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Civil Engineering

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Civil engineers are in constant demand around the globe because they construct and maintain the world's physical infrastructure. Almost anything you move into, through, over or under was designed and built by civil engineers, including:

  • Bridges
  • Harbors
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Airports
  • Aircraft structures
  • Space structures
  • Waterways
  • Buildings

Many civil engineers are involved with environmental issues ranging from hazardous and solid waste management to lake and river environmental restoration.

Civil engineering majors experience accelerated career success because of their experience with real-world learning and creative problem-solving. A Clarkson engineering education builds abilities in teamwork, management, communication, leadership and creative problem-solving. Clarkson combines three distinctive strengths that benefit students: personalized teaching, flexible curricula and high-powered research. Our professors get to know students as individuals and involve undergraduates in their world-class research.

Civil engineering offers an enormous range of career opportunities, including:

  • Structural design
  • Water, mineral or other resource and land development
  • Transportation
  • Hazardous waste management and general project management

Civil engineers work for consulting firms, industry and government. Many start their own firms.


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Civivl engineering major Alicia Shelvay 
Alicia Shelvay

“Civil engineering involves creativity, innovation and science. Figuring out a way to make designs work and bringing them to life is what it’s all about,”
says Alicia Selvay, civil engineering major with a minor in quality-based project management and concentrations in project management and structural engineering. Learn more about Alicia's experiences at Clarkson.

Civil engineers are among the current hottest fields for job opportunities. The Boston Globe identified the overall need for more well-educated engineers, with civil and environmental engineering at the top. The article states, "Among the most in-demand are civil engineers, particularly those who have expertise in cleaning up manufacturing sites and repairing environmental damage … we will need qualified professionals to do the work designing our water systems, school buildings, office buildings, and manufacturing facilities."