Civil Engineering Technician - Structural

Civil Engineering Technician - Structural video

Program Number: 10-607-5
School Year: 2015-2016
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus*: Fond du Lac

Program Description

Serving as a team support member to civil engineers, civil engineering technicians help plan and design the construction of highways, bridges, utilities and other major infrastructure projects.

Moraine Park's Civil Engineering Technician - Structural associate of applied science program provides the knowledge and experience in planning and design that are needed in today's architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. Students apply  building information model (BIM) and computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) skills to architectural, structural and related designs. Hands-on learning includes surveying in the field and testing materials such as concrete and soils. In addition to strong computer skills, students need math, spatial relations and analytical skills to meet the demands of the engineering coursework.They also are introduced to concepts and requirements of green design (LEED) and construction practices.

Graduates may find employment with civil engineering firms, architectural firms, contractors, surveyors, municipalities, testing facilities, mechanical and electrical design firms and public utilities.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $38,607

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare presentation drawings.
  • Prepare structural design plans.
  • Apply basic survey principles.
  • Design site plans.
  • Design architectural plans.
  • Design mechanical systems for a commercial building.
  • Calculate the forces in a wood and steel truss and the stress and strain in structural members.
  • Determine the cost of labor and materials for a commercial building.
  • Determine the load bearing capacity of soils.

Career Opportunities

  • Architectural Designer
  • Architectural Technician
  • CAD Technician
  • Construction Estimator
  • Construction Inspector
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Surveyor
  • Engineering Technician
  • Public Utility Technician

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
607-116 Architectural Drafting for Civil Engineering 4
607-176 AutoCAD I 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
804-113 College Technical Mathematics 1A 3
804-114 College Technical Mathematics 1B 2
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 18
Term 2
607-110 Civil Drafting Fundamentals 4
607-135 Construction Surveying 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
804-116 College Technical Mathematics 2 4
Total 14
Term 3
607-114 Structural Drafting 4
607-122 Mechanical Construction 3
607-131 Structural Analysis 1 3
607-140 Soils and Foundations 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
 - OR - 
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Total 19
Term 4
607-123 Construction Estimating 3
607-132 Structural Analysis 2 3
607-137 Site Development 3
607-150 Technical Problems 3
Total 12
Required Elective Credits 6
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 69

Exit Assessment

A capstone project is an exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

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