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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Our Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
 
You'll learn the trade alongside professionals who work with you one-on-one throughout the process. 

WVU Tech's ABET-accredited Civil Engineering program is designed to meet the demands of modern industry. Small class sizes are combined with a practice-oriented curriculum. This means you'll learn the trade alongside professionals who work with you one-on-one throughout the process. 

The program prepares students for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam), which is a necessary step towards registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.). 

Program Profiles


Alan Reed

Alan 
Reed, '96

Graduate

Alan Reed is a 1996 civil engineering graduate. Born and raised near Beckley, West Virginia, Alan came to WVU Tech as a nontraditional student. After dropping out of high school and obtaining his GED, Alan began working in the road construction and mining industries, where he became interested in learning more about engineering. At the age of 32, after taking night classes at the former Beckley College (now home to WVU Tech’s Beckley campus), he enrolled at WVU Tech in Montgomery. He landed his first job after graduating at the West Virginia Department of Highways, where he has moved up the ranks since and now holds the title of State Highway Engineer.

 “I believe it’s the best education that a person who wants to live and work in this area can get. Engineering gives you a background in many areas, it’s not just math and science,” he says.

WVU Tech civil engineering graduate, John Jarrett

John 
Jarrett, P.E., '84

Graduate


Ever since he was a kid, John knew he wanted to be a civil engineer. He followed that dream to WVU Tech in the 1980s. Since then, he’s built a career spanning thirty years, earned his professional engineering licensure in two states and launched a successful construction company, Jarrett Construction Services, Inc., that has been renovating and building structures in the region for nearly two decades. He credits his success to his time at WVU Tech and the active campus life he lead here.

“That is the foundation of my career and my business. I wouldn’t trade my Tech education for anything,” he says.

Career profile

In our most recent survey of program graduates, we found that 100% of our responding graduates from 2016 to 2018 found full-time employment or started an advanced degree after graduating from WVU Tech. They also reported an average starting salary range of $45,000 - $55,000.

Civil engineering graduates pursue careers that engage them in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of bridges, buildings, foundations, dams, sanitary and solid waste disposal systems, highway, airport facilities, transportation systems, waterways, hydroelectric installations, pipelines, coal preparation and loading facilities, among others.  

Most of our graduates are either employed in their field or go on to graduate school within six to twelve months following graduation. While they find work with a wide range of employers, many of our graduates stay in West Virginia.

After graduation, those who want to advance their career opportunities can seek professional registration (i.e., become a professional engineer). One step towards professional registration is that the applicant must be a graduate of an ABET-accredited program. In preparing our students academically for professional registration, our curriculum requires seniors to take ENGR 402 Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Review. This course helps them prepare for taking the FE exam, a necessary first-step towards professional registration.

Our graduates have also pursued graduate degrees in civil engineering at several prestigious universities.

Careers

Civil Engineering graduates have accepted a wide range of positions, including:

  • WV Department of Transportation Secretary
  • Project manager
  • Bridge engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Engineer
  • Junior estimator
  • Highway design engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Project engineer

THINGS YOU'LL LEARN

With courses ranging from construction materials to highway design, you'll start building something awesome right away.


Surveying

Explore the measurement of distances, directions, elevations and areas on the earth’s surface, plus an introduction to route surveying and a look at the computer programs professionals use for surveying. 

Transportation Engineering

Learn about integrated transportation systems – vehicle, roadway and human characteristics; traffic engineering studies; intersections and interchanges; highway geometric design; highway pavement design; transportation planning; highway capacity analysis; and evaluation of alternatives.

Integrated Civil Engineering Design

This design course will put everything you've learned to the test in a comprehensive civil engineering project that crosses engineering specialties. Learn the principles of management, contracts and specifications, cost analysis and a study of the critical path method as it works in the construction industry.

View a sample degree schedule or explore more course options in the catalog.

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