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.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

100%

Overall Placement

78%

Hired BEFORE Graduation

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Option

Careers

  • Engineering aide
  • Materials technician
  • Transportation inspector
Courses

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.

  • Introduction to Surveying & Civil Engineering Technologies (CET101)
  • Surveying I (CET115)
  • Computer Applications for Civil Engineering & Surveying (CET150)
  • Surveying II (CET124)
  • Topographic Surveys & Mapping (CET126)
  • Statics (CET230)
  • Highway Engineering (CET234)
  • Origin, Distribution & Behavior of Soils (CET238)
  • Strength of Materials (CET243)
  • Materials of Construction (CET246)
  • Land Development Design (CET264)
  • Hydraulics & Hydrology (CET312)

​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.

  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
  • College Physics I (PHS115)
  • College Physics II (PHS125)

​​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.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry II (MTH183)
  • Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161) or
  • Calculus I (MTH240)
Featured Videos

Virtual Tour

Meet instructor Drew Potts, a handful of alumni working in the field, and a current civil engineering student, for a diverse look at this dynamic career field.

Wildcat Spotlight - Dylan Klemas

Meet Dylan—civil engineering student and face-off midfielder for the men’s lacrosse team. Proudly wearing number 9 to honor is uncle who played for the Welsh national team, Dylan is thriving athletically and academically. Check out his story and learn what he loves about the tight-knit community he found at Penn College.

Interactive, hands-on labs
Facilities

Interactive, hands-on labs

  • Geotechnical & Liquid Bituminous Materials Lab
  • Sample Preparation Lab
  • Shaker Room & Aggregates Lab
  • Bituminous Mixtures Lab
  • Concrete Compression & Utility Lab
Maker Profiles
Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Sep 10

Open House

Saturday, September 108:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Sep 23

Open House

Friday, September 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 9

Open House

Sunday, October 98:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 28

Open House

Friday, October 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 5

Open House

Saturday, November 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 18

Open House

Friday, November 188:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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.

Internship

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)

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

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.

News
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Gain global experience
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
Real world applications

Real world applications

Students in the Steel Design course traveled to High Steel Structures LLC, one of the nation’s leading fabricators of structural steel, to learn about bridge girder fabrication. “The concepts students learn in my class are seen up close and very personal at High Steel Structures,” said Potts, assistant professor of civil engineering technology.

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More Information

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org

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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.

Prospective students should be aware that licensure requirements for work in this profession vary by state. The Civil Engineering Technology program meets the educational requirements for licensure within the state of Pennsylvania. We have not determined if graduates of our program will be eligible for licensure in other states; therefore, students intending to seek employment in states other than PENNSYLVANIA are asked to contact the state licensing board of the state they wish to seek licensing to confirm that our program meets the requirements of the state where you intend to work. More information can be found on the the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website.

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.
  • 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, Senior Structural Engineer, Larson Design Group
  • Mr. Timothy Zeigler, PE, '14, Highway Designer, Gannett Fleming, Inc.