Jeanette White, coordinator of Southwestern Community College’s Civil Engineering Technology program, keeps getting calls from employers looking for graduates who are ready to work. There’s just one issue: all of White’s graduates already have jobs or are continuing their education at a four-year school.
“Our program still has a 100-percent employment rate,” White said. “We are very fortunate that a lot of employers are looking for us to produce more graduates. It’s a wonderful field with a wide range of employment possibilities. We just need more students.”
White’s graduates are currently employed with the North Carolina Department of Transportation as well as private civil engineering, surveying and construction firms throughout the area. According to U.S. Labor Department figures, Civil engineering technicians’ median annual wage was $47,560 in May 2012.
In SCC’s program, students become proficient in surveying technology using the latest surveying instrumentations, including the use of a robotic total station.