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About This Program

Are you the person who crosses a bridge wondering whether it could have been done better?

As an MSU Denver Civil Engineering Technology student, you’ll focus your Bachelor’s of Science degree on either construction or structural engineering. You’ll learn to apply engineering principles in the planning, design and construction of everything from highways and buildings to reservoirs and airports as well as projects that target environmental problems including wastewater collection and treatment facilities and environmental restoration.

MSU Denver’s Civil Engineering Technology degree program merges the analytic skills of the engineer with the practical skills of the technician to prepare you for any number of career paths. As a graduate, you will be a technologist and your career path could include construction, manufacturing, product design, testing or technical services and sales.

A degree in Civil Engineering Technology can also be your first step toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.). MSU Denver’s program prepares you to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. Then, with six years of experience working under a P.E., you will be eligible to take the P.E. exam in Colorado. For more information about the F.E. or P.E. click here.

MSU Denver offers scholarships to Engineering Technology students including several specifically for Civil Engineering Technology students.


The mission of the Civil Engineering Technology Program is to offer comprehensive education that enables students for a successful graduation, as well as opportunities for post-graduate education. Graduates shall have the ability for a successful entry as effective leaders into the engineering practice. Graduates are prepared to apply engineering principles in performing the many tasks for the planning and constructing of infrastructure, buildings, highways, railroads, bridges, dams, irrigation works, water systems, airports and other engineering projects.

Example of Courses

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Foundation and Geotechnical Engineering
Engineering Law
Environmental Technology Processes
Engineering Economy
Mechanics with Materials with Laboratory
Timber Design
Construction Estimating
Learn more about courses at Course Progression Documents for EAET

Facilities & Resources

MSU Denver’s Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building (AES) offers an innovative approach to advanced manufacturing education by blending the disciplines of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology, Aerospace Science, Aviation Technology, Industrial Design, Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.

This dynamic learning space integrates product development with collaborative design and research and provides students with advanced technology opportunities and experiential laboratories.

York Space Systems, an American aerospace company founded by alumni from NASA, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and Ball Aerospace, houses its design team, production facilities and Mission Operations Center in the AES building, providing students in the coordinated disciplines unique learning opportunities and real-world experiences.

You can also take advantage of four active Engineering-related student groups (two that are specific to Civil Engineering) including the student branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Learn more about our clubs and organizations.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

As a Civil Engineering Technology student at MSU Denver, you’ll have ample opportunities to practice your skills in real-world settings through the Applied Learning Center’s Internship Program and through cooperative education partnerships the Engineering and Engineering Technology Department has with local businesses.

In addition, MSU Denver’s partnership with York Space Systems in the Aerospace and Engineering Science Building will give you unique opportunities to learn firsthand about this innovative aerospace company’s product development.

Through a partnership with the University of Pecs in Hungary, Civil Engineering Technology graduates who minor in Architecture can earn a master of science in Architecture at Pollack Mihály Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology within three semesters.

You’ll also be able to collaborate with other Civil Engineering students by joining any of several Engineering student clubs.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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With a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from MSU Denver, you can pursue a career in a variety of private industries and governmental agencies including:

  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Surveying
  • Mining
  • Research
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Consultation
  • Environmental

Among the positions you will be qualified to fill (some requiring F.E. and P.E. credentials) are:

  • Engineer in the fields of mining, transportation, water resources, structural, design, fire protection, safety, construction, geotechnical, systems design, quality control and more
  • Urban planner
  • Surveyor
  • Cartographer
  • Cost estimator
  • Purchasing agent

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual salary for civil engineers was $83,540.

Alumni at Work

Graduates of MSU Denver’s Civil Engineering Technology program are employed as technologists and engineers at Atwell, Roth Lang Engineering Group, McClone Construction Co., Peak Engineering, Vali Cooper and Associates, J3 Engineering, ATEST, Rooney Engineering and other professional engineering firms.

Program Accreditation

The Civil Engineering Technology is accredited by the ETAC Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and Program Criteria for Civil Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs.


Other Programs

In addition to the B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology with a concentration in either Structures or Construction, students can pursue a minor in Architecture

The Engineering and Engineering Technology department also offers programs including:

  • B.S. in Computer Engineering
  • B.A. in Construction Project Management
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • B.S. in Sustainable Systems Engineering
  • B.S. in Environmental Engineering
  • Several Minors
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Several Certificates
    • Advanced Composite Materials and Manufacturing
    • Additive Manufacturing Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering Technology

Also Check out MSU Denver’s:

Major in Advanced Manufacturing Sciences with a concentration in Civil Engineering Technology.

Civil Engineering Technology (CET) Program; Professor

Contact the Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Dr. Zsuzsa (Susan) Balogh

Professor; Associate Chair; Director of CET & CPM 


[email protected]

Email or call with any questions regarding the Civil Engineering Technology (CET) program!