Dec 08, 2023  
2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog


Civil Engineering Technology, AAS

Location(s): Boone

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.

More information on the Civil Engineering Technology program

Program Details

Pathway: Engineering & Manufacturing

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.

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.

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 64

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$185.00 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 5
Books (approximate) 400 375 400 250 425
Supplies/Equipment 100  35  25  35  35

Approximate total for the program: $13,920**

**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 Degree program?

  • Civil Engineering Technology is projected as a growth field into the 21st century.
  • Anticipated average starting salary-$42,600 (2019-2020 Placement Report).

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate the usage of Computer Aided Drafting software and its applicability to Civil Engineering
  2. Demonstrate the use of surveying equipment by measuring distance, direction and location accurately
  3. Explain the requirements of a construction field inspector and plant inspector
  4. Perform materials lab testing on aggregate, asphalt, concrete and soil
  5. Explain the concepts presented in the development of plans and specifications for various construction type projects
  6. Explore design concepts related to civil engineering projects


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