Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering Technology and Nuclear Engineering

Department Details
Chairperson: Dr. Stanley Ihekweazu
Contact Number: (803) 536-7117
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Degree Programs
Undergraduate Programs
Civil Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Nuclear Engineering
Professional Land Surveying

Graduate Programs

Program Overview

The Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs at South Carolina State University attempts to go beyond technical competence to develop technologists who are leaders in their areas of specialization. Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates must be able to apply the principles of science and mathematics to the solution of relevant problems in our society. Challenges facing civil and mechanical engineering technologists include housing, pollution control, transportation, transmission and utilization of mechanical and thermal power, water resources development, energy and more.

Students majoring in Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs receive a strong background in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering design; the programs also include a minor concentration in Energy Use and Conservation Technology. The curriculum is geared toward the application of proven engineering principles and is more hardware-oriented. Most of the departmental courses have laboratory sections and hands-on experience where use of equipment is greatly emphasized.

Graduates of Professional Land Surveying program are expected to be able to address the needs of the land surveying industry in which the demand is expected to continue to increase both in South Carolina and the nation. The programs will expose students to the various aspects of land surveying, ranging from mapping of topography of land for engineering design, establishment of elevation for building sites for flood insurance, building layouts, layout of subdivisions and other construction projects to the preparation of legal descriptions for properties. A graduate of this program will be eligible to sit for the South Carolina Professional Land Surveying exam after completing State Licensing Board requirements.

The Nuclear Engineering curriculum is offered at South Carolina State University in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin – Madison and North Carolina State University – Raleigh, NC. Graduates of this program will be able to address needs in the nuclear industry. They will be prepared to be any part of the process: from planning, to designing, developing, testing and/or operating nuclear reactors. The curriculum emphasizes the fundamentals of engineering and therefore does not limit our graduates to the field of nuclear engineering. Graduates of this program will also be prepared for graduate studies in nuclear engineering, including radiological sciences, materials sciences and other fields.

The objectives of the Department are as follows:

  1. To provide students with fundamental technological knowledge and skills balanced by  social awareness of the context within which these tools will be applied;
  2. To maintain an atmosphere which promotes inquiry, learning, and growth among faculty and students;
  3. To provide educational curricula that recognizes and responds to the rapid technological changes that continually reshape society; and
  4. To provide students with a thorough understanding of basic laws of engineering and its related field, mathematics and science, and simultaneously to stimulate and develop creative thinking and sound judgment in applying these laws in solving practical engineering problems.