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Civil Engineering Technology Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 45
Term Effective: Spring 2010


This major/certificate is undergoing revisions. Please consult a counselor or program coordinator.

Civil Engineering Technology Program Certificate of Acheivement "Your Career by Design!"
The Civil Engineering Technology program prepares students for variety of technical positions in the civil engineering and engineering construction professions. The program recommended course sequence is set up to allow the student to progress through four semesters and achieve an Associate’s Degree or Certificate of Achievement.

A career in Civil Engineering?
In general, people who like civil engineering also like math—primarily geometry and trigonometry. The field attracts people with geology, surveying, computer science, and construction backgrounds, too. Civil engineering curriculum includes courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, computer-aided drafting (CAD), surveying, geospatial technology (GIS), geology and problem solving.

What is Civil Engineering?
Civil engineering is the oldest, largest and most diverse disciplines of the engineering profession. The civil engineering technician will help plan, design, build, develop, and maintain public works facilities, subdivisions, urban and regional planning projects, land developments, land and geographical information systems, transportation systems, water distribution systems, waste treatment facilities and many other types of civil engineering projects.

What do Civil Engineering Technicians do?
The technician may be involved in civil engineering design, soil and materials testing, construction inspection, estimating, scheduling, data and information systems, plan checking, planning, environmental and geotechnical work.

Today's Technology
The civil engineering technician will use state of the art equipment and applications of high technology to translate the ideas and directions of the engineer, planner and surveyor into meaningful information used by industry.

A successful civil engineering technician should possess good communication skills, mechanical and computational aptitude, the ability to work in different environments, and a desire to answer tomorrow’s challenges.

Career Options
Civil engineering is a career field in high demand throughout industry, government and the private sector. As a land surveyor you will provide services for planned communities, schools, shopping centers, highway projects and more.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job opportunities in the surveying field to grow steadily through 2014, and the areas of urban planning, architecture, construction, and disaster and emergency planning will be particularly strong.

The following are examples of career paths for the Civil Engineering Technology Certificate or Major (AS). Note that some positions require licensing or certification by the state, not just a degree or certificate of achievement.

Civil Engineering Career Ladder

  • Principal Civil Engineer (Owner or Principal in company, Professional Engineer License)
  • Associate Civil Engineer (Supervisor, PE License)
  • Assistant Civil Engineer (Lead Person, Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate)
  • Civil Engineering Technician I, II, III (Certificate of Achievement from SRJC and experience)
  • Civil Engineering Aide (Part time employees without certificate)

Engineering Construction Career Ladder

  • General Manager
  • Project Manager/Administrator
  • Estimator

Public Works Career Ladder

  • Resident Engineer (Similar to Civil Engineering ladder)
  • Public Works Inspector (Similar classifications as Civil Engineering ladder)
  • Soils and Materials Technician (Similar classifications as Civil Engineering ladder)

Urban Planning Career Ladder

  • Principal Planner
  • Associate Planner
  • Assistant Planner
  • Planning Technician
  • Plan Check Technician

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Define and describe civil engineering terminology, methods, procedures, standards and technology;
  2. perform mathematical, computer and statistical computations related to location, elevation, grade, distance, direction, area, volume and properties of civil engineering materials;
  3. communicate clearly and effectively in oral, written and graphic formats;
  4. prepare civil engineering documents and drawings using computer-aided drafting and geographic information systems technology;
  5. research, file, retrieve, analyze, locate and prepare drawings, maps, documents, records, reports and correspondence related to civil engineering projects;
  6. demonstrate analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills in civil engineering, land surveying and development; and
  7. describe the influence/effect civil engineering, land surveying and development has on the local, regional, national and global communities.

Civil Engineering Technology Program Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Civil Engineering Technology Certificate program are:

  • Complete 45 units from
    • Civil Engineering Technology and Surveying Technology Core Requirements
    • Civil Engineering Technology Emphasis Requirements

Civil Engineering Technology and Surveying Technology Core Requirements - complete 27.00 units
GIS 50Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
APTECH 45Basic Drafting Skills1.50
APTECH 46Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
CEST 51Civil Drafting Technology3.00
CEST 192Non-Technical Skills for the Civil Engineering Technician1.50
SURV 50Introduction to Plane Surveying4.00
SURV 51Plane Surveying Applications4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
APTECH 90AApplied Mathematics4.00
MATH 155Intermediate Algebra4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
APTECH 90BQuantitative Reasoning in Applied Technology4.00
MATH 27College Algebra and Trigonometry5.00
Civil Engineering Technology Emphasis Requirements - complete 18.00 units
CEST 63Subdivision Planning3.00
CEST 64Public Works Inspection & Testing3.00
CEST 65Public Works Plans and Estimating3.00
CEST 81Civil Engineering Design/ Drafting3.00
CEST 85CAD for Civil, Surveying & Land Development3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CEST 98Independent Study in Civil & Surveying Technology1.00-3.00
CEST 99ICivil Engineering Tech Occupational Work Experience Intern0.50-8.00
GIS 51Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
GIS 52Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
GIS 53Cartography in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
GIS 54Data Acquisition in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
GIS 55GIS Applications for Earth Sciences3.00
GIS 56GIS Applications in Land Planning3.00
SURV 53Route Surveying & Design4.00
SURV 56Introduction to Global Positioning Systems3.00
SURV 57Advanced Global Positioning Systems3.00
SURV 58Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Determination3.00
SURV 59Boundary Control & Legal Principles3.00

Term Effective: Spring 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Previous Versions:

Civil & Surveying Technology: Civil Engineering - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


It is recommended that students who have not had high school courses in mathematics through plane geometry take the Math placement test and enroll in an appropriate course (eg, CSKLS 371, CSKLS 372, MATH 150A & B, or MATH 151) prior to enrolling in certificate program courses.

For students with limited computer literacy, CS 101A OR CS 101B is recommended. Please contact the department or a counselor for more information.

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