Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety


The programs offered by RIT’s Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety (CETEMS) represent the professions central to the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the built environment. If your passion lies in designing new bridges, buildings, or the vast array of public works; helping manage construction projects; helping organizations move toward a safer, environmentally responsible, and more sustainable future; or the development, operation, and maintenance of buildings, you’re in the right place.

With an emphasis on practical, applied, and stimulating experiential learning, our programs’ coursework, coupled with co-operative work experiences, can help position you to make tangible contributions, right away, in your chosen profession. Students have the opportunity to participate with faculty and other students outside the classroom in student clubs (ASCE, AGC, ASSE, SEAL) and student competition teams (Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, ASC CM). These club activities and competitions give students an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to solve real-world problems in design, construction, and environmental sustainability.


Our vision is to be a recognized national leader in the preparation of skilled professionals in: civil engineering technology; environmental sustainability, health and safety management and construction management. We envision our graduates as prepared and committed to moving us toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future.


The CETEMS mission is to achieve its vision by creating and maintaining an optimal teaching and learning environment in which staff and faculty grow professionally and students receive unsurpassed knowledge, skills, insights and the tools for lifelong learning in their respective disciplines.

Adapting and combining the musings on education of several great philosophers, CETEMS views education as the key to creating and sustaining civilization (Plato); recognizes that human nature, routines of behavior, and social reality are important influences in the process of education (Aristotle); and seeks to cultivate curiosity in students as a primary behavioral manifestation of human education (Rousseau).


We recognize and value that:

  • Our academic programs are all about designing, building and maintaining the infrastructure of civilization;
  • Human beings and the places that we live, work and play are indeed part of the environment; and
  • Having a safe and healthy environment is requisite to a prosperous civilization.


  • Work effectively with industry to provide cooperative education experience and applied research opportunities for our students.
  • Deliver academic programs in multiple formats to meet the needs of full-time and part-time students and the needs of distant as well as local students.
  • Provide state-of-the-art facilities that encourage learning, student project work and applied research.
  • Incorporate continuous improvement into the work plans of faculty and staff, as well as into maintain and upgrading curriculum and facilities.


The Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.  Visit the college's accreditation page for information on enrollment and graduation data, program educational objectives, and student outcomes.


Clubs/teams in which students can participate with their discipline outside of the classroom


The civil and construction fields will grow 11% faster than average between 2016 and 2026, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Time each undergraduate student spends on co-op, experiencing their career field and developing skills that cannot be mastered in the classroom

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Undergraduate Programs

RIT’s Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology prepares students to enter careers in construction management, civil design, structural design, or environmental controls. The curriculum uses a combination of challenging academics, hands-on laboratory experiences, and practical cooperative work education to cultivate students who are grounded in applications-oriented approaches to solving the world's problems. 

RIT’s environmental sustainability, health and safety BS degree prepares its graduates to work as environmental sustainability, health and safety (EHS) project and program specialists and managers for organizations in industry and government. Graduates of our program help industries produce goods and services without contaminating the environment, without subjecting the workers to hazardous conditions and chemicals, and using less energy and fewer precious resources.