Program Overview

If you have the creative ambition to design and build the world of tomorrow, then our bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology can get you ready to join the game in as little as three years — or, in as few as 18 months if you enter the program with an associate degree in the discipline.

Build upon the fundamentals learned in the associate degree program. This specialization builds your knowledge base of architectural design, engineering, and building science.

The program focuses on advanced design theory topics, structural engineering using wood, steel, masonry, concrete, advanced environmental and mechanical systems, green technology application, site planning, contracts and specifications, and construction law.

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Full Description

The Civil Engineering Technology programs, at both the associate and bachelor’s levels, prepare students to become integral members of the engineering and construction team. You’ll earn the degree with a mindset to give back to the community as professionals.

The program emphasizes the practical application of construction technology and engineering principles, and more. Universities like ours aim to create career-focused programs. We instill a passion for learning and aim at transforming students into industry leaders.

We have programs that focus on student life, campus experiences, and more. We help our students find their career interests and become professionals.

The program graduates will design, engineer, analyze, and supervise buildings and infrastructure projects such as roadways, bridges, and environmental facilities.

As an integral member of the team, a civil engineering technologist must have the ability to create structures that will answer the economic, safety, technical, and aesthetic requirements of a project, both on-site and off-site.

This program allows students to develop the necessary abilities for a successful career. An engineering technology degree focuses on the fundamentals of civil engineering and design, all within the scientific and technical aspects of materials, soils, planning, surveying, structures, environmental systems, and construction.

The program instills within students a sense of professionalism and a desire to serve and contribute to society. They will learn the career-specific language, improve their communication skills, and work with purpose. The college means to act as a support system and help students learn skills relevant for gaining work experience.

The bachelor’s degree program helps students build upon the fundamentals of engineering studied in the associate degree and is firmly based upon the study and practical application of advanced concepts of engineering, technology, and building sciences.

Students will study structural design using wood, steel, and concrete, fluid mechanics, soil mechanics, foundation design, transportation design, quality control, scheduling, planning, estimating, and construction law in the bachelor’s program.

The program culminates with an independent Senior Thesis course. In this final term, students must demonstrate their understanding of and ability to utilize and synthesize the technical and engineering skills they developed throughout their New England Tech experience.

Graduates of the CET bachelor’s degree can seek employment in a wide range of civil engineering and construction opportunities or choose to continue into the NEIT Master of Science degree in Engineering Management or Construction Management.


Potential Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology (CET) trains you for jobs in the construction industry. The degree even prepares you for the industry’s financial, management, and business sectors. 

Campus training and coursework will prepare you with the skills needed for the following high-ticket jobs like: 

The profession will grow at a steady rate over the years. 

Education in civil engineering would mean you’d be ready to work on a city’s infrastructure and general look. This degree focuses on practical and structural development. Aside from excellent job prospects, you’d be playing an important role in developing societies (quite literally).

Civil Engineering Specialist

Project Surveyor

Urban and Regional Planner 

Building Services Engineer

Engineering Geologist

Sustainability Consultant


  • What can I do with a Civil Engineering Technology degree?

    This degree prepares you to work in the field of construction. There are many related jobs, including but not limited to, building control surveyors, CAD technicians, design engineers, structural engineers, nuclear power plant engineers, and water engineers.

    You can work as a contracted civil engineer, too. You could also become a consultant and find opportunities as a construction manager, a fire risk assessor, and a building services engineer.

  • Can you become an engineer with an Engineering Technology degree?

    After a few years of experience, an engineering technologist can work as an engineer. An engineering technologists’ primary job is to assist engineers and view the proposed engineering solutions’ practicality. Students with an engineering technology degree can work in product design, testing, product improvement, and fabrication.

  • What can I do with a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering Technology?

    You can look for jobs in the technology field or continue with your master’s with similar majors. For example, if you have a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering Technology, you can work as civil engineering specialists, project surveyors, urban and regional planners.

    Most companies look for individuals with hands-on experience in the related technical field. It is often recommended to gain a few years of work experience and then decide whether you’d like to pursue your master’s degree.

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Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The Civil Engineering Technology programs, at both associate and bachelor’s levels, will equip students with the foundational knowledge of planning, surveying, building materials, structures, testing, cost estimating, operation, and maintenance associated with heavy/civil construction projects.

They will learn the skills to produce and utilize basic construction documents and perform basic analysis and design of system components to support infrastructure projects in the built environment.

Program Goals

Graduates of this program will be capable of:

  1. Analyzing complex engineering problems.
  2. Designing appropriate equipment and engineering solutions for given civil and structural systems.
  3. Preparing detailed and comprehensive engineering reports.
  4. Developing detailed cost estimates for civil engineering projects.
  5. Conducting site inspections of civil projects.
  6. Coordinating with associated disciplines in the construction industry.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of their degree, graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology degree program will have demonstrated they have achieved the following general outcomes:

  1. An appropriate mastery of their civil engineering technology knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools.
  2. An ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
  3. An ability to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes.
  4. An ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, equipment, components, or processes appropriate to program objectives.
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams and work well with their colleagues.
  6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve technical problems related to their career.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  9. An ability to understand professional, ethical, and community responsibilities within and outside of their career spaces.
  10. A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement in their career.

Courses Offered

The programs offer engineering fundamentals such as applied fluid mechanics, highway planning, hydrology and site drainage, boundary law, municipal planning and infrastructure maintenance, and more.

You’ll learn construction law, specifications, and quality control, how to schedule and estimate projects, ethics, and technology. You’ll also learn statistics, calculus, and finance management.

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.

Q&A and Technical Standards

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?
    Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. A technical time slot may vary from term to term.Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on the average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.In addition, to achieve your bachelor’s degree, you will take a total of approximately seven liberal arts courses, which will be scheduled around your program schedule over the course of your entire program. Each liberal arts course meets approximately four hours per week. Liberal arts courses are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays.At the beginning of each term you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The College requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day which is an NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make up for that class. The make up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.
  2. How large will my classes be?
    The average class size is approximately 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.
  3. How much time will I spend in lab?
    Almost half of your technical courses consist of laboratory work. In order for you to get the most out of your laboratory experiences, you will first receive a thorough explanation of the theory behind your lab work.
  4. Where do my classes meet?
    Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s campuses: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus or at an off-campus clinical/fieldwork/internship location.
  5. How long should it take me to complete my program?
    To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.To complete all your degree requirements in the shortest time, you should take at least one liberal arts course each term. Students who need more time to complete their curriculum may postpone some of the liberal arts courses until after the completion of the technical requirements. Students are provided up to two additional terms of study to complete the liberal arts requirements without any additional tuition assessment fee. During these additional terms of study, students are required to pay all applicable fees.Students may also elect to complete some of their liberal arts requirements during Intersession, a special five-week term scheduled between Spring and Summer Terms. Students will not be assessed any additional tuition for liberal arts courses taken during the Intersession but may be assessed applicable fees.Students wishing to extend the number of terms needed to complete the required technical courses in their curriculum will be assessed additional tuition and fees.
  6. Is NEIT accredited?
    NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.
  7. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

    The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Student Affairs Office of the institution that they are transferring to for further information.

  8. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
    Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses which are not a part of the technical curriculum.
  9. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?
    New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the university has developed a one-credit community enrichment course which includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.

  10. How many credits do I need to be eligible for Financial Aid?
    In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.

  11. What does my program cost?
    The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the enrollment agreement describes to complete the technical courses in their curriculum will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition. Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance. Second re-entries and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter. The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.
  12. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
    The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads.A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not, guarantee to its graduates employment or a specific starting salary.
  13. Where will job opportunities exist?
    Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities.

Technical Standards

These technical standards set forth by the Civil Engineering Technology Department; establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to these programs to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to enter these fields. The successful student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to interpret ideas and concepts visually and/or graphically
  • Ability to learn, remember and recall detailed information and to use it for problem solving.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to use abstractions in specific concrete situations.
  • Ability to break information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand spatial relationships.
  • Possession of basic math skills through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions using both the U.S. and Metric systems of measurement.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Possession of basic keyboarding skills and knowledge of computer programs.

Communications Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students.
  • Ability to demonstrate and use the knowledge acquired during the classroom training process and in the lab setting.

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty and students in a responsible manner.

Physical Ability

  • Ability to stand and/or sit for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness.

Manual Ability

  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom laboratory.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes and fingers in the use of the computer, plotter and other equipment.

Sensory Ability

  • Visual
    • Acute enough to enable the adjustment of drafting equipment
    • Ability to properly distinguish colors.
    • Acute enough to read small print.
    • Acute enough to read small numbers on measuring instrument