Civil Engineering & Surveying majors

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Today’s industry requires skilled employees who are well versed in the major technologies. Our programs allow you to pursue employment in areas ranging from technician to engineer or surveyor.

Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 20% through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. (source)

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Civil Engineering Technology

  • civil engineer designer
  • construction project manager
  • estimator/scheduler

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Civil Engineering Technology

  • engineering aide
  • materials technician
  • transportation inspector

Surveying Technology

  • survey crew member
  • construction surveyor
  • self-employment as professional land surveyor

Related Minors

  • A baccalaureate (Bachelor of Science [B.S.]) student may earn up to two minors
  • A student may not enroll in a minor within the same discipline as the declared major

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Other Civil Engineering & Surveying Information

What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?

Engineering technology deals with the same topics as engineering, but focuses on application rather than theory. Mathematics and basic sciences, as well as hands-on, technical courses, are taught with more emphasis on applications and less on theory.

Graduates who earn the Civil Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree and wish to continue their studies at the graduate level may be required to take additional coursework at some colleges and universities to transition to the higher levels of mathematics and basic sciences required for research and advanced study.

Licensing Possibilities

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Certification Exams

Civil Technology A.A.S. graduates qualify to take the certification exams for certified technician in the general knowledge category upon graduation, and with approved additional work experience can take exams to become certified in a variety of work areas.

Civil Engineering Technology B.S. graduates can become NICET certified as engineering technologists; however, most graduates take the exams to become licensed professional engineers.

Pennsylvania Professional Engineer (PE) Licensure

Civil Engineering Technology B.S. students qualify to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam — the first of two exams required for licensure in Pennsylvania — after achieving Junior class standing; however, it is recommended that the FE exam be taken during the Senior year.

The second exam can only be taken after successfully completing the FE exam and gaining further work experience under the guidance of a licensed PE as stipulated by the registration law.

Pennsylvania Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) Licensure

Surveying Technology A.A.S. graduates qualify to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam — the first of three exams required for licensure in Pennsylvania. In addition, Civil Engineering Technology B.S. graduates may qualify to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam with additional coursework. Current B.S. students will need to work with their academic adviser to plan accordingly.

The second and third exam can only be taken after successfully completing the FS exam and gaining further work experience under the guidance of a licensed PLS as stipulated by the registration law.

In the United States the registration laws for engineers and surveyors vary from state to state. For states other than Pennsylvania, students need to verify that the Penn College programs meet the educational requirements of the registration law in that state.

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