Civil Engineering Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Students testing soil samples

About this program

You have an analytical mindset. And problem-solving skills that top the charts. Hone your talents and apply them with a degree in civil engineering. Working with the latest technology in this ABET-accredited program, you will learn what it takes to build the infrastructure of tomorrow. And in the field, you’ll work alongside designers to execute and maintain vital public structures like roads, highways, and bridges.

Applicants of this major may qualify for the BE Scholars Scholarship.


Overall Placement


Hired BEFORE Graduation

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Option


  • Engineering aide
  • Materials technician
  • Transportation inspector

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Surveying I (CET115)
  • Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying (CET150)
  • Surveying II (CET124)
  • Topographic Surveys and Mapping (CET126)
  • Statics (CET230)
  • Origin, Distribution and Behavior of Soils (CET238)
  • Highway Engineering (CET234)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
  • Fluid Mechanics (CET242)
  • Strength of Materials (CET243)
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology (CET312)
  • Materials of Construction (CET246)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • College Physics I (PHS115)
  • Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (MTH160) or
  • Calculus I (MTH240)
  • College Physics II (PHS125)

Interactive, hands-on labs

  • Geotechnical & Liquid Bituminous Materials Lab
  • Sample Preparation Lab
  • Shaker Room & Aggregates Lab
  • Bituminous Mixtures Lab
  • Concrete Compression & Utility Lab
Student Experience

Dave is one of the leaders of the $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project.

"I do some planning, scheduling, reviews, and a lot of problem solving. I come in, in the morning, and get caught up on e-mails and then go out on the project and spend a couple of hours a day out in the field."


Dave Wise, Civil Engineer, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Civil Engineering

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.


Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

ASCE promotes an industrial knowledge of civil engineering, engages students outside of the classroom, and expands a positive recognition of the civil engineering profession.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Collaborative ‘Soccer Ball Experiment’ adds to students’ skill sets

A uniquely collaborative learning experience at Pennsylvania College of Technology, dubbed the “Soccer Ball Experiment,” helped civil engineering technology and surveying technology students and members of the Wildcat women’s soccer team acquire useful professional tools during the spring semester.

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More Information

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

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.

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.

Necessary equipment will be addressed in courses as needed.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store .

  • Mr. Steven C Balkey, PE, Vice President, Project Development, Ameron Construction Co., Inc.
  • Mr. James M California, PE, Director, Providence Engineering Corp.
  • Mr. John Clune, Supervisory Hydrologist, USGS - Pennsylvania
  • Ms. Stefanie J English, PE, Project Manager - Structural Engineering, Larson Design Group
  • Ms. Ashley Hetrick, EIT, '17, Land Development, Larson Design Group
  • Mr. Thomas Holden, EIT, Civil Designer - Energy Services, Borton-Lawson Engineering
  • Ms. Margaret Jackson, PE, '08, Project Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Mr. Jacob Martin, EIT, '18, Land Development, RGS Associates
  • Mr. Bryan Pauling, PE, Director, Energy Group, Larson Design Group
  • Mr. Jeremy L Whitmoyer, PE, SE, Project Engineer - Structural, Larson Design Group
  • Mr. Timothy Zeigler, PE, '14, Highway Designer, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Director of Admissions

Audriana Empet

SASC, Rm. 1075
800.367.9222 ext. 4530