CIVIL ENGINEERING

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:

Environmental

Geotechnical

 Pavements

Structures

Transportation

Water Resources

TOP INDUSTRIES

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Civil Engineering

Construction

Automotive

Architecture and Planning

Utilities and Renewable Energy

Manufacturing

Number of CE graduates placed per industry from 2018-2020. 

COMMON JOB TITLES

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Project Engineer

Civil Engineer

Staff Engineer

Field Engineer

Transportation Engineer

Design Engineer

Structural Engineer

Number of CE graduates placed for each of the top job titles from 2007-2020. Descriptions via The Center

TOP EMPLOYERS

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Michigan Department of Transportation

HNTB

SME

General Motors

Commonwealth Associates Inc.

Wade Trim

Midwestern Consulting

Kiewit

ENG

CDM Smith

Number of CE graduates placed for the top full time employers from 2018-2020. Descriptions via LinkedIn and Handshake

DESTINATION DATA

Learn about the specific data associated with Civil Engineering graduates so that you can better understand the average compensation and placement rates within the major.   

100%
Placement Rate
(Employment/Education)

$59,932
Average Starting
Salary

$17.28/hr
Intern Average
Hourly Wage 

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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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 

Chi Epsilon

Environmental Engineering Student Society

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ADVISING APPOINTMENT

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