WHAT IS CIVIL ENGINEERING?
Civil Engineering is focused on the design, construction, and maintenance of structures and infrastructures such as dams, bridges, aqueducts, canals, highways, power plants, sewerage systems, and airports. Civil Engineers consider the current and future needs of an expanding population while taking into account environmental protection and natural phenomena.
WHAT DOES A CIVIL ENGINEER DO?
Civil Engineers work in a wide variety of industries. Civil Engineering functions can be divided into three categories: functions performed before construction (feasibility studies, site investigations, and design), those performed during construction (client interaction, consulting engineers, and contractors) and those functions performed after construction (maintenance and research). Some common tasks include:
Using technology to design, construct, and maintain structures and infrastructure within the public and private sector
Designing and overseeing the construction of public works such as roads, bridges, dams, tunnels, buildings, airports, water and sewerage systems
Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to create, manage, analyze, and map all types of location data; solving problems that involve spatial factors
Designing and/or overseeing projects involving the production and safety of drinking water
Calculating load capacity to improve structural designs
Using advanced materials to design and build environmentally friendly structures
DESIGN INTENSIVE AREAS
MSU Civil Engineering majors are required to complete 12 - 13 credits from at least four areas which can help to align with a specific academic or career interest. The design intensive areas include:
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Architecture and Planning
Utilities and Renewable Energy
Number of CE graduates placed per industry from 2018-2020.
COMMON JOB TITLES
Learn about some of the most common job titles among MSU Civil Engineering graduates. Utilize Handshake to search for the specific job titles that interest you the most and see the specific skills and experiences employers are looking for so that you can start developing them now!
Number of CE graduates placed for each of the top job titles from 2007-2020. Descriptions via The Center
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Michigan Department of Transportation
Commonwealth Associates Inc.
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Connect with other engineering students by joining a student organization! Some of the organizations related to the CE major include:
American Society of Civil Engineers
Environmental Engineering Student Society