ABET Accreditation of Construction Programs – Differences between Engineering Technology and Engineering

6January2007

Below is a comment from a Cal Poly Pomona student that I wanted to share:

calpolypomonabroncos.JPG“First off I would like to say that I really enjoy this website! I found it a couple of days ago and I think it is excellent [Thanks]. Now to my comment…well question actually. I looked at the list you posted and wanted to know what is the difference between these schools and a Construction Engineering Technology program? I ask this because I attend Cal Poly Pomona which is accredited by the TAC of ABET, but our program looks pretty similar to those schools on the list. I would just like to know what the major differences are. Thank you in advance.”

My response is as follows:

abet-logo.JPGThe evaluation criteria for ABET engineering programs and ABET engineering technology programs can be found at the following two links:

Engineering Technology (Refer to Page 16)
http://www.abet.org/Linked%20Documents-UPDATE/Criteria%20and%20PP/T001%2006-07%20TAC%20Criteria%205-25-06.pdf

Engineering (Refer to Page 9)
http://www.abet.org/Linked%20Documents-UPDATE/Criteria%20and%20PP/E001%2006-07%20EAC%20Criteria%205-25-06-06.pdf

I will be sure to post a list of the TAC of ABET construction programs in an upcoming post. Thanks for your interest in the C-School Blog!

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2 Responses to “ABET Accreditation of Construction Programs – Differences between Engineering Technology and Engineering”

  1. Don C. Says:

    From reading through both TAC and EAC papers regarding ConE and CET (4 yr degree), the major difference seems to be that the ConE has some higher mathematics and physics classes, but other than that the two seem to be pretty similar.

  2. Don C. Says:

    Well I am not too sure what other ConET programs are like, but this one comes from the Cal Poly Pomona website: The Construction ET program includes a core of: 1) engineering fundamentals including: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, and engineering economics; 2) structural analysis and engineering design courses including concrete mix design, reiforced concrete and masonry design, structural steel design, soil mechanics and foundation design and timber and formwork design; 3) construction courses including: materials, estimating, accounting, inspection, safety, equipment, and contracts and specifications; 4) construction management courses including: cost control, scheduling and project management


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