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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED 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 www.dmacc.edu/programs/civilengineering.

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 by taking the reading and English COMPASS test or equivalent.
  3. Obtain minimum ALEKS placement score of 30 or a minimum ACT math score of 19. (Scores may not be more than three years old.) These scores reflect the suggested level of math skills necessary to be successful in the field of Civil Engineering Technology. Students who do not currently meet the minimum scores required must meet with an advisor to develop an action plan for improving their math skills.
  4. 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 - 72

Recommended Electives

(not required for the AAS degree)

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit

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

Varied 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: $12,414*

*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 Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. 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. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator may be contacted at 515-964-6857.  For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850. (2016)

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