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Civil Engineering Technology Program Certificate of Achievement "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
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.
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.
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
- Civil Engineering Aide (Part time employees without certificate)
Engineering Construction Career Ladder
- General Manager
- Project Manager/Administrator
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:
- Define and describe civil engineering terminology, methods, procedures, standards and
- perform mathematical, computer and statistical computations related to location, elevation,
grade, distance, direction, area, volume and properties of civil engineering materials;
- communicate clearly and effectively in oral, written and graphic formats;
- prepare basic civil engineering documents and drawings using computer-aided drafting and
geographic information systems technology;
- research, file, retrieve, analyze, locate and prepare basic drawings, maps, documents, records,
reports and correspondence related to civil engineering projects;
- demonstrate basic analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills in civil engineering,
land surveying and development; and
- 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.
The requirements for the Civil Engineering Technology Certificate program are:
Complete 24.5 units from
- Civil Engineering Technology and Surveying Technology Core Requirements
|Civil Engineering Technology and Surveying Technology Core Requirements - complete 24.50 units|
|APTECH 46||Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting||2.00|
|APTECH 191||Problem Solving in Civil Engineering Technology||3.00|
|CEST 51||Civil Drafting Technology||3.00|
|CEST 63||Subdivision Planning||3.00|
|CEST 64||Public Works Inspection & Testing||3.00|
|CEST 65||Public Works Plans and Estimating||3.00|
|CEST 85||CAD for Civil, Surveying & Land Development||3.00|
|CEST 192||Non-Technical Skills for the Civil Engineering Technician||1.50|
|GIS 40||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)||3.00|
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.