Construction Engineering Technology

As the largest single industry in the United States and one of the most important, construction offers unlimited opportunities to highly motivated and educated men and women.

By using hands-on learning, problem solving, and teamwork, the Construction Engineering Technology program at Greenville Technical College gives students the knowledge and technical skills used by construction managers to formulate the plan, control costs, ensure that materials flow, oversee manpower and machinery, meet schedules, and see that quality work is performed.
    

Sustainable Technology Options

Learn more about our Solar Training Center and Geothermal Energy Training options.

A career you can count on

Graduates will be prepared for limited site supervision, estimating, scheduling, and assistant project management in construction companies, highway departments, contractors, or architectural/engineering firms.

Qualify for green building opportunities with our Solar Training Center and Geothermal Energy Training options.

Learn about real-time job openings and salary information through Career Coach.

What you’ll learn in the program

Topics covered in the program

  • Basic building codes
  • Building systems
  • Computer construction estimating
  • Construction documents
  • Construction materials
  • Construction planning and scheduling
  • Statics and strength of materials

Graduates are prepared to take the South Carolina General Contractors and the South Carolina Residential Contractors exams.

Accreditation

The associate degree offered through the Construction Engineering Technology program at Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. This accreditation gives associate degree programs quality certification and recognition on a national basis. In order to achieve accreditation, the programs must have established a continuous quality improvement process that is documented and must be working to make the programs better for each of the stakeholders involved. For the Engineering Technology programs, the stakeholders are prospective students, current students, faculty, graduates, employers, and college administration. Each one of these parties has a keen interest in promoting the improved quality and outcomes of the program.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

Program details and courses

Construction Engineering Technology
Associate in Applied Science

This associate degree program covers the building, operation, and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure, preparing graduates for limited site supervision, contracting, estimating, scheduling, and assistant project management in a construction office.

Read more from our current catalog (pdf)…


Construction Science & Management Transfer Track
Associate in Applied Science with Transfer to Clemson University Construction Science and Management

Graduates of Greenville Technical College’s Associate Degree in Construction Engineering Technology who meet all of the criteria may apply for transfer to Clemson University in the Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management Degree Program with this 2 + 2 articulation agreement.

Read criteria and more details from our current catalog (pdf)…


Solar Technician
Certificate in Applied Science
 

This program prepares students to appropriately size and recommend solar energy system types for specific situations, as well as the practical application of the installation protocol for photovoltaic and solar domestic hot water systems.

Courses may also be taken individually, and registration through the continuing education division does not require going through the college admissions process.

Read more from our current catalog (pdf)…

Further education

  • Graduates may continue their education with Clemson University Construction Science and Management articulation agreement (see program details and courses section above).
  • More options are available at institutions offering Bachelor of Engineering Technology programs, such as the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management at USC Upstate.

Students interested in transferring should take University Transfer courses and meet with an advisor for assistance.

Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Solar Technician.

Mission / Objectives / Outcomes

CET MISSION STATEMENT

Graduates of the Construction Engineering Technology associate degree will be prepared with the technical skills necessary to enter careers with construction companies, highway departments, contractors, and architectural and engineering firms.  Graduates will have gained knowledge in the building, operation, and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure and will be equipped with the ability to utilize basic construction documents to participate in construction activities. Students will be prepared for limited site supervision, estimating, scheduling, and assistant project management in a construction office.

CET PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND GOALS

The CET Program will satisfy the needs of the local service area employers for trained technicians.

CET STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Documents and Codes
    CET graduates will have the ability to identify methods and techniques to implement construction contracts, documents, and codes.
  2. Estimate Quantities, Cost and Lifelong Learning
    CET graduates will have the ability to evaluate materials, methods, estimate material quantities and costs for construction projects working within a given time frame and recognize the need for lifelong learning.
  3. Surveying and Structures
    CET graduates will have the ability to use modern instruments, utilize modern surveying methods for construction layout and the ability to determine forces and stresses in elementary structural systems.
  4. Estimating and Scheduling
    CET graduates will produce a complete estimate and schedule. 
  5. Current Issues
    CET graduates will have the ability to identify and interpret relevant information on local and global issues affecting their discipline.