Overview

The Civil Engineering Technology (CVET) program combines civil engineering and technology theory with a solid foundation in mathematics and science in preparing its graduates for an array of exciting and rewarding jobs. You will learn about the fundamentals of civil engineering technology, teamwork, and presentations through hands-on activities in NHTI’s well equipped labs. You will solve design and engineering problems by utilizing skills learnt in all CVET program’s required courses. Beside learning from very dedicated and experienced faculty at NHTI, you will also learn about the industry practices and culture through a unique “Guest Speakers’” program.

You will receive an Associate in Science in Civil Engineering Technology upon successful completion of the program.

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. At least three years of college preparatory mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry) with minimum grades of “C”;
  2. It is strongly recommended that all engineering technology applicants have satisfactorily completed high school level courses in chemistry and physics.

Great reasons to choose the NHTI’s Civil Engineering Technology Program

  • Civil Engineering Technology Program established in 2015
  • Not yet accredited. Currently preparing self-study for Initial Accreditation Review by the ETAC Commission of ABET, abet.org
  • Lecture and laboratory hands on experience with small classes
  • Multiple career paths for continued education
  • First two years of a four year education
  • Day and evening classes
  • Excellent value

Civil Engineering Technology Degree

FIRST YEAR

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
#ARET 103CArchitectural Graphics and Sketching223
#ARET 120CMaterials and Methods of Construction404
 CHEM 105CChemistry324
 MATH 124CCollege Algebra404
 PHYS 133CPhysics I (Algebra-Based)324
 19
Spring Semester
#ARET 104CArchitectural Design Studio I223
#ARET 150CStatics & Strength of Materials324
#ARET 192CRevit Architecture303
 ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
 MATH 140CPre-Calculus404
 18

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester
#CVET 201CCivil CAD223
#CVET 220CSurveying233
#CVET 240CTimber and Steel Design324
 ENGL 125CCommunication and the Literature
of Science and Technology
303
 MATH 205CCalculus I404
 XX xxxCHumanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective303
 20
Spring Semester
#CVET 202CSoil Mechanics and Foundation Design223
#CVET 235CReinforced Concrete Design233
#CVET 245CHydrology/Drainage Design303
#CVET 297CHighway Design324
 XX xxxCSocial Science Elective*303
 16
TOTAL CREDITS73

# Indicates major field courses, grade of “C-” or higher required.
* Any course with a prefix of ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCI (except HIST 104C and HIST 105C).

CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

Transfer Information

Transferring from NHTI to UNH

  1. Students intending to transfer to the UNH Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program are strongly advised to take PHYS 231C and PHYS 232C instead in order to receive UNH credit for both PHYS 407C and PHYS 408C.  The NHTI programs require PHYS 133C and PHYS 135C, but the students who take PHYS 133C and PHYS 135C must take PHYS 407 at UNH.  UNH policy prevents students from receiving academic credit for both algebra-based physics (PHYS 133C and PHYS 135C) and calculus-based physics. Students who take PHYS 407 at UNH will not be awarded academic credit by UNH for PHYS 133C and PHYS 135C, although the requirement to take PHYS 408 will be waived upon successful completion of PHYS 133C and PHYS 135C.
  2. The Fine Arts elective should be taken instead of the Foreign Language or Humanities option for this NHTI program requirement.
  3. Students should elect one of the following NHTI courses to fulfill this NHTI program requirement:  ECON 101C, ECON 102C, or POLS 110C.

Career Paths for This Major

When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field.  Civil engineering, considered one of the oldest engineering disciplines, encompasses many specialties. The major specialties within civil engineering are structural, water resources, environmental, construction (including construction management), transportation, and geotechnical engineering.  Graduates interested in management or upper-level engineering careers in the field can pursue bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering, civil engineering technology, construction engineering, surveying and mapping or construction management. For those looking to enter the job market after graduating, degree requirements prepare students to pass state and federal certification exams.

Graduates seeking self-employment opportunities will be aided by education leading to licensure as a professional engineer.

Skills Developed Through This Major

  • Produce engineering documents using CAD software;
  • Perform standard field and laboratory tests on materials typically used in civil engineering technology;
  • Estimate material quantities for technical projects.

Sample Career Titles

These titles include positions that you may qualify for with this associate’s degree and related testing/credentialing

  • Civil engineering technologists/ technicians
  • Cartographers
  • Land surveyors
  • CAD operators

Sample Positions requiring additional training which may include a bachelor’s degree and beyond:

Structural engineer

Transportation engineer

Wastewater engineer

Urban planner

Traffic engineer

Utilities engineer

Construction engineer

Pipeline engineer

Project manager

Construction manager

Geotechnical engineer

Engineering consultant

Environmental engineer

Water resource engineer

College instructor/professor

Sample Employers

  • Public and private engineering firms
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Design firms
  • Airports
  • Construction companies
  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Surveying agencies
  • Utility companies
  • Alternative energy producers
  • Manufacturers of construction and building materials
  • Colleges and Universities

Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing.  Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’.  Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Civil Engineering Technology Department resources.
  • Professionals who are working in the field
  • Professional Associations (see below)

How to Increase Employability

  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.

Professional Association Links

Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations.  You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members.  You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.

Employment and Internship Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).

Mission Statement

To graduate competent, skilled, and adequately equipped students who would be productive members of the profession and the community.

Program Outcomes

For associate degree programs, these student outcomes must include, but are not limited to, the following (source: ETAC of ABET, www.abet.org)

  • an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  • an ability to design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline;
  • an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  • an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results; and
  • an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Civil Engineering Technology Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that support the mission of the program and NHTI.  The program’s mission reflects on the following PEOs.  

  1.  Graduates will be effective life­long learners and demonstrate continuing professional development. 
  2. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to solve problems and participate in a team based environment.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills to support their daily professional and personal activities.
  4. Graduates will exhibit an active and effective civic life with respect for diversity, and local and global issues. 

ETAC of ABET’s Program Criteria for Civil Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs a-d.

 Graduates of associate degree programs typically enter careers in construction testing, operation, and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure and may produce and utilize basic construction documents and perform basic analysis and design of system components. The curriculum must provide instruction in the following curricular areas:

  • utilization of principles, hardware, and software that are appropriate to produce drawings, reports, quantity estimates, and other documents related to civil engineering;
  • performance of standardized field and laboratory tests related to civil engineering;
  • utilization of surveying methods appropriate for land measurement and/or construction layout; and
  • application of fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to civil engineering.

Civil Engineering Technology 2019-20 Advisory Board Members

Liaquat Khan, D.A, Department Chair,

Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Landscape and Environmental Design

Tel: (603) 271-6484 ext. 4221
E-mail: lkhan@ccsnh.edu

Wes Bonney, LEED AP

Regional Sales Manager Morin NE
669 Lake Avenue
Manchester, NH 03103

Tel: (800) 640-9501
E-mail: wbonney@morincorp.com

Nick Cricenti, P.E. Retired President

SFC Engineering
66 Gold Ledge Avenue
Auburn, NH 03032

Tel: (888) 647-8701
E-mail: nickcricenti@gmail.com

Scott Fiorentino, AIA

Fiorentino Group Architects
500 Market St – Suite 1E
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Tel: (603) 373-8562
E-mail: scott@fiorentinogroup.com

Bill Hickey, VP of Architectural Design and Structural Engineering

The H.L. Turner Group Inc.
27 Locke Road
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 228-1122
E-mail: bhickey@hlturner.com

NHTI Adjunct Professor

Preston Hunter, Vice President

Eckman Construction
84 Palomino Lane
Bedford, NH 03110

Tel : (603) 623-1713
E-mail: hunterp@eckmanconstruction.com

Michelle Juliano, P.E.Assistant Administrator NH Dept. of Administrative Services 

Bureau of Public Works Design & Construction

7 Hazen Drive, Room 250, PO Box 483
Concord, NH 03302

Tel: (603) 271-1645
E-mail: mjuliano@dot.state.nh.us

Keith Lacasse, AIA

Lavallee Brensinger Architects
155 Dow Street, Suite 400
Manchester, NH 03101

Tel: (603) 622-5450
E-Mail: keith.lacasse@lbpa.com

Rebecca Dean, Ed. D Interim VP Academic Affairs      

NHTI-Concord’s Community College
21 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 271-7150
E-mail: fmcdonnell@ccsnh.edu

Michael Morin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Architectural Department Manager

Design Group
5 Chenell Drive Box 3
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 225-0010
E-mail: michael.morin@stahlmangroup.com

Douglas Proctor, AIA Senior Vice President

The H.L. Turner Group Inc.
27 Locke Road
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 228-1122
E-mail: dproctor@hlturner.com

Andrew Queen, Director of Design

Opechee Construction Corp.
11 Corporate Dr.
Belmont, NH 03220

Tel: (603) 527-90902
E-mail: drewq@opechee.com

NHTI Adjunct Professor

Jim Ricker, P.G. Vice President

Wilcox & Barton
#1B Commons Drive, Unit 12B
Londonderry, NH 03053

Tel: (603) 369-4190
Fax: (603) 369-6639
E-mail:jricker@wilcoxandbarton.com

Karen Schacht, AIA NHTI Adjunct Prof. Founder Architect

Schatelier Architectural Studio
5 Glen Drive
Center Barnstead, NH 03225

Tel: 603-776-0135
E-Mail: atelier@tds.net

Jon Sevigny, Senior Designer

131 Yankee Barn Road
Grantham, NH 03753

Tel : (603) 863-4545
E-mail: jsevigny@yankeebarnhomes.com

Veronica Thibodeau Carter, P.E. Professor of CVET

NHTI-Concord’s Community College
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 271-7748
E-mail: vtcarter@ccsnh.edu

Hal Turner, President / CEO

The H.L. Turner Group Inc.
27 Locke Road
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 228-1122
E-mail: hturner@hlturner.com

Mark Walsh, President/ CEO

Eckman Construction
84 Palomino Lane
Bedford, NH 03110

Tel: (603) 623-1713
E-mail: walshm@eckmanconstruction.com

Aaron Ravenelle (Guest) Project Executive

CTA Construction Co. Inc.
400 Totten Pond Rd,
Waltham, MA 02451

Tel: (617) 268-1410
E-mail: ajravenelle@comcast.net

Chris Carley (Guest) President

C N Carley Associates
72 N Main St,
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 228-3815
E-mail: ccarley@cncarley.com

Testimonial

“I wasn’t really sure what direction I wanted to go. I figured NHTI was a good place to test the water, because it wasn’t as expensive as UNH or one of those big schools. I had taken a lot of engineering courses through Project Running Start, so that sort of steered me toward engineering. I liked all the teachers, and enjoyed the classes. With AET, there are not a ton of Gen Ed classes; most of your classes are engineering-related. I took the state engineering test and was able to pass it. It’s really meant for 4-year programs and only has a 66% pass rate, so that really shows you that the quality of the education here at NHTI is substantial. The department always gets students job opportunities. I’m working as a drafter now, doing a lot of 3D work. And starting this fall my employer is going to help pay for me to go to UNH for my bachelor’s degree.”

Kurt Jackman AET ’12, CVET ’14

  • Adjunct Professor

    Jason Ayotte

    Adjunct Professor
  • Craig T. Bailey, PSM, PE, LLS

    Adjunct Professor

    Craig graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and a Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Engineering and Business degree from the University of Maine. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, a Licensed Land Surveyor, a certified Septic designer and currently operates his family Engineering practice in Gilford, NH. His professional experience is in the area of land development, permitting, earth retaining structural projects, and Low Impact Design. He is a former State Director of the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers and is a member of the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association. Craig was selected as the 2012 NH Young Engineer of the Year. Craig teaches Timber & Steel Design, Reinforced Concrete design, Statics & Strength of Materials, Introductory Surveying, Hydrology, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and 3D AutoCAD.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    David Ely, AIA

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Jeff Hanson, MA

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Professor
  • Bill Hickey

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Professor

    Bill Hickey is a 1987 graduate of NHTI, where he gained his appreciation for hands-on teaching and learning that brought architectural and engineering concepts to life.  As a Senior Vice President for The H.L. Turner Group in Concord, Bill is a lead structural engineer actively involved with the day-to-day management and operations of the firm.  In addition to his key role overseeing the structural engineering division, he is responsible for all architectural work group functions as well as assisting with marketing, client relations, and business development activities for the company.

    Bill enjoys staying connected to NHTI by teaching classes or hosting a class of students in his office for a tour of an interdisciplinary design firm.  He and his wife Martha live in Bow and have two adult sons.  He’s a sports enthusiast that spends much of his time golfing, thinking about golf, and hoping for good weather so he can get out on the course.

  • Liaquat Khan, D.A

    Liaquat Khan, DA

    Architectural Engineering Technology,Civil Engineering Technology, Landscape and Environmental Design
    Department Chair
    Grappone 213

    Dr. Khan joined the faculty as ARET Department Chair in 2002. He has worked professionally in Washington D.C. – Maryland area, and overseas. His academic experience includes teaching undergraduate Design Studios, Contract Documents, AutoCAD, Post Occupancy Evaluation – a graduate course, and designing 2-year Diploma programs for the Architecture Department, College of Architecture & Planning at KFU. Dr. Khan’s areas of interest include learning models and architecture education, technology, urban design, and use of computers in architecture education. Dr. Khan holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Engineering & Technology – Lahore, a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and a Doctor of Arts from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.

  • Karina Reno

    Karen Reno, AIA, NCARB

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Professor

    Karen (Karina) L. Reno graduated from NHTI with her Associates Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology and then went on to earn a First Professional Degree in Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center.  As a practicing design professional, she has worked on a wide variety of project types and has a very diverse portfolio; demonstrating experience and expertise in commercial, residential and community design.  She was a key member of the design team responsible for the NHTI Student Center circa 2005, a project that received the AIANH People’s Choice Award.

    Currently she sits at the helm of Schatelier Architectural Studio, after having served four distinctly different firms over a span of 26 years.  She practices with an internal compass actively influenced by many; drawing from ancient Vitruvian principles, modern traditions of the Bauhaus School, inventive design inspired by nature as mastered by Frank Lloyd Wright and Christopher Alexander’s human-centered design theories.

    In 2017 Karina began developing a specialized area of practice with the help of the NH Enterprise Center and has presented on that topic at an international academic conference in western Ireland.

    As an engaged professional and mentor Karen serves on many boards; the NHTI ARET Advisory Board, the BAC Alumni Board 2005-2011, the PLAN NH Fellowship Committee, the Town of Barnstead Planning Board and the Hampstead Stage Company Board of Directors.

  • Veronica Thibodeau-Carter

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Professor
    Little 119

    Professor Carter began as an adjunct professor in 2005 and joined the Architectural Engineering Technology department at NHTI as a full time professor in 2008. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH earning a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Her experience ranges from structural building design and inspection, to dam analysis, to water and wastewater projects for municipal systems, and utility construction inspection.

    Professor Carter is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New Hampshire, and was named NH Young Engineer of the Year in 2010. She is actively involved in professional engineering societies and served on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers 2006-08. In addition to teaching civil engineering courses in the ARET Department, she is the advisor to the Architectural Engineering Technology Club at NHTI and regularly volunteers in her community to promote the engineering profession.