Engineering Technology - Construction Technology - Building and Highway Construction

Worried about spending your career sitting behind desk. There are another options. Consider the construction technology specialization.

Graduates with a construction technology specialization find employment with firms involved in construction, architectural and engineering, surveying, drafting and design shops, government agencies, pre-fabrication manufacturing.

First Semester

Professional Drafting Practices

DT-103 Credits: 3

This course will present a review of basic drafting skills used by present day drafters. It will also include an in-depth study of descriptive geometry as it relates to multi view drawings, sectional views, auxiliary views, surface intersections, and other related working drawings. This course will employ the current drafting conventions and dimensioning standards as authorized by the American National Standards Institute.



DT-114 Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to the use of Autodesk’s AutoCAD software package. It will present all basic 2D and 3D commands used for drawing, editing, display controls, layering, dimensioning, and plotting. It will also provide coverage of entity properties and handling and utilities.

Computer Systems & Applications

ET-121 Credits: 3

This Course will provide an overview of microcomputer operation, Microsoft operating Systems, and the Microsoft Office software suite, to include the fundamentals of networks and internet usage

English Composition

GS-130 Credits: 3

This course provides students with the rhetorical foundations required to become proficient writers in the academic and professional world. Students will learn and apply the principles of effective writing through extensive practice in creating drafts, revisions, and final essays in a variety of context. Class discussion and readings will focus on the function of literacy in professional and personal contexts

College Algebra

MA-122 Credits: 4

Topics covered include exponents, word problems, linear equations, graphing straight lines and parabolas, factoring, simplifying fractions, fractional equations, simultaneous equations, solving quadratics, ratio and proportion, and variation.

The construction technology workplace applies your knowledge in a hands-on kind of way. Shouldn’t education be based on hands-on instruction?


Add a summer (sometimes longer) internship to gain work experience. Internships can turn into job offers.

Second Semester


DT-118 Credits: 3

This course will provide coverage of the basic commands used in MicroStation CAD software. Such topics as element placement, element manipulations, cell placement, text placement, patterning, and dimensioning will be covered as it relates to two-dimensional drafting.

Materials & Methods

ET-127 Credits: 3

An introductory study of materials and methods of modern construction. Materials included are Portland cement, ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics, and asphalt. Current equipment and methods of construction will be discussed.

General Physics

ET-129 Credits: 5

Co-requisite: MA-132

A study of the principals of physics, including vectors, waves, laws of motion, friction, equilibrium, energy, work, power, simple machines, temperature, heat and electricity.


Thinking Critically

GS-132 Credits:3

Thinking is a learned behavior which can be analyzed and modified. Thinking is not an automatic function. This course examines thinking skills and attitudes with the goal of gaining some measure of control over them. Topics discussed include problem solving, goal setting, analyzing situations, bias, and creativity.


MA-132 Credits: 4

Prerequisite: MA-122
Topics include the solution of right and oblique triangles, vectors, radian measure, polar coordinates, trigonometric and parametric graphs, trigonometric identities and equations, and exponential and logarithmic equations.

Third Semester


CT-101 Credits: 4

Prerequisite: MA-132

An introduction to the fundamentals of survey measuring, including both horizontal and vertical measurements. Field work involving hands on use of survey instruments. Introduction to survey computations as done on hand-held calculators, including coordinate geometry routines.

Architectural CAD I

DT-213 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: DT-114
This course uses AutoDesk’s AutoCAD Architectural software package to create 3 dimensional models of multi-story commercial structures. The course includes topics such as creating walls, roof construction, door and window insertion, casework, symbols, schedules, stairs, documentation, 2D working drawings, and 3D presentation drawings.

Engineering Mechanics

ET-224 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: ET-129

A more detailed study of some of the concepts introduced in General Physics; including distributed loads, coplanar, concurrent and spatial forces, truss analysis, shear diagrams, moments and couples.

Industrial Psychology

GS-221 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: GS-130
An introduction to the study of human behavior in the workplace. Students will learn to apply knowledge of industrial/organizational psychology as it may affect them as employee, coworker, and/or supervisor. Areas of emphasis include: job analysis, employee selection and placement, organizational structure and communication, motivation, leadership/management styles, employee performance, and job satisfaction.

Principles of Technical Writing

GS-233 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: GS-130
Students will learn the principles of effective, audience centered technical communication with emphasis on writing and editing technical documents (manuals, recommendations, proposals, business letters, and memoranda) with precision, clarity and purpose while applying the principles of graphic design and visual representation.

Advanced Mathematics with Calculus

MA-232 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: MA-132
Topics covered include advanced trigonometry, straight lines, conic sections, limits, derivatives of algebraic functions, and problem solving using computer applications in mathematical software.

Engineering technology with a construction specialization shifts the focus to surveying, Soils and Materials Testing. Supported by instruction in Architectural CAD, AutoCAD, Microstation CAD, and Building Information Management (BIM). Instruction includes 2D and 3D tools and techniques.

Graduates with a construction specialization are employed in the fields of project inspection, materials inspection and testing, CAD operation, drafting, project design, preparation of project specifications, project supervision, technical sales, surveying, and project estimation.


Fourth Semester

Surveying II

CT-204 Credits: 4

Prerequisite: CT-101

Computation procedures involving latitude and departure, coordinate geometry, parcel areas, and traverse closures. The study of route design including factors affecting location; design and field layout of horizontal curves; and design of vertical curves and profile lines. Drafting projects include topographical maps and survey plats. Computations are done on computers and field work includes use of GPS equipment.

Soil Mechanics

CT-207 Credits: 4

An introduction to soil mechanics, geological cycle, soil composition and properties, gradation, texture, soil-water interaction, and soil classification. Supported by both student participation and demonstrations of various standard soils laboratory tests and procedures.

Civil Survey CAD

DT-230 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: DT-118
This course will demonstrate the link between survey data and CAD. Demonstrations and projects will include legal survey plans, working with point data, creating topographic survey drawings, subdivision roadways and layouts, roadway alignments, alignment of tangents and curves, and plan and profile drawings.

Strength of Materials

ET-228 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: ET-224

A study of the effects of applied forces on the design properties of materials; including stress/strain diagrams, allowable stress, Poison’s ratio, thermal expansion, moduli of elasticity and ductility, plastic analysis, shaft couplings, beam and column stresses.

Oral Communications

GS-239 Credits: 3

The purpose of this course is to instruct students in the principles of effective public speaking so that they will gain confidence, poise and proficiency in delivering speeches in a variety of situations. Students will be required to give impromptu, demonstration, persuasive, informative, and ceremonial speeches and a major business-style group oral presentations. Critical listening skills and ethical public speaking practices will be arranged by Department Coordinator.