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Civil Engineering Technology

          Civil Engineering Technology

<p><strong><em>What Do Civil Engineering Technology Graduates Do?&nbsp;</em></strong>Are you passionate about making a serious contribution to the public by coming up with innovative structural designs and managing large-scale construction projects?</p><p>Do you have an interest in working on renewable-energy projects, such as implementing solar arrays to help combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduce dependence on fossil fuel?</p><p>Are you looking for a satisfying career where you can help repair and enhance the infrastructure of cities?</p>

Civil Engineering Technology Graduates

  • Help civil engineers plan and build highways, buildings, bridges, dams, wastewater treatment systems, and other public structures.
  • Design commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.
  • Estimate construction costs and specify materials to be used (some may even prepare drawings or perform land-surveying duties).
  • Set up and monitor instruments used to study traffic conditions.
  • Assist in overseeing or monitoring construction, evaluating materials quality, reviewing surveying or mapping, and handling cost estimates and budgets.
  • Use computer programs to collect and analyze data, prepare technical reports, and manage file systems.

Famous Civil Engineers

  • Elsie Eaves - first female member of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Olive Dennis - changed the nature of railway travel; worked for the B & O Railroad
  • Emily Warren Roebling - Chief Engineer of building the Brooklyn Bridge
  • John Smeaton - contributed to the Industrial Revolution with his work on windmills and waterwheels
  • Benjamin Wright - Chief Engineer during the construction of the Erie Canal, the Chesapeake, and the Ohio Canal
  • Dr. John Job Crew Bradfield - designed and oversaw the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Squire Whipple - built seven short span iron bridges for the New York and Erie Railroad
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel - designed a network of tunnels, bridges, and viaducts for the Great Western Railway

Areas of Employment

  • Offices
  • Construction sites
  • Private consulting firms
  • Laboratories
  • Government agencies
  • Bridge and highway design
  • Pollution control
  • Project manager
  • Estimator
  • Drafter
  • Land surveyor
  • Structural engineer
  • Construction inspector

Career Guidance Suggestions for Pre-University Students

Coursework to Consider:
  • Pre-algebra
  • Geometry
  • Advanced algebra
  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Computer applications
  • Statistics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Structural analysis
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Programming
Suggested Extracurricular Activities:
  • Competitions
  • Summer programs
  • Afterschool programs
  • Clubs
  • Internships
  • Online puzzles and games
  • Online courses
  • Maker faires
  • Design projects
Local Programs Offered by:
  • Science centers and museums
  • Professional societies like IEEE
  • Universities
Important Skills:
  • Critical thinking skills: help engineers identify and solve complex technical problems to develop infrastructure plans.
  • Decision-making skills: be able to quickly discern which types of information are most important for the work at hand, and which plan of action will help keep the project on schedule.
  • Math skills: use math for project analysis, design, and troubleshooting.
  • Analytical skills: develop plans and estimate costs for constructing systems and operating facilities.
  • Research skills: collect data and prepare analyses for various project activities.
  • Observational skills: know what to look for and how best to report back to the engineer overseeing a design project.
  • Problem-solving skills: work with all related systems involved in building a project and evaluate contractors’ work to detect problems with a design.
  • Comprehension skills: understand all documents describing the plans and designs for projects that must be carried out.
  • Writing skills: prepare detailed reports that are well organized and clearly written in order to relay findings to others.

Engineering Majors

More than 25 major specialties are recognized in the fields of engineering and engineering technology. Select a degree field from the list below to find out more:


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