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Civil Engineering Technology - A.A.S.

The Civil Engineering Technology program provides a number of opportunities for students to get real-world experience while completing an associate's degree. Students can take advantage of numerous field trips and special projects to gain knowledge and training. Many students participate on The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team (pictured below).

A wide array of employment opportunities in construction, design, materials and related industries awaits you. In addition to a variety of career opportunities, graduates also have options for pursuing a baccalaureate degree at SUNY Canton or elsewhere in Facilities Operations or Industrial Technology Management. Hands-on experience is extensive and those who have completed the program compete very successfully in industry.

Students in this Major:

  • Are prepared to meet the challenge of a career in the civil engineering field and construction industries.
  • Receive extensive, practical hands-on experience in well-equipped laboratories.
  • Learn computer drafting and design with AutoCAD.
  • Participate with remarkable success in a national collegiate competition for building steel bridges.
  • Solve problems in structural analysis and design.
  • Utilize state-of-the-art surveying equipment and prepare topographic maps.
  • Perform laboratory tests on concrete, steel and soil.

Career Opportunities:

  • Structural Steel Designers, Drafters, Estimators
  • Surveyors
  • Construction Superintendents
  • Construction Inspectors
  • Materials Technicians
  • Environmental Technicians
  • Industrial Sales Representative
  • Residential and Commercial Contractors
  • General Contractors

Career Outlook:

  • Nearly 100% of graduates willing to relocate/travel are able to establish Civil Engineering Technology or construction-related careers that offer opportunity for advancement.
  • Those who obtain a bachelor's degree can expect additional opportunity and reward.

Recent Employers of SUNY Canton Graduates:

  • NYS Department of Transportation
  • Atlantic Testing Laboratories
  • CIVES Steel Corp.
  • C & S Cos. General Contracting
  • Northeast Construction Services, Inc.
  • Bette and Cring Construction Group
  • North Carolina Dept. of Transportation
  • Advanced Testing Labs
  • Barrett Paving
  • Northland Construction
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Stebbins Engineering

Transfer Opportunities:

  • SUNY Canton (Civil & Environmental Technology BTech)
  • SUNY Utica/Rome (Civil Engineering Technology - BCET)
  • SUNY ESF at Syracuse University (BS - Construction Management)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (BCET)
  • SUNY Alfred (BET - Surveying, Construction Management)


Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
415 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 347-7700

Admission Requirements:

Students who do not meet the recommended high school math prerequisites may still be admitted to the College, but completing the program may require more than two years.


Semester I Credits

CITA 108 Introduction to Spreadsheets* 1
CONS 101 Elementary Surveying 4
FYEP 101 First Year Experience 1
MATH MATH Elective*** 4
PHYS 121 College Physics I (GER 2) 3
PHYS 125 Physics Lab I 1
SOET 116 Intro to Computer Aided Drafting and Design 2

Semester II Credits

CONS 172 Technical Statics 3
ENGS 102 Programming for Engineers 2
ENGL 102 Oral and Written Expression (GER 10) 3
MATH MATH Elective*** 4
PHYS 122 College Physics II 3
PHYS 126 Physics Lab II 1

Semester III Credits

CONS 203 Advanced Surveying 4
CONS 272 Strength of Materials for Technicians 3
CONS 280 Civil Engineering Materials 3
CONS 314 Soil Mechanics ** 4
Social Science Elective (GER 3, 4, 5, or 6) 3

Semester IV Credits

CONS 274 Construction Management 3
CONS 322 Hydraulics 4
CONS 375 Structural Engineering Design 3
SOET 250 Intro to 3D CADD and BIM 2
  Humanities Elec. (GER 7, 8, or 9) 3

* Students with experience in spreadsheets should enroll in CITA 109

** Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

*** Must complete 2 MATH courses. Must enter the program at MATH 123 or higher. If entering at MATH 123, students will complete MATH 123 and MATH 161. If entering at MATH 161 they will complete MATH 161 and MATH 162.

NOTE: Civil Engineering Technology students must successfully complete the SUNY Canton Computer Competency requirement.


Students transferring a significant number of credits from outside must complete the designated "Capstone" course at SUNY Canton, and the student's transfer records must have been reviewed and approved by the CET Program Director.


Civil Engineering Technology
Joseph Reilly
Curriculum Coordinator

Fall Enrollment Trends
  FT PT Total
2013 17 0 17
2012 14 2 16
2011 16 0 16
2010 29 0 29

Graduation Rate Trends*
Cohort Entering Cohort Size %
Fall 2010 8 13%
Fall 2009 14 21%
Fall 2008 7 43%

*Graduate rates are based on first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen entering in fall and graduating within 150% of time.

Degrees Conferred
2013-14 5
2012-13 4
2011-12 3
2010-11 12
2009-10 7