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.
Concrete canoes float—really. And bridges are more complicated to construct than putting up a few steel beams. Student-engineers who build both the unusual—yet attractive—canoes and complex bridge spans will display their designs at the 2019 Upstate New York Regional Student Conference taking place April 19-20 at RIT.
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.
Gain the practical theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to solve the complex challenges posed by society’s growing infrastructure needs. Through lab work and design projects, civil engineering technology students acquire skills in a wide range of sub-disciplines and put theory and technology to work to solve engineering challenges.
Become an environmental, health and safety champion by helping industries produce goods and services that avoid environmental contamination, that use less water and precious resources, and that avoid subjecting workers to hazardous conditions and materials.
The online Master of Science degree in environmental, health and safety management provides a solid foundation in the managerial aspects needed to develop and implement environmental, health and safety management systems that can move organizations toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future. Program graduates have a solid technical foundation in air emissions, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, occupational safety and occupational health (industrial hygiene). Elements of sustainability are integrated into most of the core courses and some electives.
The online MS degree program in construction management is designed to develop competencies in leadership, construction cost analysis and control, construction operations management, and construction business development. The goals of the program are to provide graduates with the requisite strategic skills to lead and advance the construction industry. To accommodate the working professional, the program is available almost entirely online.
Management of environmental, health and safety issues has changed significantly in the past twenty years. The emergence of voluntary standards and codes of conduct, including international standards, coupled with the need to manage costs and limited resources has resulted in a trend to move beyond regulatory compliance. Now, companies work toward sustainability through the use of integrated environmental, health and safety management systems, which are woven into key business processes.
The construction management minor broadens the learning experiences and professional opportunities of students who have an interest in building construction, bid development, management of construction projects after a successful bid, and the business, management, and technical aspects related to construction.
The structural design minor creates a focus on the different types of structures and materials used in design. It also introduces related design codes. The minor is designed to accommodate students majoring in mechanical engineering technology or mechanical engineering.
The CETEMS Department Industrial Advisory Board is comprised of successful engineers, managers, and leaders who work at various businesses throughout the world. Together they review the CETEMS department curriculum to ensure that our program remains up-to-date and responds to industry changes. The committee has annual meetings at the end of the academic year. Learn more about the professionals that comprise our advisory committee.
Student Clubs and Organizations
American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe
Each year, RIT’s Civil Engineering Technology students design and build a concrete canoe, proving that in the hands of creative engineers, concrete can be made to float.
Take a tour of the inaugural Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. This video presentation offers just a sample of the many highlights from May 3, 2008, that helped make the debut of Imagine RIT such a success.
Construction Estimating Team
RIT Civil Engineering Technology students capture first place in regional contest. Learn more
Student Environmental Action League (SEAL)
The Student Environmental Action League (SEAL) units students with a common interest in the environment, allowing them to make a positive impact on the RIT and Rochester communities. As an SG recognized club, SEAL has access to resources that allows them to sponsor campus-wide events to promote recycling and spread knowledge about our environment to the student population. Annual events include an Electronic Waste Collection, Environmental-themed Game Show, and Project Runway Goes Green Extravaganza. The club's like-minded members also partake in social activities throughout the quarter which encourage outdoor activities and conscious use or resources. Learn More
The CETEMS Department offers a variety of resources for our students such as: