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BS Civil Engineering Technology


Civil Engineering Technology is a broad field producing engineering technologists with versatile backgrounds.Civil Engineering Technology (CET) Program prepares graduates for analysis and design of civil engineering systems and facilities. In addition to fundamental civil engineering courses students take management and civil software application courses. The CET program offers courses in several civil engineering technology fields, such as:
  • Environmental Engineering Technology: Analysis and design of systems and facilities to correct or control the pollution of air, land, or water.  For example, design of water treatment and wastewater plants, and solid waste disposal facilities. Many career opportunities exist with municipalities, industry, consulting firms and governmental agencies.
  • Structural Engineering Technology: Planning, preparation, construction, and inspection of modern buildings and bridges and other structures. In their coursework, students analyze and design structural members of steel, reinforced concrete and other engineering materials.
  • Geotechnical Engineering Technology: Subsurface investigations, and field and laboratory tests; and design and analysis for civil engineering works such as foundations, dams, and retaining walls.
  • Transportation Engineering Technology: Planning and maintenance of all types of transportation facilities including streets, highways, mass transit systems, railroads, airfields, ports, harbors and pipelines.
  • Surveying and Mapping:  Utilization of state-of-the-art surveying equipment (including theodolites, total stations, GPS units, and field-to-plot systems) in developing maps, designing and laying out construction projects and in planning land development for residential and commercial enterprises.

The graduates have the qualifications to enter careers in:

  • Construction
  • Surveying
  • Geotechnical
  • Site development
  • Structural design
  • Transportation
  • Urban Planning
  • Environmental technologies

 Professional Engineer: In Georgia and approximately 35 other states in the U.S., the BS-CET degree along with the appropriate number of years of experience, and the passage of two 8-hour examinations (FE and PE), qualifies a graduate to become a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). The FE exam can be taken while a senior enrolled in the CET curriculum.

 Licensed Land Surveyor: CET majors whose curriculum contains at least 6 elective hours of surveying coursework meet the educational requirements to become licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) in Georgia.  In addition, they must obtain 4 years of acceptable experience and pass the FLS and PLS examinations.

 Accreditation: The CET program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe career and professional accomplishments that the program prepares graduates to achieve during the first few years following graduation. In practice graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology program will:  

  1. Demonstrate a balance of knowledge that encompasses key specialties within the practice of civil engineering technology.
  2.  Be competent in applying the principles of civil engineering technology to the planning, development, design, construction, operation and management of both public and private facilities.
  3.  Meet industry expectations in evaluating ethical, societal, and environmental issues in the practice of civil engineering technology.
  4. Practice effective professional communications in formats common to industry practice.
  5. Be capable of career advancement, professional development, and can pursue registration as a professional engineer in the State of Georgia.

 Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes are statements that describe knowledge and skills acquired by students that complete the program and which prepare them to achieve the educational objectives. The program outcomes are demonstrated by students at or before graduation. Students completing the Civil Engineering Technology program will be able to:    

  1. Conduct analysis and design and prepare engineering drawings (and other appropriate construction documents).
  2. Collect and analyze relevant data from experiments or research for the purpose of developing an engineering decision, design, or layout.
  3. Effectively communicate information in these formats:  written, oral, graphical, and mathematical.
  4. Apply appropriate software to solutions of problems in civil engineering technology applications.
  5. Identify, analyze, and solve civil problems and apply science, mathematics, Engineering and technology in those solutions.
  6. Perform economic analysis and cost estimates related to design, construction, operations, and maintenance of civil systems.
  7. Select appropriate surveying methods for land measurement as applied in the civil engineering technology field.
  8. Participate as productive team leaders (or team members) in defining and solving problems in civil engineering technology.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, continuous improvement, and life-long learning.
  10. Interpret the published ASCE Code of Ethics for engineers and its application in professional practice with emphasis in ensuring safe designs.
  11. Respect diversity, and recognize contemporary professional, societal, and global issues in professional practice.

If you have questions about the CET Department, please call: Professor Timothy W. Zeigler,CET Department Chair, at (678) 915-7261  or (678) 915-5495 or send e-mail to: