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Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Overview

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Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Overview

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Civil Engineers are involved in "the design, construction, and maintenance of physical structures in the interest of the general public. Technical specialties within the discipline include construction, environmental geotechnical, structural, and transportation engineering, as well as urban planning and water resources." The Civil Engineering department's web site also shares excellent information about the field.

There are several possible career tracks for Civil Engineers, including Engineering Consulting, Construction, Academia/Education and Federal/State/Local Government. Government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and departments of transportation, constitute nearly one-third of employment for civil engineers (Source: U.S. Department of Labor). Top employers in the field include: Arup, Bechtel, Gannett Fleming, Lend Lease, MTA, Skanska, Hunter Roberts, Thornton Tomasetti, Turner Construction, Tutor Perini, Weidlinger Associates. The American Council of Engineering Companies also maintains lists of members and companies here. For more details on the work of Civil Engineers, visit the Civil Engineering department web site, the Civil Engineering pages of Occupational Outlook Handbook, and Sloan Cornerstone Career Center.

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      • Pathways to Science: To find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring
      • National Science Foundation REU Sites: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation
      • American Academy for Advancement of Science: A resource list of AAAS career development programs
      • Engineering Jobs – Civil: This component of the EngineeringJobs.net site is catered specifically to jobs in the civil engineering industry
      • ACECNY: A proactive coalition of more than 270 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment - civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, geotechnical - and affiliated companies.
      • Research Gate: A network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences
      • Engineering Central: Lists engineering positions and resumes across all engineering disciplines
      • Engineer.net: A broad-scale engineering job-search engine that many companies use to find new talent

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      Last updated December 2014