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.

Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020-2030 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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 Designer
  • Drafter
  • Estimator
  • Surveyor
  • Construction Superintendent
  • Construction Inspector
  • Materials Technician
  • Environmental Technician
  • Industrial Sales Representative
  • Residential and Commercial Contractor
  • General Contractor

A student drills a bolt onto a steel bridge.

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:


ABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission logo

The Civil Engineering Technology program is 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.


The following shows the typical course sequence and program requirements.

Semester I Credits

Semester II Credits

Semester III Credits

Semester IV Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
CONS 216 Soils In Construction2 4
CONS 274 Construction Management 3
CONS 322 Hydraulics 4
  Technical Program Elective3 3
  General Elective (GER 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11) 3

1 If entering at MATH 161 they will complete MATH 161 and MATH 162.

2 Writing Intensive.

3 Must be approved technical program elective with CONS or CIVL course designator, or approved by advisor/ department chair.


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
Adrienne Rygel, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Fall Enrollment Trends

  FT PT Total
2023 9 1 10
2022 9 1 10
2021 7 2 9
2020 4 1 5
2019 5 0 5

Graduation Rate Trends*

Cohort Entering Cohort Size %
Fall 2020 2 50%
Fall 2019 1 0%
Fall 2018 3 33%
Fall 2017 2 100%
Fall 2016 4 25%

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

Degrees Conferred

2022-23 2
2021-22 1
2020-21 1
2019-20 5
2018-19 2