Careers and Outcomes

As a civil engineer, you’ll be dedicated to the development and improvement of communities. You will solve problems – working to address challenges concerning our environment and infrastructure through a variety of fields.

Over the course of your career, you’ll collaborate with mechanical, electrical and geological engineers as you plan, design and construct complex facilities. Your work will benefit people all over the world.

Structural and geotechnical engineering

Bridge construction site

Engineering projects begin with an analysis of the site’s geology and a plan for the structure’s foundation. You’ll work with city planners, architects and business people to develop structures that are matched to their foundations.

Knowledge of soils and experience with structural analysis and design will prepare you to build reliable bridges, buildings, port facilities and intricate lock and dam systems.

Environmental engineering

Row of wind turbines

Civil engineers design cost-effective water treatment facilities and develop strategies for cleaning power plant emissions. You may have opportunities to work on these issues related to water and air pollution all over the world.

Course work related to hazardous waste and pollution problems and water supply systems will prepare you to protect and maintain our environment.

Water resources engineering

Water treatment plant

Water resources engineering focuses on our water supply, and it requires understanding of hydraulic and hydrologic engineering, flood control, rainfall, runoff prediction and the transport in flows.

You may work on large projects that ensure our water supply and protect against flooding. In this role, you’ll be expected to work with property owners, concerned citizens, city officials, attorneys and doctors, which will require strong communication skills.

Transportation engineering

Aerial view of a highway

Civil engineers contribute to the movement of people and cargo from place to place, the design of airports and highways, and traffic studies to maintain efficient flows. You may design intersections, exchanges and stoplight systems. Strong analytical skills will prepare you to research transportation issues and develop data-based solutions that keep traffic flowing.