Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree

Civil Engineering students survey

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// 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.

Follow Your Path

Ask your advisor about 2+2 transfer opportunities.

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

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 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.
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
Second Semester
Semester Total
Summer Before Third Semester
Semester Total
Third Semester
Semester Total
Fourth Semester
Semester Total
Total Credits

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

  • An ability to solve and communicate technical problems, orally and written, by utilizing sketching techniques, operating systems, spreadsheets, word processing, CAD systems, and other software products.
  • An ability to conduct, analyze, interpret and apply test data results to perform basic design related to soils, concrete and asphalt.
  • An ability to 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.
  • An ability to solve engineering, surveying, and materials testing problems using principals of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
  • An ability to estimate material quantities and interpret project plans and specifications.
  • An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer >> EXCLUDEEND



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

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