Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree

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 professional licensed civil engineering, construction superintendent, building inspector, civil designer, construction projects manager, or professional land surveyor. This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. 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


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.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay

Application Checklist

The Students following the study plan below will complete the Civil Engineering Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-607-119 INTRO TO CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY...resume and portfolio preparation, lettering and printing, civil engineering ethics, measurement and scaling, drawing techniques, sheet format and layout, dimensioning, line work, orthographic projection, isometric drawings, civil engineering plan reading, Microsoft Windows environment, file management, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
10-607-236 AUTOCAD & CIVIL 3D ...covers AutoCAD working with templates, creating and manipulating layers; basic drawing, editing, and inquiry commands; blocks and attributes and plotting; learners will also develop the ability to use AutoCAD Civil 3D in working with survey data, points and surfaces; site design features including parcels, alignments, profiles, grading, quantities and managing data. (Prerequisite: acceptance to the Civil Engineering Technology program or Environmental Engineering-Waste & Water Technology program)
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. (Prerequisite: Placement value of 2700; OR Accuplacer Coll Level Math greater/equal to 63 AND Rdg greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 24 AND ACT Rdg greater/equal to 16; OR C or better in Inter Alg-contact academic advisor 920-498-5444)
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)
10-607-110 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)
10-607-102 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)
10-607-125 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)
10-801-136 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: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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 (Prerequisite: Placement value of 2700; OR Accuplacer College Level Math greater/equal to 63 AND Reading greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 24 AND ACT Reading greater/equal to 16; OR C or better in Inter Algebra-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
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. (Prereq: 2.6 GPA & Alg 2 or equiv w/C or better; OR placement value of 3400; OR Accuplacer Reading greater/equal to 80, Arith greater/equal to 65, & Elem Alg greater/equal to 61; OR ACT Reading greater/equal to 17 & Math greater/equal to 21; OR Coll Tech Math 1A OR Int Alg w/C or better)
10-607-128 SOIL MECHANICS of soil, properties/characteristics of soil, soil classification systems, subsurface exploration, foundations, moisture-density relationships, soil compaction, and groundwater. (Prerequisites: 10-607-110, Cemented Aggregate Mixtures; 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)
10-607-190 CIVIL ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP... the application of theory, skills, and techniques in the civil engineering profession. Instructor approval required.
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)
10-607-235 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: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
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)
10-607-205 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)
10-607-204 CONSTRUCTION METHODS AND ENGINEERING INSPECTION...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)
10-607-202 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)
10-607-154 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)
10-809-172 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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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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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 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.