What Can I Do With My Civil Engineering Technology Major?

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Civil Engineering Technology

Due to general population growth and an expanding economy, civil engineering technologists will be needed to support the planning, analysis, design and construction of higher-capacity transportation, water supply, pollution control systems, and large buildings and building complexes. They must consider many factors in the design process, from the construction costs and expected lifetime of a project to government regulations and potential environmental hazards such as earthquakes.  In addition, along with construction of new highways, bridges, utilities, and other major infrastructure projects, they will also be needed to repair or replace existing public structures. Opportunities also exist in supporting commercial, residential, and land development as well as within non-civil engineering firms, such as management consulting or computer services firms.

Civil Engineering Technology is one of NHTI’s programs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17% through 2018 and STEM workers command earnings 26% more than their counterparts in non-STEM occupations.  STEM jobs grew 7.9% from 2000 to 2008, for example, while non-STEM jobs grew just 2.6% during that time.  Also, STEM workers earn more, from 12 – 60% more than their counterparts with similar levels of education.

Visit NHTI’s Civil Engineering Technology Department for information on degree and course offerings.  NHTI also offers a degree in Architectural Engineering Technology as well as the following certificates: Computer Aided Design-Architectural Concentration and Building Inspector and Plans Examiner.

Career Paths for This Major

When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field.  Civil engineering, considered one of the oldest engineering disciplines, encompasses many specialties. The major specialties within civil engineering are structural, water resources, environmental, construction (including construction management), transportation, and geotechnical engineering.  Graduates interested in management or upper-level engineering careers in the field can pursue bachelor's degrees in civil engineering, civil engineering technology, construction engineering, surveying and mapping or construction management. For those looking to enter the job market after graduating, degree requirements prepare students to pass state and federal certification exams.

Graduates seeking self-employment opportunities will be aided by education leading to licensure as a professional engineer.

Skills Developed Through This Major

  • Produce engineering documents using CAD software;
  • Perform standard field and laboratory tests on materials typically used in civil engineering technology;
  • Estimate material quantities for technical projects.

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Sample Career Titles

These titles include positions that you may qualify for with this associate’s degree and related testing/credentialing:

  • Civil engineering technologists/ technicians
  • Cartographers
  • Land surveyors
  • CAD operators

Sample Positions requiring additional training which may include a bachelor’s degree and beyond:

Structural engineer Transportation engineer Wastewater engineer
Urban planner Traffic engineer Utilities engineer
Construction engineer Pipeline engineer Project manager
Construction manager Geotechnical engineer Engineering consultant
Environmental engineer Water resource engineer College instructor/professor

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Sample Employers

  • Public and private engineering firms
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Design firms
  • Airports
  • Construction companies
  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Surveying agencies
  • Utility companies
  • Alternative energy producers
  • Manufacturers of construction and building materials
  • Colleges and Universities

Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing.  Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’.  Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Civil Engineering Technology Department resources.
  • Professionals who are working in the field
  • Professional Associations (see below)

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How to Increase Employability

  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.

Professional Association Links

Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations.  You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members.  You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.

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Employment and Internship Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).

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Liaquat Khan, D.A.
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lkhan@ccsnh.edu

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