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Why Civil Engineering?

Civil engineering is a vital discipline responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of physical and natural infrastructure including buildings, roads, tunnels and bridges, as well as water and waste management systems. Civil engineering includes a wide variety of sub-disciplines, such as materials science and engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering and construction engineering.

Civil engineering professionals can work for the public, private or government sectors. Depending on their specialty, civil engineers use their knowledge to analyze survey and map data, design around cost, regulations and the environment, research and test building materials, oversee surveying operations and develop transportation systems.


Is Civil Engineering for me?

A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering will position you to work at the forefront of cutting-edge fields such as solar, wind and water energy, city infrastructure design and construction or earthquake planning and other geotechnical engineering projects. A master’s in civil engineering will also give you leadership and technical skills necessary to advance in your career.

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Possible Career paths

  • Utilities and Drainage Civil Engineer

    Civil engineers working in utilities and drainage plan, design and implement infrastructure projects according to budget and resource constraints. They are usually involved in the project from conception through completion. They may also decommission or rehabilitate facilities and infrastructure sites. These professional engineers usually work with civil engineering modelling software platforms such as BIM to create design models.

  • Aviation and Airports Civil Engineer

    Engineers working in the aviation industry create designs for airport infrastructure projects, including taxiway and runway paving, grading, drainage and utilities, such as lighting and fuel systems. They plan site layouts for terminal buildings, taking pedestrian, vehicle and plane traffic into account. These engineers also write and maintain technical documentation for design specifications and compliance with government and FAA regulations.

  • Transportation Engineer

    Transportation engineers design and oversee the construction of civil transportation projects, such as rail, roads and bridges, or ports and marine infrastructure. These professionals pursue transportation policy and planning studies, environmental assessments, traffic impact studies and highway safety analyses, creating project reports and documentation.

  • Bridge Engineer

    Bridge engineers are responsible for preliminary planning and detailed design of civil bridge structures for new construction as well as the rehabilitation of existing structures. They prepare cost estimates, technical designs and drawings, contracts and documents, reports and proposals. Bridge engineers also engage in structural and site assessments and inspections before, during and after construction.

  • Senior Design Engineer, Municipal Infrastructure

    A civil engineer working in municipal infrastructure will contribute to the development or redevelopment of municipal properties, urban “brown field” sites and greenfield properties. These include projects such as residential or commercial construction, industrial or institutional facilities and urban subdivisions. These engineers are often involved with grading, sewer and water system analysis, earthworks calculations and taking projects from preliminary site assessments through the development of design and modeling, to final construction and completion of the project.

  • Civil CAD Designer

    CAD design positions are common for civil engineers and involve designing for public and private infrastructure projects. These include new roads or upgrades to existing roads and designing infrastructure components such as sewage collection, water distribution, grading earthworks or stormwater management. They are responsible for documenting the design process, revisions and completed designs according to state and municipal engineering standards.

  • Structural Engineer

    performing site reviews on projects during construction, identifying issues and modifying designs to satisfy approval and regulatory requirements.

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