Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

What do civil engineers do?

Civil engineers plan, design, construct, and maintain the built environment. Are you interested in a career that has lasting impact on others? Civil engineers help safeguard people through assisting with post disaster clean-up efforts. We design building systems, community parks, and arboretums. Civil engineers designed and led the construction of inspiring infrastructure including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam, and the Eiffel Tower. Civil engineers design structures, analyze the energy efficiency of building systems, study traffic patterns, and so much more. Regardless of what aspect of civil engineering one is involved with; civil engineers are all required to perform efficiently on a team, act ethically, and communicate effectively. Civil engineers are creative problem solvers!

What’s great about careers in civil engineering?

Because civil engineers are involved with so many different types of projects, we have opportunities to spend time on project sites or in an office setting, and the ability to customize a career path that aligns with personal interests. We have opportunities for career growth through professional licensure, pursuing graduate degrees, specialized technical training and certification programs, and management. In part due to aging infrastructure, civil engineers are in high demand with employment opportunities projected to grow by 11 percent between 2016 and 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019). Competitive salary and diverse job opportunities make civil engineering graduates highly sought after and lead to high job satisfaction rates.

What makes the King’s Civil Engineering program different?

- Authentic engineering experiences. Our students do design throughout the program. They use the tools that real engineers do, such as structural analysis and building information modeling software, AISC Steel Construction Manual and RS Means data, surveying equipment, and engineering measurement tools, to solve complex, open-ended problems.

- Service learning projects. Civil engineers are deeply involved with designing and overseeing the construction of the built environment. Our students are assigned service learning projects that involve working with clients from the local community, while allowing students to begin working in a team to apply creative problem-solving skills.

- Industry connections and networking opportunities. Our program is structured to allow students to gain perspective on what a civil engineering career involves. Construction site visits, engineering office tours, and opportunities to attend local professional engineering meetings are encouraged and a part of the classroom experience.

- Integration of professional and technical skills. To design infrastructure that works for people, civil engineers need to start by understanding client’s needs. They must work in teams to do the research, design, and analysis necessary to meet those needs. Communication and incorporating stakeholder feedback is an important component of a successful project. Therefore, our students don’t just learn technical skills, they practice those skills in a professional context.

Career Opportunities

Civil engineers are vital to the development and maintenance of critical infrastructure projects. Civil and other related engineers perform duties in planning, designing, and supervising heavy construction and maintenance of structures and facilities, in addition to systems for transportation, information, water, and other resources.

Civil engineers engage in a broad range of infrastructure-related enterprises, including the design and improvement of highways and railroads, airports, bridges and tunnels, dams, harbors, and channels, to name just a few. Civil engineers also serve as professional technical consultants in government, education, and law. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for civil engineers will continue to grow by more than 8 percent annually.