Civil Engineering Technology

civil engineeringSet Your Sights on a Rewarding Career

If you have a strong inclination for math, science and technology with an interest in building and maintaining transportation infrastructure and utilities, becoming a Civil Engineering Technician may be the perfect career choice for you. The Civil Engineering Technology program at South Central College prepares students for entry-level employment as civil engineering technicians, engineering designers, construction inspectors, construction managers and CAD operators. 

These specialized engineering technicians work under the supervision of licensed civil engineers in architectural and engineering firms and in city, county and state government agencies.  While most of their work assisting on civic and urban development projects is done in an office setting, civil engineering technicians also have the opportunity to work outside occasionally doing project inspections and site visits. 

At SCC, students benefit from smaller class sizes and personalized attention from instructors with industry experience. Utilizing hands-on learning methods, students are introduced to the latest technology tools in the industry, master surveying techniques, become familiar with design and construction practices, materials testing and computer aided drafting.  Students are also trained to work independently, to make informed decisions and to interact effectively with professionals as well as the general public.   

Working within the framework of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ transfer curriculum, many of the credits earned at South Central College can be easily transferred to a four-year university if you decide to continue your education and pursue a Bachelor’s degree.

Admission Dates: Fall and Spring Semester
South Central College Credentials: Civil Engineering Technology AAS Degree
Industry Credentials: MnDOT Aggregate Production, American Concrete Institute Concrete Field I
Location: North Mankato Campus


The Civil Engineering Technology Program at South Central College Includes:

  • Surveying
  • Design
  • Inspection
  • Drafting
  • Practical Mathematics
  • Project Management
  • Construction Estimating

Employment Outlook
Due to upsurges in urban and regional development, Civil Engineering Technicians are in high demand.  Based upon future growth projections for the region, this trend should continue and the high demand for trained Civil Engineering Technicians will likely result in higher wages over time.


Job Statistics

Region2016 Jobs2021 Jobs% ChangeMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual Wage
SCC Surrounding Area 157 161 2.5% $26.30 $55,744
State 2,503 2,572 2.8% $27.67 $57,544

Source: EMSI

Program Placement

Placement StatusFY11FY12FY13FY14FY15

Civil Engineering Technology Grads Placed*

100% 100% 83% 60% 100%

Civil Engineering Technology Grads Continuing Education+

20% 30% 40% 46% 23%

* Percent of graduates available for employment placed in related occupation
+ Percent of graduates continuing their education 

Program Advisor

Jay Stencel
(507) 389-7356
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