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Civil Engineering Technology

Associate Degree Program - 66 Credits

Civil Engineering Technicians work with engineers or registered land surveyors to design and build dams, roads, bridges and other infrastructure in South Dakota and across the nation. Your critical-thinking skills are needed to help engineers spot problems on-site and design solutions that keep projects on schedule and on budget.

Civil engineering also requires strong mathematical skills for analysis, design and troubleshooting. In just two years, you could be starting your career! Other duties for you as a professional civil engineering technician might include: 

  • Assessing design drawings 
  • Using computer-aided design software 
  • Collaborating with engineers on plans 
  • Testing materials and soil samples 
  • Documenting project progress and preparing reports 

Are you a problem-solver? Civil engineering frequently requires troubleshooting unanticipated problems. Your decision-making skills and ability to communicate your ideas will help you succeed.

Job Placement Rate


Southeast Tech's Civil Engineering Technology program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2023 graduates.*

* View details and methodology of the Graduate Outcome Report.

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Where Will You Work as a Civil Engineering Technician?

Southeast Tech technicians find careers in a range of roles, including as a construction surveyor, geotechnical or CAD technician, inspector or estimator.

Compare: Civil Engineering Technician vs. Mechanical Engineering Technician  

A Civil Engineering Technician helps plan and design infrastructure projects such as dams, water-treatment plants, bridges, utilities and highways. You will use surveying equipment and CAD software in your work. Mechanical Engineering Technicians are key players in the evolution of new tools and manufacturing processes. 

Why Study Civil Engineering Technology at Southeast Tech?  

At STC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, your coursework taught in the George S. Mickelson Center will include using 3D CAD software, surveying with robotic and GPS instruments, and doing calculations on drainage, earthwork, pavement and utility layouts. All of these skills are valuable tools in your field. Other learning outcomes at Southeast Tech include:

Critical Thinking: You will learn about time management, how to remain a life-long learner, how to evaluate materials, what are proper safety procedures, and how to read blueprints and plans.

Science & Tech: With the help of your STC faculty, you will master the use of surveying instruments, how to create site plans, roadway and utility plans and 3D drawings, and how to conduct lab testing on soils, concrete and other materials. 

Communication: As a top technician from Southeast Tech, you will complete presentations, become adept at listening, and develop strong speaking skills. 

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Southeast Tech offers two pathways for Civil Engineering Technology students. The AAS option is for students that want to earn their associate degree and start working in the field. STC also has a unique partnership with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for those that want to continue their education at SDSM&T and ultimately earn a bachelor's degree. 

Both options include classes in Soils, Survey, CAD, Route Layout and Design, Water and Wastewater, and Construction Materials Testing. 



Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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Elizabeth Kassing

Civil Engineering/Land Surveying Technology
Mickelson Center 262

Paul Letsche

Civil Engineering/Land Surveying Technology
Mickelson Center 262

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