The program prepares students for positions as engineering technicians in a broad range of public works projects, including structures, transportation facilities, water supply, waste water treatment, geotechnical work, as well as construction inspection, material testing and surveying.
The program offers opportunities for national certifications such as the American Concrete Institute certification as Field Inspector (Level 1) of Fresh Concrete, certification as a Surveying Technician, and the National Inspectors Certification of Engineering Technicians (NICET) Level I. Computer applications, typical of industry, are incorporated into all technical courses. Graduates of this program find immediate employment with consulting engineering firms, testing laboratories, industrial organizations, and governmental agencies involved with providing public works services and safeguarding our environment. Occupational titles include junior engineer, engineering technician, surveyor, construction inspector and CADD operator/designer. Entry level salaries are approximately $40,000 - $45,000, according to the New York State Department of Labor's 2013 Occupational Wages Report. Many of our students have experience in the industry and may be able to negotiate higher starting salaries.
Applicants are urged to complete at least two years of academic mathematics in high school to avoid delaying their progress in this curriculum.
The CMCE department prepares our students for the following Program Educational Objectives to achieve or progress towards during their first few years after graduation:
The AAS program in Civil Engineering Technology is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET. The contact information for TAC-ABET is 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 | Tel: 410.347.7700 | www.abet.org.
ABET accreditation provides "assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students. ABET accredits postsecondary programs housed in degree-granting institutions which have been recognized by national or regional institutional accreditation agencies or national education authorities worldwide" (ABET, 2014).
By adopting TAC-ABET's Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), our department has been able to instill the skills, knowledge, and professionalism that ABET requires for accreditation. Upon graduation, our students will be able to demonstrate following as per ABET's General and Program Specific Criteria: