• 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

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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, geotechnical firms and consulting engineering companies. Program internships frequently lead to employment opportunities.

This 60-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 utilizing computer-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


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 five employers within the city of Detroit Lakes.
  • Civil engineering technicians are employed in all of Minnesota's counties!


Our Students' Stories

"The Civil Engineering Technology program at M State provided me many diverse career opportunities. It allowed me to explore various career path options, and it didn't limit me to one direction in the industry. The material I learned in the program greatly enhanced my skills and abilities, which enabled me to start my career with a well-rounded position with MnDOT."

Walker Charboneau
Minnesota Department of Transportation

"My education experience in Civil Engineering Technology at M State was very rewarding, and it provided me with a wealth of knowledge to further my career. The two-year program fit well within my family and work life, and it gave me the tools I needed to fulfill my career path."

Matthew Stenger
Ulteig Engineers, Inc.


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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

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

Survey Technician Certificate
Locations: Detroit Lakes

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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 programs 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

Claire Olson

Architectural Drafting & Design/ Civil Engineering Technology Faculty
Detroit Lakes
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Required Civil Engineering Technology courses

  • AutoCAD Basics
  • Survey I and II
  • CADD II and III
  • Construction Inspection
  • Road Design
  • Civil Engineering Technology Internship
  • Utility Design
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Introduction to Hydrology
  • Materials Testing
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Office Systems and Equipment

Last modified: December 7th, 2018 at 08:54am