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BS in Civil Engineering Technology


Civil engineering technology makes many people think of hard hats, but construction is only one of many job opportunities available in this field. Solving challenges posed by the environment is a hot field in today's civil engineering technology landscape. Civil engineering technology graduates restore polluted rivers as well as century-old bridges; design public parks accessible to people with disabilities, construct roadwork in isolated areas, design water delivery name it! RIT's program allows you to specialize while maintaining a broad-based background in civil engineering technology. You'll also acquire one year of on the job experience through cooperative education. RIT's Civil Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Program educational objectives and program outcomes can be found here (PDF). With a bachelor of science degree, you'll be eligible to take the New York State Fundamentals of Engineering exam, the first step toward becoming licensed as a professional engineer. The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, .


Types of jobs a person might have in this field

  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Structural Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Design Engineer
  • Construction Inspector
  • Junior Engineer
  • Vice President
  • Owner

Semester Curriculum

Please see the official RIT typical course sequence page for semesters here.

Course Descriptions

To access course descriptions for Civil Engineering Technology, visit the link below and click "c", and then select CVET from the list.

Course Descriptions

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

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

Structural design

Required: CVET-431 (Structural Design - Steel) and CVET-432 (Structural Design - Reinforced Concrete)

Pick two of the following courses:

CVET-433Structural Timber Design
CVET-434Design of Highway Bridges
CVET-435Prestressed Concrete
CVET-436Masonry Structures

Water resources

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

ABET Accreditation Information

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, .

CVET Program Educational Objectives

Prepare and encourage students to:

1.      Attain gainful employment in the field of civil engineering, construction management, or any other closely related field.

2.      Pursue additional education, certification and/or professional licensure.

3.      Attain increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in their chosen field.

4.      Participate in organizations or activities within and outside of their profession

    CVET Student Outcomes

a    An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of Civil Engineering Technology to broadly-defined engineering technology activities.

a1  Utilize principles, hardware, and software that are appropriate to produce drawings, reports, quantity estimates, and other documents related to civil engineering.

a2  Conduct standardized field and laboratory tests related to civil engineering.

a3  Utilize surveying methods appropriate for land measurement and/or construction layout .

a4  Apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub disciplines related to civil engineering.

a5  Plan and prepare documents appropriate for design and construction.

a6  Perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, operations and maintenance of systems associated with civil engineering.

a7  Select appropriate engineering materials and practices.

a8  Perform standard analysis and design in at least three sub-disciplines related to civil engineering.

b    An ability to apply  a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.

c    An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes.

d    An ability to design systems, components or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.

e    An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

f     An ability to identify, analyze and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems.

g    An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.

h    An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

i     An understanding of the a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.

j     A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.

                  k    A commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement.

    Annual student enrollment and graduate data for the Civil Engineering Technology program are here. Then, follow the ABET accreditation link on the menu on the left side of the Institutional Research and Policy Studies web page.

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