Civil Engineering Concentration
The Civil Engineering concentration offers a two-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.). The Civil Engineering concentration offers three options: Architectural Design Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, and Surveying Technology.
Civil engineering technicians work as members of project teams composed of architects, engineers, geologists, environmentalists, chemists, and crafts specialists. They perform activities such as collecting and testing samples of soil for construction and environmental purposes; testing concrete and other construction materials for compliance with specifications; conducting surveys of property boundaries, roadways, and construction sites. They prepare plans, specifications, bids, and site layouts based upon engineers' designs; and write reports describing these activities.
The emphasis is on practical aspects. Students use modern equipment in small classes and laboratories taught by engineers who have years of experience in their fields.
Students can gain valuable on-the-job experience while in college through co-op education. Students may take advantage of co-op after completing 30 semester hours in the program. Various local manufacturing and engineering firms have employed co-op students. A number of students have been hired full-time after graduation in businesses where they served as co-op employees.
Salaries and Placement
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High School Preparation
Students who have successfully taken high school science and mathematics (including algebra, geometry and trigonometry) tend to be best prepared for the curriculum.