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Civil Engineering Technology - Highway Technology

Program Requirements: 

In today’s fast-paced society being able to quickly get from place to place is essential. Become a part of the team designing the highways of tomorrow with a Civil Engineering Technology (CET) – Highway Technology associate degree at Gateway Technical College.

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers plan the construction of highways, buildings, bridges and other structures. Highway technicians may also estimate construction costs, prepare drawings and develop a list of needed supplies.

Gateway’s construction science group (CSG) programs (CET-Highway, Land Survey, CET-Fresh Water and Architectural-Structural Engineering) share a common first year of coursework. This allows for a 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 take core classes in Civil Engineering – Highway Technology.

Courses are offered at the integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (iMET) Center in Sturtevant. Students can also access 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 a civil engineering technician do?

Graduates can find careers as construction inspectors, estimators, assistant engineers, designers, assistant construction managers and utility coordinators. They work in fields such as highway and building construction, water supply services and pollution control.

Learning by doing

Gateway’s highway engineering courses use real world problems and projects instead of just book exercises. The fusion of education and application is an essential part of all courses. Students obtain hands-on understanding of design and inspection skills used in the engineering and construction processes.


Technical skills developed in the program include utilizing graphic techniques to produce engineering drawings, conducting standardized field and laboratory testing, utilizing modern surveying methods for land measurements and/or construction layout, estimating material quantities and costs for projects, designing storm systems for hydrological events and determining forces and stresses in elementary structural systems.


As a capstone project all students in the construction science group (CET-Highway, Land Survey, CET-Fresh Water and Architectural-Structural Engineering) 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 (CETA). 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 club.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of civil engineering technicians is expected to grow 12 percent through 2020. The median annual salary of civil engineering technicians was $48,340 in 2014.



iMET Center
Steven Whitmoyer

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Interim Dean