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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.).
“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.
John Jarrett, P.E., '84
“That is the foundation of my career and my business. I wouldn’t trade my Tech education for anything,” he says.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.