Engineering Technology - Civil - AAS-T

BTC's Engineering Technology: Civil Specialization program will prepare you for a career as a civil engineering technician, computer-aided drafter, construction manager, transportation technician, or GIS technician. You’ll learn valuable skills like civil drawing, design, geographic information systems (GIS) and field engineering.

If you’re looking for a program that will put you on a solid career track with top civil engineering employers such as high-tech industries, civil engineering and surveying firms, the Department of Transportation, or civil construction companies, then look into Civil Engineering at BTC.

Employment Information

67% BTC graduate placement rate

$49,681 starting annual wage
$59,530 average annual wage
$73,653 potential annual wage
  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    BTC graduate employment rates:
    The graduate employment rate reflects placement rates of students who graduated from BTC in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment database pulls from Unemployment Insurance (UI) data across Washington and Oregon. UI data do not reflect BTC graduates who (a) are employed in states beyond those listed above or outside of the United States, (b) are self-employed, (c) are active duty members of the armed forces, (d) continued on to another educational institution, and/or (e) did not provide a social security number while enrolled at BTC.

    Wages:
    Washington State Employment Security Department 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates ( esd.wa.gov) reflect 2014-2017 employment

    Starting annual wage = 25th percentile
    Average annual wage = 50th percentile
    Potential annual wage = 75th percentile

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

Students may begin working toward this degree quarterly.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

What are My Next Steps?

Classes

  • Academic Core

  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 CR
  • MATH& 142Precalculus II5 CR
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 CR
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 CR
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 CR

  • TOTAL Academic Core Course Credits
    26 CR
  • Engineering Core

  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 CR
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 CR
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 CR
  • ENGT 134AutoCAD I5 CR
  • ENGT 135AutoCAD II5 CR
  • ENGT 215Applied Statics5 CR
  • (Can substitute ENGR& 214 for ENGT 215)
  • ENGT 216Applied Mechanics Of Materials5 CR
  • (Can substitute ENGR& 225 for ENGT 216)

  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    32 CR
  • Civil Core

  • CET 102Fundamentals Of Surveying I5 CR
  • CET 141Fundamentals Of GIS & GPS5 CR
  • CET 142Intermediate GIS5 CR
  • CET 230Estimating And Scheduling5 CR
  • CET 235Construction Materials5 CR
  • CET 240Earthmoving Fundamentals5 CR
  • CET 251AutoCAD Civil 3D I5 CR
  • CET 252AutoCAD Civil 3D II5 CR

  • TOTAL Civil Core Course Credits
    40 CR
  • Engineering Electives

  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 CR
  • ENGT 233Intro To CATIA5 CR
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 CR
  • MATH& 152Calculus II5 CR
  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 CR
  • CET 103Fundamentals Of Surveying II5 CR
  • CET 110Construction And Highway Surveys5 CR
  • CET 120Zoning, Permitting & Platting5 CR
  • CET 143Advanced GIS Applications5 CR
  • CET 205Survey of Public Lands5 CR
  • CET 210Boundary Law & Land Description5 CR
  • CET 215Environmental Mapping5 CR
  • CET 220GPS Systems5 CR
  • CET 225Advanced Survey Seminar5 CR
  • ENGT 295Field-Based Experience6 CR
  • NOTE: ENGT 295 is a variable credit class, ranging from 3 to 6 credits

  • TOTAL Engineering Electives Course Credits
    10 CR

Program Outcomes

  • Produce a wide variety of design quality plan sets using computer aided drafting methods.
  • Inspect and track project revisions to produce As-Built record drawings using appropriate design standards.
  • Import, export, and create several types of GIS data for the production of specialized planning and demonstration maps.
  • Calculate quantities and assign costs for the production of detailed cost estimates and schedules for a variety of construction projects.
  • Assess and approve specifications for construction materials.
  • Communicate, solve, and present engineering problems using Microsoft Office programs.
  • Solve engineering problems using a variety of mathematical processes and quantitative reasoning.

Employment Outlook

Employment of engineering technicians is expected to increase. As technology becomes more sophisticated, employers continue to look for technicians who are skilled in new technology and require a minimum of additional job training.

About 67% of BTC Civil Engineering Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $59,530, with an earning potential of about $73,653 per year.*

Most program graduates work as civil engineering technicians. Potential positions also include computer aided drafter, construction manager, transportation technician, and GIS technician.

Graduates may be employed by both public and private organizations including municipal, state and federal agencies, roadway and building construction firms, public utilities, engineering firms, manufacturing companies, and aircraft companies.

Faculty & Support

Photo of Timothy Stettler
Timothy Stettler
Civil Engineering

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Chris Brod
Geomatic Technology

Chris began his career in surveying in the mountains of Colorado in 1978, working in the oilfield. He travelled extensively in the western United States, working from south Texas to several miles south of the Canadian border, and from eastern Oklahoma to western Nevada. Wishing to settle down, he attended a technical school in Arizona, learning more about the math, drafting, and fieldwork involved in engineering related surveying. <br/>Chris eventually ended up in Flagstaff, AZ, working for the Environmental Impact Statement on Glen Canyon Dam, where he was responsible for establishing a survey control network through the Grand Canyon for the Bureau of Reclamation’s GIS project. He started Spatial Science Solutions, a GIS firm shortly before receiving his degree, and has continued this business in a limited way since then. He returned for a third stint with Arizona Engineering to start a GIS department in 2004. <br/> Chris came to Bellingham Technical College in 2010 be the Surveying and Mapping program instructor.