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Civil Engineering Technology

Associate of Applied Science

Civil engineer

A bridge between engineering and technology

Flexible electives allow you to customize your curriculum

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Whether you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology or enter the workforce as an engineering technician, Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology (CET) is the first step toward an exciting future in civil engineering technology, construction, structural design, consulting engineering, surveying and land development industries.

Classes are taught by civil engineering technology professionals who incorporate real-world projects into your instruction.

You will learn the fundamentals of engineering technology, surveying, construction materials and testing and computer-aided drafting and design. You will take courses in soils and fluid mechanics.

You can also take practical electives in drafting, environmental engineering, concrete and geographic information systems. The highly adaptable curriculum offers a variety of dynamic classes to accommodate your busy schedule.

An associate degree in civil engineering technology allows you to enter the workforce immediately as a civil engineering technician, construction inspector, land surveyor, construction superintendent, civil draftsman or geographic information system technician. Many students work toward licensing as professional engineers and land surveyors. 

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work in this program qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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You will have access to a state-of-the-art concrete and soils lab, fluids lab and top-of-the-line surveying equipment 

TCC’s Advanced Technology Center on the Virginia Beach Campus houses labs and the most advanced computers and software programs in use today

Students receive free copies of all necessary software, including AutoCAD, Civil3D, Microsoft Project and ArcGIS 

Student success

“I know from here, I really will go anywhere”

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field pay a media annual salary of $45,989*

Faculty

Chris Cartwright, program head for Civil Engineering Technology, tries to lecture less and engage his students more

What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC’s associate degree in civil engineering technology consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Advanced Technology Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time. 

Estimated Program Cost*:
66 credits x $181.10 per credit = $11,952.60 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Graduates interested in further education can continue their education toward a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology at Old Dominion University.

You can add value to your degree by pursuing a career studies certificate in land surveying and construction project management while in the program.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • work well in teams
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy working with computers
  • have an aptitude for science or technology

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.