Civil Engineering Technology

56 credit Diploma program

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Program Description:
In the Civil Engineering Technology program, students learn skills they can use in a career assisting Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors. The student will find a wide range of opportunities in all phases of construction, design, and surveying. The course of instruction includes route surveying, property descriptions, quantity calculations, material testings and CAD (Computer Aided Design) to design roads, building sites, and property subdivisions.

Program outcomes include:
• Determine accuracy of their surveying level work
• Verify the accuracy of their total station data
• Perform standard survey calculations
• Develop Site and Highway plan sets
• Research related information in both print and electronic formats
• Set-up and create drawings using CAD

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
CETT14002Introduction to Civil Engineering TechnologyThis course covers an introduction to Civil Engineering Technology focusing on areas of employment, life-long learning, engineering terminology, and what it takes to succeed as a Civil Engineering Technician. Specific technical topics introduced include highway terminology, contour drawings, legal property descriptions, and a brief overview of surveying and computer design. (Prerequisites: ENGL0460, MATH0460, and READ0460 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT14003Introduction to Civil Engineering TechnologyThis course covers an introduction to Civil Engineering Technology focusing on areas of employment, life long learning, engineering terminology, and what it takes to succeed as a Civil Engineering Technician. Specific technical topics introduced include highway terminology, contour drawings, legal property descriptions, GIS, Excel, and a brief overview of surveying and computer design. (Prerequisites: ENGL0460, MATH0460, and READ0465 or concurrent enrollment) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT14024Introduction to SurveyingThis course covers the basic skills needed for surveying. The course stresses the proper care and handling of equipment, fundamental concepts of leveling, horizontal and vertical distances, and format, neatness, and accuracy of field notes. (Prerequisites: ENGL0460, MATH0460, READ0465 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT14023Introduction to SurveyingThis course covers the basic skills needed for surveying. The course stresses the proper care and handling of equipment, fundamental concepts of leveling, horizontal and vertical distances, and format, neatness, and accuracy of field notes. (Prerequisites: ENGL0460, MATH0460 and READ0465 or concurrent enrollment) (1 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT14103Introduction to Materials TestingThis course covers an introduction to construction materials and material testing including concrete field tests, gradations, and aggregates. Students will have the opportunity to take the MnDOT certification exams during the course. (Prerequisites: ENGL0460, MATH0460, READ0465 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT14204Route SurveyThis course covers defining, calculating, laying out, and staking alignments for roadways. In addition, students will be introduced to traverse surveys and data collection with total station instruments. (Prerequisites: CETT 1402; College level reading, writing, MATH0470 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT14203Route SurveyThis course covers defining, calculating, laying out, and staking alignments for roadways. In addition, students will gain experience using data collectors with total station instruments. (Prerequisites: CETT 1402) (1 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT14304Civil CAD ApplicationsThis course covers advanced AutoCad software commands for use with civil survey data. In addition, students will prepare Civil Engineering drawings using these commands. (Prerequisites: CETT1450, College-level reading, writing, MATH 0470 or concurrent enrollment)(2 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT14402Engineering Problem SolvingThis course is designed to give students the ability to take previously learned mathematical concepts and apply them to engineering applications. In addition, the course will cover the use of an engineering calculator and help students learn critical thinking and problem solving techniques. (Prerequisites: College level reading, writing and MATH0470 or concurrent enrollment) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT14504Engineering GraphicsIntroduction to the AutoCAD software package. Topics include setting up a drawing, creating and editing geometric entities, hatching, layering, adding text, dimensioning, incorporating blocks and attributes, merging drawings, laying out views, and plotting. (Prerequisites: College level reading, writing and MATH0470 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT24003Intermediate SurveyThis course covers the application of surveying principles to practical survey problems. The student will demonstrate the ability to apply data collection, traverse, and staking principles to practical problems. In addition, GPS and laser level surveys will be introduced. (Prerequisites: CETT1402; college-level reading, writing, and math) (1 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT24073Engineering Technology InternshipThis course provides the student with work site experience in which skills and knowledge learned in previous courses may be applied. These internship experiences include safety procedures, quality control systems, personnel procedures, company organization, contractual agreements and other employer expectations. Technical skills and knowledge can include surveying, inspection, testing, computer design, and architectural applications. (Prerequisites: College level reading, writing and math) (0 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/9 hrs OJT)
CETT2407Engineering Technology InternshipThis course provides the student with work site experience in which skills and knowledge learned in previous courses may be applied. These internship experiences include safety procedures, quality control systems, personnel procedures, company organization, contractual agreements and other employer expectations. Technical skills and knowledge can include surveying, inspection, testing, computer design, and architectural applications. The students can register for varying credits based on their planners and number of hours of expected work. One credit is equivalent to 45 hours of work time. (Prerequisites: Completion of first year CET program) (0 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/3-9 hrs OJT)
CETT24104Storm Water ManagementThis course covers the fundamentals of hydraulics and hydrology as they relate to the design of roadways, subdivisions, and storm/sanitary sewer design. It covers both the theory of hydraulics along with practical applications in storm sewer, culvert, and detention pond design. (Prerequisites: College level reading, writing and math) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT24203Land Survey SystemsThis course covers an introduction to the public land system, legal descriptions of properties, basic mapping terminology, and how legal land descriptions affect property transfer. (Prerequisites: None) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT24303Site DevelopmentThis course covers the various aspects of a property subdivision. Actual local platting regulations are used as a guide. The project is CAD drawn using industry standard software. (Prerequisites: CETT1430) (1 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT24403Civil EstimatingThis course covers the calculation of quantities from highway, bridge, building, and site plans. (Prerequisites: CETT1450; college-level reading, writing and MATH0470 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT24504Highway DesignThis course covers the various aspects of a highway design. The use of horizontal and vertical curves, earthwork computation and balancing, and storm water drainage will be emphasized. The final project will be drawn using industry standards and AutoCad. (Prerequisites: CETT1430) (1 hr lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT24503Highway DesignThis course covers the various aspects of a highway design. The use of horizontal and vertical curves, earthwork computation and balancing, and storm water drainage will be emphasized. The final project will be drawn using industry standards and AutoCad. (Prerequisites: CETT1420 and CETT1450) (1 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CETT24603Advanced SurveyThis course covers advance topics in surveying and is designed to give students an understanding of how to apply survey operations learned in previous courses to property surveys. In addition, students will gain further experience in control surveys, state plane coordinates, and GPS surveying. (Prerequisites: CETT 2400 or instructor consent. College level reading, writing and math.) (1 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
FYE10001Student Success SeminarThis course is mandatory* for students in their first semester of college who are taking READ 0455 or READ 0465 or ENGL 0450 or ENGL 0460 and/or are pursuing an Associate of Arts or Associate of Fine Arts degree at Lake Superior College. *Exemptions: *Students who have earned 12 credits including an Introduction to College course and are in good standing (2.0 GPA and 67% credit completion). *Students who have earned 24 college credits post high school and are in good academic standing (2.0 GPA and 67% credit completion).
FYE10001Student Success SeminarThis course is mandatory* for students in their first semester at Lake Superior College. It provides a foundation for students to make a successful transition to college by: (1) creating a connection to the college community and resources, (2) introducing tools for academic success, and (3) developing personal, academic, and career goals. (Prerequisites: None) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT) *Exemptions: - Students who have not declared a degree or diploma - Students who are in a certificate or diploma program of fewer than 37 credits - Students in good academic standing who have earned 12 credits including an Introduction to College course - Students in good academic standing who have earned 24 college credits post high school

Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, ENGL0460 may be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.
Mathematics:
• A score of 50 or higher on the Elementary Algebra Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of MATH0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, MATH0460 may be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.
Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, READ0465 may be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Electives:
Communication Elective 3
Math/Science 3