2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Civil Engineering Technology - Highway Emphasis

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

Program Requirements

Civil Engineering Technology/Highway Emphasis, AAS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Civil Engineering Technology with Highway Emphasis?  

Students interested in Civil Engineering Technology are often very interested in construction equipment including cranes, excavators, off-road vehicles, etc. The Civil Engineering Technology program at Ferris incorporates small hands-on laboratory courses to provide instruction in soil and material testing, construction equipment and operations, highway technology and 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 means and methods.

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 American Council for Construction Education (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, supervision, and inspection of heavy construction projects. Precision, accuracy, and clarity are important qualities for the technician as civil engineering technology jobs require familiarity with materials and soils, 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.

More Information

School of Built Environment
Construction Technology & Management Programs
605 S. Warren Avenue, GRN 227
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-3773


Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
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