Students in the Civil Engineering Technology certificate program are trained to work as surveyors, drafters, and designers in civil engineering and surveying offices. Civil engineering technicians help engineers plan and build roadways, utilities and structures. Engineering technicians work with the design, surveying, construction and inspection of engineering projects. Technicians' duties are more hands-on and limited in scope than those of engineers. Engineering technicians need knowledge in the following areas: mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry; computer usage; structural analysis; surveying; construction specifications and techniques; drafting and reading plans; engineering design methods; and use of the English language.
Graduates of this certificate program can expect to work as entry-level engineering technicians. However, students are encouraged to complete a two-year associate's degree to improve their employability. Students can either complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Aided Design and Drating (CADD) Technology at LBCC concurrently with the Civil Engineering Technology certificate or continue their education at Chemeketa Community College, where they can complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology.
Classes are held in well-equipped classrooms and laboratories. Computers are used extensively with current versions of AutoCAD®, Land Development Desktop®, and TDS® survey software. Modern survey instruments also are used, including automatic levels, total stations and GPS equipment.