Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology

Will you help address the major infrastructure challenges of the 21st century, like water quality, climate change and crumbling roads and bridges? The Vermont Tech Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology program students are problem-solvers. Graduates pursue careers in civil engineering like surveying, materials testing, construction, structural design, water and wastewater treatment, storm water design, and solid waste management. Depending on what you choose, you can work outdoors on construction and surveying projects, or indoors in design and estimating offices.

Our labs are well-equipped and include modern surveying tools, a high-tech stream table to study water flow and erosion, soils and material testing equipment, and state-of-the-art computer stations with CAD software.

If you complete the Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology program, you can pursue a bachelor’s degree seamlessly in Vermont Tech’s Architectural Engineering Technology or Construction Management programs. Students who declare their major in a bachelor degree program in their second year don’t have to reapply to the college. You’re guaranteed admission as long as you meet the GPA requirements of the bachelor degree.

Any student completing this program can continue for a 2+2 bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering Technology, Business Technology & Management, Construction Management, or Renewable Energy.

  1. A student with an Associate of Engineering in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology will be able to:
  2. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities
  3. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited applications of principles but extensive practical knowledge
  4. Conduct standard tests and measurements and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments
  5. Function effectively as a member of a technical team
  6. Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems
  7. Apply principals of biology, chemistry, and physics to engineering activities
  8. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and identify and use appropriate technical literature
  9. Understand the need for and possess an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  10. Understand and commit to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  11. Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

Educational objectives that are demonstrated during their workforce careers include:

  • Communication skills: communicate technical information in writing, speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills to work effectively as part of a team in the workforce
  • Technical skills: understand the principles of storm water, hydraulics, environmental engineering, surveying, soils, engineering structures, wastewater, water/wastewater treatment, and engineering materials; estimate quantities; and use appropriate computer applications to apply that knowledge as a consultant in the workforce
  • Professional skills: perform in the workforce with confidence in the use of CAD software; create site plans from raw survey data; design sewage disposal systems; and develop profiles and cross-sections for highway design
  • Engineering design skills: 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
  • Innovation skills: demonstrate the skills and ability needed to continue learning through formal education or adapt to changing technologies in the workplace

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

Program enrollment and graduation count.

Careers in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2019. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2018 (October 2018)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Civil Engineering Technicians
Job projections




Projected Employment Growth for Civil Engineering Technicians, 2018-2028 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Median Pay
All Occupations

2018 Median Pay (Civil Engineering Technicians) vs. National Median for All occupations (2018), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
  • State of VT EIV Technical Services
  • Green Mountain Engineering J.A. MacDonald
  • Dufresne Group Engineering Greenman-Pederson, Inc.
  • Trudell Consulting Engineers PIKE Industries Inc.
  • H.A. Manosh Corporation Natural Resource Conservation
  • Service SW Cole
  • Omya, Inc.
  • Construction Inspector Project Manager
  • Engineering Technician Environmental Inspector
  • Staff Engineer CADD Technician
  • Resident Engineer Quality Control Technician
  • Estimator/Project Foreman Licensed Septic Designer
  • Survey Crew Chief Licensed Surveyor
  • Environmental Outreach

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