Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician

Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Roads and highways connect our towns, cities, and everywhere in between. Although few people give much thought to the roads they rely on daily, it takes years to plan, design, and build a safe and efficient transportation network. And highway technicians are the critical members of the engineering team that makes it happen.

A Closer Look

Highway technicians help civil engineers plan and design the construction of highways, bridges, and other commercial and residential projects. They also work with construction firms, surveyors, and city planners, which may include estimating construction costs, preparing drawings, or inspecting construction. Knowledge about surveying, soils, and construction material testing is critical to their success.

Projects may also require highway technicians to perform traditional or computer-aided drafting (CAD), site design, mapping, and inspection.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician program prepares students to work in the construction of public projects like roads, bridges, parking structures, and stormwater management systems. This important work also includes railroad, pipeline, power line, dam, canal, wastewater treatment facility, and airport construction.

Through hands-on exercises and a capstone design project, you’ll learn how to support the work of civil engineers, designers, surveyors, and city planners. You’ll also receive training in surveying, soils, construction material testing, computer drafting, estimating, site design, mapping, and inspection procedures.


  • AutoCAD/Drafting Technician
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Estimator
  • Field Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Material Testing Technician
  • Survey Technician

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Michael earned his MBA from UW-Milwaukee and a BS in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He worked as a design engineer and construction inspector for eight years, including design and inspection of residential, commercial, and industrial developments. He completes ongoing professional development to keep his skills fresh and maintain his license as a professional engineer (PE).

“My role as an instructor is to help students find their strengths, grow them, and ultimately connect them with employers who value those strengths.”


Greg has a BCE and an MS from Auburn University and an MSCE from Purdue University. His experience includes pavement materials research for the Alabama DOT as well as estimating and project management for construction of wastewater treatment plants. Greg has co-authored articles for research journals, holds several materials testing certifications, and is a member of the local chapter of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors.

“Civil Engineering is nearly everywhere. The roads, bridges, and hospitals we may take for granted were all created by civil engineers. I love helping students get a better understanding of what is around them every day—and seeing that they want to be a part of it.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,887.38
  • Books: $2,445.85
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $20.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $12,353.23

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10103123 Excel-Beginning 1.00
10607108 Intro to Civil 3D 1.00
10607145 Soils 3.00
10607155 Intro to Surveying 2.00
10623106 Intro to AutoCAD 1.00
10623115 Intro to Engineering 1.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 2
10103124 Excel-Intermediate 1.00
10607110 Cemented Aggregate Mixtures 4.00
10607150 Civil Engineering Drafting I 3.00
10607156 Surveying - Total Station 3.00
10607167 Inspection 2.00
10804196 Trigonometry with Applications 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809195 Economics 3.00
(19 Credits)
Term: 3
10607117 GIS Fundamentals 2.00
10607118 Land Records 1.00
10607160 Civil Engineering Drafting II 2.00
10607170 Storm Water Management 3.00
10607171 Highway Surveying 2.00
10607174 GPS for Surveyors 2.00
10806154 General Physics 1 4.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 4
10607149 Highway Bridges, Medians, & Barriers 3.00
10607166 Construction Estimating & Management 3.00
10607180 Civil Engineering Capstone 2.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
10804195 College Algebra with Applications 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(17 Credits)
Total Credits: 68