Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
CET101Engineering Fundamentals3This course introduces concepts of the civil engineering technician field, including career opportunities, the engineering industry and basic engineering principles. The student will learn to read and understand road and bridge plans and be introduced to all the elements that make up a highway construction project.Loading...
CET110Materials Testing3Students will develop a working knowledge of sampling and testing basic materials used in the highway construction industry (aggregate and concrete). Iowa Department of Transportation materials certifications (AGG I, AGG II and PCC I) will be given to students upon successful completion of state certification exams given during the course.Loading...
CET113Surveying Fundamentals3This course will develop working knowledge of surveying fundamentals. Topics will include introduction to surveying instruments and equipment, measurement of distances and angles, determining elevation, note keeping, traversing, triangulation, mapping, and the researching of monuments and benchmarks. Prerequisite OR Corequisite: MAT 773Loading...
CET152Construction Inspection3This course will develop a working knowledge of construction inspection fundamentals. Topics will include an introduction to construction reviews, preconstruction planning, permits processes, embankment construction, drainage solutions, stabilization methods, equipment used in construction, placement work, paving procedures and estimating time and materials. Prerequisite: CET 101 or instructor approvalLoading...
CET158Introduction to Drafting4This course will introduce the student to computer-aided drafting (CAD) utilizing Microstation software. Microstation fundamentals will be taught, including drawing formats, placing and manipulating elements, measurements, cells, patterning, dimensioning, reference files and three-dimensional modeling. Drawings will be created and plotted. Prerequisite: CET 101Loading...
CET180Engineering Surveying4A continuation of Surveying Fundamentals. Topics will include construction control surveys; topographic surveys, construction site layout; coordinate systems (i.e., state plane); elementary horizontal curves; real property descriptions; right of way. Electronic data collection and global positioning will be utilized, as well as data downloading and editing using CAD programs. Prerequisite: CET 113 or instructor approvalLoading...
CET192Statics4This course is designed to acquaint the student with basic structural concepts. Emphasis is placed on the use of free body diagrams in understanding the forces acting on a structural member. Prerequisite: MAT 773 or instructor approvalLoading...
CET210PCC/HMA Plant Inspection3This course will develop a working knowledge of hot mix asphalt and Portland cement concrete plant operations, plant control, sampling and testing. Iowa Department of Transportation materials certifications (PCC II, HMA I) will be given to students upon successful completion of state certification exams given during the course. Prerequisite: CET 110 or instructor approvalLoading...
CET215Roadway Design Fundamentals4This course will introduce the student to highway design. Topics will include an overview of the highway development process, design criteria and standards, horizontal alignments, vertical alignments, cross-sections, earthwork, construction details, specifications and estimates of quantities. A final highway design project will be completed. Prerequisite: CET 101Loading...
CET228CAD Graphics Lab1This course will give the student practice time to enhance their understanding of computer-aided drafting (CAD). Microstation snd AutoCAD Civil 3D software will be utilized. Drawings will be created and plotted. (This course is Pass/Fail)Loading...
CET240Soils and Erosion Control2The student will learn concepts of geology and engineering properties including soil type, index properties, soil classification, stress and strain, soil compaction and erosion control. Iowa DOT Soils Certification and Erosion and Sediment Control Certification will be awarded upon successful completion of certification exams. Prerequisite: MAT 773Loading...
CET243Land Surveying4Application of survey concepts to Boundary and Route Surveying. Topics will include real property descriptions; research, route surveying, horizontal curve calculation and layout, vertical curve calculations; closed and open loop survey, bench level circuit, subdivision survey and construction surveying. Electronic data collection and global positioning will be utilized. Prerequisite: CET 180 or instructor approvalLoading...
CET252Construction Documents3This course will teach a student to define, interpret and utilize construction contract documents and contracting methods. Topics covered are bonds, contracts, bidding documents, construction insurance, subcontracts and subcontractors, dispute resolutions, ethics, safety and labor relations. Prerequisite:CET 152 or instructor approvalLoading...
CET255Roadway/Highway Design4This course will introduce the student to additional highway design topics. Topics will include hydrology and drainage design, intersection and interchange design, roadside design, jointing, pavement design, parking design, highway capacity and traffic engineering. Prerequisite: CET 215 or instructor approvalLoading...
CET258Roadway Design with Geopak4This course will introduce the student to automated civil engineering design utilizing GEOPAK software. GEOPAK fundamentals will be taught, including the project manager, digital terrain models, coordinate geometry, alignment tools, the design and computation manager, criteria files, cross-section creation, labeling, sheeting, reports and quantity output. A complete highway design project utilizing GEOPAK will be performed. Prerequisite: CET 158 or instructor approvalLoading...
CET291Structural Design and Const3This course is an introduction to the understanding of load and resistance factor design (LRFD) method. Topics considered include material properties, tension, compression, bending, beam columns, simple connections, base plates and bearing plates. Prerequisite: CET 192Loading...
CET302Field Internship2Practical experience through on-the-job training in an approved civil engineering technician setting. Tasks will be consistent with students’ career objectives, skills and knowledge. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 31 credit hours of CET program courses and/or department approval.Loading...
CET304Field Coop4Practical experience through on-the-job training in an approved civil engineering technician setting. Tasks will be consistent with students' career objectives, skills and knowledge. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 32 credit hours of CET program courses and/or department approvalLoading...
CET305Field Coop5Practical experience through on-the-job training in an approved civil engineering technician setting. Tasks will be consistent with students' career objectives, skills and knowledge. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 32 credit hours of CET credit courses and/or department approval. Same content as SRV 305. Credit will not be granted for both CET 305 and SRV 305Loading...
CET307Field Orientation2This course is required for students who do not take the Field Coop. It will acquaint a student with field operations. The role of the superintendent and project manager will be discussed as well as the relationship between the contractor and owner. Visits will be made to local projects to observe construction procedures. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 32 credit hours of CET credit courses. Written permission from the CET faculty is required to substitute this course for 2 credits of the 5-credit CET 305 requirementLoading...