Civil Engineering Technology

The Civil Engineering Technology program is a course of study that prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to carry out planning, documenting and supervising tasks in sustainable land development and public works and facilities projects.

Coursework includes instruction in the communication and computational skills required for materials testing, structural testing, field and laboratory testing, site analysis, estimating, project management, plan preparation, hydraulics, environmental technology, and surveying.


Employment Prospects

Civil Engineering Technology graduates should qualify for technician-level jobs with both public and private engineering, construction, and surveying agencies.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the annual median pay (2019) for the following 2-year and 4-year engineering technologies related occupations between about $53,000 to $95,000.

2-Year: Civil Engineering Technician

2-Year: Drafters

4-Year: Civil Engineers

4-Year: Construction Managers


Transfer Opportunities

Our Engineering and Construction Technologies graduates have several transfer opportunities available. Graduates may pursue 4-year degrees in Architectural Technology & Design, Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Geomatics (Surveying) and Sustainable Building Systems. These 4-year degree opportunities are available through the following North Carolina universities.**

Appalachian State University – Architectural Technology & Design

Appalachian State University – Construction Management

Appalachian State University – Sustainable Building Systems

East Carolina University – Construction Management

East Carolina University – Design: Architectural Technology Concentration

UNC Charlotte – Civil Engineering Technology

UNC Charlotte – Construction Management

NC A&T University – Geomatics

**Students should contact senior institutions to verify specific transfer requirements.


See Our Facilities

Most Engineering classes are held in Little Hall. Click on this building on our Virtual Tour and see the Wellard Technology Center, Byerly Auditorium, our Drafting Lab, the Engineering Lab, and the building exterior.


Estimated Program Expenses

Tuition* $5,700.00 $20,100.00
Student Activity Fee $175.00 $175.00
Technology Fee $240.00 $240.00
General Education Course fees $0-100.00 $0-100.00
Program Travel fee (optional) $0-1,000.00 $0-1,000.00
Textbooks $1,300.00 $1,300.00
Supplies $200.00 $200.00

*Program credit hours: 75 – $76.00 per credit hour in-state tuition, $268.00 per credit hour out-of-state tuition.


Contact Information

Matthew Sheffield, Coordinator
169 Little Hall

Ed Spitler, Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Engineering, Construction and Computer Technologies
Coordinator, Geomatics Technology
163 Little Hall