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.

The Program Educational Objectives for graduates of the Associate of Engineering in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology program include:

  • Communicating technical information in writing, speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills to work effectively as part of a team in the workforce
  • Understanding the principles of storm water, hydraulics, environmental engineering, surveying, soils, engineering structures, wastewater, water/wastewater treatment, engineering materials; estimating quantities; and, using appropriate computer applications, applying that knowledge as a consultant in the workforce
  • Performing in the workforce with confidence in the use of CAD software, creating site plans from raw survey data, designing sewage disposal systems, and developing profiles and cross-sections for highway design
  • Understanding design principles and functioning 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
  • Demonstrating the skills and ability needed to continue learning through formal education or adapt to changing technologies in the workplace

The Student Outcomes are for graduates with an Associate of Engineering in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology to 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,

Program enrollment and graduation count.

Careers in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Civil Engineering Technicians
Job projections




Projected Employment Growth for Civil Engineering Technicians, 2016-2026 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Median Pay
All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Civil Engineering Technicians) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), 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

News & Events

Vermont Tech welcomed Sonam Wangchuk, an engineer and educator from Ladakh, India, to our Randolph Center campus on Tuesday, October 31st. Wangchuk is renowned for developing artificial glaciers, known as ice stupa, to provide the arid climate in his region of India with fresh water all year... Read More
Tension Builds... The annual Bridge Building Competition is a chance for middle and high school students to build their own model bridges and test them on the Gordonator. On March 30 the High School Bridge Building Competition was held in Judd Hall on the Randolph Center Campus. Tensions were... Read More
Two exceptional Vermont Technical College engineering students were honored by the college and recognized at a Vermont Society of Professional Engineers event on February 24 at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington. This event is part of E-Week, a national celebration of Engineering... Read More


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