Civil Engineering Technology Students

Program Overview

The Civil Engineering Technology curriculum trains future technicians to help make our community a better place. Civil Engineering Technicians ensure clean rivers and streams, design safe and sustainable buildings (often retrofitting old ones), ensure safe roads that reduce accidents, develop mass transit alternatives, ensure safe drinking water, preserve ecosystems for wildlife, and design infrastructure that saves lives.

Coursework includes the development of skills required such as low-impact design, materials testing, estimating, sustainability, project management, stormwater management, environmental technology, and surveying. Additional coursework will cover the operation of computers and application software including computer-aided drafting. Day and evening classes are available.

Civil Engineering graduates are typically employed as civil engineering technicians with private contractors, design firms, construction companies, state agencies or local municipalities; project managers or superintendents, inspectors or estimators. Starting salaries are approximately $30,000/yr plus benefits, and the median salary is $47,560/yr. Graduates may also transfer to universities to complete a bachelor's degree.

Contact the Civil Engineering Technology Department for more information at jsullivan@abtech.edu or (828) 398-7343.

More information about civil engineering technicians can be found at the US Department of Labor's website.

The American Society of Civil Engineers produced this video to show how civil engineering improves lives and communities.

A recent graduate talks about her experience at A-B Tech here.

Contact Information:

Jim Sullivan/Chair

(828) 398-7343
Elm 115

Jared Ownbey/Instructor

(828) 398-7370
Elm 113