Civil Engineering Technology Certificate / Degree
NOTE: The CESGT Program has undergone a series of revisions to offer a more focused, directed, 1-year stackable certificate curriculum. In the former 2-year certificate programs, more breadth and cross training were offered. That breadth can now be attained by completing more than one certificate. Students wishing to complete more than one certificate may do so provided they can schedule themselves accordingly and satisfactorily complete the requisite courses with a grade of "C" or better. Please consult the CESGT Program Coordinator with questions regarding single or multiple certificate completion steps and requirements.
The Civil Engineering Technology program prepares students for variety of technical positions in the civil engineering and engineering construction professions. The new, more focused "Year to Career" program course sequence is set up to allow the student to progress through two semesters of core courses for a Certificate of Achievement or to take those courses as part of an Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering Technology.
SRJC students completing this (degree or certificate) will be fully prepared to directly enter the workplace in this field. Many of the courses numbered 1-99 could also be used to fulfill major requirements or electives at CSU and UC campuses in fields such as Construction Management and Civil Engineering. Consult with your counselor regarding any plans for transfer.
A Career in Civil Engineering?
In general, people who like civil engineering also like math — primarily geometry and trigonometry. The field attracts people with geology, surveying, computer science, and construction backgrounds, too. Civil engineering curriculum includes coursework in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, computer-aided drafting (CAD), geospatial technology (GIS), geology and problem solving.
What is Civil Engineering?
Civil engineering is the oldest, largest and most diverse disciplines of the engineering profession. The civil engineering technician will help plan, design, build, develop, and maintain public works facilities, subdivisions, urban and regional planning projects, land developments, land and geographical information systems, transportation systems, water distribution systems, waste treatment facilities and many other types of civil engineering projects.
What do Civil Engineering Technicians do?
The technician may be involved in civil engineering design, soil and materials testing, construction inspection, estimating, scheduling, plan checking, data and information systems, planning, environmental and geotechnical work.
The civil engineering technician will use state of the art computer workstations, equipment and applications of high technology to translate the ideas and directions of the engineer, planner and surveyor into meaningful information used by industry.
A successful civil engineering technician should possess good communication skills, mechanical and computational aptitude, the ability to work in different environments, and a desire to answer tomorrow’s challenges.
Civil engineering is a career field in high demand throughout industry, government and the private sector. As a civil engineering professional you will provide services for planned communities, schools, shopping centers, highway projects and more.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job opportunities in the civil engineering field to grow steadily through 2020, and the areas of urban planning, architecture, construction, energy development and disaster and emergency planning will be particularly strong.
The following are examples of career paths for the Civil Engineering Technology Certificate or Major (AS). Note that some positions require licensing or certification by the state, not just a degree or certificate of achievement.
Civil Engineering Career Ladder
- Principal Civil Engineer (Owner or Principal in company, Professional Engineer License)
- Associate Civil Engineer (Supervisor, PE License)
- Assistant Civil Engineer (Lead Person, Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate)
- Civil Engineering Technician I, II, III (Certificate of Achievement from SRJC and experience)
- Civil Engineering Aide (Part time employees without certificate)
Engineering Construction Career Ladder
- General Manager
- Project Manager/Administrator
Public Works Career Ladder
- Resident Engineer (Similar to Civil Engineering ladder)
- Public Works Inspector (Similar classifications as Civil Engineering ladder)
- Soils and Materials Technician (Similar classifications as Civil Engineering ladder)
Urban Planning Career Ladder
- Principal Planner
- Associate Planner
- Assistant Planner
- Planning Technician
- Plan Check Technician