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Engineering Technology, BS - Civil Engineering Technology Option

Civil Engineering Technology Degree

What is civil engineering? Some civil engineering projects seem invisible, such as roads designed for pedestrian, bicyclist and vehicle safety. Others strike us because they loom so impressively large. 

Graduates from the University of Central Missouri who work as civil engineer technicians design and administer construction of the commercial and civil projects people admire and use every day, such as bridges, stadiums, skyscrapers, power plants and waterways.

Earn a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology, with a focus in Civil Engineering Technology, to develop the technical and design skills you’ll need for a successful career as a civil engineer technician.

Combining civil engineering and technology in one affordable degree

Our diverse, experienced faculty and state-of-the-art equipment empower undergraduate students to design their futures. This along with UCM’s low tuition rates make our ABET-accredited Civil Engineering degree the complete package.

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ABET-accredited degree program

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95% of students land a job or continue
their education within 6 months


What you will study

At UCM, develop your own answers to the question, “What is civil engineering?” in our state-of-the-art facilities. Civil Engineering degree students get exclusive access to our engineering labs, including:

  • Masonry Technology 
  • Steel Erection
  • Inspection & Quality Control 
  • Electricity & Electronics
  • CADD Design  
  • Geology 
  • Surveying 

We keep class sizes small, so you get the most out of your lab experiences. Expect to roll up your sleeves alongside your peers in small classes. Then, go off campus to nearby Kansas City for internships with leading engineering companies to round out your courses for civil engineering at UCM.

Students tell us one of the most exciting projects they complete in their Civil Engineering degree program at UCM happens senior year. What is civil engineering in the real world? You’ll find out with an opportunity to showcase your skills and knowledge through a capstone class — working with a local company or municipality to solve an actual design or construction challenge. Many companies implement the solutions our students innovate.


Excellence in Engineering Technology 

  • A Best Value College for Engineering Technology (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in civil engineering technology

Other hands-on opportunities and real-world experiences Civil Engineering degree students enjoy most include:

  • Internships: Prepare for a career overseeing large construction projects after completing the courses for Civil Engineering at UCM. Internships provide a chance to apply and enhance what you learned in the classroom. Best of all, in many cases, internships lead to full-time employment as a civil engineer technician after graduation. 
  • Networking: Meet and engage with peers, faculty and industry professionals by joining the Student Organization of Construction Managers (SOCM). Put your skills to the test as you compete in teams and form lasting bonds with other members.


What can you do with a major in Civil Engineering Technology from UCM?

Courses for civil engineering prepare students for a successful, dynamic career. Our job placement rate for graduates with an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering degree typically ranges from 95% to 100%, with their starting salary ranging from $50,000 to $86,000. 

Upon completing the Civil Engineering Technology program at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll have these skills to add to your resume: proficiency in CADD, electronics, project management, construction practices, surveying and quality and engineering economy.

Graduates with a Civil Engineering Technology degree from UCM work for local and national companies such as:

  • Kiewit
  • Black & Veatch
  • Emery Sapp & Sons
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • SSC Engineering Inc.
  • McConnell & Associates

Why employers love civil engineer technicians from UCM

Our courses for civil engineering provide a broad foundation for success in a wide variety of careers in the engineering profession. Employers say Civil Engineering Technology program graduates from UCM possess applied engineering knowledge and skills, an impressive work ethic and desirable communication and people skills. 

Explore your career options with a civil engineering degree

What is civil engineering, and where will an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering degree from the University of Central Missouri take you? Find out with the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for your Civil Engineering Technology degree

While earning your ABET-accredited Civil Engineering degree from UCM, you can count on value. We have a variety of resources to help you finance your college education.

As a Civil Engineering Technology major, you may also qualify for exclusive program scholarships such as:

  • General Electric Scholarship Honoring Gene Harmon in Engineering Technology
  • Glenn W. Stahl Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Stephen Lacey Engineering Technology Scholarship

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

A master’s degree can enhance your UCM Civil Engineering degree and lead to additional career opportunities beyond a civil engineer technician.

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Make yourself more marketable.

Add a further specialty to your Engineering Technology degree from UCM and boost your resume when you achieve an undergraduate minor:


The University of Central Missouri's Engineering Technology degree curriculum by its nature is based both in theory and experiential learning. In order to apply theories studied in the classroom, students experience a wide variety of state-of-the-art laboratories. Students in the Engineering Technology program with focus on Mechanical Engineering Technology will work in facilities that house over 15 student laboratories, including:

  • Automation & Robotics
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Inspection & Quality Control (Metrology)
  • Destructive & Non-Destructive Testing
  • Precision Machining
  • Foundry
  • Plastics
  • R&D
  • CADD
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Electricity & Electronics
  • PLCs
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Networking
  • Concrete & Masonry
  • Wood Processing
  • Sheet Metal Forming
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) & Barcoding
  • Welding


An internship is required for the Engineering Technology degree. It is the student’s responsibility to secure the internship before graduation, but valuable assistance can be obtained through UCM Career and Life Design Center, Engineering Technology faculty, and industrial alliances.

Many students work their internship(s) during the summer. However, more and more companies want students to work an extended internship, sometimes called a co-op. This requires the student to either withdraw from UCM classes for one semester or work the internship while taking classes during the spring or fall. Typically, the student is paid a competitive wage during the internship and many times it will directly lead to a job upon graduation.

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The Engineering Technology Program at Central Missouri University is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,


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