• Civil Engineering Technology

    Civil engineering technicians are in demand nationwide, working with engineers in all aspects of the construction process from planning and design to construction and maintenance of private and public works systems.



 

Civil Engineering Technology

As a student in the Civil Engineering Technology program, you'll learn a range of skills related to engineering technologies, graphic communication skills and advanced surveying techniques. Our graduates are hired by local public works departments, state agencies such as the Minnesota Department of Transportation, construction companies and consulting engineering companies. Program internships frequently lead to employment opportunities.

This 68-credit AAS degree program is offered on our Detroit Lakes campus and taught by an instructor with extensive industry experience. An advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members reviews our curriculum, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers.

 

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Prepare civil construction drawings utilizingcomputer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Produce construction, legal and topographic surveys
  • Calculate material quantities and final cost estimates
  • Prepare material testing reports on soils and concrete
  • Demonstrate design criteria for road design
  • Utilize hydrology design skills
  • Work as an effective member of a professional team on projects including highways, bridges, airports, water treatment and distribution systems and wastewater collection/treatment systems

 

Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Strong industry support
  • Service learning projects and field trips enhance course work
  • High placement rate for graduates
 

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Civil Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes

Survey Technician Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes

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Articulation

M State's Civil Engineering Technology program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer seamlessly into MSUM's bachelor degree program's in Operations Management and Construction Management.

Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities/colleges per the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university/college they will be attending.

 

Meet the faculty

Gary Nansen
Civil Instructor
Detroit Lakes
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Civil Engineering Technician regional wage

Civil Engineering Technician regional wage

 

Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities as civil engineering technician, civil engineering designer, and surveyor.

Description: Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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Civil Engineering Technician Employment

414 Employed in your area

13 Estimated annual job openings

96 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Civil Engineering Technicians in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.


Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 51 12%
25-34 78 19%
35-44 84 20%
45-54 105 25%
55-64 81 20%
65+ 15 4%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

 

Required Civil Engineering Technology courses

  • Blueprint Reading I
  • Fundamentals of CADD
  • Introduction to Civil Engineering Technology
  • Survey I, II and III
  • CADD II and III
  • Construction Inspection
  • Road Design
  • Civil Engineering Technology Internship
  • Utility Design
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Introduction to Hydrology
  • Materials Testing
  • Project Management
  • Engineering Applications
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Office Systems and Equipment
 

Program Highlights

  • Men and women completing the Civil Engineering Technology program are well prepared for employment.
  • Civil Engineering Technicians plan, design, monitor construction, and maintain public/private works.
  • Currently there are 5 employers within the city of Detroit Lakes.
  • Employers in all of Minnesota's counties!
 

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: June 16th, 2015 at 11:22am