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Students in the Civil Engineering Technology certificate program are trained to work as surveyors, drafters, and designers in civil engineering and surveying offices. Civil engineering technicians help engineers plan and build roadways, utilities and structures. Engineering technicians work with the design, surveying, construction and inspection of engineering projects. Technicians' duties are more hands-on and limited in scope than those of engineers.

Engineering technicians need knowledge in the following areas: mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry; computer usage; structural analysis; surveying; construction specifications and techniques; drafting and reading plans; engineering design methods; and use of the English language.

Graduates of this certificate program can expect to work as entry-level engineering technicians. However, students are encouraged to complete a two-year associate's degree to improve their employability.

Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates for certificates can be found under Gainful Employment.

For more information about this career, as well as the current employment outlook, visit the U.S. Department of Labor and Oregon Employment Department websites.