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Civil Engineering Technology

Nestor Escobales, Program Director

Welcome to Old Dominion University  and thank you for your interest in our Civil Engineering Technology (CET) Program. The CET program currently offers three options, Construction Management, Structural Design, and Site Development. The CET program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.  Consequently, our graduates are able to sit for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) license examinations such as the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and the Professional Engineering (PE). The Engineering Technology Department    encourages students to take the FE examination during their senior year.

The CET program focuses on the application and practice of civil engineering principles. Graduates from our program will have the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure systems.

A large variety of courses are offered in our curriculum. Effective written, oral, and graphic communications are emphasized throughout the curriculum along with computer literacy. To satisfy the upper-division general education requirements, students are encouraged to complete a minor in either Engineering Management or Mechanical Engineering Technology. The program culminates in a senior design project that integrates course work with a practical project assignment in the student's area of concentration.

Mission Statement: The BS degree program in Civil Engineering Technology offers a high quality degree program that meets national standards of excellence. It is a significant component of the University's commitment to science, engineering and technology, particularly in fields of major importance to the region. Through the University's TELETECHNET distance learning program, the Civil Engineering Technology program provides opportunities for technical personnel throughout the state and elsewhere to enhance their education and pursue baccalaureate level studies. Simultaneously, the program supports the general education components that yield a well-rounded graduate who is aware of societal needs and issues. 

Civil Engineering Technology Program Statistics


Fall 2013 Undergraduate Enrollment (declared & intended).

Civil Engineering Technology (CET): 250


AY 2012-13  Degree's Conferred - B.S. in Engineering Technology

Civil Engineering Technology (CET): 37


Program Educational Objectives: The objective of the civil engineering technology program is to prepare graduates to establish themselves as successful professionals in structural building design and construction or related areas during the first few years of their careers by having demonstrated their ability to:

  1. Address and solve increasingly complex technical problems related to one's professional field and area of specialization.
  2. Make well educated, responsible and ethical decisions that will have positive impact on an organization and society.
  3. Work effectively in teams and precisely communicate ideas.
  4. Continue personal and professional growth.

Program Outcomes

The civil engineering technology program has adopted, after deliberations by its constituents, 11 outcomes for the Bachelor of Science program in civil engineering technology. These outcomes are listed below:

  1. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  2. 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;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  7. 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;
  8. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
  11. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

CET Program Options:

Construction Management Area of Specialization: This option prepares students for careers in the construction industry by providing a combination of knowledge and skills from a number of disciplines. In addition to the basic technical skills in structures, materials, fluids, etc., students in construction management take courses in scheduling, project management, cost estimating, sustainable building design, and other topics that enable projects to be completed on schedule and within budget. Graduates of the Construction Management area of specialization are employed at both large and small companies as project engineers, field engineers, assistant superintendents, estimators, schedulers, and similar construction related positions.

Structural Design Area of Specialization: This option prepares students for careers in both the public and private sectors. In addition to the basic technical skills in statics, strength of materials, structural analysis, etc., students concentrating in structural design take courses in computer applications in structural design, structural steel, reinforced concrete, and wood design. Graduates of this option have found employment at both large and small companies as design engineers, project engineers, structural engineers, and similar structural related positions.

Site Development Area of Specialization: This option prepares students to develop survey plans, prepare subdivision plats, design site improvements, obtain approvals and entitlements, and provide turn-key services to manage developments. Students choosing this area of specialization will take course work in hydrology and drainage, land design and development, boundary law, and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from this option are employed in government agencies, engineering firms and surveying firms.