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Academics

Academics at Union County College

Construction Engineering Technology

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This is a two-year program that prepares students for technical employment in field or office positions related to the design, layout, and construction of land subdivisions, buildings, streets and highways, bridges, storm drainage projects, water supply facilities, pollution control systems, and other public works infrastructures. Graduates receive the Associate in Applied Science degree and have the option of working with engineering or architectural firms, surveyors, building contractors, municipal engineering departments, public utility companies or construction inspection and material testing companies. They also are able to continue their education on a part-time or full-time basis at other colleges that offer a four-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology. Those colleges normally accept two full years of credit from graduates who have good academic standing.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • define basic construction methods and building material properties including structural steel, concrete and wood;
  • utilize computer-aided drafting skills to create topographic maps, profiles, sections, and engineering shop drawings;
  • perform standard laboratory and field soil tests, such as sieve analysis, moisture content, and liquid and plastic limits;
  • using standard electronic surveying instruments, perform as an acknowledgeable, skillful, and productive member of a surveying crew as demonstrated in classroom activities.
  • compute forces, stresses and strains in simple structural members by using basic principles of statics and strength of materials;
  • using the basic principles of fluid mechanics, calculate hydrostatic pressure, forces on submerged surfaces, flow rates and pressure gradients in pipe lines and open channels;
  • perform material quantity takeoffs and cost estimating calculations for excavation, site work, concrete, masonry, steel and wood construction;
  • evaluate the contractual arrangements and roles of the owner engineer or architect and builder in the process by which public and private infrastructure is designed and constructed in the USA;
  • demonstrate competency in utilizing computer software applications necessary in the civil construction engineering technology field.

Search for courses in the online course catalog.