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2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog

Construction Engineering Technology

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate:  122

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

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

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

Course satisfying the writing intensive requirement within the major: CET 356  

Contact Information:  Phil Dunn, 132 Boardman, (207)581-2326, philip.dunnjr@maine.edu

The Construction Engineering Technology (CET) program develops engineering and professional skills in students who aspire to facilitate construction projects. Our graduates have the ability to work in all stages of the building and infrastructure project lifecycle, from design and planning through construction, operations and maintenance. Key skills include:

  • Practical problem solving
  • Communication and collaboration with designers, engineers, owners and the public
  • Construction engineering judgment
  • An appreciation for community service and the value of our infrastructure

Program highlights

  • Service learning construction projects to give back to the community
  • Connections to summer employment in the industry
  • Development of professional culture
  • The ability to eventually become a professional engineer (PE) 

In addition to University-wide general education requirements, the program provides instruction in a number of specific curricular areas.  Students are expected to learn how to:

  • Utilize techniques that are appropriate to administer and evaluate construction contracts, documents, and codes       
  • Estimate costs, estimate quantities, and evaluate materials for construction projects          
  • Utilize measuring methods, hardware and software that are appropriate for field, laboratory, and office processes that are related to construction      
  • Apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to construction engineering    
  • Produce and utilize design, construction and operations documents
  • Perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, and maintenance of systems associated with construction engineering     
  • Select appropriate construction materials and practices        
  • Apply appropriate principles of construction management, law, and ethics 
  • Perform standard analysis and design in at least one sub-discipline related to construction engineering

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives are to prepare students such that they can continue to enhance their abilities developed in the program as defined by the following student outcomes:

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

1. An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, or technology to solve broadly-defined construction engineering problems.

2. An ability to design systems, components or processes for broadly-defined construction methods, operations and schedules.

3. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

4. An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes in construction; and

5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader of a multidisciplinary construction team.

Degrees are awarded upon satisfactory completion of 120 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. The Construction Engineering Technology (CET) program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.


All students are required to have a laptop computer.  Visit our website (umaine.edu/set) for recommended configuration details.

Employment Opportunities
With a Bachelor of Science degree, graduates are prepared to perform technical and supervisory tasks in the field and office, and then advancing to management positions. Prospective employers include construction contractors and subcontractors, private and public construction monitoring agencies, contract administrators, and major facility owners such as the Department of Transportation. There are also similar employment opportunities in other project-oriented industries, such as aircraft, aerospace, and shipbuilding.

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

First Year - Second Semester

Second Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

Students must see their advisors for approval of all electives

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, MGT 220, PSY 100, or EET 484); 3. Cultural diversity and international perspectives; 4. Population and the environment (covered with CET 412); and 5. Artistic and creative expression; 6. Ethics (covered with EET 484). For more detail about the General Education Requirements, see UM - Orono Core Curriculum Requirements .

Technical Electives

The following courses are approved technical electives for the CET program. Other courses are not listed by number and name below must be approved by an advisor to count as a construction elective. Courses that are substantially the same as another technical elective or required course will not be approved. 

Construction Electives

The following courses are approved construction electives for the CET program. Other courses are not listed by number and name below must be approved by an advisor to count as a construction elective. Courses that are substantially the same as another technical elective or required course will not be approved. Classes from this list taken over the required Construction Electives will count as Technical Electives.

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