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 local 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.
To successfully be able to run the Advanced 3D program that this course requires, the minimum hardware specifications for the computers are:
Processor Core i7 or equivalent, 4.0 GHz or greater
Hard Drive Required: 500GB with at least 128GB free disk space; Recommended: 512 SSD with at least 128GB free
RAM Required: 16 GB minimum;
CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive Recommended
Ethernet Network Required
Wireless Network Required
USB Flash Drive Strongly Recommended 4GB + (Sold in Campus Bookstores)
Recommended Graphics: ATI or NVIDIA graphics card Dedicated Graphics RAM 6 GB - not shared, 1,280 x 1,024 or higher screen resolution
Internet connection for Autodesk® 360 functionality, web downloads, and Subscription Aware access
Adobe® Flash® Player 10
Microsoft® Mouse-compliant pointing device
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 8 or higher
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 SP1
SD Card Reader
Prepare civil construction drawings utilizing CAD software.
Select appropriate surveying techniques.
Demonstrate computer utilization skills.
Produce construction, legal and topographic surveys.
Calculate material quantities and final cost estimates.
Utilize effective communication skills.
Exhibit professional behavior as part of a project team.
Prepare material testing reports on soils and concrete.
Document the process and procedures during on-site construction inspections.
Experience on-the-job training in a related field.
Demonstrate design criteria for road design.
Utilize hydrology design skills.
Employment projections indicate an increase in the employment of civil engineering technicians. Employment opportunities will be found in Federal, State, and local government agencies as well as private firms, the construction, public utilities, and transportation industries. Spurred by population growth and baby boomer retirement, more civil engineer technicians will be needed to design and construct higher capacity transportation, water supply and pollution control systems, and repair or replace existing roads, bridges, and other public structures.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at
Restricted electives in course types
Civil Engineering Technology - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)