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Civil engineering is the area of study and employment that is responsible for the management and construction of large projects, particularly citywide projects such as roads, subways and other similar public works projects. Individuals in this field are responsible for the management and supervision of projects, including planning and implementation of designs.
Education and Schools
Individuals wishing to pursue civil engineering will become familiarized with projects typical and atypical over the course of one’s education. Individuals will be educated in engineering principles, as well as various sciences, and architectural designs, in order to better construct and manage public works projects. A program in civil engineering will cover a variety of disciplines, sciences, and topics in order to best prepare individuals for a career. The most common degree pursued is a bachelor’s degree, although graduate level degrees are available.
A curriculum may include:
- Soil Preparation and Evaluation
- Infrastructure Design and Construction
- Engineering Principles
When searching for schools, students should take into consideration several factors when considering a civil engineering program. These include whether the school utilizes local public works programs for internship opportunities, offer research positions, and if the facilities are regularly updated and modernly maintained in order to ensure the education provided remains relevant. Reviews of programs are typically available online, and departments running such programs may be contacted with relative ease in order to identify if such features are available.
The American Society for Engineering Education is an organization that has over the last 120 years worked to advance the cause of engineering education through the promotion of excellence in teaching, providing resources for development, and working to advance study and education for non engineers as well.
Job growth for civil engineers is expected to be significant over the next decade. Such growth is attributed to population growth resulting in increased demand for infrastructure development and expansion. In addition, maintenance and retrofitting of previously existing buildings, other public works projects, and the like will be available in cities throughout the United States and require trained and educated individuals to work on them. Understanding not only the construction aspect, but being able to perform soil sampling and feasibility tests are also necessary. Employment will be pursued through public or private firms that are equipped to handle such large scale projects.