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Civil Engineering Technology
Associate in Technical Arts


The Associate in Technical Arts degree in Civil Engineering Technology focuses on engineering tasks related to the planning, design, and construction of land development projects in both the public and private sectors. Civil Engineering Technology coursework prepares students for a range of entry-level employment positions as a field survey technician, civil engineering design technician, construction inspector, or construction material testing technician.

Students are required to earn a 2.0 or higher in the core CET classes to advance in the program. The average GPA for the entire program must be a 2.0 or better for successful completion.

Credits in Civil Engineering Technology, in general, are transferable only to those four-year institutions offering a Bachelor of Science in Technology degree. Although the ATA degree is not intended as a transfer degree, some articulation agreements are in place. Please see your advisor about transfer opportunities to these schools.

Evergreen St. College, Environmental Studies; Central Washington University, Construction Management
Oregon Institute of Technology, Civil/Survey Technology *UW and WSU transfer only some of the courses

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students should be able to:

  1. Participate effectively as a field or office team member.
  2. Demonstrate computer literacy in an engineering office environment.
  3. Demonstrate analytical skills in mathematics and problems solving.
  4. Communicate and present information in an effective and professional manner.
  5. Operate conventional survey instrumentation in typical project settings.
  6. Compile and reduce basic survey data in the field and office.
  7. Prepare technical drawings and reports using computer aided drafting technology and industry recognized design software.
  8. Analyze simple structures and strength of materials.
  9. Analyze and design components using elementary fluid mechanics.
  10. Perform parcel research and evaluate project feasibility.
  11. Research state, county, and city codes and ordinances relating to engineering, surveying, and construction.
  12. Evaluate environmental encumbrances and impacts of development.
  13. Design stormwater management facilities using current methods and technology.
  14. Design highways, roads, and pavement structures per WSDOT and AASHTO standards
  15. Perform material testing on soils, aggregates, and concrete to determine engineering properties per WSDOT, ASTM, and AASHTO standards.

Recommended Course Schedule

Fall Quarter, First Year

BTEC 214 Excel 5
CET 100 Intro Civil Engineering 2
CET 112 Computer-Aided Drafting I * 5
CET 120 Surveying I 5
MATH 100 Technical Math I ** 5
  Total Credits 22

Winter Quarter, First Year

CET 113 Computer Aided Drafting II * 5
CET 121 Surveying II 5
MATH 110 Technical Math II ** 3
PHYS& 110 Phys: Non-Sci Majrs w/lab (S) 5
  Total Credits 18

Spring Quarter, First Year **

CET 114 Computer Aided Drafting III * 5
CET 122 Surveying III 4
CET 132 Survey Computations 3
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
GEOL 100 Geology for Engineering (S) 3
  Total Credits 20

Fall Quarter, Second Year

CET 240 Engineering Mechanics I 5
CET 250 Construction Materials 3
CET 260 Hydraulics 5
HR 110 Human Relations-Workplace 5
  Total Credits 18

Winter Quarter, Second Year

CET 210 Civil Software Applications 2
CET 262 Stormwater Management 5
CET 251 Soil Mechanics 5
CET 261 Environmental Engineering 5
  Total Credits 17

Spring Quarter, Second Year   

CET 271 Land Planning & Permitting 2
CET 270 Elements of Design 5
CET 252 Highway Engineering 5
Health & Fitness Distribution (HF) 3
  Total Credits 15

*Students completing CET 112, CET 113, and CET 114 are eligible for a Certificate of Completion - Computer Aided Drafting (CAD).

**Spring quarter first year MATH& 141 - Precalculus I is recommended but optional.

Students must earn a 2.0 or better in each CET class to progress in the program.

(Updated 2013)