 Highway Design

Highway Design

ID: CET-251

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers a study of the design and construction of a highway. Topics include geometric design, earthwork computations and drainage.

3
        Total Credit Hours 35
        Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$6,580.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(6 Credit Hours)
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
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
(6 Credit Hours)
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
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 3
(6 Credit Hours)
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
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
Semester 4
(6 Credit Hours)
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-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
Semester 5
(8 Credit Hours)
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
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 6
(3 Credit Hours)
CET-251 Highway Design

Highway Design

ID: CET-251

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers a study of the design and construction of a highway. Topics include geometric design, earthwork computations and drainage.

3
        Total Credit Hours 35
        Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$6,580.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Construction Material Lab Technician

Graduate works 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 4-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.