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Civil Engineering Technology


(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

Take a look around your community, and you’ll see the work of civil engineering technicians everywhere – from buildings and bridges to roads and reservoirs.  Civil engineering technicians work in support of civil engineering activities from early project development to completion of the project.  Civil engineering technicians typically work under the direction of a licensed civil engineer or other professionals.  They help civil engineers with infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, tunnels, ports, railways, airports, energy systems, utilities, public water supply, waste management, and treatment of environmental issues.  They may also work with commercial, residential, and land development projects.  The exact list of responsibilities for a civil engineering technician will depend on the particular needs of the employer and will be as varied as the profession.

In the development stages of a project, civil engineering technicians may assist with researching requirements for the project.  The technicians may be required to use computer aided drafting or design (CAD) software to create scale drawings of the projects planned by the engineer.  They may also estimate construction costs and specify project materials.  Some technicians may perform surveying duties during the design phase of a project.

At the construction site, civil engineering technicians assist in overseeing or monitoring construction operations.  Duties may include performing construction surveying to lay out the project, reviewing project blueprints to determine dimensions of structures, checking to make sure the work is performed in accordance with the project’s plans and specifications, evaluating materials quality, handling cost estimates and budgets, or assisting with scheduling work to be performed.  Civil engineering technicians are on-site problem solvers and may be responsible for resolving discrepancies in original blueprint design and the actual implementation. Those responsible for managing a construction project must also be familiar with design and construction laws, such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and contract clauses, and serve as a point of contact for these types of issues. 

There are many career paths to choose from based on graduates’ skills and interests.  Examples include construction inspector, surveying technician, quality control technician, project management assistant, engineering assistant, or design technician.  Some civil engineering technicians advance into supervisory or administrative positions.  Civil engineering technicians may choose to work for a state or local government or in the private sector at a consulting engineering firm or construction contractor. They may work with engineers, project managers, architects, and superintendents, often in both an office and field environment simultaneously.

The State Technical College of Missouri Civil Engineering Technology program prepares graduates to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in a wide variety of projects.  The program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).  Students will have the opportunity to earn a number of industry-recognized certifications.  Prospective students are encouraged to take as many math and science courses as possible prior to enrolling including advanced algebra, geometry, and engineering concept courses.  While the intention of the Associate of Applied Science degree is to prepare the graduate for profitable employment, it should also be noted that this degree is transferable to select four-year programs including construction management and technology management.  Talk to your advisor to see what opportunities are available.  Please note, this degree program is not pre-engineering and will not take the place of two years towards a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Students who graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology may pursue a second Associate of Applied Science degree in Design Drafting Technology.  The Design Drafting Technology program requirements for admittance must be met.  The courses for the second Associate of Applied Science degree in Design Drafting Technology will be offered in the same sequence and semester that they are being taught for the full-time Design Drafting Technology program.  The second Associate of Applied Science degree in Design Drafting Technology may be completed in two semesters if scheduling permits. 

It is a graduation requirement of the Civil Engineering Technology (CVT) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.

Program Mission
The mission of the Civil Engineering Technology program is to provide individuals with opportunities for educational experiences that enable them to develop the skills necessary for employment in the civil engineering technology industry.

Program Goals
The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Oral and written communication skills that will enhance their ability to secure and maintain meaningful employment in the civil engineering technology industry.
  • Analytical problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary for employment in the civil engineering technology industry.
  • A professional attitude as well as leadership and management skills through in-class team projects and campus affiliated organizations.
  • Skills required to earn industry specific certifications.
  • Knowledge of the industry.

Program Assessments

  • Missouri Department of Transportation ( Six MoDOT Certifications)
  • Civil Engineering Technology Comprehensive Technical Skills Attainment Exam
  • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)

Credit Hours 

CVT 110 Materials Testing
CVT 120 Engineering Documents
CVT 130 Safety
CVT 140 Applied Mathematics with Trigonometry
CVT 150 Construction Estimating I
CVT 210 Contract Law
CVT 220 Construction Estimating II
CVT 230 Environmental Issues
CVT 240 Surveying I
CVT 250 Construction Management
CVT 200 Internship (Optional)
General Education Requirements
May Not Include:  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II
NST 101 Network Fundamentals
Strength of Materials
Civil Drafting
Fundamentals of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
Job Search Strategies
It is a graduation requirement of the Civil Engineering Technology (CVT) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.

CVT  110 
Materials Testing.  This course introduces the basic properties of construction materials.  Students learn to test and inspect soil, aggregate, concrete, and asphalt in laboratory and field situations.   Tests are performed in accordance with industry standards including American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), and other standards.  Laboratory record keeping and reporting are also introduced.  5 credit hours.

CVT  120   Engineering Documents.  This course focuses on understanding the project plans and specifications used in civil engineering technology.  3 credit hours.

CVT  130  Safety.  This course reviews existing occupational safety and health standards and codes as they relate to the construction industry, and the practices utilized to comply with these regulations.  Students who successfully complete this class will be prepared to complete industry safety certification tests.  3 credit hours.

CVT  140   Applied Mathematics with Trigonometry.  This course focuses on practical mathematical computations required for various construction and civil engineering technology applications.  Areas, volumes, conversions, scaling and measurement of materials, and right- and oblique- triangle trigonometry are emphasized.  Prerequisite:  MAT 051 with a grade of “C” or better.  5 credit hours.

CVT  150  Construction Estimating I.  This course introduces the estimating process including estimate development and bidding procedures.  3 credit hours.

CVT  200  Internship.  A planned work experience in an industry or business directly related to the program of study.  The student will be employed directly by an industry or business.  Both parties will submit reports and evaluations of experiences to the Department Chair.  6 credit hours.

CVT  210   Contract Law.  This course will focus on commonly used construction contract documents.  Subjects to be covered include contract types, conditions, interpretations, and disputes.  3 credit hours.

CVT  220  Construction Estimating II.  This course teaches estimating techniques including analyzing plans to perform quantity takeoffs and unit pricing.  Prerequisites:  CVT 140 and CVT 150 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CVT  230  Environmental Issues.  This course teaches environmental issues relating to the civil construction industry.  Topics include environmental laws, regulations, and practices.  Water and wastewater treatment systems are also covered.  3 credit hours.

CVT  240  Surveying I.  This course teaches surveying principles and practices with emphasis on basic computations and operation of equipment including the surveyor’s level and total station.  Prerequisite:  CVT 140 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CVT  241  Surveying II.  This course teaches the theory and practice of highway and railroad surveying.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) are introduced.  Prerequisite:  CVT 240.  3 credit hours.

CVT  242   Fundamentals of Land Surveying.  This course teaches elements that provide the student with the fundamental knowledge to perform property boundary surveys.  The student will examine evidence of ownership, historical information, property descriptions and legal requirements for recording documents.  Applications of the Missouri Minimum Standards, American Land Title Association (ALTA)/American Congress on Surveying & Mapping (ACSM) Surveys and FEMA Certifications are also studied.  3 credit hours.

CVT  243  Legal Aspects of Boundary Surveying.  This course includes legal principles of surveying; Missouri survey law; and principles of boundaries, property, monumentation, deed interpretations, professional liability and ethics.  Prerequisite:  CVT 240 or CVT 242.  3 credit hours.

CVT  250  Construction Management.  This course presents the various project delivery systems that are used for construction projects, documentation requirements, and critical path scheduling.  3 credit hours.

CVT  299  Special Topics in Civil Engineering Technology.  Special Topics in Civil Engineering Technology (CVT) may include instruction on topics not covered in other CVT courses.  Topics covered in other CVT courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.

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