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Academic Programs - School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies

Civil Engineering Technology
Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5309
Chairperson: Dr. Christine LaPlante
Hudson Hall, Room 129, (518) 629-7355

Mission of the Department: The mission of the Civil Engineering Technology Department is to provide the students with a high quality, relevant program that affords students the opportunity to obtain employment or engage in continued lifelong learning in the Civil Technology field.

Program Educational Objectives:

  1. Graduates will have the foundation necessary to specialize in any chosen field of Civil Engineering Technology.
  2. Graduates will understand the importance of continued lifelong learning.
  3. Graduates will attain the skills necessary to maintain employment in the Civil Engineering Technology field.
  4. Graduates will attain a basic knowledge of codes, standards and current practices in the field of Civil Engineering Technology.
  5. Graduates will understand the ethical obligations of an engineering role in society.

Student Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate competency in civil engineering technology skills.
  2. Clearly communicate through written and oral expression the elements of a civil engineering technology project.
  3. Demonstrate problem solving ability to analyze, interpret and design elements found in civil engineering technology applications.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of industry standard tools necessary for successful professional practice (software, code implementation and interpretation).
  5. Civil Engineering Technology graduates will become employed in the field or transfer to a four-year institution.
  6. Civil Engineering Technology graduates will demonstrate the knowledge of diversity, societal and global issues within their profession.

In fall 2013, there were 80 students enrolled in the program. In Spring 2013, there were 32 graduates.

The Civil Engineering Technology program has had a successful placement history for graduates for more than 40 years. Many graduates transfer to four-year colleges to obtain advanced degrees in architecture, civil engineering technology, and related fields. Transfer credit varied from approximately one to two years into architecture and two years into civil engineering technology. Students have transferred into other programs with varying amounts of transfer credit awarded at the discretion of the transfer institution.

The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (http://www.abet.org/), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, telephone (410) 347-7700.

This major provides a common first year presenting the necessary fundamentals for all phases of civil engineering technology. The second year provides an opportunity for specialization in either building design and construction management or transportation/heavy highway and infrastructure. Students may select a combination of courses from all areas of specialization, subject to approval of the department chairperson. This program also offers training in computer utilization and computer-aided drafting (CAD).

Transportation/ Heavy Highway and Infrastructure
The transportation electives are designed to prepare technically-trained personnel for the highway construction industry and its closely related fields of highway and bridge design at a level between the skilled artisan and the professional engineer.

These electives will develop an understanding of the interwoven problems and relationships of the governmental organization, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and sales representatives of construction materials and equipment and surveyors as they apply to the planning, design and construction of highways.

Building Design and Construction Management
The construction management electives are designed to provide technically trained personnel for the residential and commercial construction industry and its interrelated fields of architecture and design at a level between the skilled artisan and the professional assistant project manager. These electives will develop an understanding of the planning, scheduling and management of the construction project from design through the construction phases

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Courses Notes High School Average
Math I & II or 2 units of equivalent academic math (70 or above in each course) Additional Science, Math, and Mechanical Drawing courses recommended 70+

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $595.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

CIVL 101 Surveying I 4
CIVL 110 Engineering Graphics 3
CIVL 111 Civil Engineering Applications 2
CIVL 112*** Statics and Strength of Materials 4
CIVL 114 Construction Materials 2
CIVL 210*** Structures I 3
CIVL 211*** Structures II 4
CIVL 212 Hydraulics and Drainage 3
CIVL 213 Soils and Foundations 3
CIVL 236 Highway Construction Planning and Methods 3
_______ CIVL 233 Civil Engineering Capstone or 2-3
CNST 239 Construction Capstone **
CNST 103 Blueprint Reading for Technologies 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
MATH 150*** College Algebra with Trigonometry 4
MATH 165 Basic Calculus with Analytic Geometry 4
PHYS 135 Technical Physics I 4
PHYS 136 Technical Physics II 4
SOCL 120 Cultural Diversity in American Society 3
  (1) Technical Electives 7 - 9
  Total Credits Required 68 - 71

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.

**Students will be advised as to which capstone course is necessary for completion of their degree by their academic advisor or department chair.

***A grade of “C” or better is required for program completion and as a course specific prerequisite.

(1) Students may choose to take technical elective courses from the following upon discussion with their advisor or department chair: CIVL 201, CIVL 202, CIVL 222, CIVL 223, CIVL 234, CIVL 235, CNST 202, CNST 230, CNST 231.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
First Term
FORM 101 College Forum 1
CIVL 101
Surveying I 4
CIVL 110
Engineering Graphics 3
CNST 103 Blueprint Reading for Technologies 3
ENGL 101
English Composition I 3
MATH 150
College Algebra with Trigonometry 4
  Term Total 17
Second Term
CIVL 111
Civil Engineering Applications 2
CIVL 112
Statics and Strength of Materials 4
CIVL 114
Construction Materials 2
ENGL 102
English Composition II 3
MATH 165
Basic Calculus with Analytic Geometry 4
PHYS 135
Technical Physics I 4
  Term Total 19
Third Term
CIVL 210
Structures I 3
CIVL 236 Highway Construction Planning & Methods 3
PHYS 136
Technical Physics II 4
  Humanities or Social Science Elect. 3
  Technical Electives 3-4
  Term Total 16-17
Fourth Term
CIVL 211
Structures II 4
CIVL 212
Hydraulics and Drainage 3
CIVL 213
Soils and Foundations 3
_________ CIVL 233 Civil Engineering Capstone or 2-3
CNST 239 Construction Capstone**
  Technical Electives 4-5
  Term Total 16-18