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  Oct 22, 2017
2017-2018 Course Catalog

Civil Engineering Technology, AAS

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The Civil Engineering Technology program prepares the student for a career as a technician in the areas of design, surveying, construction and materials testing. This is designed to be a two-year degree program.

This program educates future engineering technicians to help design, construct and maintain our civil engineering infrastructure: bridges, roads, dams, culverts, airports and more. It is the Civil Engineering Technician, working as the eyes and ears for the engineer, who ensures that these infrastructure projects get built to last.

Career opportunities with this degree are with construction firms; surveying firms; consulting engineering firms; federal, state and local government agencies; materials testing labs and many other areas of the private sector that support the transportation industry.

For more information about the Civil Engineering program, please visit our website at

Program Details

Location: Boone

This program is designed to start in the Fall semester

Students who desire to start in other semesters may be accepted, but may not graduate in four semesters due to the sequencing of coursework. If starting other than Fall, please contact the Civil Engineering Technology department.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the required assessment.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Civil Engineering Technology AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Required Course(s)

Semester 4

Semester 5

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 68

Recommended Electives

(not required for the AAS degree)

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 4
Books (approximate) 400 375   250 425
Supplies/Equipment 250 35 25 35 35

Approximate total for the program: $12,098**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Perform surveying of highways, roadways.
  • Perform inspections of highway and bridge projects.
  • Design highways, roadways, bridges.
  • Sample and test materials used on highway projects for quality control or quality assurance.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Knowledge of operating surveying equipment.
  • Be able to perform inspection techniques.
  • Knowledge of CAD (AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Microstation and GEOPAK)
  • Communicate with counterparts in civil engineering.
  • Understanding of technical manuals and literature to upgrade existing skills and learn new skills.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Civil Engineering Technology is projected as a growth field into the 21st century.
  • Anticipated average starting salary-$36,768 (2013-2014 Placement Report).

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

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Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857,  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574,  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

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