Objectives and Outcomes

Pitt-Johnstown Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Program Educational Objectives 

Graduates of the Civil Engineering program will:

  • demonstrate an ability to apply mathematics, natural sciences, and contemporary technology to civil engineering practice.
  • demonstrate a breadth of  knowledge in the core areas of civil engineering technology.
  • demonstrate an ability to function within a team environment including the ability to communicate effectively and to implement principles of leadership and management.
  • demonstrate professional responsibility and an appreciation of societal, ethical, environmental, economic, regulatory, and global issues relative to civil engineering projects.
  • acknowledge the need for personal and professional adaptability and will be prepared to pursue opportunities for personal and professional growth during their careers.

Student Outcomes

The Civil Engineering department at Pitt-Johnstown has adopted the general and program specific outcomes defined by the ETAC of ABET for Civil Engineering Baccalaureate Degree programs. Upon completion of their degree, graduates of the Pitt-Johnstown CE program will have demonstrated they have achieved the following general outcomes: 

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 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; and

k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

In addition to the above general outcomes, the ETAC of ABET program outcomes for both Associate and Baccalaureate Degree CE programs require that graduates of the UPJ CE program demonstrate they are capable of the following: 

a. utilize principles, hardware, and software that are appropriate to  produce drawings, reports, quantity estimates, and other documents related  to civil engineering;

b. conduct standardized field and laboratory tests related to civil engineering;

c. utilize surveying methods appropriate for land measurement and/or construction layout;

d. apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to civil engineering;

e. plan and prepare documents appropriate for design and construction;

f. perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, operations and maintenance of systems associated with civil engineering;

g. select appropriate engineering materials and practices, and;

h. perform standard analysis and design in at least three sub-disciplines related to civil engineering.