Associate in Applied Science
Civil Engineering Technology graduates find employment opportunities in the design, construction and inspection of airports, bridges, water treatment systems, dams, railroads and highway planning and maintenance. Specific job responsibilities include computer-aided design/drafting, material testing, site surveying and cost estimating. Students have several choices with this major. Students can earn the A.A.S. Degree in Civil Engineering Technology. The emphasis in this program is on practical applications that provide students with skills that can be used on the job as civil engineering technicians.
Graduates of the Program will be able to meet the following:
Below are required courses and recommended course groupings and sequences for program completion. Courses may have prerequisite and corequisite requirements. Check course descriptions for details.
An introduction to engineering fundamentals and design through lecture, classroom activities, design and laboratory projects in the areas of Civil, Electrical and Mechanical technology. Students will learn how to formulate and solve engineering problems, both working individually and as part of a team.
MAT-013 or passing score on the College placement test
Emphasis is on those topics from algebra and trigonometry that best prepare students for the first course in calculus. The areas of study are algebraic and transcendental functions and their graphs. Of special interest are polynomials, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Additional topics include vectors, polar coordinate systems, matrices and determinants. TI83/84 graphing calculator required.
Appropriate score on the College placement test and/or satisfactory score on the diagnostic examination, “C” or better in MAT-014 or departmental approval
Through a variety of writing projects requiring competence in clear, correct, and effective English, students use inferential and critical skills in the process of composing documented essays. Extensive reading materials serve as structural models and as the bases for discussion and for the writing of essays involving response, analysis, and synthesis.
RDG-011 may be taken as a co-requisite if not previously completed with a grade of "C" or better.
An introduction to drawing and quantity takeoff with related material and labor costs used in the construction industry. Students will examine and interpret construction drawings to determine quantities and related costs of materials and labor. Topics will include: area and volume calculations, use of engineering scales, material costs, labor costs, overhead and profit. Laboratory projects reinforce the lecture material and emphasize proper estimating procedures and format. The students will be exposed to Microsoft Excel in preparation of the material and cost summaries. Students will prepare a quantity estimate for a small construction project. Basic discussions will be presented for cost estimating of residential and commercial construction projects. Unit cost estimating will be incorporated in the proposed estimate. Specifications and specification standards will be reviewed as set forth by the CSI.
Presents fundamental ideas of calculus such as the derivative, integral and their applications. Topics include fundamentals of analytic geometry. The first course in a sequence of calculus courses intended for the student interested in mathematics, engineering and the natural, physical and social sciences. TI83/84 graphing calculator required.
A grade of “C” or better in ENG-121
Practical study of statics for the engineering technology student. Topics include: force system resultants, force system equilibrium, load analysis of structural trusses and frames, cross-sectional area properties, centroid, moment of inertia, radius of gyration and polar moment of inertia.
This course is a study and execution of drawings encountered in civil and construction engineering. Topics include: Structural steel shapes and assemblies, reinforced concrete structures, piping details, site maps, alignments, AutoCAD functions used in civil projects, and, Civil 3D. Drawings will be generated from a combination of existing drawings as well as written requests. A comprehensive final project will combine skills from the various lessons and have students draft out major components of a simple structure.
Introduction to surveying, measurement theory, field and office procedures and error analysis. Lectures emphasize the concepts, computations, analysis and adjustments of leveling, angle observation, distance measure and control traverses. Field exercises stress the techniques of distance measure from rough pacing to use of the Electronic Distance Measure instrument, as well as the correct procedures for horizontal and vertical angle observations. Students prepare drawings and maps from their field notes.
MAT-129 or MAT-129A
Emphasizes theoretical models and basic physical principles. The course is precalculus based and uses some basic calculus in the development and applications of physical principles in a scientific environment. Students will use computers in the laboratory for developing programming skills for the analysis of experimental data. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, conservation of energy and momentum, waves, temperature and heat and thermodynamics. The first semester of a two-semester college-parallel sequence for liberal arts science and pre-professional students.
This course is to be taken in conjunction with General Physics I and is the first semester of a two semester laboratory university-parallel sequence for liberal arts science and pre-professional students. Students will make measurements and develop an understanding of the errors in those measurements and the final result. The importance of maintaining a laboratory notebook is emphasized as well as accurate and concise reporting of the data and results; data interpretation is also emphasized. The computer is used of data acquisition and analysis. Laboratory safety is also discussed.
PHY-123 may be taken as a pre-requisite or co-requisite
The study of strength of materials with emphasis on practical applications. Topics include: axial stress and strain, material properties, torsion stress and strain, shear and moment diagrams, bending shear stresses, beam design, theoretical and specification column analysis and design, connection analysis and combined stresses using Mohr's Circle. Weekly laboratory experiments and formal written reports are used to reinforce lecture material.
CIT-105 with a grade of "C" or higher
A continuation of Construction Surveying I with emphasis on the methods of layout construction projects. Topics include: traverse computations and adjustment; control surveys for topography, N.J. State Plane Coordinates: horizontal and vertical curve calculations and stakeout methods, radial stakeouts; pipeline and utility stakeouts, road and street stakeouts; building stakeouts, earthwork calculations and Right of Way acquisition computations. Laboratory exercises demonstrate and reinforce these topics. Computer software is available to aid in the computations.
Basic study of soils as a material in building construction and environmental projects. Topics include: index properties, soil classification, soil moisture, shear strength, stress analysis, lateral earth pressure, compaction and stabilization and settlement and consolidation. The laboratory will provide sieve analysis, shear strength of soils, relative density, proctor compaction and consolidation and complete testing of concrete cylinders.
Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).
Emphasizes theoretical models and basic physical principles. The course is precalculus-based and uses some basic calculus in the development and applications of physical principles in a scientific environment. Students will use computers in the laboratory for developing programming skills and for the analysis of experimental data. Topics include electro-statics, direct current circuits, electromagnetism, alternating currents, electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics, quantum theory, atomic physics and nuclear physics. The second semester of two-semester college-parallel sequence for liberal arts science and pre-professional students.
This course is to be taken in conjunction with General Physics II and is the second semester of a two semester laboratory university-parallel sequence for liberal arts science and pre-professional students. Students will make measurements and develop an understanding of the errors in those measurements and the final result. The importance of maintaining a laboratory notebook is emphasized as well as accurate and concise reporting of the data and results; data interpretation is also emphasized. The computer is used of data acquisition and analysis. Laboratory safety is also discussed.
PHY-124 may be taken as a pre-requisite or co-requisite
In this course students will study hydrology and hydraulics as they pertain to storm water management and systems. Topics include: hydrostatics, open channel flow, hydraulic devices, runoff calculations, and design of simple storm water structures. Laboratory experiments include: viscosity and unit weight of fluids, flow through orifices, study of hydraulic devices, and ground water recharge.
Practical application of steel design using the LRFD (Load and Resistance Factor Design) procedure as governed by the American Institute of Steel Construction. Topics include principles of structural design and analysis using steel as the primary building material. Analysis and design of steel members, such as beams, girders, columns and connections is studied using the principles of statics. A study of framing and load analysis will be done for various loading conditions.
Practical application of concrete design using the strength design procedure as governed by the American Concrete Institute. Topics include: principles of structural design using reinforced concrete as the material and concrete framing systems using beams, frames, girders and footings as the primary structural elements.
Students working in teams integrate their knowledge of theoretical concepts and practical applications of estimating, surveying, hydrology, hydraulics and structural design to complete a comprehensive design project. Oral presentation and a technical report are required.
CIT-212, CIT-218, CIT-219
Contact Name: Associate Professor Thomas Sabol, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2586
Contact Email: TSabol@middlesexcc.edu
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/engineering-technologies/
Students may choose to participate in the Joint Admissions Program with the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Many other four-year colleges and universities will apply some or all of the courses taken toward a bachelor’s degree.
Students acquire a foundation in communications, calculations, and engineering principles along with the specifics of civil engineering. All technical courses provide a balance between theory and practice.
Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or completion of the appropriate. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in high school algebra II and geometry.
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions. They can complete the Certificate in three semesters.