Construction Engineering Technology (CET)
Administered By: Department of Engineering Technology, (973) 596-3228, email:

Chairperson Rockland
Coordinator wiggins

Chairperson Ronald H. Rockland
Coordinator John Wiggins

        The construction industry is an interesting and dynamic career that combines the elements of technical knowledge, management skills and creativity to breathe life into a set of plans, turning them into a real structure. The Construction Manager needs the technical ability to successfully interface with design professionals such as architects and engineers as well as the management skills to work with the talented trades persons that perform the actual work of construction. 

    These skills are acquired in the classroom as well as through internships and co-op education programs and in all phases of the construction industry such as building construction as well as heavy/highway and utility construction.  These internship and co-op opportunities are supported by our industry partners.

The students in NJIT’s Construction Engineering Technology (CET) program acquire a broad set of technical skills as well as business, communication and management knowledge in order to successfully enter the construction management field. Graduates of our program are successful contractors, construction managers, project executives, project managers and construction inspectors.   

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Professional Engineer’s examination in New Jersey with the appropriate experience, as determined by the New Jersey Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. (  Graduates of the program are also eligible to pursue graduate degrees in civil engineering, management or related areas and students may participate in the BS/MS Program (    

The full four-year curriculum for the program is shown below.  Students who wish to enter the program as a transfer student are typically students with an A.A.S. degree in Civil or Construction Engineering Technology and should have completed most or all of the courses, or their equivalents, in the first two years of the program as shown below.  In the case of all students, both four-year and transfer, a minimum of 129 credits is required for graduation.

Program Educational Objectives:

1.  Graduates of our program will attain positions of responsibility within the various aspects of the construction industry.

2.  Graduates of our program will have the necessary skills to avail themselves of the opportunities for lifelong learning and professional development.

Student Outcomes:

  1. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of their disciplines to broadly-defined engineering technology activities; and,
  2. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies; and,
  3.  An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes; and,
  4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives; and,
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team; and,
  6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems; and,
  7. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature; and,
  8. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development; and,
  9. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity; and,
  10. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and,
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement; and,
  12. Producing and utilizing design, construction and operations documents; and,
  13. Performing economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction and maintenance of systems in the construction technical specialties; and,
  14. An ability to select appropriate construction materials and practices; and,
  15. An ability to apply principles of construction law and ethics; and,
  16. An ability to apply basic technical concepts to the solution of construction problems involving hydraulics and hydrology, geotechnics, structures, construction scheduling and management and construction safety, and
  17. An ability to perform standard analysis and design in at least one recognized technical specialty within construction engineering technology that is appropriate to the goals of the program.

Construction Engineering Technology Option 9
Construction Engineering Technology Option
Freshman (31 credits)

1st Semester:

This curriculum represents the maximum number of credits per semester for which a student is advised to register.  A full-time credit load is 12 credits.  First-year students are placed in a curriculum that positions them for success which may result in additional time needed to complete curriculum requirements. Continuing students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the appropriate credit load.

math138,phys102,phys102a,cs101,hum101,met103,frshsem,{PE;Physical Education;0-1-1}
  Math 138General Calculus I (3-0-3)
  Phys 102General Physics (3-0-3)
  Phys 102AGeneral Physics Laboratory (0-2-1)
  CS 101Computer Programming and Problem Solving (3-0-3)
  HUM 101English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I (3-0-3)
  MET 103Engineering Graphics & Intro. to CAD (1-2-2)
  Frsh SemFreshman Seminar (1-0-0)
  PE (Physical Education) (0-1-1) 
2nd Semester: math238,phys103,phys103a,hum102,met105,eps202,{PE;Physical Education;0-1-1}
  Math 238General Calculus II (3-0-3)
  Phys 103General Physics (3-0-3)
  Phys 103AGeneral Physics Laboratory (0-2-1)
  HUM 102English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II (3-0-3)
  MET 105Applied Computer Aided Design (1-2-2)
  EPS 202Society, Technology, and the Environment (3-0-3)
  PE (Physical Education) (0-1-1) 
Sophomore (33 credits)

1st Semester:

  MET 235Statics for Technology (3-0-3)
  CET 313Construction Procedures I (3-0-3)
  ECET 201Circuits I (2-2-3)
  Acct 117Survey of Accounting (3-0-3)
  CE 200Surveying (3-0-3)
  CE 200ASurveying Laboratory (0-3-1)

2nd Semester:

  MET 237Strength of Materials for Technology (2-2-3)
  CET 314Construction Procedures II (3-0-3)
  CET 322Construction Codes and Regulations (3-0-3)
 HUM 211The Pre-Modern World (3-0-3) or
 HUM 212The Modern World (3-0-3) or
 Hist 213 The Twentieth-Century World (3-0-3)
  Eng 352Technical Writing (3-0-3)
  MET 304Applied Fluid Mechanics (2-2-4)

Junior (33 credits)

1st Semester:

  CET 317Construction Computing (3-0-3)
  CET 233Structural Analysis in Construction (3-0-3)
  Math 305Statistics for Technology (3-0-3)
  Mgmt 390Principles of Management (3-0-3)
  Econ 201Economics (3-0-3)
2nd Semester: cet323,cet341,cet331,mnet414,{Elective;300 Lit/Hist/Phil/STS GUR;3-0-3},met303
  CET 323Construction Safety ((3-0-3))
  CET 341Soils and Earthworks (3-0-3)
  CET 331Structural Systems (3-0-3)
  MNET 414Industrial Cost Analysis (3-0-3)
  Elective (300 Lit/Hist/Phil/STS GUR) (3-0-3) 
  MET 303Applied Thermodynamics (3-0-3)
Senior (32 credits)

1st Semester:

cet411,cet415,cet431,cet435,{Elective;Technical Elective;3-0-3}
  CET 411Cost Estimating (3-0-3)
  CET 415Construction Project Management (3-0-3)
  CET 431Construction Testing (2-2-3)
  CET 435Design of Temporary Structures (3-0-3)
  Elective (Technical Elective) (3-0-3) 
2nd Semester: cet413,cet421,cet416,{Elective;Management Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;Technical;3-0-3},{Elective;Capstone Seminar:GUR;3-0-3}
  CET 413Environmental Science (3-0-3)
  CET 421Construction Contracts (3-0-3)
  CET 416Senior Construction Project (1-2-2)
  Elective (Management Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Technical) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Capstone Seminar:GUR) (3-0-3) 

Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science GUR: Students must take one 300-level course from any of the following fields: English (Eng); history (Hist); literature (Lit); philosophy (Phil); science, technology, and society (STS); social science (SS); or theater (Thtr). Students also may satisfy this requirement with a course in Architectural History or by taking an approved 300-level course at Rutgers-Newark. The department recommends engineering technology majors take Eng 352 to fulfill this requirement.

Lit/Hist/Phil/STS GUR: Students must take one 300-level course from any of the following fields: literature; history; philosophy; or science, technology, and society (STS); or an approved 300-level course at Rutgers-Newark.

Capstone Seminar in Humanities and Social Science GUR: All students, except those enrolled in the honors college, take one of the following: HSS 403, HSS 404, HSS 405, HSS 406, HSS 407, HSS 408 , HSS 409. Students enrolled in the honors college take one from HSS 491H-499H .

* Free: Consult the program coordinator. Students transferring into this program with fewer than 9 credits in humanities/social science must take an appropriate humanities/social science course to fulfill the NJIT GUR. Consult your program coordinator.

Suggested Technical Electives:

  • CET 460 Construction Forensics

  • MET 416 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

  • MNET 416 Production Scheduling

  • MNET 420 Quality Systems

  • CE 321 Water Resources Engineering

  • CE 342 Geology

  • CE 350 Transportation Engineering
  • CE 406 Remote Sensing

  • CE 450 Urban Planning

  • CE 461 Professional Practice in Civil Engineering

  • CE 465 Green & Sustainable Civil Engineering


Minors are available in several programs of study:

  • Computer Science which is offered by the CIS Department

  • Professional Communications offered by the Humanities Department

  • Business offered by the School of Management

The exact requirements for each of these programs are established by each of the departments offering the Minor. Students seeking information regarding the requirements for minors should consult that department.


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