Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology
The Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Mapping
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Technology (pending BOR approval)
The Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering Technology (pending BOR approval)
Certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Certificate in Land Surveying
The B.S. Civil Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The B.S. Surveying and Mapping program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Lourdes Abellera, Assistant Professor
Daniel L. Branham, Lecturer
John M. Lee, Instructor
Mehrdad Mesbahi, Associate Professor
Fatih Oncul, Assistant Professor
Carlos A. Ortiz, Professor
Nancy J.Turner, Lecturer
Matthew M. Wilson, Professor
Timothy W. Zeigler, Professor and Department Chair
The Civil Engineering Technology Program
Students completing the CET program will be able to:
In practice graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology program will:
Southern Polytechnic State University graduates have the qualifications to enter careers in:
A student may select electives from these concentrations:
Surveying and Mapping
In class, our wide-range of courses enables you to choose a career in such areas as Environmental Control, Structures, Transportation, Geotechnical, or Surveying and Mapping. Working in teams, CET students put their technical and managerial skills to work on various projects, including the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of municipal facilities. Your collaboration is most intense on the senior capstone project, which gives you a taste of professional partnership from preliminary studies through site location to final design.
Environmental electives prepare graduates for analysis and design of systems and facilities to correct or control the pollution of air, land, or water. For example, design of water and waste water plants, and solid waste disposal facilities. Many career opportunities exist with municipalities, industry, consulting firms and governmental agencies.
Structural electives prepare graduates for design, plan preparation, construction, and inspection of modern buildings and bridges and other structures. In their course work, students analyze and design structural members of steel, reinforced concrete and other engineering materials.
Surveying electives utilize state-of-the-art surveying equipment and are available in:
Transportation electives prepare graduates to perform design and plan maintenance of all types of transportation facilities including streets, highways, mass transit systems, railroads, airfields, ports, harbors and pipelines.
Geotechnical electives prepare graduates to perform subsurface investigations, and field and laboratory tests; and design and analysis for civil engineering works such as foundations, dams, and tunnels.
Starting annual salaries have always been competitive. Co-op positions such as project management, field engineering, and computer-aided design can prepare you for work with consulting firms, state and local transportation departments, and companies that specialize in geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering, construction, and surveying.
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 SURV 4465, Legal Aspects of Land Surveying, meet the educational requirements to become licensed as a Registered Land Surveyor (RLS) in Georgia. Those seeking this option should consult their advisor for more information. In addition, they must obtain four years of acceptable experience and pass the FLS and PLS examinations.