Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012

Civil Engineering Technology

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,

The B.S. Surveying and Mapping program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Faculty:

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:

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

In practice graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology program will:

  • Demonstrate a balance of knowledge that encompasses key specialties within the practice of civil engineering technology.
  • 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.
  • Meet industry expectations in evaluating ethical, societal, and environmental issues in the practice of civil engineering technology.
  • Practice effective professional communications in formats common to industry practice.
  • Be capable of career advancement, professional development, and can pursue Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Georgia.

Southern Polytechnic State University graduates have the qualifications to enter careers in:




Site development

Structural Design


Urban Planning

Environmental Technologies

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:




Route, and

Construction surveying

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 Registration

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.

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