Civil Engineering Technology

Civil Engineering Technology

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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 72 (AAS)


Does an outdoor career call to you? Or are you interested in using software to design future infrastructure? Are you detail-oriented, motivated and ready to step into a technically challenging role? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just two years with a Civil Engineering Technology degree. As a Civil Engineering Technician, you’ll work along side Registered Land Surveyors, Civil Engineers or Contractors helping with the design and construction of projects including bridges, roadways, dams, water treatment plants and buildings. In the office or on a job site, you will perform tasks of a technical nature including using surveying instruments, developing plans using CAD software and performing material testing and office computations.

Watch our students conduct actual field work in Custer State Park, SD here!

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This degree requires you to purchase a laptop from the Southeast Tech Support Center.



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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 72 (AAS)


Rod Breitling, MEd, PLS
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Rod began teaching at Southeast Tech in 1986.
He has a master’s degree in Career Technical Education with an emphasis in land surveying from South Dakota State University and is a Professional Land Surveyor in the state of South Dakota.

Along with his years of surveying experience in the industry, he is a former Co-Owner of Dakota Land Surveying Inc., Past President of the South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Owner of RB Land Surveying LLC and has received the Outstanding Contribution to the South Dakota Land Surveying Profession.

Rod was honored as the ATEA’s Outstanding Technical Educator for the Northern Plains Region in 1992 and in 2006 and Southeast Tech’s Teacher of the Year in 2004.

“I believe in stressing the fundamentals. This gives the student a strong foundation and a platform to build new knowledge upon. My style is more of a student/coaching approach by providing an atmosphere of learning with everyday real world industry conditions and situations.

Rod’s interests include anything outdoors including golfing and year-around fishing.

Education: MEd, South Dakota State University; BS, South Dakota State University; AAS, University of South Dakota/Springfield; Professional Land Surveyor
Elizabeth Kassing, PE
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Elizabeth began teaching AutoCAD classes for Training Solutions at Southeast Tech in 2000. In 2010, she joined the Engineering Technology Department. Before starting at Southeast Tech, she spent her career designing and assisting with a variety of municipal and transportation projects. She has a broad background in municipal improvements involving subdivision layout, geometric roadway design, traffic control, erosion control, drainage, water main and sanitary sewer design. Elizabeth worked for Shive-Hattery Inc in Cedar Rapids, IA and HRGreen in Sioux Falls. She is a Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of South Dakota and a Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT).

Education: BS, South Dakota State University; Professional Engineering, Land Surveyor In Training





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