This curriculum is designed to equip graduates to face the challenge of modern engineering practice. The major emphasizes applications-based engineering studies involving the planning, analysis and design of civil engineering/surveying projects. Modern approaches to the planning, analysis, and design of highways, structures, hydraulic systems, and site development are emphasized. This technical instruction with modern instrumentation, hardware, and software is reinforced with foundation courses emphasizing written and oral communication, and physical sciences. All of the instruction is presented with problem solving in mind and strong emphasis on applications and critical thinking. The major prepares students for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, which is the first step in registering as a professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology associate degree (CT) can transfer into the Civil Engineering Technology bachelor degree (BCT) without losing any credits.
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About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org)
Objectives and Outcomes
Graduates can seek employment in a wide range of civil engineering specialties. These include bridge and highway design, construction management, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic systems design, land development, pollution control, and structural design. Employment opportunities will exist with private consulting firms, design/construction businesses and government agencies, including PennDOT, DEP, USGS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the uniformed services. Local municipality planning and engineering agencies will also offer opportunities for employment. Graduates seeking self-employment opportunities will be aided by education leading to licensure as a professional engineer.
According to the most recent Penn College graduate survey (2012-13) the Civil Engineering Technology bachelor degree graduates reported a salary range from $37,000 - $53,000. The average full-time salary was $47, 920. The survey had a response rate of 60% and was administered six months after graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for civil engineers was $84,770 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $138,110.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||161,800||$44.65||$92,880|
|State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||32,200||$41.10||$85,480|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||30,500||$44.31||$92,170|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||20,850||$42.42||$88,230|
|Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)||9,330||$44.53||$92,620|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Students with associate degrees in Surveying or Civil Engineering Technology can enter the BCT curriculum. This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (see www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Necessary equipment will be addressed in courses as needed.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS)
Civil Engineering Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. Steven C Balkey, Vice President, Project Development, Ameron Construction Co., Inc.
- Mr. John Clune, Supervisory Hydrologist, USGS - Pennsylvania
- Mr. W. Casey Deller, P.E., Project Manager/Project Engineer, C. S. Davidson, Inc.
- Mr. Mark J Garlicki, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
- Mr. Bryan Pauling, P.E., Director, Energy Group, Larson Design Group
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.
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