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Civil Engineering Technology

The Civil Engineering Technology (CVT) program at State Technical College of Missouri prepares graduates to fill an important role in the development and rehabilitation of essential infrastructure that is relied upon daily.  Civil engineering technicians work from early project development through completion of the project.  They assist with projects such as roads, bridges, tunnels, ports, railways, airports, energy systems, utilities, public water supply, waste management, and solutions to environmental problems.  Civil engineering technicians may also work with commercial, residential, and land development projects. 

During the development stages of a project, civil engineering technicians may utilize unmanned airborne systems (UAS/drones), computer aided drafting or design (CAD) software, or geographic information systems (GIS) for mapping applications of the projects planned by the engineer.  They may also estimate construction costs, specify project materials, and/or perform surveying duties during the design phase of a project.

At the construction site, civil engineering technicians assist in the construction operations by performing construction surveying, ensuring the work is performed in accordance with the project’s plans and specifications, evaluating materials quality, handling cost estimates and budgets, or scheduling work to be performed.  Civil engineering technicians are on-site problem solvers and will be familiar with design and construction laws, such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, and contract clauses.  They serve as a point of contact for these types of issues. 

There are many career paths to choose from based on graduates’ skills and interests. Examples include construction inspector, surveying technician, quality control technician, project management assistant, engineering assistant, or design technician. Some civil engineering technicians advance into supervisory or administrative positions. Civil engineering technicians may choose to work for a state or local government or in the private sector at a consulting engineering firm or for a construction contractor. They may work with engineers, project managers, architects, and superintendents, often in both an office and field environment simultaneously.

While the intention of the Associate of Applied Science degree is to prepare the graduate for profitable employment, it should also be noted that this degree is transferable to select four-year programs including construction management and technology management. Talk to your advisor to see what opportunities are available. Please note, this degree program is not pre-engineering and will not take the place of two years towards a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  The program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), and students also have the opportunity to earn a number of industry-recognized certifications.

Students who graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology may pursue a second Associate of Applied Science degree in Drafting and Design Engineering Technology if requirements for admittance to that program are met.   The courses for the second Associate of Applied Science degree in Drafting and Design Engineering Technology will be offered in the same sequence and semester that they are being taught for the full-time Drafting and Design Engineering Technology program. The second Associate of Applied Science degree in Drafting and Design Engineering Technology may be completed in two semesters if scheduling permits.

It is a graduation requirement of the Civil Engineering Technology (CVT) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” courses.

To view program outcome data, visit https://statetechmo.edu/civil-engineering-technology-program-facts/.

Program Mission

The mission of the Civil Engineering Technology program is to provide individuals with opportunities for educational experiences that enable them to develop the skills necessary for employment in the civil engineering technology industry.

Program Goals
The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Analytical problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary for employment in the civil engineering technology industry.
  • Oral and written communication skills that will enhance their ability to secure and maintain meaningful employment in the civil engineering technology industry. 
  • A professional attitude as well as leadership and management skills through in-class team projects and campus affiliated organizations. 
  • Skills required to earn industry specific certifications. 
  • Knowledge of the industry.

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Classification of Instructional Programs - 15.0201

Core Curriculum

Credit Hours
CVT 120 Engineering Documents 3
CVT 122 Construction Safety 2
CVT 125 Construction Materials Testing 6
CVT 140 Applied Mathematics with Trigonometry 5
CVT 145 Mapping with Drones 3
CVT 225 Construction Estimating 5
CVT 230 Environmental Issues 3
CVT 239 Surveying for Technicians 4
CVT 240 Surveying I 3
CVT 245 Introduction to GIS and GNSS 3
CVT 248 Statics 4
CVT 249 Strength of Materials 4
CVT 250 Construction Management 3
CVT 200 Internship 6

General Education Requirements

Refer to the General Education Requirements and General Education Courses in the College Catalog.

Credit Hours
General Education Requirements 19
May Not Include:
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3

Program Requirements

Credit Hours
DDT 111 Civil Drafting 3
DDT 183 Fundamentals of Computer Aided Drafting(CAD) 3

Graduation Requirements

Credit Hours
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1

It is a graduation requirement of the Civil Engineering Technology (CVT) program for students to earn a grade of "C" or better in all "Core Curriculum" courses.



CVT 120: Engineering Documents

This course focuses on understanding the project plans and specifications used in civil engineering technology.

Credit Hours: 3

CVT 122: Construction Safety

This course reviews existing occupational safety and health standards and codes as they relate to the construction industry, and the practices utilized to comply with these regulations. Students who successfully complete this class will be prepared to complete industry safety certification tests.

Credit Hours: 2

CVT 125: Construction Materials Testing

This course introduces the basic properties of construction materials. Students learn to test and inspect soil, aggregate, concrete, and asphalt in laboratory and fields situations. Tests are performed in accordance with industry standards including American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), and other standards. Laboratory record keeping and reporting are also introduced.

Credit Hours: 6

CVT 140: Applied Mathematics with Trigonometry

This course focuses on practical mathematical computations required for various civil engineering technology applications. Areas, volumes, conversions, scaling and measurement of materials, and right- and oblique-triangle trigonometry are emphasized.

Prerequisite MAT 051 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 5

CVT 145: Mapping with Drones

This course introduces the basics of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), sometimes called drones, and land mapping systems. Students will gain hands-on practical experience flying small drones, with an emphasis on planning and processing imagery acquired with the drones. Specialized mapping software will be used to provide a broad range of 3D mapping and classification applications.

Credit Hours: 3

CVT 200: Internship

A planned work experience in an industry or business directly related to the program of study. The student will be employed directly by an industry or business. Both parties will submit reports and evaluations of experiences to the Department Chair.

Credit Hours: 6

CVT 225: Construction Estimating

This course teaches the estimating process including estimate development, bidding procedures, and analyzing plans to perform quantity takeoffs and unit pricing.

Credit Hours: 5

CVT 230: Environmental Issues

This course teaches environmental issues relating to the civil construction industry. Topics include environmental laws, regulations, and practices. Water and wastewater treatment systems are also covered.

Credit Hours: 3

CVT 239: Surveying for Technicians

This course teaches basic surveying skills including computations and operation of equipment as needed for employment as an entry-level survey technician.

Prerequisite CVT 140 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 4

CVT 240: Surveying I

This course teaches basic surveying principles, mathematics, and operations with emphasis on basic computations and operation of equipment including the surveyor's tape, level, and total station. This course has a laboratory component where the student learns basic instrument use and elementary surveying operations through a variety of field exercises.

Prerequisite CVT 140 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 3

CVT 245: Introduction to GIS and GNSS

This course teaches fundamental concepts in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) to prepare students for work in the geospatial industries and professions. Students learn spatial referencing concepts, GIS, and GNSS and also introduced to GIS/GNSS receivers and GIS/GNSS software systems that are used to collect, correct, map, and analyze geospatial data.

Prerequisite CVT 239 minimum grade C
Prerequisite CVT 240 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 3

CVT 248: Statics

Selected topics from trigonometry, force vectors, components, moments of forces, equilibrium, and parallel force systems, concurrent and non-concurrent force systems both coplanar and non-coplanar are covered. Stress in trusses by method of joints, sections, and pins will be analyzed.

Prerequisite MAT 121 minimum grade C
Prerequisite CVT 140 minimum grade C
Prerequisite MAT 071 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 4

CVT 249: Strength of Materials

Topics covered include calculation of stress and deformation caused by tension, compression, shear, temperature, torsion, bending and buckling loads. Results of these calculations are used to select appropriate structural members to support designated loads.

Prerequisite CVT 248 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 4

CVT 250: Construction Management

This course presents the various project delivery systems that are used for construction projects, documentation requirements, and critical path scheduling.

Credit Hours: 3

DDT 111: Civil Drafting

A basic course in engineering drafting and sketching with emphasis on lettering techniques, map reading, earthwork cross-sections, survey platting and plan detailing. Drawings are developed using manual and computer-aided drafting techniques.

Prerequisite DDT 183

Credit Hours: 3

DDT 183: Fundamentals of Computer Aided Drafting(CAD)

An introduction to CAD graphic commands and applying the basic applications in producing drawings. Fundamentals in using the drawing, editing, and dimensioning commands for two-dimensional drawings.

Credit Hours: 3

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