Civil Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Civil Engineering Student

About this program

From the construction of a new park to the design of the city’s much-needed bridge, civil engineers know how to make it happen. Working out solutions to problems, and making recommendations along the way. In this ABET-accredited program, you’ll get hands on with the latest technology, hone your critical thinking skills, and take away the technical know-how to craft highways, structures, hydraulic systems, and development sites.

Next steps...

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


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Accredited Program

Students Prepared for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam


  • Civil engineer designer
  • Construction project manager
  • Estimator/scheduler

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 for Civil Engineers (CET160)
  • Computer Applications for Civil Engineers (CET151)
  • Erosion Control & Stormwater Management (CET120)
  • Geographic Information Systems & Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (CET168)
  • Engineering Mechanics I (CET203)
  • Transportation Engineering (CET229)
  • Origin, Distribution & Behavior of Soils (CET238)
  • Engineering Mechanics II (CET213)
  • Materials of Construction (CET246)
  • Hydraulics & Hydrology (CET312)
  • Fluid Mechanics (CET242)
  • Structural Engineering I (CET305)
  • Land Development for Civil Engineers (CET320)
  • Structural Engineering II (CET315)
  • Water Resources & Environmental Engineering (CET324)
  • Civil Engineering Technology Elective (CET)
  • Geotechnical Engineering (CET410)
  • Sustainable Infrastructure (CET420)
  • Senior Capstone Design-Planning (CET495)
  • Design for Capstone Project (CET496)

​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) or
  • General Physics I (PHS201)
  • College Physics II (PHS125) or
  • General Physics II (PHS202)
  • General Chemistry I (CHM111)
  • Engineering Economics (MET315)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Engineering Ethics & Legal Issues (MET321)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)

​​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)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • Pre-Calculus (MTH191)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Calculus I (MTH240)
  • Calculus II (MTH242)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161)
On the Podcast

Ruth Hocker, civil engineering instructor at Penn College, and Zachary Hepler, a senior in the program, discuss topics ranging from the vital role civil engineers have in our communities to international career opportunities to floating cities.

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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

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.

Jul 13

Undergraduate Open House

Saturday, July 139 AM - 3 PM


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ABET-Accredited Program

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Civil Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs.


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.

Penn College News

'Civil Engineering Today & Tomorrow'

Think you know what civil engineers do? Think again! This edition of the Tomorrow Makers podcast will open your eyes to even more ways in which their projects impact our world. Ruth A. Hocker, a civil engineering instructor at Penn College, and Zachary T. Hepler, of Ringtown, a senior in the program, spark listeners' curiosity with topics ranging from civil engineers' vital community role to international career opportunities to floating cities.


Guest lecturer discusses promise of 'smart' concrete

European research into self-monitoring and self-healing concrete was shared Wednesday evening with Penn College students in civil engineering and a variety of construction-related majors. The hourlong seminar was delivered by Andrzej Cwirzen, head of the Building Materials Research Group at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden.


Teachers race back to class to pique middle schoolers' STEM interest

As part of a PAsmart “Advancing K-12 Computer Science & STEM Education” grant received by Pennsylvania College of Technology from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 24 middle school educators recently convened on campus for a weeklong hands-on externship.

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 (, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Civil Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs.

Program reviewers during the last ABET site visit suggested that there be a minimum grade requirement higher than “D” for the B.S. Civil Engineering Technology. Based on the department's qualitative data, most students have been able to achieve a minimum “C” grade in CET courses. A minimum grade requirement should provide incentive for underperforming students to take corrective measures or to consider alternative majors.

The following language for performance standards is to be added:

Students must complete all required major courses in the B.S. Civil Engineering Technology major (those with the alpha-designator CET) with a grade of "C" or higher.

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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.

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.
  • Mr. Steven C Balkey, PE, Vice President, Project Development, Ameron Construction Co., Inc.
  • Mr. John Nevin Blesh, PLS, '04, Surveyor/Data manager, Clinton County Solid Waste Authority
  • Mr. Robert J Bradbury, Chief of Surveys, PA Department of Transportation District 3
  • Dr. John Clune, Supervisory Hydrologist, USGS - Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Jonathan U Dougherty, Corporate Recruiting, Providence Engineering
  • 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
  • Mr. Jacob Martin, EIT, '18, Land Development, RGS Associates
  • Mr. Jay B Miller, Civil Engineer Manager - Construction Unit, PennDOT District 3-0
  • Mr. Bryan Pauling, PE, Director, Energy Group, Larson Design Group
  • Mr. Gerald C Wertz, P.E., Assistant District Executive - Design, PENNDOT
  • Mr. Jeremy L Whitmoyer, PE, SE, Senior Structural Engineer, Larson Design Group
  • Ms. Kelly Williams, '22, Survey Crew Chief, McClure
  • Mr. Timothy Zeigler, PE, '14, Highway Designer, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Career Fair Connections

    Career Fair Connections

    Penn College graduates are in high demand. Employer participation at the Career Fair is proof. Attracting 400+ organizations, this popular event is hosted twice per year and introduces students to all types of businesses from startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

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