Course Descriptions

Pitt-Johnstown Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

CET 0020 Elementary Surveying

Introduction to the use of modern surveying instruments, equipment and measurement methods. Emphasis is on field work: measuring a given traverse and locating the control data for making a topographic map. Other topics include construction, route, and boundary control surveys. Prerequisite: ET 0023. 3 credits

CET 0021 Civil Computations and Design

Continuation of surveying principles and calculations experienced in CET 0020. Introduction to site development and mapping using a CAD system. Other computer-aided analysis and design methods will be presented. Prerequisites: CET 0020, ET 0030, ET0011. 3 credits

CET 1111 Structural Steel Design

Application of principles of mechanics to the design of steel beams, tension and compression members, beam-columns, bolted and welded connections. The latest AISC LRFD specification is used. Prerequisites: ET 0011, ET 0053, ET 0054. 4 credits

CET 1112 Reinforced Concrete Design

Concrete strength design and behavior of beams, columns, slabs, footings, and retaining structures using current ACI Code requirements. Prerequisites: ET 0011, ET 0053, ET 0054 4 credits

CET 1113 Advanced Structures

Structural analysis of determinate and indeterminate trusses, beams, and frames. Design using the AISC-LRFD specifications for continuous and composite beams, frames, and plate girders. Classical methods of analysis such as slope-deflection and virtual work are emphasized. Other topics include influence lines, deflections, and approximate methods of analysis. Prerequisites: ET 0030, ET 0053, ET 0054, CET 1111 3 credits

CET 1121 Highway Surveying and Design

Highway location surveys, geometric design, and construction stakeout. Emphasis is placed upon the design of horizontal and vertical alignments from field surveys and topographic maps. Elements of design include horizontal circular and spiral curves, superelevation, vertical profiles, vertical parabolic curves, cross-sections, earthwork quantities, and drainage. The Land Development Desktop (LDD) is utilized in the planning and design process including preparation of design plans for a semester long highway project. Prerequisites: CET 0020, CET 0021, CET 1123, CET 1140. 3 credits

CET 1123 Transportation

Study of transportation systems including planning, analysis, design and management. Emphasis is placed on traffic volumes, speed-flow-density relationships, highway safety, capacity analysis and level of service, intersection control, forecasting travel demand, evaluating alternatives, environmental and social considerations, and transportation systems management. The lab focuses on spot speed, traffic volume, travel delay, parking, and accident studies. The Highway Capacity Software is utilized in the design of signals and in the traffic analysis of highway segments and intersections. Prerequisites: ET 0023, ET 0054, CET 0021. 4 credits

CET 1124 Pavement Design and Management

Study of properties and tests of asphaltic materials, pavement design and management. Emphasis is placed on superpave mix design, pavement stresses, design of flexible and rigid pavements using methods by Asphalt Institute (AI), American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and Portland Cement Association (PCA). Other topics include classification and treatment of soil, subsurface drainage, condition surveys, pavement distress and maintenance, and roadway management systems. Current policies from AASHTO and PennDOT are incorporated. Prerequisites: CET 1123, CET 1131 3 credits

CET 1131 Soil Engineering

Topics include the identification and classification of soils, the hydraulic properties, consolidation characteristics and shear strength properties of soils, techniques of subsurface investigation, and the geology of natural deposits. The effects of soil conditions on the construction process are discussed. The course has one three-hour laboratory each week. Prerequisites: ET 0053, ET 0054. 4 credits

CET 1132 Foundation Design

Geotechnical aspects of foundation design including determination of ultimate and allowable bearing capacities for shallow foundations on soil and rock, design and construction of pile foundations and drilled caissons, earth pressure theories, retaining wall stability and design details, anchored bulkheads, sheet pile walls and excavation bracing. Prerequisite: CET 1131. 3 credits

CET 1140 Hydrology & Hydraulics Engineering

A study of the basic principles of hydrology and hydraulics and their application to the solution of water resources problems. Topics include the hydrologic cycle, rainfall/runoff relationships, analysis and design of detention facilities, open channels, reservoir routing and channel routing. Prerequisites: Math 0221 or 0220, MET 1154, ET 0023. Corequisite: CET 1144 3 credits

CET 1141 Environmental Engineering (W)

An introduction to causes of pollution in the environment and related engineering solutions. Areas of investigation include water supply, wastewater, solid wastes and air pollution. Methods of abating present pollution and planning to avoid future pollution are investigated. Prerequisite: ET 0023, Math 0221 or 0220, Chem 0111. 3 credits

CET 1142 Water Supply and Wastewater (W)

A problem-oriented course in which the water supply and wastewater system needs for a community are determined. A water supply system and a distribution system are designed. The various unit operations of water treatment and wastewater treatment plants are also designed. A water chemistry laboratory and problem solving recitation period are included in the course. Prerequisites: Chem 0111, CET 1140, ET 0023 4 credits

CET 1144 Hydraulics Laboratory (W)

Laboratory and field activities in conjunction and association with hydrology and hydraulics. Corequisite: CET 1140 1 credit

CET 1151 Materials of Construction

Acquaints the student with the practical difficulties in the selection, testing, and use of construction materials in relation to function, environment, and cost. Major emphasis on aggregate, portland cement, concrete additives, and bituminous materials. Problems associated with concrete and bituminous mixtures and methods of mix design are included. Current materials-testing techniques are utilized in the laboratory. Material applications of masonry are introduced. Prerequisite: ET 0053 3 credits

CET 1152 Construction Management Practice

Fundamental management principles for construction contracting, project organizaiton and planning, scheduling and control with CPM techniques, estimating, bonding and insurance, albor, material and equipment utilization. Field trips conducted to enhance knowledge of contraction. Prerequisite: CET 1151 4 credits

CET 1183, CET 1184, CET 1185, CET 1186, CET 1187, CET 1188 CET Seminar

Each term the student is enrolled as a full-time student in the CET Department with either Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status,he/she must enroll in CET Seminar. The seminar meets one-hour per week. Speakers discuss a variety of subjects related to the civil engineering profession. 0 credits

CET 1195 Senior Project Proposal (W) (S)

A written proposal detailing the functional specifications for a project and the time schedule for completion will be submitted. After approval of the proposal by the faculty, a faculty advisor will be assigned and the senior project is begun. To be completed in the next to last term. Departmental Consent Required. 1 credit

CET 1196, CET 1197, CET 1198 Special Projects

Directed Study (1197), Independent Study (1198) or Internship (1196) designed to give the student an opportunity to study a particular aspect of the discipline in some depth. Admission is by consultation with and permission of the departmental faculty. Department Consent. 1 to 4 credits

CET 1199 Senior Project (W) (S)

Employs previously learned material in Civil Engineering Technology. The project involves design and analysis of a new or modified civil engineering project or system with demonstrated feasibility. To be completed in the last term. Departmental Consent Required. Prerequisite: CET 1195 3 credits


A course designed for the individual who wants to learn and develop their leadership and team building skills. Topics include influence, integrity, attitude, vision, change, priorities, self-discipline, personal and interpersonal effectiveness, development of teams and principles of leadership. Junior/Senior Status. 3 credits