College of Technology

Civil Engineering Technology

ABET Accreditation

Program Description

Civil engineering technicians obtain field data and prepare drawings and maps pertaining to angles, elevations, azimuth points, contours, and earthwork. They use electronic total stations, levels, global positioning surveying (GPS), and other instruments. They plan, design and perform construction staking tasks necessary for the construction of highways, railroads, bridges, buildings, airfields, subdivisions, and other facilities. They also perform testing and inspection tasks on the various construction operations to ensure compliance with specifications.

Aptitudes and Interests: Students will be required to learn and apply theoretical principles and technical knowledge easily, perform mathematical computations accurately, visualize shapes and forms from survey data or sketches, concentrate on details for long periods to avoid errors, and use judgment in planning work and handling problems. Students should like work of a scientific and technical nature involving preparation of maps, charts, and drawings. Students will also need an interest in learning CAD and other design software on computers and working with the latest electronic computers, surveying, and testing equipment. These civil engineering technicians work as a team and must exercise tact in dealing with persons who have opposing opinions. This field requires great precision and accuracy and workers must be willing to accept responsibility for performance in accordance with prescribed standards.

Program Statistics

Program Overview

  • Program begins in August
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 13 students each year
  • Program accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC),
  • The associate degree articulates to a bachelor’s degree in Geomatics Technology

Degree Options

  • Civil Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science (2 years)
  • Civil Engineering Technology Advanced Technical Certificate (2 years)
  • Civil Engineering Technology Materials Testing and Specifications Basic Technical Certificate (1 years)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (4+ years)

Career Opportunities

  • Engineering and surveying companies
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Materials testing companies
Minimum Test Scores
SAT English: 360 Math: 460
rSAT English: 360 Math: 500
ACT English: 14 Math: 19
ALEKS Math: 30
AccuPlacer English: 53
COMPASS Writing: 55 Algebra: 45

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.


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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209