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Civil Design Technology - Surveying, Mapping and Drawing

This certificate is designed for surveying careers and leads to employment in civil design applications, public work, utilities and CADD/Drafting-related industries.

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

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. 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. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
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.

GIS 120 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Spatial AnalysisM4.0
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.

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.

Total Semester Units:11.0 
2nd Semester
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.

ENGT 122 - Engineering Design GraphicsM4.0
ENGT 122 - Engineering Design Graphics (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; ENGT 150 or ENGT 170
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is an introduction to graphics as used in engineering design, and the systematic use of graphic solutions and descriptive geometry to solve 3D engineering problems involving space, points, planes, and lines. Emphasis is place on technical drawing using International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, with a conceptual design project and preparation of working drawings. This course is required for all students working towards a degree or certificate in the Architecture and Engineering Design Drafting program. The course is also recommended for students interested in transferring to schools of engineering.

GIS 221 - Cartography Design and Geographic Information SystemsM4.0
GIS 221 - Cartography Design and Geographic Information Systems (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: GIS 120
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

GIS plays an important role in many disciplines, and improves the understanding of particular kinds of information through visual interpretation. This course is for students who want a better understanding of methods to effectively portray information spatially using conventions of patterns, colors and symbology. Students are introduced to the history of map interpretation, map projections, scales, map accuracy, and layout conventions for publication in reports or large formats at emergency operations center. The course may include field trips for students to visit industry user meetings.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Summer 1
ENGT 150 - AutoCAD for Basic CADD ApplicationsM4.0
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.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
Total Units for Civil Design Technology - Surveying, Mapping and Drawing COA program 27.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
M Major 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

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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Given instruction in both the theory and practice of land surveying, instruction in various visual communication technologies such as traditional drafting and CADD, and industry standards, students will effectively collect, develop, map, communicate, understand, and interpret geospatial data.


2

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


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