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Civil Eng

Civil Eng

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 "Civil Engineering Overview"
Prepared as part of the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center (www.careercornerstone.org)
Civil Engineering Overview
The Field - Preparation - Day in the Life - Specialization - Earnings -Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations
The Field
From the pyramids of Egypt to the international space station, civilengineers have always faced the challenges of the future - advancingcivilization and building our quality of life. Today, the world isundergoing vast changes -- the technological revolution, populationgrowth, environmental concerns, and more. All create uniquechallenges for civil engineers of every specialty.The next decades will be the most creative, demanding, andrewarding of times for civil engineers, and now is the best time to findthe right career for you. Civil engineers are in the forefront oftechnology. They are the leading users of sophisticated high-techproducts - applying the very latest concepts in computer-aided design(CAD) during design, construction, project scheduling, and costcontrol.Civil engineering is about community service, development,and improvement -- the planning, design, construction, andoperation of facilities essential to modern life, ranging fromtransit systems to offshore structures to space satellites. Civilengineers are problem solvers, meeting the challenges ofpollution, traffic congestion, drinking water and energy needs,urban redevelopment, and community planning.Our future as a nation will be closely tied to space, energy, the environment, and our ability tointeract with and compete in the global economy. You, as a civil engineer, will perform a vitalrole in linking these themes and improving quality of life for the 21st century.As the technological revolution expands, as the world'spopulation increases, and as environmental concerns mount,your skills will be needed. There is no limit to the personalsatisfaction you will feel from helping to make our world a betterplace to live. Whatever area you choose, be it design,construction, research, teaching, or management, civilengineering offers you a wide range of career choices for yourfuture.
 "Civil Engineering Overview"
Prepared as part of the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center (www.careercornerstone.org)
Civil engineering is grouped into seven major divisions of engineering: structural;environmental; geotechnical; water resources; transportation; construction; and urbanplanning. In practice, these are not always hard and fixed categories, but they offer a helpfulway to review a very diverse and dynamic field.
A civil engineer's training should continue throughout his or her entirecareer. An effective engineer realizes that continuing education is thekey to success. In college an engineer gains an ability to learn thatwill last throughout life, while at the same time absorbing the basicknowledge and skills that every engineer must master. On-the-jobexperience, gained through co-op assignments, internships, orsummer jobs, is a vital factor in making a young engineer credible topotential employers. Gaining professional licensing is often importantto career advancement. Becoming marketable means having theskills and experiences beyond the basics, perhaps through leadershipin student or community organizations, plus having the ability tocommunicate one's unique qualifications clearly.Undergraduate Engineering students usually select their field in the first or secondyear of college. At the same time that you are coming to grips with the fundamentals ofengineering, you should also pay attention to the broader issue of learning to learn a skill youwill need to master if you are to continue to develop as an engineer -- communication. It isimportant to develop your writing and speaking skills. It is a good idea to get involved incampus activities that let you develop as a person as you learn to be an engineer.Co-ops and Internships Civil engineers will tell you that co-ops, internships, summer jobs, or any other way to gainexperience in the field of your choice, will help you land a first job. More importantly, it will giveyou a chance to find out what you like to do and are good at doing.Marketability Anyone looking for a job has to get comfortable with the idea ofselling one's strengths. Whether it is a deep specialization or abroad background, you will need to demonstrate how you willhelp an employer. Marketing includes both a profoundknowledge of the product (yourself) and the buyer (theemployer). When you find a match between your interests andtheir needs, the chances of success are high.Licensing Every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories have laws regulating thepractice of professions including law, medicine, and engineering. These laws protect the publichealth, safety, and welfare by insuring that those receiving licenses to practice have at leastmet certain requirements of competence, ability, experience, and character. Licensure lawsvary from state to state and are exclusively under the control of the individual statelegislatures. But generally, the licensure laws for professional engineers require graduation
 "Civil Engineering Overview"
Prepared as part of the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center (www.careercornerstone.org)
from an accredited engineering curriculum followed by approximately four years of responsibleengineering experience, and finally the successful completion of a written exam. Some statesmay waive the written exam on the basis of education and experience, but the trend is towardan examination requirement.Graduate School While not the only way to get ahead, graduate training can providethe critical depth of training some specialties require. The bestsources of information about grad school are your professors andother practicing engineers.Accredited Programs Those interested in a career in civil engineering should considerreviewing engineering programs that are accredited by ABET, Inc.ABET accreditation is based on an evaluation of an engineeringprogram's student achievement, program improvement, faculty,curricular content, facilities, and institutional commitment. Thefollowing is a current list of all universities offering accredited degreeprograms in civil engineering.
The University of Akron
Alabama A&M University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
The University of Alabama
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
Auburn University
Boise State University
Bradley University
Brigham Young University
Brown University
Bucknell University
California Polytechnic State University, San LuisObispo
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Chico
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Sacramento
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
Carnegie Mellon University
Carroll College
Case Western Reserve University
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Montana State University - Bozeman
Morgan State University
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
University of Nevada-Reno
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New Mexico State University
University of New Mexico
University of New Orleans
State University of New York at Buffalo
City University of New York, City College
North Carolina Agricultural and TechnicalState University
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
North Dakota State University
University of North Dakota
University of North Florida
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
Norwich University
University of Notre Dame
Ohio Northern University
The Ohio State University
Ohio University
Oklahoma State University
The University of Oklahoma

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