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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.

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. Select and apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, technology and the modern tools of the industry to broadly defined construction project engineering problems.
  2. Conduct standard tests and measurements; collect, analyze, and interpret construction field data; and apply innovative methods to improve construction processes.
  3. Design systems, components or processes for construction methods, operations and schedules.
  4. Function effectively as a member or leader of a multidisciplinary construction team.
  5. Identify, analyze and solve broadly-defined construction problems.
  6. Effectively communicate in written, oral, and graphic format with co-workers, management and representatives of other businesses.
  7. Recognize the need for and commit to lifelong professional development, as well as to identify opportunities for quality improvement of services.
  8. Conduct themselves ethically and professionally and exhibit personal integrity and responsibility in construction practice.
  9. Recognize the impacts of construction processes within societal and global contexts.