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.
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.
Civil Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes
Survey Technician Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes
Students completing the Civil Engineering Technology program are prepared for employment in the civil engineering field. Civil engineering technicians plan, design and monitor construction and maintain public or private works systems with the collaboration and direction of engineers. They gather preliminary data, plan, budget, survey, design, prepare construction documents and administer contracts to provide safe and convenient facilities including highways, bridges, airports, structures, water treatment and distribution systems, and waste water collection and treatment systems. Opportunities are available with state, county and government public works departments, as well as consulting engineering firms. Students will learn graphic communication skills, advanced surveying techniques and a variety of skills related to engineering technologies. Students also will be enrolled in general education classes selected to build a foundation for their technical courses. This AAS degree can prepare students to continue their education in a number of baccalaureate programs at four-year institutions.
This diploma program provides the student with a basic study of civil engineering surveying including survey equipment setup and training, surveying principles and an introduction to civil engineering survey practices and uses. The Survey Technician program includes knowledge and training in property and land surveys, construction project design, field training in level surveys, total station and global positioning equipment, and road design and construction principles.
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.
Civil Engineering Technician regional wage
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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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.
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Last modified: June 16th, 2015 at 11:22am