Civil engineering—one of the oldest types of engineering—involves design, construction, and maintenance of buildings, dams, bridges, tunnels, highways, water supplies, and sewage systems. Civil engineers use physical laws, mathematical equations, and theories of mechanics in their work. They must use available resources (expertise, materials, manpower) to complete a project mindful of the given time span, expenditure, environmental issues, and physical hazards involved.
Associate Professor of Engineering and Program Coordinator of CCSU’s four-year civil engineering degree program Clifford Anderson explains that civil engineers often have a specialty, with typical areas being environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, municipal, water resources, construction, and surveying.
“These technical fields require extensive professional experience, and often advanced education, and our civil engineering program provides a solid foundation for graduates,” says Anderson. “Since many civil engineers manage people and projects, it’s an asset for a civil engineer to be able to work well with various personnel, including technicians, architects, city planners, landscape architects, and elected officials.”
Civil engineering graduates are prepared in advanced mathematics and several areas of science. Upon graduation, students will have knowledge of the fundamental engineering sciences common to most engineering disciplines (statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and mechanics of materials) and a solid command of general civil engineering principles, enabling continued education at advanced levels.
The civil engineering program prepares students to successfully complete the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Fundamentals of Engineering examination that is the first step toward professional engineering registration.
The curriculum prepares students for promising careers by introducing them to real-world civil engineering projects. Courses offer “hands-on” experience. Students are often seen on campus surveying to make exact measurements, and they learn to do even more precise measurements in the advanced Global Positioning Systems course. In Soil Mechanics, they get their hands dirty evaluating soils in a laboratory setting. In Hydrology, they work with an open channel flume to study streams and understand the mathematics and physics of water flow; in Fluid Mechanics they examine the flow of various materials through pipes; and students use computer programs employed in actual civil engineering practice to do such tasks as hydrology and water network analysis.
Civil engineers commonly find employment with federal and state agencies and municipalities, as well as with the civil engineering consulting firms that serve such entities.
Further information about the program can be obtained online at www.set.ccsu.edu/programs or by calling 860-832-1815.