Started in 1985 as a cooperative venture with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the HEC Course reviews and reinforces Fundamental Engineering Principles (FEP) course content through a project-based curriculum that applies engineering principles to real- world transportation engineering projects. Currently offered in North Carolina, an HEC course partnership with ITRE is available for other locations.

About the Program: (click here for a printable flyer)

  • For technicians with proficiency in Horizontal and Vertical Alignment
    • two-year AAS degree in Civil Engineering, or
    • FEP prerequisite courses Mathematics, Physics, and Horizontal and Vertical Alignment, or
    • Horizontal and Vertical Alignment Qualifying Exam
  • Live classroom
  • 18 weeks, 8 hours per week (one full day)
  • Weekly graded tests and project assignments
  • Certificate and graduation ceremony

Cost: Varies by individual contract – contact for more information

2017-2018 Scheduling Details:

  • Location: Hickory, North Carolina Convention Center
  • Class Meeting Dates:
    • Tuesdays: July 18, 25; August 1, 8, 22, 29; September 12, 26; October 3, 10, 24, 31; November 7; December 5
    • Mondays: September 18, October 16, November 20
    • Wednesdays: November 15
  • Optional Work Days/Make-up Days: Tuesdays: August 15, September 5, November 28, December 12


1Transportation PlanningInterchange Prototype
2-3Horizontal AlignmentHorizontal Realignment of a State Highway
4-5Highway DesignDesign of Ramp and Loop Interchange
6Vertical AlignmentVertical Profiles - Highway, Ramp, and Loop
7-8 Geotechnical EngineeringSoil Classification, Testing, and Settlement
9-10StaticsHighway Bridge Loading
11-12Strength of MaterialsBridge Beam Design and Selection
13-14Structure Design Sizing Steel Plate Girders
15-16Hydraulic EngineeringStormwater Runoff Collection Design
17-18Traffic OperationsSignalized Intersection Phasing and Coordination

Why HEC?




Daniel Findley
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