Careers

brdige4 Our department offers accredited degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Civil Engineers (CEs) design and construct the infrastructure needed by our society to insure a high quality of life. This includes:

  • The water that we drink …
  • The buildings in which we live and work …
  • The highways on which we travel …

According to www.sciencedaily.com “In essence, civil engineering may be regarded as the profession that makes the world a more agreeable place in which to live”.

dam2 Civil Engineering at UConn provides a broad based education covering all areas of Civil Engineering:

  • Construction Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Water Resources
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

Our students work in large engineering firms, government agencies, small and mid-size firms nationwide. Our work cannot be “farmed out” abroad as the infrastructure problems must be solved where they exist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics CEs will see the largest job increase among all engineers in the coming years. An 18% employment growth is expected with 46,000 jobs across the civil engineering industry (www.collegegrad.com/careers/). This increase is due in part to a general population growth and the related need to improve civil infrastructure nationwide. CEs are needed to repair existing roads and other public structures, as well as design and create new structures. An increasing emphasis on “green” building is expected to increase the need for CEs with experience in pollution control systems.

Civil Engineering salaries are very competitive. The mid-50% of our engineers makes between $65K-85K. The average starting BS salary in 2009 was $54K (Level I) and with 2-4 years of experience 65K (II) (salary.com). According to ASCE the profession has job security for the next 20-30 years (asce.org/reportcard/2005/).

Environmental Engineers (ENVEs) solve problems created by past generations, and prevent future problems through the application of science and technology. Specifically, ENVEs aspire to:

  • Protect the environment from deleterious effects of human activity
  • Protect human populations from adverse environmental factors
  • Improve environmental quality
  • Improve quality of life by providing sustainable energy and water resources
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ENVEs employ interdisciplinary approaches capable of addressing design and remediation activities in natural systems spanning many spatial and temporal scales. Examples of ongoing activities are:

  • Fate and transport of pharmaceuticals in the environment
  • Sustainable energy production through rivers
  • Remote sensing applications to evaluate climate change
  • Nitrogen and metals cycling in waste- and natural water
  • Land-atmosphere interactions and relationship to climate change
  • Turning wastewater into renewable energy
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Environmental Engineers have rewarding careers in industry, government, and academia. Our graduates work at large engineering firms, such as Bechtel, Dames &  Moore, URS Greiner, Parsons-Brinkerhoff,  CDM, Metcalf & Eddy; Government Agencies, such as US Dept. of Defense, US Environmental Protection Agency, State Departments of Environmental Protection, US Geological Survey; Non-Governmental Organizations, such as Nature Conservancy, Worldwatch ; and small and mid-size Civil & Environmental Engineering Firms nationwide. Quite often ENVEs work outdoors! ENVE work cannot be “farmed out” abroad as the problems MUST be solved where they exist.

Environmental Engineering salaries are very competitive. The 2008 median salary for Environmental Engineers was $76,000. The mid-50% of our engineers makes between $65K-85K. The average starting BS salary in 2009 was $52K (Level I) and with 2-4 years of experience 62K (II) (salary.com). The outlook for employment is great as it is expected to grow much faster than the average of all other occupations through 2012 (www.collegegrad.com/careers/). According to ASCE the profession has job security for the next 20-30 years since EPA has identified 350,000 contaminated sites needing clean-up and federal funding for clear drinking water is only 10% of the national needs (asce.org/reportcard/2005/).

Employers of UConn CEE Alumni

The Metropolitan District

CME Associates, Inc.

Parsons Brinckerhoff

CDM

Milone & MacBroom, Inc.

GM2 Associates, Inc.

Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

CT Department of Environmental Protection

GZA GeoEnvironmental

Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

GeoDesign, Inc.

CT Department of Transportation

CT Department of Public Health

AECOM

Loureiro Engineering

LANGAN Engineering & Environmental Services

URS Corporation

VeruTEK Inc.

Environmental Compliant Services

GES Consultants

DSG Solutions

SoE Career Fair

The School of Engineering hosts an annual career fair.

Participating companies for CE and ENVE majors are, indicatively

General Electric

GEI Consultants

General Dynamics Electric Boat

GHD Inc.

Loureiro Engineering Associates

MPR Associates

Northeast Utilities

QUest Global Services

Stantec Consulting Services

Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

United Technologies

Wright-Pierce