The field of civil engineering deals with planning, design, construction, and maintenance of private and public projects. These projects include highways, bridges, dams, subdivisions, water supply and waste systems. Land surveyors perform a variety of important tasks, such as boundary surveys, topographic mapping and construction staking. Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology graduates work with or in support of professional engineers and land surveyors.
Civil engineering and surveying are some of the broadest fields of engineering, and are part of virtually all construction-related projects. Graduates have local, state-wide, and nation-wide employment opportunities.
The Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology program promotes education in the relevant theory and practice common to all branches of civil engineering and surveying. Every effort is made to relate theory to practical situations. To achieve this goal, the faculty members are selected from broad and diverse backgrounds and work experience.
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AAS Degree Options
AAS degrees provide students with job-ready skills upon graduation. UCC has three options for an AAS degree in Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology. The base degree includes two quarters of calculus. Students can transfer with the AAS + one year of additional course work. There are also two applied options (Water Quality & Surveying) for students that are interested in more hands-on training and have no plans for future transfer. The applied options include approximately 6 months of on-the-job experience through our occupational skills training program.
Civil Engineering and Surveying Technicians
Civil engineering and surveying are the largest fields of engineering in Oregon and the nation. Virtually all construction and development projects require the services of civil engineers and surveyors. The AAS program provides a broad-based education, which provides UCC graduates with multiple career pathways. Employees that are able to work as both an engineering technician and surveying technician are a valuable asset to many employers. In addition, the problem-solving skills developed in the program apply to other branches of engineering, and many UCC graduates are employed in other engineering-related fields.
Average beginning salaries for Surveying Technicians and Civil Engineering Technicians are in the range of $13.50 to $18.50 per hour, depending on experience and other factors. Demand for trained workers in this field is related to the amount of construction and development occurring in the area. If you are interested in this field, you should be prepared to consider relocating to gain initial experience, as these are high-demand skills in locations where significant development is occurring.
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View / Download Civil Engineering & Surveying - Base Option - Advising Guide
Other Degrees & Certificates at UCC
- Engineering and Drafting Technician: One-year Certificate
- Drafting Pathways Certificate
- Water Quality Pathways Certificate
- Surveying & Geomatics: AS
- Surveying Pathways Certificate
Engineering technology faculty members at UCC have practical experience working in business and industry. They bring their real world experience into the classroom. Faculty members network with employers, and are able to work cooperatively with the UCC Advising and Career Center to assist you in finding internships and permanent employment.
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Clay Baumgartner, PE - Contact
Chair, Associate Professor, Engineering / Surveying & CIS