School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Civil Engineering Technology

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 106071


Civil engineers design and build important parts of our infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, dams and water supply systems. As a student in Madison College's Civil Engineering Technology program, you will train to assist engineers and land surveyors in: 

  • Planning: Determine the scope of the project, what data will be required to complete the project, the most appropriate technique to gather the required data, and review agencies that will be involved in the project.
  • Scheduling: Determine the schedule of the design and construction phases of a project, prepare for public meetings and identify meeting dates.
  • Designing: Use design software to prepare plans for transportation projects, municipal sewer and water projects, and land development projects.
  • Estimating: Perform estimates of quantities used in a project, as well as the expected cost of engineering projects.
  • Surveying: Perform field surveys for design and construction of engineering projects, land developments and retracement surveys, including route surveys, topographic surveys and subdivision surveys.
  • Observing and Inspecting Construction: Observe the construction of highways, bridges, buildings and other structures to ensure they are constructed in accordance with the engineers' plan, as well as perform material testing to ensure materials are in accordance with design specifications.

Program Details

Students in the Civil Engineering Technology program can attend full time.

Civil Engineering Technology program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for Civil Engineering Technology.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Civil Engineering: Highway


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience, including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210. 


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2017-2018 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

First Semester

3 credits

3 credits

Second Semester

3 credits

Third Semester

3 credits

2 credits



3 Credits

Fourth Semester



3 Credits


MATC's Civil Engineering Technology program graduates are prepared to:  

  • Communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written format.
  • Apply civil engineering design principles to all facets of planning an engineering project.
  • Demonstrate and apply fundamental surveying skills.
  • Operate technical computer software, hardware and instruments to perform civil engineering procedures.
  • Perform fundamental construction materials tests.
  • Demonstrate professional work ethics and positive interpersonal skills in the workplace.
  • Assume responsibility for continuing education to remain current in the civil engineering profession. 



Earning your associate degree in applied science in the Civil Engineering Technology program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:  

  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Construction Inspector
  • Land Survey Technician
  • CAD Technician
  • GIS Technician
  • Materials Testing Technician
  • Construction Estimator

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