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Construction Technology/BTech

The Construction Technology program is the only program of its kind in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Graduates of this program will have the necessary technical skills for careers in construction management; engineering, construction operations and/ or maintenance of the built environment; and infrastructure. All facets of the construction process are studied, including construction materials and methods, management and building systems as well as elements of structural design. Both the public and private sectors are studied from the time the project is conceptualized until it is turned over to an owner.

The program combines an emphasis on construction management with the principles of engineering. This degree includes within its core of construction management courses important components of mathematics, physics and engineering to give the construction manager a variety of technical, analytical, organizational and communication skills. Students will have an understanding of basic structural analysis and design. Additional technical skills are developed as they relate to project layout (surveying) and materials testing, including training for The American Concrete Institute certification as Field Inspector (Level 1) of Fresh Concrete, OSHA 10 Certification, Certified Surveying Technician (CST) and the NICET Soils Level 1 Certification.

Graduates will be able to specify project methods and materials, perform cost estimates and financial analyses and manage construction activities. Students will be able to plan, design, inspect and direct residential, commercial, infrastructure and transportation projects. Graduates of this program are prepared for immediate employment in every phase of construction. Most graduates will be hired by governmental agencies, consulting engineers, architects, contractors and developers. Occupational titles include: civil engineering technologist, soil technologist, construction technologist, foundation technologist, municipal engineering assistant, specifications writer – construction, structural design technologist, structural investigator, construction manager, superintendent, assistant project manager, safety director, field inspector.

Admission to the Bachelor of Technology Program in Construction Technology
There are many ways a student can enter the bachelor of technology program in Construction Technology. The BTech in Construction Technology is designed as a 2+2 program. Students may enter the program as freshmen if they meet the general college criteria for baccalaureate admissions. These students will follow the AAS curriculum in either Civil Engineering Technology or Construction Management Technology (64-66 credits) and earn the AAS degree. Current students may transfer to the BTech in Construction Technology from the AAS program in either Civil Engineering Technology or Construction Management Technology without a loss of credits after completing the AAS degree. A minimum GPA of 2.5 or better is required for entrance into this program. Current AAS students may elect to transfer to the BTech in Construction Technology prior to completion of the AAS degree in either Civil Engineering Technology or Construction Management Technology. Students who transfer prior to completion of the AAS degree must meet the following requirements: a minimum of 55 credits in the AAS degree, including MAT 1375 or MAT 1475, PHYS 1433, and a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Students transferring in from other majors within NYCCT and other institutions with related backgrounds would also be able to pursue the BTech in Construction Technology degree. A minimum GPA 2.5 or better is required for entrance into the bachelor of technology degree. Please consult the department for further information. In all cases, each degree will be evaluated course by course. Students with questions are advised to consult the Office of Admission for additional information. Transcripts of all entering students will be evaluated to determine the courses they must complete for the bachelor of technology degree. Students entering the program without the necessary background in mathematics and science will have to do additional course work in these areas. The College is seeking ABET accreditation; however, until such accreditation is granted, graduates will not be eligible to receive maximum education/experience credits for a “professional engineering program” toward New York State licensure in professional engineering.

Program Educational Objectives
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 construction professionals such as construction engineers, construction managers, superintendents, construction supervisors, or project engineers;
  2. Engage in lifelong learning and professional development; and
  3. Pursue credentials of responsible charge such as professional engineering (PE) licensure and project management professional (PMP) certification.

ABET Accreditation
The program is seeking accreditation* from the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.  A self-study report was submitted to ABET in July 2016.

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 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 select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  2. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  7. 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;
  8. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
  11. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Student Learning Outcomes: Program-Specific Criteria

  1. utilize techniques that are appropriate to administer and evaluate construction contracts, documents, and codes;
  2. estimate costs, estimate quantities, and evaluate materials for construction projects;
  3. utilize measuring methods, hardware, and software that are appropriate for field, laboratory, and office processes related to construction;
  4. apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to construction engineering.
  5. produce and utilize design, construction, and operations documents;
  6. perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, and maintenance of systems associated with construction engineering;
  7. select appropriate construction materials and practices;
  8. apply appropriate principles of construction management, law, and ethics, and;
  9. perform standard analysis and design in at least one sub-discipline related to construction engineering.

*Note: The Construction Technology BTech program is currently not accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET and graduates will not receive the maximum educational experience credit for the professional engineering (PE) licensure exam.

Advanced Standing Credit
There are great differences in Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Technology and Engineering Technology courses from one college to another. Credit will be granted for courses taken at other colleges if the courses are considered equivalent to those offered at New York City College of Technology. Final determination of credits for advanced standing granted to any student in this department will be made by the Registrar of New York City College of Technology and the Chair of the Department of Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology.

GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE

AAS CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY 46-48 CREDITS
AAS CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 48-50 CREDITS

I - REQUIRED CORE (4 COURSES, 14-15 CREDITS)


English Composition (2 courses, 6 credits)

ENG 1101* English Composition I 3
ENG 1121* English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (2 courses, 8 credits)

MAT 12751,* College Algebra and Trigonometry or higher
(AAS Construction Management Technology)
4
MAT 14751,* Calculus I or higher
(AAS Civil Engineering Technology)
4

Lab Science

PHYS 1433*

PHYS 1441*
General Physics I: Algebra Based
OR
General Physics I: Calculus Based
4

5

II - FLEXIBLE CORE (6 COURSES, 20 - 21 CREDITS)

In addition to the required courses listed below, select one course from each of the other areas not met at associate level.


World Cultures and Global Issues

Any Approved Course

US Experience in its Diversity

ECON 1101* Macroeconomics 3

Creative Expression

Any Approved Course

Individual and Society

Any Approved Course

Scientific World

PHYS 1434

PHYS 1442*
General Physics II: Algebra Based
OR
General Physics II: Calculus Based
4

5

III - COLLEGE OPTION REQUIREMENT2 (3 COURSES 12 CREDITS)

One course in Speech/Oral Communication

Any Approved Course3

One interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences course

Any Approved Course3

Liberal Arts Elective

At least one advanced course6-8

In meeting their general education requirements overall, students must take at least one advanced liberal arts course or two sequential courses in a foreign language.

MAT 1475 Calculus I
(AAS in Construction Management Technology)
4
MAT 15753 Calculus II
(AAS in Construction Management Technology)
4

Writing Intensive Requirement

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.


PROGRAM-SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Associate-Level Courses
Civil Engineering Technology AAS (36 CREDITS)
or
Construction Management Technology AAS (40 CREDITS)

Baccalaureate-Level Courses (21 credits)

CMCE 3501 Steel Fabrication Detailing3
CMCE 3602 Heavy Construction Practices3
CMCE 4700 Construction Law3
CMCE 4701 Construction Field Management3
CMCE 4702 Construction and Site Safety Management3
CMCE 4800 Senior Capstone Project3
ARCH 3551 Sustainability: History and Practice3

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES

AAS Civil Engineering Technology Major

For students having completed the AAS degree in Civil Engineering Technology (11 credits)
CMCE 1114 Materials and Methods of Construction I3
CMCE 2319 Building Service Systems2
CMCE 2412 Construction Estimating2
CMCE 3520 Construction Management for Civil Engineering Technologists4

AAS Construction Management Technology Major

For students having completed the AAS degree in Construction Management Technology (6 credits)
CMCE 2322 Materials and Methods of Construction I3
CMCE 2456 Building Service Systems3
MAT 1475 Calculus IMet as GenEd
MAT 1575 Calculus IIMet as GenEd
PHYS 1434

PHYS 1442*
General Physics II: Algebra Based
OR
General Physics II: Calculus Based
Met as GenEd

BTECH ELECTIVES (CMCE) (9 credits)

Select three courses from the list below:

CMCE 4400 Bridge Building Technology3
CMCE 4401 Special Topics3
CMCE 4410 Land Development and Design3
CMCE 4415 Real Estate Development Fundamentals3
CMCE 4422 Geographic Information Systems3
CMCE 4423 Transportation Engineering Technology3
CMCE 4456 Foundation Analysis and Design3
CMCE 4458 Earth Retaining Structures3
CMCE 4460 Design of Temporary Structures3
CMCE 4471 Quality Assurance3
CMCE 4472 Risk Management in Construction3
CMCE 4473 Advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM)3
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE 1234 - 1245

* Met as GenEd

1 Students without the requisite math background to enter MAT 1475 or MAT 1575 will be required to take prerequisites in preparation. This will increase the number of required credits for the degree by 4-12 credits.

2 Complete lists of liberal arts and sciences courses and advanced liberal arts courses, as well as semester-specific lists of interdisciplinary courses and writing intensive courses, are available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

3 For this degree only, MAT 1575 counts as an advanced liberal arts course for students who have an AAS in Construction Management Technology.

4 A minimum of 123 credits is required for the bachelor of technology degree for students with an AAS degree in Civil Engineering Technology.

5 A minimum of 124 credits is required for the bachelor of technology degree for students with an AAS degree in Construction Management Technology.