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Home » Catalog » Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology (CET)

Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology (CET)

CET 1000  Freshman Orientation  (1)                                                                        fall
This course will focus on the skills required by students for success in the CET program. The course may have guest speakers and field trips to construction projects and public facilities that will give the student a picture of the variety of work done by civil engineers and the job opportunities in the field; 1 hour of seminar per week. Prerequisite: None

CET 1011  Surveying I  (3)                                                                                            fall
The course introduces fundamental surveying principles and methods, including the measuring of distances, angles, difference in elevation, and instruction and practice in the care and use of equipment. Areas covered are bearings; cross sections and profiles; note keeping; computations and field practice relating to traverses; an introduction to geodetic surveying; the basics of construction surveying; and the adjustment of surveying instruments. 2D and 3D coordinate transformation is introduced; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MAT 1420

CET 1020  Engineering Materials  (4)                                                                  spring
This course studies the materials used in construction, including aggregates, cements, Portland cement concrete, timber, asphalts, bituminous concrete mixes, steel, and masonry. Sources, standard tests, and methods of manufacture and handling  are covered. Portland cement concrete and bituminous concrete mixes are designed and tested. Laboratory work includes performance of standard tests and the preparation of technical reports of the tests; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None [Course fee: $30]

CET 1030  CAD for Civil Engineering  (3)                                                            spring
This course provides a solid foundation in CAD for the civil and environmental engineer. Course covers topics in AutoCAD and Surveying & Civil and requires access to AutoCAD and Carlson Surveying & Civil and Environmental outside of regular class hours. Students should have the ability to move files using Windows Explorer and be familiar with MS Word; 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills

CET 1031  Engineering & Surveying Computer Applications I  (3)                       fall
This course provides the student with a working knowledge of the use of computers for Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology. No prior computer training is required. The course is designed to introduce the computer and its operating system in conjunction with laboratory assignments in the use of CAD. The fundamentals of CAD operation and application are presented through the use of civil and environmental engineering topics including site, structural, and environmental drawings. Major graphic subjects include creating and editing CAD primitive and complex entities, dimensioning, drawing construction, layout, and output. Spreadsheets are also introduced with applications appropriate to civil and environmental engineering including calculations, quantities, estimates, and graphs; 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None [Course fee: $35]

CET 1032  Engineering & Surveying Computer Applications II  (3)                 spring
This course is a continuation of CET 1031 intended to provide proficiency in the creation and understanding of working drawings related to Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology. Topics include advanced CAD entity manipulation, customization, and programming. The student is introduced to a civil and environmental/survey software package used for site mapping, terrain modeling, and road and utilities design. In addition, related technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), their application, and data sources are discussed; 6 hours studio per week. Prerequisite: CET 1031

CET 2012  Surveying II  (4)                                                                                          fall
A continuation of Surveying I, this course gives additional and more detailed information in route location and design, construction surveying, and advanced surveying topics. Specialized equipment such as electronic distance measuring instruments and state-of-the-art total stations and data collectors are used in the field labs. Least squares adjustments are introduced. Cogo surveying software is an integral portion of the course; 2 hours of lecture, 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CET 1011 and 1032 and MAT 1420 [Course fee: $35]

CET 2020  Hydraulics and Drainage  (3)                                                                   fall
The course includes an introduction to the fundamental concepts of fluids and to the applications of flow mechanics in civil and environmental engineering projects. Topics include closed and open channel flow, precipitation, stormwater run-off, infiltration, ground water, watershed drainage systems, measuring devices, buoyancy, and steady flow. Calculations and laboratory work involve the use of precipitation and run-off data; culvert and stormwater system design; flume and hydraulic bench experiments; and the use of current industry standard computer programs; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1520 and PHY 1041 or 1022

CET 2030  Environmental Engineering & Science  (3)                                            fall
This course emphasizes quantitative analysis of environmental problems and introduces the student to engineering methods for treatment and prevention of water, soil, and air pollution. Fundamental concepts of chemistry, microbiology, ecology, and statistics which are critical to environmental analysis and engineering design are covered. The laboratory includes both field and indoor testing of water quality as well as field trips to environmental facilities; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHE 1031, MAT 1420, and PHY 1041 or 1022

CET 2040  Statics and Strength of Materials  (4)                                                      fall
Statics involves the study of vector forces, resultants, and moments and their effect on beams, columns, frames, and trusses. Strength of materials includes the study of material properties; tension, compression, shear, and bending stresses; and the methods of determining centroids and moment of inertia. Laboratory work includes calculation of force and stress analysis, in addition to material testing; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1520 and PHY 1041 or 1022

CET 2050  Civil and Environmental Design  (4)                                                 spring
This course is designed to give the student experience with realistic civil and environmental engineering technology problems that require the use of knowledge and skills obtained in previous courses taken at Vermont Tech. Under faculty supervision, students are assigned design projects that could include site development plans; buildings and parking structures; bridges; water supply and treatment facilities; and roads and highways. The students develop graphic presentations, preliminary designs, calculations, and working drawings. The final phase of some projects may include estimating and construction scheduling; 2 hours of lecture, 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite:  CET 2012, 2020, 2030, and 2040 Corequisite: CET 2060, 2110, 2120 [Course fee: $50]

CET 2060  Construction Estimates and Records  (3)                                       spring
A study of construction planning, equipment, and methods is incorporated with the study of construction contracts, specifications, and working drawings. Various types of plans and specifications are used as a basis for determining the construction methods and materials to be used on a project. These plans are also used for preparing cost estimates and CPM schedules. Earned value analysis and project accounting is introduced. Computers are used throughout the course for problem solving, estimating, and record keeping; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week.  Prerequisite: CET 1011 and 1032

CET 2110  Mechanics of Soils  (3)                                                                        spring
A study of the basic principles and applications of soil mechanics as used in design and construction is covered. This course introduces knowledge of soil, its formation, actions, and uses. Included are studies of index properties; soil classification; exploration and sampling; compaction; soil strength; erosion control; foundations; and retaining walls. Problems relating to these items are presented and solved. Laboratory testing is done in conjunction with classroom studies to give a more complete understanding of the material. Each student is required to prepare an individual technical report of each test performed; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CET 2040

CET 2120  Structural Design  (4)                                                                          spring
This course is a study of the design of structural systems using wood, reinforced concrete, masonry, and steel. The design of various structural members and systems, focusing largely on wood construction but with coverage of other materials, such as tension members, beams, columns, connections, walls, and foundations is presented in accordance with relevant design codes. Laboratory work consists of the application of building and design codes to the design of structural systems and generation of detail drawings; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CET 2040

CET 3010 Evidence & Procedures for Boundary Line Location (3)                spring
The purpose of this course is to familiarize land surveying students with the importance of locating the original boundary line between two or more tracts of land, the evidence that needs to be collected, and the procedures for this collection. This course is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in the field of land surveying. The course is also intended for people working in the field of land surveying who wish to obtain a license as a Professional Land Surveyor in the state of Vermont. 3 hours of lecture. Prerequisite: None

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