Rochester Institute of Technology

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Civil Engineering Technology BS

Program Overview

The bachelor of science in civil engineering technology program is designed to support the growing need for engineers to design and retrofit new and existing facilities, including buildings, roads, bridges, and water supply and sewer systems. Students will gain practical theory, knowledge, and skills to become experts in applying today’s technology to the solution of civil engineering and construction problems. The program begins by providing students with a foundation in structural mechanics, physics, calculus, and the liberal arts. The third and fourth years expand on the fundamental courses with more advanced course work in structural design, water, and wastewater treatment, transportation systems, foundation engineering, and additional liberal arts courses. Students choose free electives and civil professional electives to round out their major. Professional electives include sequences in structural design, construction management, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources management. Several electives also are available from other technical disciplines. The student’s academic and faculty advisers can assist in determining the best choices for career goals and objectives. RIT’s program allows you to specialize while obtaining a broad background in civil engineering and construction management. Students also acquire over a year of on-the-job experience through cooperative education.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (5 year)


  • Approximately 260 students enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 4 blocks, 50 weeks
  • Co-op availability: Third-year spring-summer block; fourth-year summer-fall block

Salary Information

Co-op:     $16.14                     $10.00 - $40.00
BS:           ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

Solving challenges using in-depth technical knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving. Design skills in all major sub disciplines of civil including structural, geotechnical, transportation, civil/site and water/wastewater. Software packages such as AutoCAD (Civil 3D, HydroCAD, SewerCAD), Revit, and various Bentley software products including STAAD. Interpersonal communication, written and oral presentation.


Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC)

Equipment & Facilities

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.

Job Titles

Design Engineer Civil Engineer Field Engineer Estimator Transportation Engineer Structural Engineer Project Manager Transportation Construction Inspector Geotechnical Engineer

Significant Points

  • Overall job opportunities in engineering are expected to be good, with civil growing 11% faster than average.
  • Ninety-eight percent 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

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

NYS Department of Transportation The DDS Companies The Pike Company The Walsh Group The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company Turner Construction Company Wegmans Food Markets Inc Whiting-Turner Contracting Co Kiewit American Bridge Company Arcadis Inc Flatiron Construction GPI/Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. Granite Construction HDR, Inc. HJ Foundation J.C. Cannistraro LLC LaBella Associates, D.P.C. Langan Engineering & Environmental Services Atlantic Testing Laboratories

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