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What is Civil Engineering Technology?

The Civil Engineering Technology (CET) program, primarily an application oriented approach, allows students to gain experience with engineering fundamentals while in the classroom.  CET students will obtain knowledge on planning, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining, and researching fixed structures and infrastructures such as buildings, highways, bridges, railroads, tunnels, dams, and airports.


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What can I do with a Civil Engineering Technology Degree?

Civil Engineering Technology graduates pursue a variety of careers including working for consulting engineering and design firms, public and regulatory agencies, contractors and construction management firms, as well as industrial companies producing construction products. 


 Program Mission Statement

The Engineering Technology Division of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown shares and supports the mission of Pitt-Johnstown.  The mission of the Engineering Technology Division is to:

  • Provide each student with a high quality, interdisciplinary, ABET accredited, baccalaureate engineering technology education, emphasizing engineering and scientific fundamentals
  • Provide each student with experiences in the application of current tools and professional practices stressing analysis, design, development, and management principles
  • Instill in each student an appreciation for the roles of collaboration, lifelong learning, ethical standards, and diversity in solving technological problems of industry and society
  • Instill in each student the desire to become a contributing member of their community and profession
  • Ensure graduates have the requisite leadership, communication and technical skills to compete in the regional, national, and global marketplace
  • Be a technical resource for regional businesses and industries

What kind of courses will I take?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Civil Engineering Technology courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Civil Engineering Technology course descriptions, click here.

CIVIL COMPUTATIONS AND DESIGN 
Continuation of surveying principles and calculations experienced in Elementary Surveying. Introduction into site development and mapping using a computer-aided design (CAD) system. Other computer-aided analysis and design methods will be presented for use with highway and route surveying, layout, and planning.

STRUCTURAL STEEL DESIGN 
Application of principles of mechanics in the design of steel beams, tension and compression members, beam columns, and bolted and welded connections. The latest American Institute of Steel Construction-Load and Resistance Factor Design (AISC-LRFD) specification is used.

HYDROLOGY AND HYDRAULICS ENGINEERING 
A study of the basic principles of hydrology and hydraulics and their application to the solution of water resource problems. Topics include the hydrologic cycle, rainfall runoff relationships, analysis and design of detention facilities, open channels, reservoir routing, and channel routing


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Civil Engineering Technology Links

These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Civil Engineering Technology Program, and the world of Civil Engineering Technology as a whole.

Pitt-Johnstown Civil Engineering Technology

Degree Requirements (.pdf)

Where are our Engineering Technology Graduates?

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

American Society of Civil Engineers

Civil Engineering Jobs



Meet our CET Faculty



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Last Reviewed: January 10, 2012