This curriculum is designed to equip graduates to face the challenge of modern engineering practice. The major emphasizes applications-based engineering studies involving the analysis of civil engineering/surveying projects. Modern approaches to the analysis of highways, structures, hydraulic systems, and site development are emphasized. The major also provides an overview of the field and prepares students for technician certification tests and for advanced study. 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 with a strong emphasis on applications and critical thinking.
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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
By completing the additional math requirements of the Civil Engineering Technology bachelor degree (BCT) during the summer, graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology associate’s degree (CT) can complete the bachelor's degree within two years.
Engineering technician, engineering surveyor, inspector, draftsperson, CAD operator, cartographer, design technician, construction manager.
According to the most recent Penn College Graduate Survey (2012-13) the starting salary for Civil Engineering Technology associate degree graduates range from $25,000 to $42, 890. The average full-time salary was $34, 297. The survey had a response rate of 41.7% and was administered six months after graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for construction and building inspectors was $59,090 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $95,340.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||41,130||$29.53||$61,430|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||30,020||$30.21||$62,840|
|State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||5,320||$27.53||$57,270|
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services||2,650||$28.95||$60,220|
|Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services||2,140||$30.77||$64,000|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (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.