Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Why choose Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician?

  • Be a critical member of an engineering team that designs and constructs safe and efficient transportation networks.
  • The challenging field of civil engineering is an excellent choice for those with attention to detail and comfort with computers and technology.
  • Work with surveying and design teams in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments, including active construction sites and material testing labs.
  • The Wisconsin DOT's transportation budget exceeds $3 billion annually, and employers public and private are constantly in need of trained personnel in this field.
  • Mid-State’s program satisfies the educational requirement to become a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) in Wisconsin. Completing this degree and additional work experience required by the state qualifies you to take the PLS exam.
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. Highway technicians are the critical members of the engineering team that makes it happen.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician program prepares students to work in the design and 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.

Mid-State's Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician program courses provide the required educational hours to obtain the Professional Land Surveyor license; however, students need to complete four years of on-the-job experience in order to be eligible for licensure in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $10,835.70
  • Books: $2,053.37
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $50.56
  • Total Estimated Cost: $12,939.63

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10623106 Introduction to AutoCAD 1
  10607155 Intro to Surveying  2
  10607145 Soils 3
  10801136 English Composition 1  3
  10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications  4
  10623115 Intro to Engineering 1
  10103123 Excel-Beginning  1
  10607108 Introduction to Civil 3D  1
  Term Total   16 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10607150 Civil Engineering Drafting I  3
  10607156 Surveying - Total Station 3
  10804196 Trigonometry with Applications  3
  10607167 Inspection 2
  10607110 Cemented Aggregate Mixtures 4
  10103124 Excel-Intermediate  1
  10487101 Drones and Remote Sensing 1
  Term Total   17 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10809166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application  3
-or- 10809195 Economics  3
  10806143 College Physics 1 3
-or- 10806154 General Physics 1  4
  10607160 Civil Engineering Drafting II 2
  10607174 GPS for Surveyors 2
  10607171 Highway Surveying 2
  10607170 Storm Water Management 3
  10607117 GIS Fundamentals 2
  10607118 Land Records 1
  Term Total   18-19 Credits
Term: 4
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10607166 Construction Estimating & Management 3
  10804195 College Algebra with Applications  3
  10607149 Highway Bridges, Medians, & Barriers 3
  10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication  3
-or- 10801198 Speech  3
  10809198 Introduction to Psychology  3
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology  3
  10607180 Civil Engineering Capstone 2
  Term Total   17 Credits
  Program Total   68-69 Credits



Michael holds an MBA from UW–Milwaukee, an MS in career and technical education from UW–Stout, and a BS in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also a certified professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin and holds a remote pilot’s license for commercial drone use. Michael has 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).

“Technology is constantly changing the way we design and construct our country’s infrastructure, enabling us to build more efficiently than ever before. Being trained using the latest equipment and software makes our graduates extremely valuable to employers in our industry.”


Greg earned both a BCE and MS from Auburn University and an MSCE from Purdue University, all in civil engineering. He is an NSPS Level IV Certified Survey Technician (Survey Field Manager), a UAS Part 107 Remote Pilot, and holds five certifications in Wisconsin’s Highway Technician Certification Program. His experience includes work as a project engineer for multimillion-dollar wastewater treatment construction projects in four different states. He has also been a research technician on pavement material research projects for DOTs in Alabama and Indiana and has co-authored journal articles in Concrete International and ASCE Materials Journal on this research. He is an active member of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors.

“Civil engineering provides our roads, airports, treatment facilities, and other municipal infrastructure we use every day. It is rewarding to play a role in projects that benefit our society—and help prepare students to move into in-demand careers as surveyors, inspectors, drafters, material testers, or estimators so they can tackle the challenges of our ever-growing population and ever-changing world.”


  • Engineering Design Technician
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Inspection/Quality Control Technician
  • AutoCAD/Drafting Technician
  • Estimator
  • Field Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Material Testing Technician
  • Survey Technician



High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

“The education I received at Mid-State has been invaluable. It built a foundation that is endlessly improving, providing excellent growth opportunities in my career.”


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