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Civil Engineering Technology - Fresh Water Resources

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As fresh water becomes one of our most valued resources, you can obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a career that can help preserve this valuable resource.

Gateway Technical College’s Civil Engineering Technology – Fresh Water Resources associate degree program helps students learn civil engineering design and construction, coupled with advanced education in specific areas of environmental assessment, water treatment, storm water management and erosion control.

An environmental technician assists in storm water management, environmental assessment and water sampling and testing. They also set up, test, operate and modify equipment for preventing or cleaning up environmental pollution as well as conduct pollution surveys, collecting and analyzing samples such as air and ground water.

Program courses will teach students how to utilize graphic techniques to produce engineering drawings as well as utilize modern surveying methods for field measurements, design storm systems for hydrological events, understand the treatment process for water and fresh water and design an erosion control plan for a given construction site.

Courses are offered at the integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (iMET) Center in Sturtevant. Students can also access these courses through the Nodal network at Gateway’s Elkhorn Campus and Blackhawk Technical College’s Janesville Campus. Nodal workstations are equipped with headphones and webcams, providing two-way audio and video communication across the Internet, including the ability to share screens, allowing students to fully participate in class as if they were in the classroom at iMET.

What does an environmental technician do?

Graduates can find entry-level career opportunities as public works technicians, environmental engineering assistants, erosion control specialists, treatment operations assistants, utility coordinators and civil engineering design technicians. Technicians can work laboratories for public and private companies, wastewater treatment centers and utility and water plants.

Learning by doing

All courses within the Civil Engineering – Fresh Water degree program use real-world problems and projects for students instead of just book exercises. The fusion of education and application is an essential part of the program.


The construction science group (CSG) programs (CET-Highway, Land Survey, CET-Fresh Water and Architectural-Structural Engineering Tech) share a common first year of coursework. This allows for the basic understanding of all four areas which is a valuable fundamental skill set while giving students an opportunity to explore each program and decide what the best fit is for them. In the second year of the program students will take core courses in Civil Engineering – Fresh Water Resources.


As a capstone project all students in the construction science group (CET-Highway, Land Survey, CET-Fresh Water, Architectural-Structural and Interior Design) are divided into multidisciplinary design groups. The student design teams are given a real world design project that emphasizes each specialty and allows students to apply concepts and training developed in their degree program to a real life project.


Students are encouraged to join the Civil Engineering Technician Associate Club. The club hosts an annual Professional Night where professionals from the industry come giving students a great opportunity to network and obtain job leads. Students can also participate in the Society of Women Engineers student club.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of environmental science and protection technicians is projected to grow 24 percent through 2020. This is due to government's increased focus on efficient water use and water treatment. The median annual salary of environmental technicians was $43,390 in 2014.



iMET Center
Michael Schuck

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Interim Dean