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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.
 
Students that enjoy designing, building, construction and addressing environmental issues tend to enjoy this program. 

Designed to meet the demands of the modern industry, WVU Tech's civil engineering program offers a practice-oriented curriculum in small classes. That means you'll learn the trade alongside professionals who work with you one-on-one throughout the process. The program has an emphasis in students’ preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam), which is a necessary step towards registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.).

Our program students also lead active lives outside of the classroom, where many of them participate in the WVU Tech Student Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which allows students to develop personal relationships with students and professionals that last beyond graduation. During the annual spring Virginias’ Conference, the ASCE chapter competes with students from other engineering schools in several activities, including a concrete canoe race, steel bridge building contest, surveying competition, problem-solving contest, environmental design contest and the Hardy Cross paper presentation. 

Students that enjoy designing, building, construction and addressing environmental issues tend to enjoy this program. 

Program Profiles


WVU Tech civil engineering graduate, Joanna Mueller

Joanna 
Mueller, '11

Graduate


Born in Poland and raised in Germany,Joanna followed her fascination with bridges to WVU Tech’s civil engineering program. Now, she’s a project manager and estimator for a construction firm in West Virginia where she gets to work on bridge projects throughout the state. 
“To me the complexity of a bridge is fascinating and impressive. I love the idea that bridges connect people and open doors for human relationships that at one point in history did not exist. I feel lucky that I was able to make my career in bridge construction so that I can be a part of that,” she 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

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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