2017-18 Gaston College Catalog [THIS CATALOG IS OUT-OF-DATE. USE THE CURRENT CATALOG TO FIND CURRENT PROGRAMS.]
Civil Engineering Technology, A.A.S. (A40140)
This Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program that prepares students for the workforce. However, there are some senior institutions where all or part of this degree is accepted as the first two years of a four-year program. Students interested in pursuing a four-year degree should consult an advisor.
The Civil Engineering Technology curriculum is a course of study that prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to carry out planning, documenting and supervising tasks in sustainable land development and public works and facilities projects. Includes instruction in the communication and computational skills required for materials testing, structural testing, field and laboratory testing, site analysis, estimating, project management, plan preparation, hydraulics, environmental technology, and surveying.
Graduates should qualify for technician-level jobs with both public and private engineering, construction, and surveying agencies.
This curriculum is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, www.abet.org.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of civil engineering technology to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
- Demonstrate an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to civil engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
- Demonstrate an ability to conduct standard civil engineering technology tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
- Demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
- Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined civil engineering technology problems.
- Demonstrate an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
- Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
- Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
- Use graphic techniques to produce engineering documents.
- Conduct standardized field and laboratory testing on civil engineering materials.
- Use modern surveying methods for land measurement and/or construction layout.
- Determine forces and stresses in elementary structural systems.
- Estimate material quantities for civil engineering technology projects.
- Employ productivity software to solve civil engineering technology problems.