Department of Engineering

Civil Engineering


Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission(s) of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Civil and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

Civil engineers design and supervise large construction projects, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for 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 Engineering Degree Requirements

Career Potential in Civil Engineering

The median annual wage for civil engineers was $86,640 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10% earned less than $54,780, and the highest 10% earned more than $142,560.

In May 2018, the median annual wages for civil engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Federal government, excluding postal service $95,380
Local government, excluding education and hospitals $91,750
Engineering services $87,080
State government, excluding education and hospitals $82,710
Nonresidential building construction $75,670

Civil engineers typically work full time and some work more than 40 hours per week. Engineers who direct projects may need to work extra hours in order to monitor progress on projects, to ensure that designs meet requirements, and to guarantee that deadlines are met.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Civil Engineers, on the internet at (visited November 26, 2019).

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