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Civil Engineering

What do civil engineers do? 

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The civil engineering program at UConn provides a broad-based education covering all areas of Civil Engineering:

  • Structural Engineering: design of man-made structures to withstand stresses and pressures of their environment
  • Transportation Engineering: planning, design, operation, and maintenance of safe and efficient transportation systems
  • Construction Management and Engineering: design, plan and execute processes to build infrastructure
  • Geotechnical Engineering: study soil and rock behavior to design and build foundations, earth structures and pavement subgrades.
  • Water Resources: planning and design of water distribution and treatment systems, study and management of the hydrologic cycle

Where do civil engineers work?

Our graduates work in engineering consulting firms, construction companies, municipal, state and federal government agencies. Our work cannot be “farmed out” abroad as the infrastructure problems must be solved where they exist. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides detailed information on employment and compensation for civil engineers.

To see some of the employers in the region, check out our Internships page.

This American Society of Civil Engineers brochure provides additional information on career paths in civil engineering. The brochure may be found here.

How will I find a job after graduation?

UConn offers a variety of career services through the Center for Career Development, including coaching, resume writing, interview preparation and job search. The School of Engineering has a dedicated career consultant for our students, who will provide information and assistance specific to the job market.

The Center for Career Development offers a variety of career fairs, including one focused on internships and co-ops and one specific to STEM disciplines. The School of Engineering organizes and hosts an Engineering Career Fair every spring.

In addition, the CEE Department offers an internship program with 20 premier employers in the region and a variety of career events hosted by the Chi Epsilon Honors society and the American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter.

Our civil engineering graduates in 2018 had a 90% placement rate in employment and graduate school combined, according to our 6-month post-graduation survey (45 out of 50 responses, 90 degrees awarded in total). We are proud of our students!

Environmental Engineering

What do environmental engineers do? 

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The environmental engineering program at UConn provides a broad-based education covering a wide range of Environmental Engineering focus areas:

  • Water quality: geogenic and anthropogenic water pollution, drinking water and wastewater treatment systems, management of nitrogen cycle
  • Water resources and management: plan, design, manage and operate surface water and groundwater systems that are sustainable and adaptable to changing climate and human activity.
  • Air quality: fate and transport of atmospheric contaminants, design of air pollution control systems
  • Environmental remediation: evaluation and treatment of soil and groundwater contamination, redevelopment of brownfields, hazardous waste management
  • Renewable Energy: planning and design of alternative energy sources, green infrastructure

Where do environmental engineers work?

Our graduates work in engineering consulting firms, Environmental Health and Safety industrial divisions, municipal, state and federal government agencies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides detailed information on employment and compensation for environmental engineers.

To see some of the employers in the region, check out our Internships page.

 How will I find a job after graduation?

UConn offers a variety of career services through the Center for Career Development, including coaching, resume writing, interview preparation and job search. The School of Engineering has a dedicated career consultant for our students, who will provide information and assistance specific to the job market.

The Center for Career Development offers a variety of career fairs, including one focused on internships and co-ops and one specific to STEM disciplines. The School of Engineering organizes and hosts an Engineering Career Fair every spring. The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists features a career center specific to the discipline.

In addition, the CEE Department offers an internship program with 20 premier employers in the region and a variety of career events hosted by the Chi Epsilon Honors society and the American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter.

Our environmental engineering graduates in 2018 had a 94% placement rate in employment and graduate school combined, according to our 6-month post-graduation survey (15 out of 16 responses, 23 graduates in total). We are proud of our students!