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Civil Design Technician

This program provides a focused course of study for students in preparation for careers involving the design and construction of civil engineering projects. The curriculum also puts interested students on the path to licensure as civil engineers. The coursework includes exposure to the broad range of subdisciplines within the field of civil engineering and closely-related fields such as surveying, architecture, geographic information systems (GIS), and construction. Additionally, the integral coursework focuses on the preparation of common civil project drawings using industry-standard drawing techniques and conventions with hand and/or computer-aided drafting (CAD) tools.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
ENGT 101 - Introduction to Technical Drawing & GraphicsM3.0
ENGT 101 - Introduction to Technical Drawing & Graphics (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This basic course in technical drawing and graphics is for students with no previous drafting skills or training. The course is designed for students who wish to pursue training in fields and careers related to architecture, civil design, and engineering design drafting. Practical application is provided with the tools, techniques, standards, and practices used in the industries that need technical drawings and graphics.

ENGT 138 - Engineering Careers & ApplicationsM2.0
ENGT 138 - Engineering Careers & Applications (2.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course explores the career opportunities and training requirements in the field of engineering and engineering technology. Topics will include the history of engineering, careers in engineering, ethics, communicating, and responsibilities of the engineer with hands-on problem solving.

Select one: ARCH 110 / ARCH 115 M3.0†
ARCH 110 - Construction Document Reading and Estimating (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 033 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for architecture students as well as apprentices and employees in all areas of the construction industry, and covers residential, light commercial, and industrial building construction. The course introduces the use of prints, construction documents, and the theory of construction estimating as used in the building industry. Principles of reading working drawings and plans; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) specifications; details and elevations; and electrical specifications are included, as are materials estimating, and estimating rules, tables, and procedures.

ARCH 115 - Introduction to Residential Architecture: Drawing and Design (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGT 101 or two years of high school drafting
Transfers to: CSU

This introductory course is for students interested in the field of architectural drawing and design. The course includes the study of architectural graphic standards related to creating construction drawings for residential projects (e.g., site plans, floor plans, roof plans, and elevations). Electrical, foundation and framing, and other drawings for a single-family residential structure are discussed. Emphasis is placed on symbology, conventions, and techniques to develop technical skills an entry-level architectural drafter needs. Construction methods, building codes, design factors, planning, and the use of reference materials are discussed and applied. All construction documents are developed using traditional board drafting methods and standards.

Total Semester Units:8.0† 
2nd Semester
CIV 140 - Civil Engineering FundamentalsM4.0
CIV 140 - Civil Engineering Fundamentals (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGT 101 or two years of high school drafting; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is for all students interested in the career fields of civil design drafting and civil engineering. It provides an overview of the various civil engineering sub-disciplines and the common tasks required of civil engineers and their support staff. Students will complete basic level engineering calculations and use hand drafting techniques or computer aided design and drafting (CADD) software to complete projects relating to subdivision development, roadway planning and layout, structural design and detailing, site grading, project scheduling, wastewater management, and similar engineering tasks.

CIV 142 - Introduction to Surveying and GPSM4.0
CIV 142 - Introduction to Surveying and GPS (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or appropriate placement; CIT 102, MATH 060
Transfers to: CSU

This course is for students interested in the career fields of civil design drafting, surveying/mapping, and civil engineering. It covers the principles and practices of land surveying, including measuring distance, direction, elevation and position; topographic mapping; and the use and care of surveying equipment. The fundamentals of global positioning systems (GPS) and their applications in land surveying will also be introduced. This course will also be beneficial for practitioners in the construction industry who need to acquire property data.

Select one: ENGT 150 / ENGT 170 M4.0
ENGT 150 - AutoCAD for Basic CADD Applications (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGT 101 or two years of high school drafting
Transfers to: CSU

This course is for students preparing for high technology careers who need the skills necessary to function as an entry level computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) operator, or to apply CADD to the specific disciplines of mechanical and architectural design, manufacturing, illustration, and engineering-related documents. An overview of computer graphics and CADD utilizing the latest release of AutoCAD software is provided. Students produce 2D orthographic, isometric, and basic 3D model solutions of mechanical and architectural applications.

ENGT 170 - MicroStation for Basic CADD Applications (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGT 101 or two years of high school drafting
Transfers to: CSU

This course is for students preparing for high technology careers who need the skills necessary to function as an entry level CADD operator or to apply CADD to specific disciplines of mechanical and architectural design, manufacturing, illustration and engineering related documents. An overview of computer graphics and CADD (Computer Assisted Design and Drawing) utilizing the latest release of MicroStation software will be provided. Students will produce 2D orthographic and basic 3D model solutions of mechanical and architectural applications.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
3rd Semester
CIV 210 - Concrete Technology and TestingM2.0
CIV 210 - Concrete Technology and Testing (2.0 units)

Advisory:ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or appropriate placement; CIV 140 or industry experience
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to the use of concrete as a common construction material. The course is intended for students who intend to pursue careers in construction and/or wish to progress into construction management as a sub-discipline of civil engineering. Topics include the components, physical properties, mix design, quality control, and placing and testing of concrete. The course includes classroom lectures and assignments as well as lab projects with direct experience in working with and testing concrete.

Select 5 units from: CIV 143 / CIV 245 / CIV 290 / CIV 299 / GIS 120 M5.0
Notes:
Minimum of 5 units can be taken in either semester 3 or semester 4

CIV 143 - Applications to Surveying and GPS (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: CIV 142
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 060; CIT 102
Transfers to: CSU

This course is for students who have a basic understanding of surveying and are interested in pursuing a career in the field of land surveying. The course presents advanced applications that will cover the theory and practice of plane surveying, including principles of position, horizontal and vertical curves, construction staking, alignments, field procedures, the U.S. Public Land Survey System, boundary surveying, and the use and care of surveying equipment.

CIV 245 - Civil Engineering Design and Modeling (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: CIV 140; ENGT 150 or ENGT 170
Prerequisite/Corequisite:CIV 241
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This advanced-level course is for students interested in the career fields of civil engineering design drafting and civil engineering, and takes up the design, analysis, and preparation of drawings used in the civil engineering field. Students will use civil engineering software such as Bentley's OpenRoads or Autodesk's Civil 3D to complete projects relating to transportation and site development, including grading, drainage, and road alignment plans and details. Specific areas of focus include the use of software for terrain modeling and editing, surfaces, profiles, cross-sections, earthwork computations, and site planning design.

CIV 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Civil Related Fields (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in business and industrial establishments under supervision of a college instructor, and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. Students work in a skilled or professional-level assignment in their area of vocational interest and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose job is in civil design- or drafting-related fields and who have completed or enrolled in the appropriate courses. Instructor approval is needed to enroll in the course. Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures.

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours;
3 Units/180 hours; 4 Units/240 hours
Student Paid Internship:
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours;
3 Units/225 hours; 4 Units/300 hours.

CIV 299 - Directed Study in Civil Design Technology (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: 2.5 overall grade point average, and a 3.0 grade point average in the discipline of study being requested, or receive an exception from the instructor
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an opportunity for students to expand their studies in Civil Design Technology beyond the classroom by completing a project or an assignment arranged by an agreement between students and an instructor. Students are required to contract with the instructor to determine the scope of the assignment and the unit value assigned for successful completion. Students may take a maximum of 3 units of directed study within a discipline and 9 units college-wide.

GIS 120 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CIT 101
Prerequisite:MATH 070 or MATH 070CD or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: GIS 120 or GIS 220)

This course introduces fundamental concepts of geographic information and spatial analysis. Using industry standard geospatial application tools including geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAVs), students perform spatial analysis in various disciplines including but not limited to business, public safety, health, politics, civil engineering, and environmental, social, biological and geological sciences. Students learn how to organize geospatial data; visualize spatial patterns by aggregating numbers by areas, analyzing ratios and proportions, generating scatterplots, qualifying volumes and areas, and performing map algebra; and interpret correlations or suitable locations based on provided or researched criteria.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
4th Semester
CIV 241 - Civil Engineering Drafting and DesignM3.0
CIV 241 - Civil Engineering Drafting and Design (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: CIV 140; ENGT 150 or ENGT 170
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This intermediate-level course is for students interested in the career field of civil design drafting and civil engineering. In the course the practice and preparation of drawings pertaining to the civil engineering field will be expanded to include the development of maps and drawings used for site development, grading and drainage, and road alignment. Preparing construction documents for buildings and related constructs will also be covered. Other topics include project notes, specifications, and details for civil engineering drawings. Students will use both hand drafting and computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) to complete projects related to these topics.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
Total Units for Civil Design Technician COA program 30.0† 
Notes:
Select a minimum of 5 units Semester 3 and/or Semester 4: CIV 143, CIV 245, CIV 290, CIV 299, GIS 120
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Given various visual communication technologies, such as traditional drafting and CADD; and industry standards, such as AEC Graphic Standards, students will be able to effectively communicate, understand, and interpret design concepts and criteria for the civil engineering field.


2

Students will be prepared for industry employment and advancement within a variety of related professions, such as civil engineering, construction engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and geotechnical engineering.


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  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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