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Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree

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Program Code: 106071

Civil Engineering Technology graduates are prepared for careers in the civil engineering and surveying fields. As a civil engineering technician, you examine and interpret prints and specifications; confer with contractors and owners to enforce contract specifications, building codes, and zoning ordinances; test soils, asphalt, and concrete and observe and inspect other related construction activities; perform land surveying and computer aided drafting; and observe building, highway and utility construction. With additional education and work experience, you can become a licensed professional in civil engineering, construction superintendent, building inspector, civil designer, construction projects manager, or professional land surveyor. The Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree program at NWTC is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http//www.abet.org 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; respect and appreciate diversity and professional behavior in engineering; recognize the value of lifelong learning and engage in professional growth.

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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
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
  • High school background in mathematics, science, and CAD.
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
  • Attendance at orientation or a planned meeting with program staff is required.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: The Students following the study plan below will complete the Civil Engineering Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
First Semester
Semester Total
15
Second Semester
Semester Total
18
Summer Before Third Semester
Semester Total
1
Third Semester
Semester Total
18
Fourth Semester
Semester Total
16
Total Credits
68

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, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will utilize CAD and sketching techniques to produce engineering documents.
  • Students will be capable to perform basic design and routine testing procedures related to construction material. These materials include soils, Portland cement concrete and hot mix asphalt
  • Students will utilize 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 be able to recognize and calculate forces and stresses in elementary structural systems.
  • Students will estimate material quantities for construction projects.
  • Students will be able to solve technical problems by utilizing operating systems, spreadsheets, word processing, CAD, and other software products.
  • Students will be able to apply the basic elements of design to projects such as 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, or apply results of test data related to science or 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 exhibit behavior that appropriately reflects 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.
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Accreditation

The Civil Engineering Technology program at NWTC is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Industry Credentials

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

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs 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 or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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