Civil Technology

NHLSA Foundation Donation

Civil Technology students will be able to make good use of the new robotic total station received through a grant from the NHLSA Foundation. The gift of over $18,000 allowed the school to purchase the first robotic total station and data collector!

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Surveying & Mapping

Surveying & Technology student, Nick Sosa completed his summer work experience with Norway Plains Associates, Inc. Nick utilized specific construction surveying skills he learned in CT 233. Nick was the instrument operator in a two person survey team marking the exact location for a proposed foundation on one of the new multi-use buildings in downtown Durham, NH.

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In CT 222, Computer Aided Design, Level I, the student designs fundamental design project work including site work and buildings, prepares plans using computer software (AutoCAD). Emphasis is on learning the software, basic design and plan requirements. Students then apply this knowledge to produce presentation drawings and develop proficient skills with this software.

Statics and Materials

Students taking Statics and Materials will learn how to determine and evaluate the physical properties of common building construction materials such as wood, steel and non-ferrous metals, cement, concrete, brick, and bituminous materials.

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Get hands-on and build something!

Do you wonder how a map is made or how a house or road is constructed?  Are you someone who enjoys building things and realizes that education and training beyond high school is becoming a necessity?  If so, you may be an excellent candidate for the two year Civil Technology Program.

Civil Technology is a dynamic educational opportunity offering skill-based learning through class instruction, extensive laboratory experience, fieldwork as well as portfolio opportunities. 

The cornerstone of the education experience is instruction in computer-aided-design (CAD) and parametric modeling using the Thompson School's state-of-the-art CAD labs.  Students in surveying use the latest GPS and surveying equipment and students studying geographical information systems (GIS) use the new GIS instructional lab.  Additional coursework covers building science, construction contracting, materials, soils, and methodologies of professional practice in the concentration specialties. 

Admissions Requirements: 

Applicants to the Architectural Technology, Construction Management, and Surveying and Mapping concentrations must present college preparatory English and at least two years of satisfactory work in college preparatory mathematics.


The Civil Technology program prepares students for careers in the fields of architectural technology, construction management and surveying and mapping.  You'll learn the technology and science necessary to develop and firm foundation in these fields, then you'll take that knowledge into the field and lab to test it.  From the first semester, you'll have access to state-of-the-art mapping and surveying gear, advanced CAD, GIS, and 3-D modeling software and you'll have the opportunity to build and troubleshoot computers and networks.

Putnam Hall will become your home away from home.  You'll spend a lot of time in the Civil Tech classrooms, the IT loft and the Thompson School's state-of-the-art CAD lab.  But you'll also spend a significant amount of time in the field and community, using UNH's vast campus as a practice ground for surveying and mapping, site planning and visiting architecturally rich sites, engineering firms, and construction projects in the local area.