Civil and Construction Engineering Technology

Civil and Construction Engineering Technology

Civil and Construction Engineering Technology provides students with a broad education and preparation for a career or advancement in the civil engineering technology or construction profession. The program is designed for students that have just graduated from high school, individuals in related fields and those who are seeking to change careers. Civil and Construction Engineering Technology is a concentration in the Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology AAS degree program.

Prior Learning Assessment

In order to complete the degree requirements in the shortest amount of time. Credit from life experience can be granted through Prior Learning Assessment.


Civil and Construction Engineering Technology courses cover topics including:

  • Critical thinking used by engineers to solve problems;
  • Materials and methods of construction;
  • Fundamentals of surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS);
  • Computer applications in surveying, estimating and construction management;
  • Soil and material testing;
  • Structures and hydrology;
  • Site design using 3-D computer programing to create Building Information Models (BIM)

This program is responsive to the dynamic nature of the field and trains you for both current and future employment possibilities. Updated computer labs provide training on the newest software.

Transfer Agreement with Middle Tennessee State University

NSCC and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
Agreement: Students who complete an A.A.S degree in Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology: Civil and Construction concentration can transfer to MTSU to pursue a B.S. in Construction Management: Commercial Construction Management concentration. NSCC and MTSU (AAS ACET CIT Program)

Architecture Club

Architecture Club Student OrganizationThe Architecture Club is the student organization for Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program students. Its mission is to provide opportunities for educational advancement, career enhancement, public outreach and community service. The club sponsors guest lectures, field trips and social events throughout the school year. See Student Life for more information.

Program Faculty

Jack Wallace RA, Associate Professor, 615-353-3445
Jack WallaceJack has been a licensed architect for over 12 years with experience in residential, commercial and institutional architectural design. He was a recipient of an AIA merit award for the Maxwell Centre an historic preservation project in Wheeling, West Virginia. He has been employed in a variety of settings ranging from being an intern at a 90-person firm to being a sole practitioner. He has practiced in Ohio, West Virginia and Montana. In addition to his work experience he taught at Fairmont State University in Fairmont West Virginia. Since joining the Faculty at Nashville State in 2006, his teaching responsibilities include: Architectural Design Process, Residential Drafting and Construction, and Commercial Drafting and Codes.

Master of Architecture, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1984
Master of Fine Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1978
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1974

Rob Donaldson, Assistant Professor, 615-353-3447
Rob DonaldsonRob has over 10 years experience in the engineering field. He has worked in both the areas of electrical and civil engineering. His experience includes employment with the City of Tampa Sewer Department, and with the Tampa Electric Company. His most recent experience was in structural design, building inspection and civil engineering. His teaching responsibilities include: Building Utilities, Specifications and Estimating, Materials and Methods of Construction, and Hydrology and Site Design.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1980
Master of Civil Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1999

Alex Smiley PE, Instructor, 615-353-3579
Alex has over 18 years of experience as a professional engineer, including employment with General Electric. He owned and operated his own engineering company, specializing in design and fabrication of custom material handling equipment. Teaching responsibilities: Computer-Aided Drafting, 3D Design, and Technical Graphics.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1974
Master of Engineering and Engineering Management, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 1983

Wallace Wilson PE, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus
Wallace has over 40 years experience as a professional engineer, business owner and educator. He has been a faculty member at Nashville State since 1972. His teaching responsibilities include: Statics, Structural Mechanics, and Structural Design.

Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1957
Master of Science Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1958
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1967

Advisory Committee

The Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program has an advisory committee of over thirty members from the architectural, civil engineering and construction industry. They form a partnership with the program to provide advice and insight for curriculum development, employment trends and the state of the industry.


The Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied EngineeringThe Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Program Performance

Contact Information

Program Office: 615-353-3475

Jack Wallace, Associate Professor
Phone: 615-353-3445

Rob Donaldson, Assistant Professor
Phone: 615-353-3447

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Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

NSCC Career Services

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

G.K. Architectural Engineering Technology

With the help of my CAD classes and coop program getting me connected with my current job at a large Nashville architectural firm, I am achieving my goals.

G.K. Architectural Engineering Technology

Brian, Civil Engineering

Whether just starting out or shifting careers, Nashville State is a sensible and economical solution to get you where you want to be.

Brian, Civil Engineering

Bob, Architectural Engineering Technology

I learned commercial construction design & was able to use Revit & other industry-standard software. I was hired 3 weeks after graduating (Class of 2012) in my field of study.

Bob, Architectural Engineering Technology

Floyd, Pre-Engineering

Attending the Clarksville campus of Nashville State is allowing me to take my pre-reqs at a lower tuition cost before transferring to an area University.

Floyd, Pre-Engineering

Matt, Architectural Engineering Technology

My Associate’s degree (Class of 2011) helped me kick start my career and really develop my long-term goals. The ACT program is a good one to get an individual started in the field.

Matt, Architectural Engineering Technology

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