Civil Engineering Technology (AS) Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 25.5

Term Effective: Fall 2016

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 2017

Previous Versions:

Civil Engineering Technology - effective Spring 2011
Civil Engineering Technology - effective Spring 2010
Civil & Surveying Technology: Civil Engin - effective Summer 2004


Civil Engineering Technology Program "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 basic civil engineering documents and drawings using computer-aided drafting and geographic information systems technology;
  5. research, file, retrieve, analyze, locate and prepare basic drawings, maps, documents, records, reports and correspondence related to civil engineering projects;
  6. demonstrate basic 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 program are:

  • Complete 25.5 units from
    • Civil Engineering Technology and Surveying Technology Core Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Civil Engineering Technology and Surveying Technology Core Requirements - complete 24.50 units
APTECH 46 Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
APTECH 191 Problem Solving in Civil Engineering Technology3.00
CEST 51 Civil Drafting Technology3.00
CEST 63 Subdivision Planning3.00
CEST 64 Public Works Inspection & Testing3.00
CEST 65 Public Works Plans and Estimating3.00
CEST 85 CAD for Civil, Surveying & Land Development3.00
CEST 192 Non-Technical Skills for the Civil Engineering Technician1.50
GIS 40 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

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.

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