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CET Overview

The construction engineering technology (CET) program is a blend of civil engineering technology and construction business management. The program combines construction, engineering and management in a practice-oriented education that leads to a rewarding career in which graduates exercise their skills, experience and knowledge to construct buildings and infrastructure nationwide. At UMaine, the average construction engineering technology course enrolls 30 students. More than 98 percent of CET majors work in engineering or construction during the summer. Employers come from across the country recruit program graduates.

Same Great Program as CMT

The construction engineering technology (CET) program at the University of Maine is the same great program that was formerly called Construction Management Technology (CMT). The name was changed so that the program could continue to be accredited under the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (abet.org) Construction Engineering criteria. It allows our graduates to seek professional engineering licensure in many states including Maine.

CET seniors at Habitat for Humanity build
John McGaheyCET seniors helping build a 3-unit condo project for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor

Mission statement and outcomes

The Construction Engineering Technology (CET) program develops engineering and professional skills in students who aspire to facilitate construction projects. Our graduates have the ability to work in all stages of the building and infrastructure project lifecycle, from design and planning through construction, operations and maintenance. Key skills include:

  • Practical problem solving
  • Communication and collaboration with designers, engineers, owners and the public
  • Construction engineering judgement
  • An appreciation for community service and the value of our infrastructure

Program highlights

  • Service learning construction projects to give back to the community
  • Connections to summer employment in the industry
  • Development of professional culture
  • The ability to eventually become a professional engineer (PE)

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation, based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.

The recent graduate of CET should be able to…

  1. Apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, or technology to solve broadly-defined construction engineering problems
  2. Design systems, components or processes for broadly-defined construction methods, operations and schedules
  3. Effectively communicate in written, oral, and graphic format with co-workers, management and representatives of other businesses
  4. Conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret construction data; and to apply results to improve processes in construction
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a multidisciplinary construction team.

Student Outcomes

Prior to graduation, students are required to demonstrate the following learned capabilities:
1. an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly- defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
2. an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
3. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly- defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
4. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

The Construction Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

safety class scaffold demonstration
CET students practicing with scaffolding in the safety class