Rochester Institute of Technology

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Civil Engineering Technology BS

Program Overview

The Civil Engineering Technology program emphasizes the study and application of traditional fields within civil engineering and construction management including construction techniques and equipment, surveying, hydraulics, structural steel and concrete design, soil mechanics/analysis, and environmental controls/treatment. The curriculum includes an introduction to civil engineering design concepts, construction management and principles, extensive laboratory activities and computer applications. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in civil design, construction, and environmental studies. Graduates are prepared to perform particularly well in most aspects of the civil engineering field.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (5 year)


  • Approximately 275 students enrolled

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are required to complete 4 co-op work assignments. Students are available for two 6-month assignments. Typical co-op periods run from February-August and June-December.

Salary Information

Co-op:     $14.93                     $10.00 - $29.00
BS:           $49,800                   $35,000 - $62,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

Problem Solving, time management Excel, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Interpersonal Communication, various Bentley software products including STAAD


Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC)

Equipment & Facilities

In LEED building state-of-the-art equipment in laboratories for soil mechanics, materials of construction, hydraulics, and mechanics. Design and Drafting Lab (DDL) with state-of-the-practice PCs and technical software. Training with surveying equipment.

Nature of Work

Civil engineersdesign and supervise the construction of roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and water supply and sewage systems. They must consider many factors in the design process, from the construction costs and expected lifetime of a project to government regulations and potential environmental hazards such as earthquakes. Civil engineering, considered one of the oldest engineering disciplines, encompasses many specialties. The major specialties are structural, water resources, construction, environmental, transportation, and geotechnical engineering. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others may work in design, construction, research, and teaching.(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Construction managers oversee specialized contractors and other personnel. They schedule and coordinate all construction processes so that projects meet design specifications. They ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. Construction managers work closely with other building specialists, such as architects, civil engineers, and a variety of trade workers, including stonemasons, electricians, and carpenters. Projects may require specialists in everything from structural steel and painting to landscaping, paving roads, and excavating sites. Depending on the project, construction managers may interact with lawyers and local government officials. For example, when working on city-owned property or municipal buildings, managers sometimes confer with city inspectors to ensure that all regulations are met. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Training / Qualifications

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, in one of its specialties, or in civil engineering technology. Programs in civil engineering and civil engineering technology include coursework in math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, and fluid dynamics, among other courses, depending on the specialty. Courses include a mix of traditional classroom learning, work in laboratories, and fieldwork. A degree from a program accredited by the ABET is needed in order to earn the professional engineer (PE) license. In many states, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology also will suffice as an academic requirement for obtaining a license.About 1 in 4 civil engineers has a master’s degree. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

It is becoming increasingly important for construction managers to have a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, architecture, or engineering. As construction processes become more complex, employers are placing greater importance on specialized education. More than 100 colleges and universities offer accredited bachelor’s degree programs in construction science, building science, or construction engineering. These programs include courses in project control and management, design, construction methods and materials, cost estimation, building codes and standards, and contract administration. Courses in mathematics and statistics are also relevant. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As infrastructure continues to age, civil engineers will be needed to manage projects to rebuild bridges, repair roads, and upgrade levees and dams as well as airports and building structures of all types. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)
Employment of construction managers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024. Construction managers will be needed as overall construction activity expands. Population and business growth will result in the construction of new residences, office buildings, retail outlets, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and other structures over the coming decade. Also, the need to improve portions of the national infrastructure will spur employment growth as roads, bridges, and sewer pipe systems are upgraded or replaced. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Titles

From 2016 graduate outcomes survey: Civil Engineer, Assistant Project Manager, Technician I, Engineer I, Project Manager, Civil Site Design Engineer, Design Engineer 1, Jr. Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Estimator, Jr. Transportation Engineer, CAD Drafter, Bridge Design Engineer, Field Representative, Engineer Estimator, Field Engineer, Jr Civil Engineer, Staff Engineer, Civil/Design Engineer, Staff Inspector, Construction Inspector, Jr. Structural Engineer, and Construction Manager.


The RIT Civil Engineering Technology 2016 graduating class had 100% positive career outcomes; all graduates were employed in a position related to their field of study, attending graduate school, pursuing a military career or participating in a volunteer service program.

Significant Points

  • Overall job opportunities in engineering are expected to be good, but will vary by specialty.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level jobs.
  • Starting salaries are significantly higher than those of college graduates in other fields.
  • Continuing education is critical for engineers wishing to enhance their value to employers as technology evolves.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Advance Testing Co., Barton and Loguidice, Bergmann Associates, Braun Intertec, Christa Construction, City of Rochester, Clark Patterson Lee, CME Associates, Dolomite Corp, Flatiron, Granite Construction Northeast, J.C. Cannistraro, Kiewit Infrastructure Co., LaBella Assoc., Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Le Chase Construction, Marathon Engineering, MRB Group, Monroe County: DOT, Water Authority, & Environmental Services, NYS DOT, Passero Associates, Stantec Consulting, TDK Engineering Assoc., The DDS Companies, The Pike Co., The Walsh Group, Town of Henrietta, Wegmans Food Markets, Whiting-Turner Construction Co.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career. We will make every effort to help you succeed. Call our office and ask to speak with Maureen Arquette, the career services coordinator who works with the Civil Engineering Technology program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at

Maureen Arquette, Assistant Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5081
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603

Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.