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Civil Engineering Technology




Educational Objectives


The objectives of the Civil Engineering Technology program are to:


1. Provide a basic understanding of engineering principles.

2. Provide preparation for engineering practice.

3. Provide preparation for further study.

4. Prepare students for service to society.


Prepare students to adhere to the Engineering Code of Ethics which states in part: “Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties.”


Graduates of the program should achieve the skills and have the incentive to become registered professional engineers. The outcomes for the civil engineering technology programs are:


1. Graduates will achieve an appropriate level of technical competence in:

a. Understanding basic scientific principles including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, properties of matter, and related topics.

b. Using modern tools for engineering analysis including computers and sophisticated laboratory equipment.

c. Approaching and solving engineering problems in a structured manner.

d. Synthesizing knowledge from various sources to produce creative, cost-effective designs for civil engineering facilities. In addition, the construction engineering program has a goal of producing students with an understanding of basic accounting and business management principles.


2. Graduates will be prepared for the engineering profession through:

a. A knowledge of human relations.

b. A recognition of the necessity to join and actively participate in professional societies.

c. A commitment to becoming registered as professional engineers.

d. An ability to communicate effectively, both in written and oral forms, as well as an ability to listen.

e. A sensitivity to and practice of personal and professional ethics

f. An ability to work effectively in teams.


3. Graduates will have an educated view of the world including:

a. An understanding of the role and limitations of technology in addressing society's problems.

b. An exposure to the cultural, historical, and philosophical foundations of society.

c. A knowledge of political and economic systems, particularly those that affect the planning, design, construction, and operation of the infrastructure.

d. A basic understanding of societal and environmental issues as they affect engineering decisions.


4. Graduates will be prepared for lifelong education:

a. Their academic training will lay the foundation for students to pursue further education through independent study, short courses, and graduate education.

b. They are committed to pursuing lifelong education that will enhance their professional capabilities.


Program Outcomes


The following learning (educational) outcomes apply to the Civil Engineering Technology program within the Department of Engineering Technology. Graduates of the Bachelor Degree program will possess the following competencies upon graduation. (letters in parenthesis refer to Program Outcome requirements from TAC-ABET Assessment Criterion 2)


Learning Outcome 1: be able to apply principles of mathematics and applied science, to perform technical calculations and solve technical problems of the types commonly encountered in construction or civil engineering technology careers. (a,b,f)

Learning Outcome 2: demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate, and present creative solutions to technical problems in a variety of specialty areas within the broad fields of civil and construction engineering technology. (d)

Learning Outcome 3: be able to function competently in a laboratory setting, making measurements, operating technical equipment, critically examining experimental results, and properly reporting on experimental results, including their potential for improvement. (a,b,c,f,g)

Learning Outcome 4: be able to use modern computational tools for technical problem solving, including scientific calculators, computers, and appropriate software. (a,b,f)

Learning Outcome 5: demonstrate a broad education and knowledge of contemporary issues in a global and societal context, as necessary to develop professional and ethical responsibility, including responsibility to employers and to society at large. (i,j)

Learning Outcome 6: recognize the need for life-long learning and possess the skills to maintain and improve technical and non-technical abilities. (h,k)

Learning Outcome 7: demonstrate an ability to communicate and function effectively with members of multi-disciplinary teams from a variety of backgrounds. (e,g,j);

Learning Outcome 8: the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems in the following major civil & construction engineering technology disciplines: structural, environmental and water resources, transportation, and construction. (b,d);

Learning Outcome 9: the knowledge of professional practice issues, such as procurement of work, bidding versus quality-based selection processes, and the interactions of design and construction professionals in executing a project. (i, j)