Courses in Civil Engineering Technology

Basic AutoCAD

CTLS 1110     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the basic operations of AutoCAD. It includes drafting and editing, drawing setup, scaling and plotting. (Prerequisites: None)

Construction Contract Documents

CTLS 1800     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the concepts relating to Civil Engineering drawings, construction specifications, and legal documents as associated with the industry. (Prerequisite: ENGL 100)

Civil Cad

CTLS 1805     3.00 Credits
This course covers the use of AutoDesk Civil 3D software in the design and drawing of Civil Engineering plans. (Prerequisite: CTLS 1110)

Introduction to Surveying

CTLS 1810     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the principles of plane surveying involving methods of measuring horizontal and vertical distance, elevation and angles. Practice in the use of common measurement equipment, leveling instruments, compass, transit, theodolite and total station is stressed along with introduction to Global Positioning Systems and proper care and maintenance of all equipment. Recording of field information and correction of acquired data are an important part of this course. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH 0075 with a grade of C or above, or an Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 56 or above)

Surveying 2

CTLS 1815     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the practices and techniques required in topographic, route, control, and construction surveys. It will also stress highway curves, cross-sections, and layout. The course will focus on the use, care, and maintenance of TopCon total stations and Trimble GPS. (Prerequisites: CTLS 1810)

Materials Technology

CTLS 1820     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the types of materials, construction methods, and quality control necessary in the construction of driven surfaces. The course examines basic geology with soil identification and classification for base construction, materials evaluation, testing methods for quality assurance in grading and base, bituminous surfacing, and concrete surfacing. This course is based on MnDOT certification requirements in the areas of Aggregate Production and Concrete Field 1. (Prerequisite: Must have a score of 56 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of MATH 0075 with a grade of C or higher)

Statics and Strengths of Materials

CTLS 2110     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers an introduction to structural theory and calculation. It includes analysis of forces, vectors, calculations of forces, moments and internal stresses and strains in structural materials. It also includes tracing of load paths through the structure. (Prerequisite: MATH 125)

Civil Design

CTLS 2825     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the general techniques and procedures used in the design of necessary infrastructure associated with highway design. Bentley's Microstation software is utilized throughout the course. (Prerequisites: CTLS 1110, 1815)

Construction Estimating and Inspections

CTLS 2830     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the study and performance of procedures necessary in estimating quantities and costs and construction inspection of heavy construction. Emphasis is placed on construction inspection through measurement of quantities, documentation, record keeping, and contract document interpretation. The equipment and materials utilized are also presented. (Prerequisite: CTLS 1110)

Introduction to Land Surveying

CTLS 2835     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the history of land surveying from the beginning advancement of the United States to modern day standards. Students will learn technical elements of writing legal land descriptions, basic fundamentals of platting land, and methods of researching property and property corners. (Prerequisite: CTLS 1110, 1810)

Special Studies

CTLS 2845     - Credits
Students work independently or in groups on special problems or subjects relating to the industry. (Prerequisites: Instructor approval)

Hydrology and Hydraulics

CTLS 2846     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces the basic design of water treatment and distribution systems, wastewater treatment and collection systems, stormwater flow systems, stormwater detention facilities, erosion control, and stormwater pollution prevention plans. (Prerequisites: CTLS 1110, MATH 120)


CTLS 2851     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
The internship/practicum requires a minimum of 144 hours of hands-on experience performing civil engineering technology duties, such as construction Inspection, surveys, roadway design, GIS, materials testing, and or other duties as requested. This course is designed to provide the student with a field experience to observe how procedures and/or policies are implemented and completed in civil engineering environments. (Prerequisites: None)