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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Construction Engineering Technology

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate:  126

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: The three course math sequence (MAT 122, TME 152, TME 253) requires a “C” or better in each class to move to the next class.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: CET majors must accumulate a GPA of 2.0 in all required CET classes including SVT 121.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: CET 458

Contact Information: Will Manion, 112 Machine Tool Lab, (207) 581-2184,

 The Construction Engineering Technology program is a blend of civil engineering technology and construction business management. This is achieved by applying principles in civil engineering technology and management to the construction process. The Construction Engineering Technology program provides quality instruction in construction engineering technology and management to enable graduates to be professional constructors. This mission is fulfilled by providing students with a foundation in mathematics, science, communications, social science and humanities; which are coupled with civil engineering technology and management principles leading to a rewarding career in the construction industry.The specific program educational objectives are to prepare graduates to:

  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of skills in mathematics, basic physical sciences, business, surveying, and engineering sufficient to pass the associate constructor exam.
  • Show proficiency in using equipment and gathering experimental data for the use of analytical and problem-solving skills reasonably expected for construction practice necessary to be in responsible charge of construction or engineering operations.
  • Be able to apply design skills sufficient to meet employer and client expectations in the areas of construction operations.
  • Conduct themselves ethically and professionally and exhibit personal integrity and responsibility in construction practices.
  • Be proficient in written, oral, and graphic communication to deal with promotion of services, business communications, reporting to employers, interacting with peers, and addressing client matters in public forums.
  • Have an awareness for the arts, humanities, social sciences, and diversity and their place among society and the profession in taking leadership roles in the community and profession.
  • Be able to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment, and lead when necessary to accomplish a given mission or project when providing services to employers and the public.
  • Recognize, participate and appreciate the need for quality improvement of services, continuous improvement of professional skills, and embarking on lifelong learning.

The student is taught a variety of civil engineering and management topics in a technical and rigorous curriculum. The primary focus is surveying, materials testing, structural analysis and design, highways, estimating, and heavy-highway/building methods and equipment. The curriculum features management courses that may lead to a minor in business. There is extensive use of computer applications throughout the program.

Degrees are awarded upon satisfactory completion of 126 credits at an accumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 overall.  Students must also achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average in all required CET courses.  Students must take the Associate Constructor Level I exam and pass at least four of the content areas.  The CMT program is accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission  of ABET.

Student Outcomes

Prior to graduation, students are required to demonstrate the following learned capabilities:

a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities
b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies
c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes
d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives
e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team
f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems
g. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity
j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context
k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


Incoming students are required to have a laptop computer.  Visit our website for recommended configuration details.

Employment Opportunities
With a Bachelor of Science degree, graduates are prepared to initially perform technical/supervisory tasks in the field and office, and to then advance to management positions. Prospective employers include construction contractors and subcontractors, private and public construction inspection agencies, contract administrators, and major facility owners. There may also be similar employment opportunities in other project-oriented industries, such as aircraft, aerospace, and shipbuilding. On the purely technical side, there are employment opportunities in soils, foundations, and building materials testing firms.

The recommended sequence of the four-year curriculum is outlined below.  Copies can be obtained in the School of Engineering Technology office.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

Students must see their advisors for approval of all electives

Lists of approved courses that meet the General Education requirements and Technical Electives are available in 119 Boardman Hall.

1The Human Values and Social Context (HVSC) general education requirements are a minimum of 18 credits covering five areas: 1. Western cultural tradition; 2. Social context and institutions (covered with CMJ 103, ECO 120 or 121, CET 451); 3. Cultural diversity and international perspectives; 4. Population and the environment (covered with CET 412); and 5. Artisitc and creative expression. For more detail about the General Education Requirements, see Degree / Graduation Requirements  

2Other communication classes such as CMJ 345, CMJ 347, or CMJ 367 may be substituted for CMJ 257 with advisor permission.

3The General Education Ethics requirement can be satisfied with an HVSC elective or other such designated course.

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