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Civil Engineering Technology BS

Todd Dunn, Department Chair
(585) 475-2900, gtdite@rit.edu

Scott B. Wolcott, Undergraduate Coordinator
(585) 475-6647, sbwite@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cast/cetems/

Program overview

The civil engineering technology major prepares students for employment in the fields of civil engineering, construction management, and other closely related professions. Students learn civil engineering technology fundamentals from faculty members who have years of practical, professional, on-the-job experience. The major stresses applied engineering, where students work in various laboratory settings to learn about theory, how design parameters are determined, and how to best utilize state-of-the-art equipment and engineering software. In addition, students learn the skills necessary to pursue additional education, certification, or professional licensure. Course work and extracurricular activities are designed to broaden students' involvement in organizations within and outside their profession. These objectives are achieved through a broad-based curriculum that offers students a choice of five elective paths that meet specific career interests.

Program goal

The goal of the civil engineering technology major is to provide an academically demanding education to meet the needs of students and employers by properly preparing them for a successful career after graduation.

Accreditation

The civil engineering technology major is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Curriculum

Students develop skills in courses that explore the fundamental areas of civil engineering, including structural, hydraulic, transportation, geotechnical, and environmental engineering. The major includes two technical electives and two free electives that can be used to gain additional depth or breadth in civil engineering or construction management. In addition, students may choose to utilize electives to pursue a minor outside of the civil engineering technology major or a professional option within the major. Options are not required, but students may choose to complete an option in construction management, structural design, or water resources to gain a deep understanding of these particular topics and how they impact civil engineering.

Civil engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CVET-140, 141 Materials of Construction and Lab 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
MATH-111 LAS Perspective 7A: Pre-Calculus 3
PHYS-111, 112 LAS Perspective 6: Physics I, II 8
  LAS Perspective 1 3
CVET-210 Statics 3
CVET-150 Computer Aided Design and Drafting 2
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus A 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CVET-160, 161 Surveying and Lab 4
CVET-180, 181 Civil Engineering Graphics and Lab 3
CVET-220 Strength of Materials 4
  LAS Perspective 2 3
MATH-172 Calculus B 3
CVET-170 Elements of Building Construction 3
CVET-230 Elementary Structures 3
CVET-240,241 Elementary Soil Mechanics and Lab 4
MATH-211 Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
CHMG-141,145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I and Lab 4
Third Year
CVET-250, 251 Hydraulics and Lab 4
CVET-300 Land Development Computer Applications 2
CVET-332 Structural Analysis with STAAD 4
  LAS Perspective 3 3
COMM-203 Effective Technical Communication 3
ENGT-299 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
CVET-440 Foundation Engineering 3
 CVET-431 or 432 Structural Design Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
CHMG-122 Chemistry of Water and Wastewater 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Technical Elective  
CVET-450 Principles of Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
CVET-400,401 Transportation Engineering and Lab 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
CVET-437 Dynamics in Civil Engineering Technology 2
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
CVET-500 Civil Engineering Technology Capstone (WI) 3
  Technical Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
  LAS Math or Science Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 128

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

Professional options

Students may choose to pursue one of three professional options in construction management, structural design, or water resources. Professional options consist of three courses.

Construction management

The construction management option is ideal for students who have an interest in courses related to the business, management, and technical aspects related to construction.

CVET-461 Construction Cost Estimating I
CVET-462 Construction Project Management
CVET-464 Construction Planning, Scheduling and Control
CVET-465 Contracts and Specifications
CVET-505 Sustainable Building Design and Construction
Structural design

The structural design option provides a focus in structural design and the use of different types of structures and materials. It also introduces related design codes.

CVET-431, 432 Structural Design Elective
CVET-433 Structural Timber Design
CVET-434 Design of Highway Bridges
CVET-435 Pre-stressed Concrete
CVET-436 Masonry Structures
Water resources

The water resources option is for students who have an interest in courses related to water treatment, wastewater treatment, hydrology, and the environment.

CVET-423 Geospatial Information Systems for CETEMS
CVET-451 Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment
CVET-452 Groundwater Hydraulics
CVET-453 Stormwater Management

Additional information

Graduates

Our graduates csn be foubnd working in consulting engineering firms; construction and construction management companies; and government agencies at the local, regional, and national level. Initial job titles may include junior engineer, project manager, project engineer, estimator, junior structural engineer, construction inspector, project coordinator, or superintendent. Many graduates pursue advanced degrees, and a large number have gained registration in several states as professional engineers. Some manage their own consulting firms.

Industrial Advisory Board

The Industrial Advisory Board is comprised of local and regional industry leaders from consulting, construction, and the municipal market. These advisory board members share their professional and technical expertise to enhance the engineering technology program and strengthen its development.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Using the language of codes, working drawings, and specifications, students in the civil engineering technology program learn how to translate the innovative concepts of the engineer into functioning systems and structures. The program prepares students for employment in the fields of civil engineering technology, construction management, or any of the many closely related fields. In addition, the program teaches the skills necessary for graduates to pursue additional education, certification, or professional licensure. The program also encourages students to grow in responsibility and leadership through course work and extracurricular activities designed to broaden their involvement in organizations within and outside their profession. These objectives are achieved through a broad-based curriculum that offers students a choice of five elective paths that meet specific career interests.

Accreditation

The civil engineering technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, and is operated as a cooperative education program.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Civil engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0608-051 Introduction to Civil Engineering Technology 1
1016-230 Precalculus 4
0608-211 Engineering Graphics with CAD 4
0608-330 Materials of Construction 4
1016-231 Calculus for Engineering Technology I 4
1017-211, 212, 271, 272 College Physics I, II, and Labs 8
0608-225 Problem Solving and Communication with Computers 2
0610-302 Introduction to Statics 4
0608-220 Civil Engineering Graphics 4
  Liberal Arts* 16
  Wellness Education† 1
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
Second Year
1017-213, 273 College Physics III and Lab 4
0608-320 Plane Surveying 4
0535-403 Effective Technical Communication 4
0610-303 Strength of Materials 4
0608-360 Elementary Soil Mechanics 4
0608-422 Elements of Building Construction 4
1016-232 Calculus for Engineering Technology II 4
0608-340 Route Surveying 4
0608-380 Elementary Structures 4
1016-304 Differential Equations for Engineering Technology 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
0608-199 Introduction to Civil Engineering Technology, Transfer 1
0608-420, 421 Hydraulics, Lab (or Technical Elective) 4
0608-304 Structural Loads and Systems 2
0608-303 Land Development Computer Applications 2
  Math Elective 4
0608-305 Structural Computer Applications 2
0608-404 Applied Mechanics of Materials 4
  Technical Elective 2
1011-271 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
1011-205 Chemistry I Lab 1
  Liberal Arts* 8
0606-099 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0608-432 Water and Wastewater Transport Systems 2
0608-490 Structural Analysis 4
1011-272, 276 Chemistry of Water and Wastewater and Lab 4
  Technical Electives 8
0608-438 Principles of Water and Wastewater Treatment 4
0608-496 or 0608-497 Structural Design 4
0608-527, 528 Soil Mechanics and Foundations and Lab 4
0608-546 Professional Principles and Practices 1
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0608-530 Transportation Engineering 4
  Free Electives 12
1017-359 Technology Electronics 4
0617-436 Engineering Economics 4
0608-570 Principles of Dynamics in Civil Engineering Technology 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 206

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Civil engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CVET-140 Materials of Construction 2
CVET-141 Materials of Construction Lab 1
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
MATH-111 LAS Perspective 7A: Pre-Calculus 3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 6: Physics I and Lab 4
  LAS Perspective 1 3
CVET-210 Statics 3
CVET-150 Computer Aided Design and Drafting 3
PHYS-112 Physics II 4
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus A 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar  3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CVET-160 Surveying 3
CVET-161 Surveying Lab 1
CVET-180 Civil Engineering Graphics 2
CVET-181 Civil Engineering Graphics Lab 1
CVET-220 Strength of Materials 4
  LAS Perspective 2 3
MATH-172 Calculus B 3
CVET-170 Elements of Building Construction 3
CVET-230 Elementary Structures 3
CVET-240 Elementary Soil Mechanics 3
CVET-241 Elementary Soil Mechanics Lab 1
MATH-211 Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
CHMG-121 LAS Perspective 5: Chemical Principles and Applications 3
Third Year
CVET-250 Hydraulics 3
CVET-251 Hydraulics Lab 1
CVET-300 Land Development Computer Applications 3
CVET-330 Structural Analysis and Dynamics 4
  LAS Perspective 3 3
COMM-203 Effective Technical Communication 3
CVET-299 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
CVET-440 Foundation Engineering 3
  Structural Design Technical Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
CHMG-122 Chemistry of Water and Wastewater 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
Choose one of the following: 3
     Structural Design Elective  
     Technical Elective  
CVET-450 Principles of Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
CVET-400 Transportation Engineering 2
CVET-401 Transportation Engineering Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 4 3
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
CVET-500 Civil Engineering Technology Capstone (WI) 3
  Technical Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
  LAS Math or Science Elective 4
  LAS Immersion 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 128

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Technical electives

Students will take at least two electives from one of the sequences shown. Other electives may be chosen from within that sequence, from another sequence, or from the other electives shown. With departmental approval, technical electives may be selected from courses in other colleges. Also, independent study projects may be pursued for credit in cases where students demonstrate unusual ability and obtain sponsorship of a faculty adviser.

CoursesQtr. Cr. Hrs.
Water resources
0608-482 Stormwater Management 4
0608-485 Hydraulic Structures 4
0608-480 Groundwater Hydraulics 4
Environmental controls
0608-510 Design of Water Treatment Facilities  2
0608-514 Land Use Planning 4
0608-511 Design of Wastewater Treatment Facilities 2
0608-525 Resource Recovery/Waste Management 4
Construction management
0608-500 Labor Relations 2
0608-509 Cost Estimating 4
0608-560 Construction Project Management 4
0608-544 Contracts and Specifications 2
Structures
0608-470 Timber Design 4
0608-496 Reinforced Concrete Design 4
0608-497 Structural Steel Design 4
Building and heavy construction
0608-460 Construction Equipment 2
0608-505 Construction Safety 2
0608-535 Pavement Design 4
0608-444 Mechanical Equipment 2
Other electives
1016-319 Data Analysis 4
0610-440 Applied Thermodynamics 4
0630-370, 372 Environmental Geology, Lab 4

Additional information

Industry board

The Industry Advisory Board is comprised of local and regional industry leaders from consulting, construction, and the municipal market. These advisory board members share their professional and technical expertise to enhance the engineering technology program and strengthen its development.

Graduates

Consulting engineers; construction companies and industries; and federal, state, and local government agencies employ engineering technology graduates both nationally and internationally. Their initial job titles range from assistant project manager, structural designer, or junior engineer to construction inspector and environmental engineer. Many graduates pursue advanced degrees, a large number have gained registration in several states as professional engineers, and many manage their own consulting firms.