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What is 'Civil Engineering? (SCET)'

The Civil Engineering Technology Program prepares students for employment in the civil engineering field as civil engineering technicians.  Civil engineering technology is one of the broadest fields in engineering because it is involved with many facets of our infrastructure, including roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, and water treatment facilities.  The Civil Engineering Technology Program offers training in high-tech subjects and equipment like GPS satellite surveying and CAD drafting facilities.

Is it for you?

The following characteristics are considered desirable assets for anyone interested in working in the civil engineering field:

  • Problem-solving ability and creativity
  • Strong interest in math and science
  • Computer skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Jobs and Salary Expectations

This program prepares students with skills necessary for employment as a civil engineering technician with consulting engineering firms, testing laboratories, utilities and local, state and federal government agencies.  Typically, a technician's work is practically oriented.  It includes computer aided drafting (CAD), preparing plans and construction documents, estimating project costs, surveying, scheduling, managing and inspecting construction projects.  Civil Engineering Technology provides a balance between outdoor and indoor work that many find desirable.  Surveying, field testing, and construction tasks are essentially outdoor work, while drafting computer design and laboratory testing are indoor work.

For current information regarding a state and national hourly wage for the civil engineering technician occupation, click the links below:  

State Data Source, Nebraska Wage Information: http://neblswages.nwd.ne.gov/eds.php

National Data Source, Bureau of Labor Statistics:  www.bls.gov/ooh/...engineering/civil-engineering-technicians.htm

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