CIVIL ENGINEERING – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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CIVIL ENGINEERING – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

The Civil Engineering Technology (CVT) program at State Technical College of Missouri prepares graduates to fill an important role in the development and rehabilitation of essential infrastructure that is relied upon daily.  Civil engineering technicians work from early project development through completion of the project.  They assist with projects such as roads, bridges, tunnels, ports, railways, airports, energy systems, utilities, public water supply, waste management, and solutions to environmental problems.  Civil engineering technicians may also work with commercial, residential, and land development projects.

During the development stages of a project, civil engineering technicians may utilize unmanned airborne systems (UAS/dronges), computer aided drafting or design (CAD) software, or geographic information systems (GIS) for mapping applications of the projects planned by the engineer.  They may also estimate construction costs, specify project materials, and/or perform surveying duties during the design phase of a project.

At the construction site, civil engineering technicians assist in the construction operations by performing construction surveying, ensuring the work is performed in accordance with the project’s plans and specifications, evaluating materials quality, handling cost estimates and budgets, or scheduling work to be performed.  Civil engineering technicians are on-site problem solvers and will be familiar with design and construction laws, such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, and contract clauses.  They 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 a construction contractor. They may work with engineers, project managers, architects, and superintendents, often in both an office and field environment simultaneously.

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.  The program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), and students also have the opportunity to earn a number of industry-recognized certifications.

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

  • Analytical problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary for employment in the civil engineering technology industry.
  • Oral and written communication skills that will enhance their ability to secure and maintain meaningful 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.

 
  CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
CVT 115 Safety and Materials Testing 6
CVT 120 Engineering Documents 3
CVT 140 Applied Mathematics with Trigonometry 5
CVT 145 Mapping with Drones 3
CVT 225 Construction Estimating 5
CVT 230 Environmental Issues 3
CVT 235 Surveying for Technicians 3
OR
CVT 240 Surveying I 3
CVT 245 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) 3
CVT 246 Statics 5
CVT 247 Strength of Materials 5
CVT 250 Construction Management 3
Optional:    
CVT 200 Internship (6)
SUB-TOTAL 44-50
     
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
May Not Include:
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
 
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
DDT 111 Civil Drafting 3
DDT 183 Fundamentals of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) 3
SUB-TOTAL 6

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
SUB-TOTAL 1
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” courses.
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 70-76

CVT  115  Safety and 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. Students will also review existing occupational safety and health standards and codes as they relate to the construction industry, and the practices utilized to comply with these regulations. Laboratory record keeping and reporting are introduced.  6 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  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  145  Mapping with Drones.  This course introduces the basics of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), sometimes called drones, and land mapping systems. Students will gain hands-on practical experience flying small drones, with an emphasis on planning and processing imagery acquired with the drones. Specialized mapping software will be used to provide a broad range of 3D mapping and classification applications.  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  225  Construction Estimating.  This course teaches the estimating process including estimate development, bidding procedures, and analyzing plans to perform quantity takeoffs and unit pricing.  5 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  235  Surveying for Technicians.  This course teaches basic surveying skills including computations and operation of equipment as needed for employment as an entry-level survey technician.  Prerequisite:  CVT 140 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CVT  240  Surveying I.  This course teaches basic surveying principles, mathematics, and operations with emphasis on basic computations and operation of equipment including the surveyor’s tape, level, and total station.  This course has a laboratory component where the student learns basic instrument use and elementary surveying operations through a variety of field exercises.  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 traverse computations. Topics that are introduced include mathematics and concepts used in route surveying; elementary concepts of property boundary surveying, topographic mapping, and volume calculations; and construction surveying. Elementary concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are also introduced. This course has a laboratory component where the student builds on the instrument use and surveying operations learned in Surveying I.  Prerequisite:  CVT 240 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CVT  242    Land Records: Researching and Rules of Construction.  This course teaches the fundamental knowledge required to perform land records research with deeds and other related records, survey records, and other land records preparatory to conducting property boundary surveys. The student will examine evidence of ownership, historical information, property descriptions, and legal requirements for reviewing and recording documents. Applications of the applicable portions of the Missouri (and other state) Minimum Standards for Property Boundary Surveys as well as of the standards for land title surveys of the American Land Title Association (ALTA)/National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) will be discussed. Various aspects of professional practice and ethics are also included.   Prerequisite:  CVT 241 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CVT  243  Legal Aspects of Boundary Surveying.  This course teaches the legal principles of surveying including topics in boundaries, property law as applied to surveying, monumentation, deed interpretation, and professional liability and ethics. Also discussed are various principles of Missouri survey law, regulations such as the Missouri (and other state) Minimum Standards for Property Boundary Surveys, and the applicable portions of the standards for land title surveys of the American Land Title Association (ALTA)/National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS).  Prerequisite:  CVT 241with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CVT  245  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).  This course teaches fundamental concepts in the use of GIS and GNSS to prepare students for work in the geospatial industries and professions.  Students learn spatial referencing concepts, GIS, and GNSS and also introduced to GIS/GNSS receivers and GIS/GNSS software systems that are used to collect, correct, map, and analyze geospatial data.  Prerequisite:  CVT 235 or CVT 240 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CVT  246  Statics.  Selected topics from trigonometry, force vectors, components, moments of forces, equilibrium, and parallel force systems, concurrent and non-concurrent force systems both coplanar and non-coplanar are covered.  Stress in trusses by method of joints, sections, and pins will be analyzed.  Prerequisites:  MAT 121 or CVT 140 and MAT 071 with a grade of “C” or better.  5 credit hours.

CVT  247      Strength of Materials.  Topics covered include calculation of stress and deformation caused by tension, compression, shear, temperature, torsion, bending and buckling loads.  Results of these calculations are used to select appropriate structural members to support designated loads.  Prerequisite:  CVT 246.  5 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  255  Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).  This course teaches and demonstrates advanced spatial referencing concepts in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Students will be introduced to advanced GIS/GNSS receivers and GIS/GNSS software systems that are used to collect, correct, map, and analyze geospatial data.  Prerequisite:  CVT 245 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CVT  260  Introduction to Blasting Technology.  This course teaches surface blasting principles related to open pit quarrying/mining and general construction using accepted industry empirical methods and computations. These general principles will assist the student with gaining knowledge needed for employment as an entry-level blaster and preparation for the State of Missouri licensing exam.  Prerequisites:  CVT 140 with a grade of “C” or better and CPP 101 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CVT  261  Introduction to Drilling Technology.  This course teaches basic drilling principles for blasting in the crushed stone construction industry. Students will also learn basic equipment use and elementary operations.  Prerequisite:  CVT 260 with a grade of “C” or better.  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.