In RIT's civil engineering degree, you'll gain the practical theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to solve complex challenges posed by society’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
Civil Engineer; Assistant Project Manager; Technician I; Engineer I; Project Manager; Civil Site Design Engineer; Design Engineer 1; Junior Design Engineer; Project Engineer; Estimator; Junior Transportation Engineer; CAD Drafter; Bridge Design Engineer; Field Representative; Engineer Estimator; Field Engineer; Junior Civil Engineer; Staff Engineer; Civil/Design Engineer; Staff Inspector; Construction Inspector; Junior Structural Engineer; Construction Manager
Program significant points
- Overall job opportunities in engineering are expected to be good, with civil growing 11% faster than average.
- 98% 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, Arcadis, Atlantic Testing Laboratories, C&S Companies, Campus Construction, Christa Construction, Clark Patterson Lee, Erdman Anthony, Flatiron Construction Corp, GPI/Greenman-Pedersen, Granite Construction, LaBella Associates, Monroe County Water Authority, New York State Department of Transportation, Passero Associates, Turner Construction Co., Wegmans, Whiting-Turner Contacting Co.
|Outcome||% of Students|
|Full-time Graduate Study||6.00%|
The civil engineering technology major is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.
Students in the civil engineering technology program 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.