Associate in Applied Science in

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.

Program Educational Objectives for the AAS in Civil Engineering Technology

The CMCE department prepares our students for the following Program Educational Objectives to achieve or progress towards during their first few years after graduation:

  1. Be employed as engineering or surveying technicians, inspectors, assistant project managers or CADD operators;
  2. Pursue advanced degrees in civil engineering, construction or facilities management; and
  3. Be encouraged to work towards obtaining professional licensure and certifications;

ABET Accreditation

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 |

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:

Student Learning Outcomes: General

  1. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;
  2. an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;
  4. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;
  5. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;
  6. 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;
  7. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  8. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and
  9. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Student Learning Outcomes: Program-Specific Criteria

  1. an ability to utilize principles, hardware, and software that are appropriate to produce drawings, reports, quantity estimates, and other documents related to civil engineering;
  2. an ability to conduct standardized field and laboratory tests related to civil engineering;
  3. an ability to utilize surveying methods appropriate for land measurement and/or construction layout;
  4. an application of fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to civil engineering.
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