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Civil Engineering Technology

Civil Engineering Technology

While civil engineers plan, design and construct various structures including all civic facilities, commercial buildings and highways, the civil engineering technician assists the professional engineer in the accomplishments of these tasks. There is an urgent and continuing local need for civil engineering technology graduates to support the enormous investment in modernizing the infrastructure of the local community. There is a current shortage and demand for trained personnel by governmental and private sector design agencies as well as construction contractors. The demand for civil engineering technicians exceeds the annual number of graduates. ECC is the only institution in Western New York offering this program.

The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering Technology Program are to: 

  • secure employment in a technical career related to civil engineering;
  • continue education to four-year engineering or engineering-related program; and 
  • prepare students to obtain national certifications related to furthering their education and knowledge to succeed on the job.

Students will be provided with basic training in the concepts fundamental to the development, design and construction of commercial, industrial and public structures, utilities and highways. Students will develop a clear understanding of the problems and the solutions to the problems facing the design construction team, including the owner, surveyor, architect, engineer, building product supplier, and contractor.

The program encourages professional office practice standards in both the lecture and lab experiences. Through lecture courses, students probe surveying, manual and computer-aided design (CAD) drafting, structural steel design, reinforced concrete design, highway design, and computer applications. These classes are supplemented by laboratory experiences. Students--having regular access to state-of-the-art equipment, including micro-computers, survey programs, printers, plotters, micro-based CAD equipment, COGO survey programs, electronic distance measuring equipment, automatic levels and theodolites--are expected to produce calculations and reports that meet professional standards.

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation with an A.A.S. degree in civil engineering technology. Graduates of the program may continue on toward a B.S. or B.S.T. degree at various universities or find employment with material testing and inspection firms; private and governmental engineering, design and surveying agencies; architectural firms; and contracting firms and construction material and equipment suppliers.

Admissions Requirements

It is recommended that students have at least three years of high school mathematics and science, as well as basic drafting. 

Students who are required to take remedial math and/or English courses will be scheduled for the pre-civil engineering technology sequence. Additional term(s) of coursework may be required in order to make up deficiencies.

Program Competencies

Upon graduating with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • communicate through graphic, written and oral expression the elements of civil engineering projects;
  • use mathematics and science to perform technical calculations and solve technical problems;
  • use micro-computers for problem-solving utilizing commercial software;
  • understand the ethical, professional and social responsibilities, including a respect for diversity, associated with the engineering technology field;
  • perform, in a laboratory setting, the operating of technical equipment, analyzing experimental results and properly recording results;
  • work as a member of a team on class engineering projects;
  • recognize the need for life-long learning and continued education;
  • design and analyze components of various civil engineering projects; and
  • utilize modern survey methods for land measurement and/or construction layout.

Accreditations

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC/ABET), http://www.abet.org.

Scholarships

  • APWA - American Public Works Association
  • NYSETA - New York State Engineering Technology Association 

Curriculum

Total Degree Credits: 65.0

First Year, Fall Semester
CI 100 - Application of Digital Computer Credit Hours: 3
CI 110 - Surveying I Credit Hours: 3
CI 130 - Engineering Mechanics Credit Hours: 3
MT 122 - Technical Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4 or
MT 126 - College Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4 
PH 260 - Technical Physics I Credit Hours: 3
PH 261 - Lab for PH 260 Credit Hours: 1

First Year, Spring Semester
CI 165 - Surveying II Credit Hours: 3
CI 175 - Computer-Aided Drafting I Credit Hours: 3
CI 185 - Strength of Materials Credit Hours: 3
MT 180 -  Pre-Calculus Mathematics Credit Hours: 4
______ - Required Option (Student must enroll in one of the following required optional courses of Engineering Problem Applications, Physical Geology or Technical Physics II.)
CO 295 - Engineering Problem Applications Credit Hours: 4 or
GL 160 - Physical Geology Credit Hours: 3
GL 161 - Lab for GL 160 Credit Hours: 1 or 
PH 262 - Technical Physics II Credit Hours: 3
PH 263 - Lab for PH 262 Credit Hours: 1

Second Year, Fall Semester
CI 210 - Materials Testing Credit Hours: 3
CI 220 - Structural Steel Design Credit Hours: 3
CI 230 - Soils and Foundations Credit Hours: 3
CI 240 - Engineering Drafting Credit Hours: 3 
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Spring Semester
CI 255 - Highway Design Credit Hours: 3
CI 266 - Contracts/Specifications/Estimating Credit Hours: 3
CI 285 - Reinforced Concrete Design Credit Hours: 3
CI 295 - Hydraulics & Hydrology Credit Hours: 4
Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Part-Time and Evening Students

First Year, Fall Semester
CI 100 - Application of Digital Computer Credit Hours: 3
MT 122 - Technical Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4 or
MT 126 - College Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4

First Year, Spring Semester
CI 110 - Surveying I Credit Hours: 3 
MT 180 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics Credit Hours: 4 

Second Year, Fall Semester
CI 165 - Surveying II Credit Hours: 3 
PH 260 - Technical Physics I Credit Hours: 3
PH 261 - Lab for PH 260 Credit Hours: 1

Second Year, Spring Semester
CI 130 - Engineering Mechanics Credit Hours: 3
CI 175 - Computer-Aided Drafting I Credit Hours: 3

Third Year, Fall Semester
CI 185 - Strength of Materials Credit Hours: 3
CI 255 - Highway Design Credit Hours: 3

Third Year, Spring Semester
CI 210 - Materials Testing Credit Hours: 3
CI 240 - Engineering Drafting Credit Hours: 3 

Fourth Year, Fall Semester
CI 266 - Contracts/Specifications/Estimating Credit Hours: 3
CI 285 - Reinforced Concrete Design Credit Hours: 3  

Fourth Year, Spring Semester
CI 220 - Structural Steel Design Credit Hours: 3 
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3

Fifth Year, Fall Semester
CI 295 - Hydraulics & Hydrology Credit Hours: 4
Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Fifth Year, Spring Semester
CI 230 - Soils and Foundations Credit Hours: 3

______ - Required Option (Student must enroll in one of the following required optional courses of Engineering Problem Applications, Physical Geology or Technical Physics II.)
CO 295 - Engineering Problem Applications Credit Hours: 4 or
GL 160 - Physical Geology Credit Hours: 3
GL 161 - Lab for GL 160 Credit Hours: 1 or 
PH 262 - Technical Physics II Credit Hours: 3
PH 263 - Lab for PH 262 Credit Hours: 1

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering. To assure all prerequisites are completed for each successive semester, it is important that courses be taken in the proper order.

Available At:

North Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

Three Years of Science
Basic Drafting

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Three Years of Math
Two Years of Science (including Physics)

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Civil Engineering Firms
Government Agencies
Testing Labs
Transfers to Bachelor Degree Programs

Hegis Code:

5309

Curriculum Code:

0517.CIV

Division:

Engineering & Technologies
Civil Engineering Technology

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Civil Engineering Technology

Gordaon Soderholm
North Campus
Room B502B
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 851-1542