Programs And Courses

Engineering Technology
Engineering Technology

Civil Technology - Associate in Applied Science (AAS) (4720)

ATTENTION:  This program is currently under review by the department. While this is occurring, the college is not accepting new students into the program. For more information, please contact the engineering, trades and computer technologies department chair, Dr. Kelley Engle. Her contact information can be found in the "How can I learn more?" section of this page.

Are you curious to know what all may be involved in the planning and development of construction projects within your community? Do you have an interest in knowing how highways and land development projects are created and completed? If so, and you also have an eye for detail and the bigger picture, our civil engineering degree may be a good fit for you! If you are passionate about developing your computer and math skills, our Civil Technology Program can give you the strong foundation you need for a challenging and rewarding career.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in civil technology focuses on the areas of highway and land development, drainage, erosion and sedimentation control and surveying.

With your associate degree, you can pursue the following positions in civil technology.

  • Computer-aided design (CAD) operator
  • Designer
  • Engineering technician
  • Technician

You are most likely to succeed in this field if you:

  • Have solid math and computer skills
  • Have the ability to manage time efficiently
  • Enjoy the challenge of solving problems creatively and analytically
  • Can solve problems using strong analytical skills



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Our program will introduce you to the basics of CAD drafting and design in:

  • Highway
  • Computer-aided-drafting (CAD) in AutoCAD
  • MicroStation
  • Civil 3-D environment
  • Land development
  • Drainage
  • Erosion
  • Sedimentation control
  • Surveying

In addition, you will be taught how to interpret major laws and regulations that govern the field of civil engineering as well as how to write specifications and prepare reports, permits, cost estimates, project documentation and presentations. 

As you complete our program, you will: 

  • Use AutoCAD, CAD Civil 3D and MicroStation CAD software in the civil engineering environment
  • Function as members of a crew performing surveying operations and processing data
  • Layout an engineer’s conceptual highway design and create horizontal and vertical alignment
  • Design commercial and residential building sites under the supervision of an engineer
  • Interpret the major laws and codes that govern the practice of civil engineering, architecture and surveying
  • Draw boundary surveys
  • Draft and design horizontal curves and vertical curves and operate a CAD station efficiently
  • Develop contour plans, profiles, cut and fill, and cross sections
  • With supervision, prepare drainage design for storm sewers, culverts and outfall protection
  • Develop erosion and sedimentation control plans with the assistance of an engineer
  • Write specifications and prepare cost estimates for highway and land development projects
  • Utilize PennDOT Design Manuals for highway design and plan presentation
  • Apply design basics for storm water management, utilities, parking, contours, plans and profiles
  • Write and speak effectively


  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

Although this program is designed to lead directly to employment, transfer opportunities are available. Our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper classes at HACC.

You can also transfer to the following program:

You can complete the entire program only at our Harrisburg Campus.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.



Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit for details and deadlines.



We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. To apply anytime, visit our website. When you submit your application, please include program code 4720 to ensure you apply to the correct program.



We are happy to answer your questions. Please contact an admissions counselor or the engineering, trades & computer technologies department chair, Dr. Kelley Engle, to learn more. You may also request more information online.

Make YOUR Hands-On Career in Civil Technology a Reality at HACC.