Civil Engineering Technology

Are you considering a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology? Or are you entering the workforce as an engineering technician who performs an essential role as you work alongside land surveyors and engineers providing support? Some of the tasks you will learn include preparing construction documents with 3D CAD software, testing construction materials for regulatory compliance, and performing various calculations for drainage, earthwork, pavement, utility layouts, and land surveys. A challenging and rewarding career begins with the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Civil Engineering Technology.  A career that allows you to be a part of the survey, design, and construction of civil infrastructure projects from concept through completion.

Coursework includes basic engineering principles and technical skills to carry out planning, documenting, and supervising tasks in land development, public works, and facilities projects. Instruction in communication and computational skills will enable you to conduct material testing, field and laboratory testing, site analysis, estimating, project management, plan preparation with CAD, hydraulics, environmental technology, and surveying.

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Civil Engineering Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC, found here.  During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.

Terence R Garraway, MSE, Civil Engineering Instructor

Yes, Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822. Select option 3.

Based on your college placement test scores, you may be required to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

If you do not need developmental course work, and you register for an average of 16-18 credits each semester, you can complete the program in two years. If you are part-time, you can complete the program in three or four years.

Yes. You can transfer to UNC-Charlotte for the Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering Technology or Construction Management and have all your credits applied to the first two years of the bachelor’s degree program, or you may choose to transfer your credits to one of the many other colleges that will apply some or all of your credits toward a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology or Construction Management Technology. With the bachelor’s degree, you become eligible to take the necessary steps towards Professional Engineering registration. If you desire to transfer, you must meet with an advisor to develop an academic plan.

You will cover coursework that entitles you to complete entry level certification for National Institute of Certified Engineering Technicians www.nicet.org and the American Concrete Institute www.concrete.org. In addition, local NCDOT certifications are available through that organization.

  • You can produce engineering documents using appropriate techniques and concepts.
  • You can conduct standard field and laboratory tests and measurements, analyze the yielded data, and provide technical reports.
  • You can apply surveying principles for land measurements and/or construction layout.
  • You can use computer software to solve engineering problems and develop material quantities.
  • You can think critically about technical problems, communicate effectively, and perform as a professional team player.