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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering Technology, Certificate

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The Civil Engineering Technology Certificate is for individuals who want to develop or refresh their technical skills in the area of civil engineering technology. This Certificate prepares the student for entry-level careers in materials, surveying, construction inspection and design. 
Upon graduation with the Civil Engineering Technology Certificate, students may choose to pursue an AAS degree in Civil Engineering Technology .
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Program Details

Locations: Boone

Students may start this program Fall semester

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

Program Graduation Requirements

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

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 32

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books and Supplies (approximate) $400 $400 $400

Approximate total cost for the program: $6768.00**

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


What Kind of Work Will You Do?

This program educates future engineering technicians to help design, construct and maintain our civil engineering infrastructure.  Graduates of the Certificate program can expect to find work in materials testing, inspection, design, or on surveying crews.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Knowledge of operating surveying equipment.
  • Be able to perform inspection techniques.
  • Knowledge of CAD software used in the civil engineering industry.
  • 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?

Placement is nearly 100% for graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology programs.  With a Certificate, graduates can expect to earn an average starting salary of $40,000.

Program Competencies

  1. Perform the requirements of a construction field inspector.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding and usage of Computer Aided Drafting software and its applicability to Civil Engineering.
  3. Create basic Highway Designs.
  4. Demonstrate the basic use of surveying equipment by measuring distance, direction and location accurately.


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

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 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at (2021)

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