Civil Engineering Technology

The Civil Engineering Technology curriculum provides the application of relevant theory of engineering needed by technicians to carry out planning and supervisory tasks in the design and construction of transportation systems, residential and commercial buildings, bridges, dams and water or wastewater treatment systems.

Coursework includes communication and computational skills required to support fields such as materials testing, structures, estimating, project management, hydraulics, environmental technology and surveying. Additional coursework covers the operation of computers and application software, including computer-aided drafting.

Graduates should qualify for technician level jobs with both public and private engineering, construction and surveying agencies.

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Civil Engineering Technology (A40140)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree - Civil Engineering Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • CPCC placement tests are required in English and mathematics. Developmental classes in mathematics and English courses are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge.
  • A counseling/orientation appointment follows placement testing.
  • Students should see a faculty advisor before registration.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites. Check the Courses section for details.

Contact Information

Civil Engineering Technology is in the Engineering Technologies Division. For more information, call the Program Chair at 704.330.6895 or visit the Engineering Technologies website at cpcc.edu/et.

Note: Students who do not take program-related courses for a one-year period must reenter the program under the Catalog in effect at the time of reentry.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
ENG 114Professional Research & Reporting3.0
or ENG 112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
or COM 231 Public Speaking
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Algebra/Trigonometry I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Major Requirements
Select one of the following options:4.0
Introduction to Gis and Gnss
Introduction to GIS
and Introduction to GPS
CEG 115Intro to Tech & Sustainability3.0
CEG 151Cad for Engineering Technology3.0
CEG 210Construction Materials & Methods3.0
CEG 211Hydrology & Erosion Control3.0
CEG 212Introduction to Environmental Technology3.0
CEG 235Project Management and Estimating3.0
CIV 111Soils and Foundations4.0
EGR 250Statics/Strength of Mater5.0
SRV 110Surveying I4.0
SRV 111Surveying II4.0
Technical Electives
Select 10 credits from the following:10.0
Subdivision Planning & Design
Civil Engineering Technology Project
Environmental Science
and Environmental Science Laboratory
Environmental Law
CAD for GIS
Air Photo Interpretation
Principles of Property Mapping
Low Impact Development Design Principles
Physics-Mechanics
and Physics-Electricity & Magnetism
College Physics I
and College Physics II
Surveying III
Surveying Law
Topo/Site Surveying
Advanced Surveying
Precalculus Trigonometry
Field & Office Practices
Calculus I
Calculus II
Work-Based Learning I
Foundations of Chemistry
and Foundations of Chemistry Lab
Introduction to Chemistry
and Introduction to Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Total Credits67

No diplomas offered.

Civil Engineering Technology Certificates (C40140)

Civil Engineering Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Construction Materials Testing (C40140-C1)

This certificate prepares individuals to enter Materials Testing Careers in the Construction Industry. Course study is intended to provide students with the theoretical background and practical experience to understand materials testing, test materials - primarily soils and concrete, and prepare technical reports. The courses for this certificate may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science Degree – Civil Engineering Technology.

Major Requirements
EGR 250Statics/Strength of Mater5.0
CIV 111Soils and Foundations4.0
CEG 210Construction Materials & Methods3.0
MAT 121Algebra/Trigonometry I3.0
Total Credits15

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Civil Engineering Technology Certificate Specialization in Civil Engineering Technology Pathway (C40140-C3)

This certificate is intended for high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a Career Technical Education Pathway. Course study is intended to provide students with theoretical background and practical experience to understand the major areas of Civil Engineering Technology: Structures, Materials and Hydraulics.  The courses for this certificate may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science Degree - Civil Engineering Technology.

General Education Requirements
MAT 121Algebra/Trigonometry I3.0
Major Requirements
SRV 110Surveying I4.0
CEG 115Intro to Tech & Sustainability3.0
CEG 211Hydrology & Erosion Control3.0
Total Credits13

Courses

CIV 111. Soils and Foundations. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course presents an overview of soil as a construction material using both analysis and testing procedures. Topics include index properties, classification, stress analysis, compressibility, compaction, dewatering, excavation, stabilization, settlement, and foundations. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic soil tests and analyze engineering properties of soil.

Prerequisites: Take One: EGR 250 or MEC 210 Minimum grade C

CIV 125. Civil/Surveying CAD. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces civil/surveying computer-aided drafting (CAD) software. Topics include drawing, editing, and dimensioning commands; plotting; and other related civil/surveying topics. Upon completion, students should be able to produce civil/surveying drawings using CAD software.

Prerequisites: Take CEG 151

CIV 221. Steel and Timber Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the basic elements of steel and timber structures. Topics include strength of materials applications, the analysis and design of steel and timber beams, columns, and connections and concepts of structural detailing. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze, design, and draw simple plans using Computer Aided Drafting and Design software (CADD).

Prerequisites: Take One: EGR 250 or MEC 210

CIV 222. Reinforced Concrete. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the basic elements of reinforced concrete structures. Topics include analysis and design of reinforced concrete beams, slabs, columns, footings, and retaining walls. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze and design components of a structure using reinforced concrete and draw simple plans using Computer Aided Drafting and Design software (CADD).

Prerequisites: Take One: EGR 250 or MEC 210

CIV 230. Construction Estimating. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers quantity take-offs of labor, materials, and equipment and calculation of direct and overhead costs for a construction project. Topics include the interpretation of working drawings and specifications, types of contracts and estimates, building codes, bidding techniques and procedures, and estimating software. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a detailed cost estimate and bid documents for a construction project.

Prerequisites: Take One: ARC 111, CIS 110, OR CIS 111

CIV 250. Civil Engineering Technology Project. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course includes an integrated team approach to civil engineering technology projects. Emphasis is placed on project proposal, site selection, analysis/design of structures, construction material selection, time and cost estimating, planning, and management of a project. Upon completion, students should be able to apply team concepts, prepare estimates, submit bid proposals, and manage projects.