Construction Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree Overview
The University of Toledo offers one of the country’s premier engineering programs. Our accredited degree in construction engineering technology combines:
- Civil engineering (structures, geotechnics, surveying and infrastructure design)
- Construction management (estimating, contracts and project scheduling)
- Graphics, materials and building
Courses are grounded in practical applications, rather than theory. Every class has a laboratory component or project that tackles a real-world problem.
UToledo prepares students for a wide range of careers in construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure.
Construction Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree Highlights
- Optional co-ops. Students in the optional co-op program complete a minimum of three semesters of work in the construction industry. Earn a salary while you develop work skills and investigate different areas of industry.
- Expert faculty. All faculty have experience in the industry they teach.
- Unique courses. UToledo’s lineup of classes goes beyond the usual offerings at other universities. Our CAD application curriculum is superior to any technical bachelor’s degree program in the area. Students also can earn certifications that give them an advantage in the internship and job market.
- Hands-on labs. Our construction materials testing lab is used solely for teaching undergraduates. Students test aggregates, asphalt, concrete and soils, and participate in other tests and demonstrations.
- Opportunities outside the classroom.
- Industry professionals in the Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio hold bi-monthly, informal gatherings with CET students. Undergrads network and ask questions of local contractors.
- The Ohio Contractors Association invites undergraduates to attend its NW Ohio Constructor for a Day program every October. Students visit job sites and spend the day with industry personnel.
- The CET program sends a team to the annual OCA student cost estimating competition in Columbus. Students train with local industry professionals and compete against other Ohio schools in a mock project estimate. UToledo’s team won first place in 2016.
- Accredited program. UT’s construction engineering technology degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
UToledo graduates have versatile skills that allow them to contribute at any workplace on day one. They know how to:
- Use basic construction documents
- Make design and construction decisions
- Specify project materials and methods
- Perform cost estimates and analyses
- Manage construction activities
CET graduates work in five primary sectors within the construction industry.
Construction management: estimator, project manager or engineer, field engineer, quality assurance technician, safety manager, director of field operations
Government agency: surveying technician, inspector, engineering technician, director of public utilities
Consulting: project manager, designer, project controller, construction coordinator
Supplier: estimator, applications engineer, product manager, sales engineer, design project coordinator, product specialist
Facilities: facilities manager, space planner, right-of-way manager
UT students also have been accepted in to graduate programs across the country.
- University of Southern California and Florida International University, construction management
- University of Michigan and the University of Detroit-Mercy, architecture
- University of Luxembourg, sustainable tall buildings
- University of Toledo, MBA and master’s degrees in engineering and geology
"I think one thing I like most about the CET program is that the faculty is always willing to help mentor and give advice to students. A lot of people I talk to didn’t have that when they went to college."
"My degree placed an emphasis on tangible skills that employers truly need (ie: surveying, estimating, design)."
"Overwhelmingly, I feel that the management advice I gained in the professional development-style courses put me head and shoulders above my peers. It’s made a world of difference as I continue on a (literally) daily basis to build myself as a professional."
April Smucker, ’01, went to work in construction management for Toledo’s Lathrop Company after graduation. She moved to Kingston Healthcare in 2005 as a project manager. She then became director of facilities and construction for the assisted living and rehabilitation company. April became the administrative director of construction in 2016 for ProMedica, a Toledo-area hospital and health care organization, as it began to invest nearly $500 million into new projects in northwest Ohio.
Steve Sieracke, ’06, earned his MBA in 2008 from UT. Steve worked for Miller Brothers Construction and rose through the ranks from project manager to vice president. He eventually became president of the Black Swamp Steel Company, a subsidiary of MBC Holdings. Steve has taught classes in the CET program, and is the lead industrial adviser of the OCA Student Cost Estimating team.
Dave Faber, ’02, served as engineering services director in Dundee, Mich.. He was hired as the city manager in Sandusky, Mich., in 2011. Dave was named the state’s City Manager of Year by the Michigan Rural Water Association in 2016.
Construction Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
The construction and engineering technology program combines civil engineering and construction management curriculums. We offer unique courses that distinguish us from our competitors.
Sustainable Design & Construction — an in-depth look at LEED and green building criteria. It’s great preparation for becoming a certified LEED Green Associate. Many employers look for this designation.
Materials Testing — Students in this class get an American Concrete Institute Level 1 Concrete Testing Technician certification. This gives them an advantage when applying for internships.
Surveying Applications — Goes beyond basic surveying courses offered by similar programs
See what life is really like as a UT student
The College of Engineering hosts “Experience Days” on two Saturdays every February. Prospective students tour facilities, talk with faculty and current students, and see lab demonstrations in each academic program. To learn more about Experience Days, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 1.800.5.TOLEDO.