Civil Engineering Technology (CET) Objectives and Student Outcomes

Civil Engineering Technology (CET) Objectives

1. That graduates are competent in at least one of the following, as they apply to the local region:

  • a) Land Development
  • b) Infrastructure Development
  • c) Heavy Civil Construction
  • d) Cost Estimating
  • e) Characterization and mechanical properties of construction materials

2. That graduates are proficient in the assessment of Engineering Alternatives

3. That graduates are:

  • a) Meeting the engineering needs of the region, both in government and private sectors
  • b) Leaders in their specialized field of endeavor
  • c) Pursuing professional registration

CET Student Outcomes

Graduates in the NMSU Civil Engineering Technology program will have:

  1. An ability to interpret and/or prepare design and construction documents, such as specifications, contracts, change orders, engineering drawings, and construction schedules.
  2. An ability to perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, and operation of systems in the civil technical specialties.
  3. An ability to conduct standardized field and laboratory testing on civil engineering materials.
  4. An ability to utilize modern surveying methods for land measurement and/or construction layout.
  5. An ability to select and evaluate appropriate engineering materials and practices.
  6. An ability to apply basic technical concepts to the solution of civil engineering problems involving: hydrology/hydraulics, geotechnics, structures, material behavior, transportation systems, water/wastewater systems, construction and land development/infrastructure.
  7. An ability to perform standard analysis and design in three of the above mentioned technical specialties, specifically: structures, construction and land development/infrastructure.
  8. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  9. An ability to communicate effectively regarding broadly defined engineering technology activities.
  10. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  11. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  12. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  13. A commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement.

Criterion 9 is embedded in the length and breadth of Criterion 3. Outcomes described in Criterion 3 are general, mandatory skills that graduates must have in order to be competitive in the roles that industry requires for this degree. Criterion 9 lists more specific skills required for the CET graduate, and can easily be identified under a category of Criterion 3 outcomes.


Description of Measures

1. Senior capstone courses

Two senior capstone courses are as assessment tools for the CET option, ET 432 (Applied Design of Structures) and ET 454 (Advanced Construction Methods). Class Assessment Forms for these classes are the assessment tools.

2. Performance in specific components of student work

This measure includes extracting specific categories of student work from several classes in order to measure an outcome. For example, the lab portion from several classes is used to measure outcome 3c and 9c (laboratory and field testing), outcome 3e (working in teams), outcome 3g (communication) and 9e (evaluating engineering materials). Class Assessment Forms for specific classes are the assessment tools. Specifically, student work from ET 420 is used in assessing the “fuzzy” outcomes: 3h-j

3. Performance in activity or service based learning (club functions/competitions/conferences/projects)

Students in the CET program are active in several regional and national engineering organizations and competitions. These include: Associated Schools of Construction Students Bidding Competition, American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge Competitions, and Engineers Without Borders. These measures are used primarily with outcomes 3e-3k.

4. Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

This national exam is used to measure those outcomes dealing with basic knowledge, skills, analysis and design. CET students are compared to their peers on each of the topics covered in the exam.

5. Senior competency exam

The CET Senior Competency Exam (similar to the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam) covers topics from classes up through, but not including, the senior year. The exam is primarily conceptual with calculations needed on 15% of the problems.

6. Certification Tests

Several certification opportunities present themselves to students during their time in the CET Program.  Results from these certification tests are used to measure outcomes which deal with field testing, laboratory skills, quality and lifelong learning.  Two new certifications were offered in 2016 and 2017.  Fall 2016 certification course offered by NMDOT (New Mexico department of Transportation) and ACNM (Associated Contractors of New Mexico) in soils and aggregate.  Spring 2017 the certification was in concrete testing through NMDOT and ACNM.  The certifications were offered at no cost to the students and were incorporated into the ET 354 and ET 254 classes (Soils and Concrete Technology)

7. FE Practice Exam

As suggested in 2016 assessment meeting, FE practice exam became one of the measures for outcome 6.  Intermediate exams are given in specific subject areas:  Math, Statics, Ethics, Dynamics, Fluids, Materials, Structures, Geo-tech, and Transportation. Added lifelong learning questions to the practice exam are now being used as measures for outcomes 10 and 11.

To Be Assessed by:

Job titles and employers.

As part of the annual survey of graduates, job titles and types of employers are tracked to ensure graduates are performing work that is commensurate with the level of their education.

Link to PDF: Assessment Activities and Timeline