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Civil Engineering Technology Program Code 106071

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology program typically find employment in the Engineering or Surveying field. Careers include positions in Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), construction administration and inspection, or surveying.

Program Objectives
.Graduates will ...
. be technically competent and able to solve civil engineering technology problems using basic principles of mathematics, science and engineering technology.
. be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using electronic tools and graphical representations.
. be effective team members.
. understand and appreciate diversity and professional behavior in engineering.
. understand the value of life-long learning and engage in professional growth.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Civil Construction Inspector: examines and interprets prints and specifications; confers with contractors and owners to enforce contract specifications, building codes, and zoning ordinances; and also inspects soils, asphalt, concrete, building construction, and underground utilities at the project site.

Civil Drafter: drafts detailed construction drawings, survey drawings, topographical profiles, related maps, and specification sheets used in planning construction of highways and streets, buildings, river and harbor improvements, landfills, flood control, drainage, railroads, airports, water and sewer systems, and other civil engineering projects using Computer Aided Drafting systems.

Civil Soils-Materials Technician: samples and performs tests on soils, hot mix asphalt, concrete, aggregate, and other construction materials; and identifies and classifies soil samples for foundation construction and environmental purposes.

Survey Technician: obtains data and makes computations pertaining to angles, distances, elevations, points, contours, and other purposes using levels, total stations, data collectors, global positioning systems, and other surveying instruments following approved surveying practices.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Civil Engineer
. Construction Superintendent
. Building Inspector
. Civil Designer
. Construction Project Manager
. Surveyor


The Civil Engineering Technology program at NWTC is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Program Outcomes

. Students will utilize CAD and sketching techniques to produce engineering documents.
. Students will be capable of performing design and routine testing procedures related to construction materials. These materials include soils, Portland cement concrete and hot mix asphalt.
. Students will be capable of understanding the legal aspects of land surveying and use land surveying instruments to collect data necessary to produce topographic maps, establish horizontal and vertical control, and to lay out civil engineering projects.
. Students will demonstrate forces and stresses in elementary structural systems.
. Students will estimate material quantities for construction projects.
. Students will understand operating systems, spreadsheets, word processing, CAD, and other software products to solve technical problems.
. Students will be able to apply elements of design to materials mixtures, roads, subdivision layout, and storm and sanitary sewer systems.
. Students will be able to solve engineering, surveying, and materials testing problems using principles of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
. Students will be able to conduct, analyze, interpret, and apply results of experiments related to science and civil engineering materials.
. Students will have the ability to function effectively on teams.
. Students will develop problem solving capabilities.
. Students will be able to communicate effectively by producing written and oral reports.
. Students will recognize the need to continue professional development by engaging in lifelong learning.
. Students will acquire an understanding of professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
. Students will have respect for race, ethnic and diversity issues.
. Students will have a commitment to quality, timelines and continuous improvement.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
. High school background in mathematics, science, and CADD.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are College Algebra: (60); Reading: (77); Writing Skills: (74). Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Attendance at orientation or a planned meeting with program staff is required.

Board/Certification Examinations

The program also meets the educational requirements to become a Licensed Land Surveyor in the state of Wisconsin.


The Students following the study plan below will complete the Civil Engineering Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.


10-606-112 Computer Apps for Technicians
10-606-113 CAD
10-607-110 Cemented Aggregate Mixtures
10-607-119 Intro to Civil Engr Technology
10-607-121 Surveying/Mapping
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-804-196 Trigonometry w Apps
* 10-890-101 College 101

10-607-102 Land Surveying/Computer Appl
10-607-125 Civil Public Works Construct
10-607-128 Soil Mechanics
10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-804-195 College Algebra w Apps
10-806-154 General Physics 1

10-607-131 Surveying 2
10-607-134 Surveying-Drafting
10-607-235 Statics/Strength Materials-Civ
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology

10-607-190 Civil Engineering Internship

10-607-147 Water Technology
10-607-154 Land Law 1
10-607-202 GPS Global Pos Systems
10-607-204 Construction Methods
10-607-205 Hwy Surveying
10-607-234 AutoCAD Civil 3D-Intro


Curriculum Note
Students must have had two years of high school algebra, one year of high school geometry and an acceptable Academic Skills Assessment College Math score or have completed or tested out of Intermediate Algebra w Apps, course 10-804-118, before taking the following First Semester program courses: Soil Mechanics; Surveying/Mapping;Trigonometry w/Apps.
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements.


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-606-112 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR TECHNICIANS...basics of a computer system, computer terminology, the Microsoft Windows environment, file management, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

10-606-113 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING) aided drafting using AutoCAD software focusing on template settings; creating and manipulating layers; basic drawing, editing, and inquiry commands; blocks and attributes; and plotting. (Corequisites: 10-607-119, Intro to Civil Engineering Technology OR 10-606-119, Technical Sketching OR 10-614-113, 2D Essentials)

10-607-102 LAND SURVEYING/COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ...overview of mapping software for applications in land surveying for mapping, contouring and calculations. (Prerequisites: 10-607-121, Survey & Mapping; 10-606-113, CAD)

10-607-110 CEMENTED AGGREGATE MIXTURES ...inspection/testing concepts, sampling procedures, aggregate properties, PCC mix design methods, HMA design, field laboratory quality control testing. ACI Grade I certification is available through this course. (Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-607-119 INTRO TO CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY...portfolio preparation, lettering and printing, chart plotting, resume creation, library research methods, measurement and scaling, drawing techniques, sheet format and layout, dimensioning, line work, orthographic projection, isometric drawings, and construction print reading.

10-607-121 SURVEYING/MAPPING ...basic surveying principles, history of land, surveying, instruments in the field, making computations, and generating computerized maps. (Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-607-125 CIVIL PUBLIC WORKS CONSTRUCT ...horizontal curves, sewer/water systems, civil engineering mapping, field inspector roles, and CAD applications.(Prerequisites: 10-606-113, CAD; 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-607-128 SOIL MECHANICS of soil, properties/characteristics of soil, soil classification systems, subsurface exploration, foundations, moisture-density relationships, soil compaction, and groundwater. Certification in the use and transfer of portable nuclear density gauges is available through this course. (Prerequisites: 10-607-110, Cemented Aggregate Mixtures; 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-607-131 SURVEYING 2 ...closed traverse measurements, traverse adjustments, data collection, rectangular coordinate use, land area computation, topographic mapping, and computer applications. (Prerequisites: 10-607-102, Land Surveying/Computer Appl; 10-804-195, College Algebra w Apps)

10-607-134 SURVEYING DRAFTING record forms, legal descriptions, public land systems, survey map plat drawing, certified survey map drawing, subdivision/preliminary plat drawing, and basic use of AutoCAD and a software in the preparation of drawings. (Prerequisite: 10-607-102, Land Surveying/Computer Appl)

10-607-147 WATER TECHNOLOGY ...hydrostatic pressure, continuity of flow, conservation of energy, flow in pipes under pressure, open channel flow, sewer design, water quality, wastewater treatment, rainfall, and reservoirs. (Prerequisites: 10-806-154, General Physics 1; 10-804-195, College Algebra w Apps; 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-607-154 LAND LAW 1 ...registration laws of Wisconsin, history of property law, laws of evidence, performing a property survey, adverse possession, unwritten rights, professional liability/stature and role of the land surveyor in court. (Prerequisite: 10-607-134, Surveying-Drafting)

10-607-190 CIVIL ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP... the application of theory, skills, and techniques in the civil engineering profession. Instructor approval required.

10-607-202 GPS-GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS ...introduction and history of GPS, understanding of geographic positions, state plane coordinate systems and static, fast static and real time positioning. (Prerequisites: 10-607-121, Surveying and Mapping; 10-804-195, College Algebra w/Apps)

10-607-204 CONSTRUCTION METHODS AND BUILDING SYSTEMS ...building components, construction methods, construction materials, plans, specification, print reading, and elements of inspection. (Prerequisites: 10-607-110, Cemented Aggregate Mixtures; 10-607-125, Civil Public Works Construction; 10-607-128, Soil Mechanics)

10-607-205 HIGHWAY SURVEYING ...develop the knowledge, skill process and understanding of vertical curve calculations, road design principles, volume calculations, site planning, use of AutoCAD and Carlson Software, astronomical observations, contour mapping and construction staking. (Prerequisite: 10-607-131, Surveying 2)

10-607-234 AUTOCAD CIVIL 3D-INTRO ...working with survey, points, and surfaces; site design features including parcels, alignments, profiles, assemblies, pipes, and grading and quantities; and managing data. (Prerequisites: 10-607-131, Surveying 2; 10-607-134, Survey-Drafting; familiarity with a computer, knowledge and understanding of civil engineering terminology and basic familiarity with AutoCAD is also recommended.)

10-607-235 STATICS/STRENGTH MATERIALS-CIVIL ....force analysis, moments, resultant and equilibrant forces; coplanar, concurrent, and nonconcurrent systems; static friction; basic relationships of stress and strain under axial, torsional, and bending loads; properties of construction materials. (Prerequisites: 10-806-154, General Physics 1; 10-804-195, College Algebra w Apps; 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-196 TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS ...topics include circular functions, graphing of trigonometry functions, identities, equations, trigonometric functions of angles, inverse functions, solutions of triangles complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, polar coordinates, and vectors. (Prerequisites: Compass College Algebra=60 or ACT-Math=24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Introduction to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-195 COLLEGE ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS ...skills needed for success in Calculus and many application areas on a baccalaureate level. Topics include the real and complex number systems, polynomials, exponents, radicals, solving equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), relations and functions, systems of equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), matrices, graphing, conic sections, sequences and series, combinatories, and the binomial theorem. (Prerequisites: Compass College Algebra=60 or ACT-Math 24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Introduction to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-154 GENERAL PHYSICS 1 ...applications/theory of basic physics principles: problem-solving, laboratory investigation, and applications including unit conversion and analysis, vectors, translational and rotational kinematics/dynamics, heat/temperature, and harmonic motion and waves. (Prerequisites: Compass Reading=77 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND Compass Pre-Algebra 27 OR ACT Math=15 OR 10-834-109, Pre-Algebra w “C” or better or equivalent) 4 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.