In RIT’s civil engineering technology degree, you’ll gain the practical theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to analyze and solve complex challenges posed by our nation’s growing infrastructure needs.
Students solve challenges using in-depth technical knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving. They acquire design skills in all major sub-disciplines of civil including structural, geotechnical, transportation, civil/site, and water/wastewater. Students gain software experience in packages such as AutoCAD (Civil 3D, HydroCAD, SewerCAD), Revit, and various Bentley software products including STAAD.
Program facilities equipment
Located in a LEED Silver building, the Soils & Materials laboratory includes state-of-the-art equipment for soil mechanics, materials of construction and surveying. The Environmental, Occupational Health, and Hydraulics laboratory allows students to engage in activities related to hydraulics, principles of water and wastewater treatment and mechanics. The Design and Drafting Lab (DDL) enables students to work on their engineering designs with state-of-the-practice PCs and technical software.
Program job titles reported
Project Manager; Civil Engineer; Design Engineer; Electronic Transmission Engineer; Estimating Engineer; Pavement Engineer; Construction Material Engineer; Field Engineer; Geotechnical Engineer; Project Engineer; Structural Engineer; Traffic Engineering; Transportation Engineer; Water Engineer; Principal Investigator; Consultant; Transportation Safety Specialist; Transit Operator; Metropolitan Transportation Planner
Program significant points
- Overall job opportunities in engineering are expected to be good, with civil growing 11% faster than average.
- 100% of last year’s graduating class held positions within their field of study or were enrolled in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.
- Graduates qualify for professional licensure in most states.
- Professional options available in: Construction Management, Structural Design, and Water Resources
Select program hiring partners
Advance Testing, American Bridge Company, BME Associates, C&S Companies, Campus Construction, Christa Construction, Clark Patterson Lee, Flatiron Construction Corp, Fuss & O'Neil, GPI/Greenman-Pedersen, Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors, Inc., LeChase Construction Service, LLC., Monroe County Water Authority, New York State Department of Transportation, Nussbaumer & Clarke, Inc., Passero Associates, POWER Engineers, Inc., Renewable Energy Systems, The DDS Companies, The Pike Company, The Walsh Group, Turner Construction, Wegmans, Whiting-Turner Contacting Co.
|Outcome||% of Students|
|Full-time Graduate Study||5.70%|
What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.
Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your engineering co-ops will provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your engineering knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.
Students in the civil engineering technology degree are required to complete four co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer blocks. You'll alternate periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in your career field. In some circumstances, other forms of experiential education (e.g., study abroad, research, military service) may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op advisor to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.
Careers in Civil Engineering Technology
Civil engineers are in demand. Our nation’s growing infrastructure needs–coupled with a focus on addressing the environment as a key component in infrastructure solutions–have created ample career opportunities for civil engineers. And, with an exceptional outcomes rate, graduates of our degree in civil engineering technology are employed with top organizations in areas as diverse as environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, engineering management, transportation engineering, water resources engineering, and more.
Civil Engineering Career Fair
RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education hosts a civil engineering career fair that connects civil engineering technology majors with employers in civil engineering, infrastructure, construction, and more. During this event, you’ll be able to network with company representatives and interview directly for open co-op and permanent employment positions.