Programs And Courses

Engineering Technology
Engineering Technology

Structural Engineering Technology - Certificate (4581)

Do the designs of the Hoover Dam, Chicago O’Hare International Airport or Golden Gate Bridge intrigue you? Does the creativeness surrounding the design and creation of large-scale structures such as these capture your attention?

Structural engineering is the largest discipline within the field of civil engineering, and this specialty involves the design and execution of large structural projects, such as:

  • Airport terminals
  • Dams
  • Docks and bridges
  • Frames and foundations
  • Railroad structures
  • Tunnels

Let us help you get started in our Structural Engineering Technology Certificate!


When you graduate from our Structural Engineering Technology Certificate, you will be able to search for entry-level employment in the structural engineering field as a:

  • Computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) operator
  • Construction inspector
  • Drafter
  • Reviewer of shop and structural drawings
  • Technician

You are also likely to succeed in this field and program if you:

  • Have strong math and computer skills
  • Have the natural ability to visualize how individual components connect to form structures
  • Are detail-oriented and able to keep the bigger picture in mind



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You will gain a solid foundation of engineering skills through hands-on team projects and innovative lessons. Our curriculum gives you the chance to participate in team-based projects to complete basic designs for commercial buildings and other structures.

After graduating from our certificate, you will be ready to: 

  • Assist in the design and development of civil structures using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) equipment
  • Prepare, interpret and read technical drawings
  • Conceptualize ideas and communicate them to other project team members
  • Analyze static structures using trigonometry
  • Collect and interpret engineering data
  • Identify the student's career path
  • Identify global and ethical engineering issues



  • 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.

Our certificate program is designed to lead directly to employment. However, we encourage you to transfer your credits into our Associate in Science (AS) in structural engineering technology if you wish to continue your education.

Penn State Harrisburg: Structural Engineering Technology (pdf)

Locally YOURS, we offer the entire program 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, and you can apply anytime on our website. When you submit your application, please include program code 4581 with your application to make sure you apply to the correct program.



To learn more about this career path, please contact an admissions counselor or the engineering, trades & computer technologies department chair, Dr. Kelley Engle, today!