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Civil Engineering Technology


People who are in the field of Civil Engineering work with engineers and construction companies to build highways, water systems, bridges, sewers, airports, steel building and waterways. That means you may work indoors as part of a design team, outdoors as a project manager or both.


They carry out assignments that include design, surveying, estimating and organizing construction projects of all types. Civil Engineering Technologists act as a go-between with engineers and construction technicians. They also help interpret engineering designs with construction companies and help engineers make necessary changes so projects are completed correctly, on time and on budget. Civil Engineering Technologists also have career options to continue their education to become civil engineers.



Employment opportunities for Civil Engineering Technologists include surveying firms, engineering consultants, materials testing firms, state and federal governments, construction companies and highway departments. Typically, graduates obtain jobs working as members of survey teams, in computer aided drafting and design, or as assistant engineers in the design of steel and concrete structures.


Civil Engineer Technologists also work under the supervision of engineers as land developers, building inspectors, construction superintendents, soil and concrete testing technicians, highway technicians, storm/sewage drainage technicians and water supply systems technicians.


In 2009, the average annual income in South Carolina for a Civil Engineer Technician was $41,220.*

*Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.



The Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in Civil Engineering Technology (CET) program prepares students to perform at the technician level in Civil Engineering. Students are trained in design, drafting, surveying and construction techniques. As part of the program, students receive complete, hands-on training in TCL’s fully equipped lab on the Beaufort campus. Students can choose from day or evening classes.


Degrees and certificates available include:

  • Civil Engineering Technology Degree
  • Engineering Surveying Certificate
  • Civil Engineering Management Certificate
  • Highway Engineering Certificate

Note: For list of required courses, please see Course Catalog


Kenneth Flick / 843.525.8238 / Fax:  843.470.8413 / kflick@tcl.edu

Business and Industrial Technology Division Dean