Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology

You can help address the major infrastructure challenges of the 21st century. The Vermont Tech Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology program prepares graduates for careers in civil engineering; surveying; materials testing; construction; structural design; water and wastewater treatment; storm water design; and solid waste management. Students are thoroughly prepared for opportunities to work outdoors on construction and surveying projects or indoors in design and estimating offices.

The hallmark of a degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology is the applied learning gained from studying theory in the classroom and applying that knowledge in a lab setting. The program’s laboratories are well-equipped and include modern surveying equipment; a high-tech stream table to study open channel flow; soils and material testing equipment; and state-of-the-art computer stations. Sophisticated computer-aided design (CAD) software is used extensively in the curriculum.

Graduates of this program are highly regarded and find work with engineering firms, government agencies, construction firms, and testing laboratories. Graduates also have the potential to obtain professional licensure as site designers, land surveyors, or engineers and may also obtain professional certification in erosion and sediment control.

Students who complete the Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology program are eligible to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Vermont Tech’s Architectural Engineering Technology or Construction Management programs. Program graduates can transfer to other engineering schools to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree in engineering or engineering technology.

The educational objectives of the Associate of Engineering in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology program are for graduates to:

  • Perform in the workforce with confidence in the use of CAD software and the ability to create site plans from raw survey data, design sewage disposal systems, and develop profiles and cross-sections for highway design
  • Communicate technical information in writing, speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills to work effectively as part of a team in the workforce
  • Understand the principles of plane surveying, water/wastewater treatment, engineering materials, and estimating quantities and, using appropriate computer applications, apply that knowledge as a consultant in the workforce
  • Be able to understand design principles and function actively as part of a design team in the workforce with acquired skills and the knowledge of building materials and structures, site development, and estimating quantities
  • Develop the skills and ability needed to continue learning through formal education or adapt to changing technologies in the workplace

Students with an Associate of Engineering in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology will be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology to narrowly-defined engineering technology activities
  • Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited applications of principles but extensive practical knowledge
  • Conduct standard tests and measurements and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments
  • Function effectively as a member of a technical team
  • Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems
  • Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and identify and use appropriate literature
  • Understand the need for and have the ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  • Understand and commit to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  • Possess a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

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

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Percent Job and Advanced Education Placement Rate in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology

Vermont Tech Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology student outcomes are strong. The class of 2016 had a 100% job and advanced placement rate within six months of graduation. Many students have internships while they’re in college that lead to full-time employment after graduation.


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