Civil Engineering Technician Level 1 Credential

Next Start TimeDurationFormatTiming Credits
Fall1 semesterIn-PersonEvenings9
Civil engineering students


The Civil Engineering Technician Level 1 Credential provides you with the skills to succeed in an entry-level position in civil engineering, construction, and public works. Civil Engineering Technicians help civil engineers plan, design, and build infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build all types of development projects. Through this credential, you will develop necessary skills for the industry, including construction print reading, an understanding of construction materials, and an introduction to architectural Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Searchable job titles may include:

Civil Engineering Technician I 
Civil Engineering / Construction Administrative Assistant 
Construction Blue Print Reader 
Construction Materials Technician 
Construction Materials Sales 
Construction Materials Purchaser 


The Civil Engineering Technician - Level 1 Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires students to earn a passing grade in three courses and typically takes one semester to complete. These three courses can also be applied towards the Applied Science and Technology A.A.S. degree as well as the Construction and Environmental Technology A.A.S. degree. Courses are offered in person during the evenings.

View the Program Requirements and Search for the listed Course Descriptions.

Our Partners

Thank you to the City of Ithaca Public Works, City of Cortland, FYT Fuels, and Tompkins Workforce New York for helping create this microcredential. Our industry and community partners are vital to the success of our microcredential programs and many are leading employers of our graduates. 

Regional employers that typically recruit for these roles, include:

Holt Architects 
City of Ithaca 
City of Cortland 
Ithaca Public Works 

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Financing your Microcredential

There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. Discuss your options with an Admissions representative when you register. 

  • Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs is now available for many microcredentials at TC3! For more information the HESC website. A valid FAFSA must be on file to be eligible. To apply and for questions, contact Associate Director of Financial Aid Sarah Dockstater at
  • Grant money is available through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund for Tompkins County residents 
  • Grants are available through Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center for county residents 
  • Several employers in our community offer tuition reimbursement and sponsorship specifically for microcredentials  
  • Financial aid is available to eligible students who pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. 


FallCONT 104Monday & Wednesday4:30-5:45pm
FallCONT 107Tuesday & Thursday4:30-5:45pm
FallDRAF 117Monday & Wednesday6:00-8:10pm