This program (known as CVET) combines civil engineering and technology theory with a solid foundation in math and science. Students learn the fundamentals of CVET, teamwork, and presentations through hands-on activities in NHTI labs. They solve design and engineering problems and learn about the industry practices and culture through our unique guest speakers program. Students learn skills that include how to:

  • 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
Curriculum Abbreviations
  • 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

First Year

Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
ARET 103C Architectural Graphics and Sketching1 2 2 3
ARET 120C Materials and Methods of Construction1 4 0 4
CHEM 105C Chemistry 3 2 4
MATH 124C College Algebra 4 0 4
PHYS 133C Physics I (Algebra-based) 3 2 4
Spring Semester
ARET 104C Architectural Design Studio I1 2 2 3
ARET 150C Statics and Strength of Materials1 3 2 4
ARET 192C Revit Architecture1 3 0 3
ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
MATH 140C Pre-Calculus 4 0 4

Second Year

Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
CVET 201C Civil CAD1 2 2 3
CVET 220C Surveying1 2 3 3
CVET 240C Timber and Steel Design1 3 2 4
ENGL 125C Communication and the Literature of Science and Technology 3 0 3
MATH 205C Calculus I 4 0 4
XX xxxC Humanities/Fine Arts/Language elective 3 0 3
Spring Semester
CVET 202C Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design1 2 2 3
CVET 235C Reinforced Concrete Design1 2 3 3
CVET 245C Hydrology/Drainage Design1 3 0 3
CVET 297C Highway Design1 3 2 4
XX xxxC Social Science elective2 3 0 3
Total Credits 73
1Indicates major field courses 2Any course with a prefix of ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI (except HIST 104C and HIST 105C)  

Applicants require at least three years of college preparatory math (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry) with minimum grades of C or higher. It is recommended that applicants have satisfactorily completed high school courses in Chemistry and Physics.


Students receive an associate in science in CVET upon successful completion of this program.

ETAC of ABET Requirements

  • 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
  • An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team

Program Educational Outcomes: The CVET 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. Graduates:

  • Are effective life­long learners and demonstrate continuing professional development. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve problems and participate in a team-based environment.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Application of fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in subdisciplines related to civil engineering

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, CVET, construction engineering, surveying and mapping, or construction management.

Students who complete this program can enter into the following professions (not an inclusive list): civil engineering technologists/ technicians, cartographer, land surveyors, and CAD operators.

  • Adjunct Professor

    Jason Ayotte

    Architectural Engineering Technology | Civil Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Professor
  • Craig T. Bailey

    Civil Engineering Technology
    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 Professor

    David Ely

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Jeff Hanson

    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

    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

    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 | Civil Engineering Technology
    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.

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

Wes Bonney, LEED AP

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

Tel: (800) 640-9501

Nick Cricenti, P.E. Retired President

SFC Engineering
66 Gold Ledge Avenue
Auburn, NH 03032

Tel: (888) 647-8701


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

NHTI Adjunct Professor

Preston Hunter, Vice President

Eckman Construction
84 Palomino Lane
Bedford, NH 03110

Tel : (603) 623-1713

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

Keith Lacasse, AIA

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

Tel: (603) 622-5450

Dr. Andrew Fisher VP Academic Affairs      

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

Tel: (603) 271-7150

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

Design Group
5 Chenell Drive Box 3
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 225-0010

Douglas Proctor, AIA Senior Vice President

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

Tel: (603) 228-1122

Andrew Queen, Director of Design

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

Tel: (603) 527-90902

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

Karen Schacht, AIA NHTI Adjunct Prof. Founder Architect

Schatelier Architectural Studio
5 Glen Drive
Center Barnstead, NH 03225

Tel: 603-776-0135

Jon Sevigny, Senior Designer

131 Yankee Barn Road
Grantham, NH 03753

Tel : (603) 863-4545

Veronica Thibodeau Carter, P.E. Professor of CVET

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

Tel: (603) 271-7748

Hal Turner, President / CEO

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

Tel: (603) 228-1122

Mark Walsh, President/ CEO

Eckman Construction
84 Palomino Lane
Bedford, NH 03110

Tel: (603) 623-1713

Aaron Ravenelle (Guest) Project Executive

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

Tel: (617) 268-1410

Chris Carley (Guest) President

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

Tel: (603) 228-3815

“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

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