Program Description

The Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree program is perfect for those with a desire to build the roads, highways, airports and utility solutions of tomorrow. Learners will be fully prepared to support Civil Engineers in the delivery of projects that keep our communities moving forward now and into the future. The curriculum is built with CAD, surveying and real-world experience in mind and learners will be fully competent in the use of all key equipment, will complete a program capstone project and will have the opportunity of an internship with one of NTC’s industry partners to jump-start their career experience. With the future of technology directly driving modern engineering, learners will also explore the development and application of related smart technologies, including virtual reality tools, scanning technology and the use of drones.

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,376
Books & Supplies: $802

Starting Salary

Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

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Graduates will be able to…

  • Perform design and routine testing procedures related to construction materials
  • Utilize land surveying instruments to collect data necessary to produce topographic maps, establish horizontal and vertical control, and to layout civil engineering projects
  • Operate computer software and hardware to solve technical problems
  • Apply elements of design to roads, subdivision layout, storm and sanitary sewer systems
  • Utilize CAD and sketching techniques to produce engineering documents


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Survey or CAD Technician
  • Assistant Construction Engineer
  • Estimator
  • Municipal or State Engineering Technician
  • Civil Engineering Technician


The Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree is a 62–63 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

Introduction To Civil Engineering Technology 1.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00
AutoCAD And Civil 3D 3.00
Surveying And Mapping 2.00
Intermediate Algebra W/Apps 4.00
College Algebra W/Apps 3.00
College 101 1.00

Second Term

Intermediate Civil 3D 3.00
Cemented Aggregate Mixtures 3.00
Soil Mechanics 2.00
Surveying 2 3.00
Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00
Trigonometry W/Apps 3.00

Third Term

Civil Engineering Internship 2.00
Civil Engineering Interactive Project 2.00

Fourth Term

Psychology Of Human Relations 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00
Basic Engineering Statics 1.00
Surveying 3 2.00
Transportation Infrastructure Design 2.00
Advanced Civil 3D 3.00
General Physics 1 4.00

Fifth Term

Smart Technology For Civil Engineering 2.00
Construction Management, Estimating, And Safety 2.00
Stormwater Management 2.00
Water And Sewer Technology 2.00
Civil Engineering Technology Capstone Project 4.00
Introduction To Diversity Studies 3.00
Intro To Sociology 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Milwaukee School of Engineering Bachelor of Technical and Business Management

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

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Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
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* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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Documentation can be sent via email to, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores. Score requirements vary by program and version of the Accuplacer test that was taken. For more details, please contact Admissions. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

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