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Civil Engineering

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil engineers design, build, supervise, and construct sustainable projects and systems in the public and private sector. Projects are wide in scope and can include: buildings, roads, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and municipal systems. A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at Montana Tech offers students courses that meet the needs in five areas of study: Sustainable Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Construction Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Transportation Engineering. In addition to courses in these areas, a new course, Building Inspections was recently added to the curriculum as well.

Graduates learn to master the fundamental disciplines, gain relevant basic engineering practices and find innovative ways to implement creative and cost-effective solutions to meet the growing demands of today's society. Students gain a holistic perspective on all components of civil engineering projects that include planning, design, and implementation on residential, commercial and heavy civil projects. As such, they will have a broad-based education with knowledge of several civil engineering specialties.

Engaged Vaculty with Experience & Expertise
Engaged Faculty with Experience & Expertise
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Hands-On Learning Environment
Hands-On Learning Environment
#1 Best Value Engineering School in U.S.
#1 Best Value Engineering School in U.S.

What Types of Skills Do You Need?

  • Inquisitive — you want to know how things work
  • Hard-working and not afraid of a challenge
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • You like solving complex problems and puzzles

What Can You Do With Your Degree?

Civil engineers are the solution! Civil engineers design and construct major infrastructure projects like roads, airports, bridges, tunnels and buildings. They tend to split their time between construction sites and their offices.

100% Career Outcome Rate
100% Career Outcome Rate
7% Projected Job Growth by 2026
7% Projected Job Growth by 2026
All Students Encouraged to Complete Internships
All Students Encouraged to Complete Internships
$83K Average Starting Salary
$83K Average Starting Salary

Architecture and Engineering Occupational Outlooks

The growth rate of the job market for architecture and engineering occupations is expected to grow by 7% from 2016 to 2026. Civil engineers design and construct major infrastructure projects like roads, airports, bridges, tunnels and buildings. Civil engineers tend to split their time between construction sites and their offices. The bureau of labor statistics reports a 2016 median annual pay of $83,540 for civil engineers.

Recent Highlights

Recent faculty efforts from the Civil Engineering Program reflect Dr. Liping Jiang’s publishable paper titled, "Refuge Lake Reclassification in 620 Minnesota Cisco Lakes under Future Climate Scenarios." Dr. Kishor Shrestha’s two publishable papers titled, “Quality of Road Maintenance Works Performed by State Force versus Private Contractors in Nevada” and “Carbon Dioxide Emissions by the Transportation Section and its Impact on Health in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.” Mr. Matt Egloff completed US Shooting’s Safe Sport Policy Training. In 2012, the US Olympics and US Paralympics created the Safe Sport Policy and Training to improve athlete safety across the US Olympic Committee’s (USOC’s) 47 National Governing Bodies (NGBs). Mr. Larry Hunter led a six-student team to a second-place finish in a design-build competition. The students were Chance Sparrow, Cody Wiers, Daniel Van Dyk, Chris Liebel, and James Cutler. Congratulations to all! On a lesser note, Dr. Brian Kukay was part of a 13-person ASCE/SEI Blue Ribbon Panel team who recently completed a review of the proposed ASCE/SEI Manual of Practice: Structural Fire Engineering. Dr. Kukay will also be contributing to a special project of the ASCE/SEI Committee, on the Performance of Wood Construction, used to improve the quality of light-frame wood construction in the United States.

 

The bachelor of science in Civil Engineering is currently seeking accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Mission

The Civil Engineering Program at Montana Tech mission is to advance education and practice, and meet the changing needs of society by:

  1. preparing students to pursue civil engineering careers, professional licensure, and advanced degrees
  2. keeping current and fostering industry relationships and community involvement
  3. executing innovative research, or scholarship, or other opportunities, or all three, to advance the Civil Engineering Profession in collaboration with academia, industry, and government agencies.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (P.E.O.s) of the B.S. Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) program are to produce graduates who are expected to attain the following:

  1. Successfully practice the Civil Engineering profession as demonstrated by :
    1. continued professional employment;
    2. job promotion; and,
    3. expanding career responsibilities and advancement.
  2. Obtain professional registration.
  3. Consider completion of an advanced degree.
  4. Continued professional development as demonstrated by:
    1. society membership and participation
    2. continuing education
    3. engineering related service

The BSCE Program Educational Objectives are posted on the Montana Tech Campus in the Science and Engineering Building outside room 305, are published in the college catalog, and are on the Montana Tech website at the following links.

https://catalog.mtech.edu/preview_entity.php?catoid=10&ent_oid=1860&returnto=1109

https://www.mtech.edu/mines-engineering/civil/

 

Student Outcomes (2018-2019)

Students graduating from the BSCE program at Montana Tech should attain the following by the time of graduation.

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering that includes differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science and be able to apply probability and statistics to address uncertainty
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data by conducting experiments in at least two technical areas of civil engineering and analyze and interpret the resulting data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability—by designing a system, component, or process in at least two civil engineering contexts and also include principles of sustainability in design
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility by analyzing issues in professional ethics and explaining the importance of professional licensure
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. analyze and solve problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering
  13. explain basic concepts in project management, business, public policy, and leadership

Student Outcomes (2019 - 2020, forward)

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. analyze and solve problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering
  9. explain basic concepts in project management, business, public policy, and leadership

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