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Civil Engineering Technology - Highway Emphasis

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose Civil Engineering Technology with Highway Emphasis?

The Civil Engineering Technology program at Ferris emphasizes instruction in soil and material testing, highway technology, design and the construction process.  A civil technician requires a background in mathematics and physical science plus a thorough knowledge of construction materials, methods and equipment. 

The program includes general education courses in English, mathematics, physics, and program specific courses in plans and specifications interpretation; material testing; quantity estimating; computer applications including three-dimensional modeling; hydrology; highway design; equipment production; soils; surveying, administration; and construction practices.  

Graduates of the Associate's degree program may choose employment in the heavy civil construction sector or may continue their education and obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management through our ACCE-accredited program.

Career Opportunities

As part of a construction team, the civil engineering technician may assist the engineer in project layout, soil and material testing, cost estimating and supervision and inspection of heavy construction projects. Precision, accuracy and clarity are important qualities for the technician as Civil engineering technology work requires familiarity with materials and soils and a knowledge of surveying principles, hydrology, engineering design and the construction process.

Job opportunities for civil engineering technicians exist with consulting engineers, material testing firms, general contractors and governmental agencies.  Increased funding for infrastructure at both the state and federal levels is expected to provide significant employment opportunities in the industry. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies. Among first-time students in our technical programs, the average high school GPA is 2.8, and the average ACT composite score is 20 (SAT 16 Total of approximately 1030).  Students close to the averages are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Students entering the Civil Engineering Technology program must have a high school diploma with a 'C' average or better and be fully prepared to enroll in all required courses including mathematics and English. An ACT math subscore of 24 or 580 SAT is also required. Fully prepared students enter the program in the fall semester. Students not fully prepared who complete preparatory courses during the fall semester may enter the program sequence in the winter semester, following a modified course sequence.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree are here 

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives. 

Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Civil Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree.

In order to graduate students must:

  • maintain a 2.00 cumulative FSU GPA
  • have 32 credits of the CETM and CONM courses taken at Ferris State University in order to qualify for the Associate’s degree.
  • 3 out of the 4 CETM courses must be taken at Ferris State University in order to qualify for the Associate’s degree.
  • complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.
  • have a minimum of 60 total credits to earn an Associate's degree

More Information

Construction Technology & Management Programs
605 S. Warren Avenue
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-3773


College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890


Required Courses
Credit Hours

Civil Engineering Technology, AAS - 63 Credits

Adv Mat'ls Properties&Testing
Construction Equip & Operation
Highway Technology
CETM 227
Construction Practices
Plans and Specifications
Construction Graphics
Construction Building Inf Tec
Materials Properties-Testing
Const Surveying-Layout
Construction Estimating I
Soils and Foundations
Statics and Structures
Construction Administration
CONM 225