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Are you the person who crosses a bridge wondering whether it could have been done better?

As an MSU Denver Civil Engineering Technology student, you’ll focus your degree on either construction or structural engineering. You’ll learn to apply engineering principles in the planning, design and construction of everything from highways and buildings to reservoirs and airports as well as projects that target environmental problems including wastewater collection and treatment facilities and environmental restoration.

MSU Denver’s Civil Engineering Technology degree program merges the analytic skills of the engineer with the practical skills of the technician to prepare you for any number of career paths. As a graduate, you will be a technologist and your career path could include construction, manufacturing, product design, testing or technical services and sales.

A degree in Civil Engineering Technology can also be your first step toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.). MSU Denver’s program prepares you to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. Then, with six years of experience working under a P.E., you will be eligible to take the P.E. exam.

MSU Denver offers scholarships to Engineering Technology students including several specifically for Civil Engineering Technology students.

Learn more about Engineering and Engineering Technology scholarships.

Explore the Civil Engineering Technology program's curriculum.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

As a Civil Engineering Technology student at MSU Denver, you’ll have ample opportunities to practice your skills in real-world settings through the Applied Learning Center’s Internship Program and through cooperative education partnerships the Engineering and Engineering Technology Department has with local businesses.

In addition, MSU Denver’s partnership with York Space Systems in the Aerospace and Engineering Science Building will give you unique opportunities to learn firsthand about this innovative aerospace company’s product development.

Through a partnership with the University of Pecs in Hungary, Civil Engineering Technology graduates who minor in Architecture can earn a master of science in Architecture at Pollack Mihály Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology within three semesters.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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With a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from MSU Denver, you can pursue a career in a variety of private industries and governmental agencies including:

  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Surveying
  • Mining
  • Research
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Consultation
  • Environmental

Among the positions you will be qualified to fill (some requiring F.E. and P.E. credentials) are:

  • Engineer in the fields of mining, transportation, water resources, structural, design, fire protection, safety, construction, geotechnical, systems design, quality control and more
  • Urban planner
  • Surveyor
  • Cartographer
  • Cost estimator
  • Purchasing agent

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual salary for civil engineers was $83,540.


Zsuzsa Balogh_Civil Engineering TechnologyZsuzsa Balogh 

Professor Zsuzsa Balogh has taught at MSU Denver since 2000 and is now coordinator of the Civil Engineering Technology program. She is one of 42 emerging academic leaders nationwide selected as a 2017-18 American Council on Education Fellow and a co-principal on a National Science Foundation grant, Emerging Engineers (E²) Pathways, awarded in 2016 to MSU Denver.


Jeno Balogh_Civil Engineering TechnologyJeno Balogh

Professor Jeno Balogh is the coordinator of the Environmental Engineering Program. He holds a Ph.D. from Budapest University of Technology and Economics.




Rose HoltzmanRose Holtzman

B.S in Architectural Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder, M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder.




Runing Zhang_Civil Engineering TechnologyRuning Zhang

Associate Professor Runing Zhang is involved to the Federal Highway Administration Soil Nail Analysis Program and the Colorado Rockfall Simulation Program (CRSP) – 5th Edition, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation and FHA. His research projects include developing numerical modeling for geotechnical engineering applications and solid/rock mechanics-related engineering applications.



Learn more about Civil Engineering Technology faculty.

Featured Alumni

“I am super proud for this to be my first project. I was here from the beginning and had seen it come up from scratch.”

Allison Kassian (MSU Denver ’17) was hired as a full-time field engineer by GH Phipps after serving as a project engineer intern for one year on the construction of MSU Denver’s Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building.

Read more about Allison.

Alumni at Work

Graduates of MSU Denver’s Civil Engineering Technology program are employed as technologists and engineers at Atwell, Roth Lang Engineering Group, McClone Construction Co., Peak Engineering, Vali Cooper and Associates, J3 Engineering, ATEST, Rooney Engineering and other professional engineering firms.

Sample Classes

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Foundation and Geotechnical Engineering
Engineering Law
Environmental Technology Processes
Engineering Economy
Mechanics with Materials with Laboratory
Timber Design
Construction Estimating

Facilities and Resources

MSU Denver’s Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building (AES) offers an innovative approach to advanced manufacturing education by blending the disciplines of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology, Aerospace Science, Aviation Technology, Industrial Design, Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.

This dynamic learning space integrates product development with collaborative design and research and provides students with advanced technology opportunities and experiential laboratories.

York Space Systems, an American aerospace company founded by alumni from NASA, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and Ball Aerospace, houses its design team, production facilities and Mission Operations Center in the AES building, providing students in the coordinated disciplines unique learning opportunities and real-world experiences.

You can also take advantage of four active Engineering-related student groups (two that are specific to Civil Engineering) including the student branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Learn more about our clubs and organizations.

Program Accreditation

MSU Denver’s Civil Engineering Technology Program is fully accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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