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2017-2018 College Catalog 
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Civil Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

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. 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.
  9. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Civil Engineering Technology (CIV)
Headcount Summary
Semester Full Time Part Time Total Graduates
Fall 2013 59 21 80 32
Fall 2014 69 20 89 12
Fall 2015 61 22 83 18
Fall 2016 53 26 79 25
Fall 2017 52 17 69 10

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 Commission (ETAC) of ABET, www.abet.org.

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 Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra and geometry or 2 units of equivalent academic math (70 or above in each course) Fall and Spring Additional science, math, and mechanical drawing courses recommended. 70 or above

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

Total Credits Required: 64

Major Requirements*

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
**Required of first time, full-time students.
***A grade of “C” or better is required for program completion and as a course specific prerequisite.
****Students will be advised as to which capstone course is necessary for completion of their degree by their academic advisor or department chair.

(1) CNST 202 Construction Planning and Control Credits: 3

3 credits are applied to Technical Electives

(2) MATH 150 College Algebra with Trigonometry Credits: 4

A higher level math course may be substituted per department chair approval.

(3) Technical Electives Credits: 6

Students may choose to take technical elective courses from the following upon discussion with their advisor or department chair:

Total Credits Required: 64

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study