Resources

Preparing Yourself

To do this work, you need a degree in a field like civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, or construction engineering,  construction management, or a similar technical bachelor of science degree.

Civil engineers design and build communities. They oversee large construction projects and systems ranging from bridges to water supply and sewage treatment. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions ranging from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others work in design, construction, research and teaching.

Civil engineers work on complex projects, so they usually specialize in one of several areas:

  • Construction engineers manage construction projects, ensuring that they are scheduled and built in accordance with plans and specifications to guarantee safety and function.
  • Geotechnical engineers work to make sure that foundations are solid. They focus on how structures such as buildings and tunnels interact with the earth. In addition, they design and plan for slopes, retaining walls and tunnels.
  • Structural engineers design and assess major projects, such as buildings, bridges or dams, to ensure their strength and durability.
  • Transportation engineers plan, design, operate and maintain streets and highways, airports, ports, mass transit systems and harbors.

Education

Civil engineers need a bachelor's degree either in civil engineering or civil engineering technology. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Though licensure requirements vary within the U.S., civil engineers must usually obtain a license to practice in the locations where they provide services publicly.

Getting Involved

  • Join clubs on campus or with professional organizations (good job so far…) and try to take a leadership role.
  • List specific things that you did on projects "like was the PM on a project", "took on a challenge with X and led your team, etc."
  • For CM students, the ASC competition is a great way to get exposure and practice things like estimating, presenting, or design.
  • For CE students, Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, GeoTech are great ways to get additional experience.
  • Yes it is extra work but will help you get hired!!

Marketing Yourself

  • Pay attention to when companies may be involved on campus (or if you run your AGC chapter try to get employers to be more involved on your campus).
  • If there is a social event it is a great time to learn and to practice talking to/engaging with potential employers.
  • Get involved on the Career fair committee/volunteer (usually first ones there can have an opportunity to interact before the rest of your peers).
  • Following companies on Company pages on sites like LinkedIn.

Tools & Resources

Parent Debt Calculator

If you are planning on borrowing for your child's education, you need to know your capacity to take on additional debt.

College Savings Calculator

Use this calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal.

Student Loan Comparison Calculator

This student Loan comparison calculator will help you decide what kind of college loan to take and how long it will take to pay it back.      

Jobs & Internships

Learn how to chart a path to getting those first and second interviews and beyond.