Civil Engineering Practitioner Program

Civil Engineering Practitioner Program

Truckee Meadows Community College was awarded a two-year, $144,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and implement a Civil Engineer Practitioner program. The grant is being administered by the TMCC Physical Sciences department.

Students will graduate from the program with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Civil Engineering after completion of 68 credits in technical engineering. Graduates of the program will be ready to enter the workforce as civil engineering practitioners, ready to perform many duties to aid engineers in analysis, design and construction of major public works projects such as roads, dams, treatment facilities and buildings. The program is designed to help students graduate in approximately two years.

Civil Engineering Practitioners help licensed professional civil engineers plan and oversee the building of highways, buildings, bridges, dams, wastewater treatment systems and other structures. Some estimate construction costs, specify materials to be used, prepare drawings and perform land-surveying duties. With an increasing demand to restore our nation's decaying infrastructure, this program is designed to address the need for qualified civil engineering practitioners in the 21st century.

Graduates of this program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology;
  • conduct, analyze and interpret experiment; apply experimental results to improve processes;
  • function effectively on teams;
  • identify, analyze and solve technical problems;
  • communicate effectively;
  • use graphic techniques to produce engineering documents;
  • conduct standardized field and laboratory testing on civil engineering materials;
  • use modern surveying methods for land measurement and/or construction layout;
  • determine forces and stresses in elementary structural systems; and
  • estimate material quantities for technical projects.

Additionally, graduates will have a respect for diversity and life-long learning; understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities; and have a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement.

Recommended High School Subjects

  • Two years of algebra, one year of science.

TMCC Math Requirement

  • Completion of both MATH 126 AND MATH 127 may be used to fulfill the MATH 128 requirement.

See Also: TMCC Sciences Division | TMCC Physical Sciences

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