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Civil Engineering Technology (CT)

(Effective Fall 2012)

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.

Educational objectives, student outcomes, and enrollment/graduation data for this major

Career Opportunities

Engineering technician, engineering surveyor, inspector, draftsperson, CAD operator, cartographer, design technician, construction manager.

Recommended High School Subjects

Strong preparation in mathematics, sciences, and communication skills. Course work in computer usage, drafting, and surveying at the high school level would be helpful but not necessary.

Remediation Strategies

All students entering the major will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during the first semester as explained in the College Catalog (see www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm).

Transfer Procedures

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.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools to narrowly defined civil engineering technology activities.
  • apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to civil engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  • conduct standard tests and measurements, and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  • function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  • identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined civil engineering technology problems.
  • develop an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments, as well as an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • understand the need for and engage in self-directed, continuing professional development.
  • demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  • exhibit a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
CET115Surveying I 3 
CET150Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Second SemesterCredits
CET124Surveying II 3 
CET126Topographic Surveys and Mapping 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
PHS115College Physics I 4 
Third SemesterCredits
CET230Statics 3 
CET238Origin, Distribution and Behavior of Soils 3 Writing Enriched Requirement
CET234Highway Engineering 3 
ECO111Principles of Macroeconomics 3 
MTH160Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 
MTH240Calculus I 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
CET242Fluid Mechanics 3 
CET243Strength of Materials 3 
CET312Hydraulics and Hydrology 3 
CET246Materials of Construction 3 
PHS125College Physics II 4 

Eligible students may substitute MTH 240/242 for MTH 180/182. Students taking the MTH 240/242 option may substitute PHS 201/202 for PHS 115/125. MTH 240/242 is recommended for students desiring to transfer to the BCT major after completing the A.A.S. requirements.


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