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Civil Engineering

What would it feel like to have the expertise to build a school that could withstand an earthquake, a road system that puts an end to chronic traffic jams, or a sports stadium that offers everyone a great view? As a civil engineer, your job would be to oversee the construction of the buildings and infrastructure that make up our world: highways, skyscrapers, railways, bridges, and water reservoirs, as well as some of the most spectacular and high-profile of all engineering feats—think of the iconic Freedom Tower in New York, or the fire-breathing Dragon bridge in Vietnam. Civil engineers are fond of saying that it’s architects who put designs on paper, but engineers who actually get things built.

Meet Avery Bang, a Civil Engineer and former CEO of Bridges to Prosperity where she led a global team to build bridges to better lives!

Overview1

$113,000

Median salary2

309,800

Number of jobs in 2020

9%

Job growth over next 10 years

Jobs and education

4-year degree:

  • Ensure safe drinking water by managing a community’s water supply
  • Develop an art museum that provides state-of-the-art protection for paintings
  • Cut down on airport delays by designing a better runway system
  • Design the structure of one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers
  • Build cheap, sturdy shelters for victims of hurricanes and flooding

 

2-year degree:

  • Land surveyors measure land in order to define property boundaries so that it can be sold, built on, or used for other purposes.
  • Stake out where a concrete or earthen structure will be placed near a waterway to control flooding.
  • Plan the construction of new buildings and the destruction of old ones.

Real world engineering projects

Floating Fire Station

San Francisco’s new floating fire station is designed to withstand earthquakes, storms and sea level rise while remaining fully operational. It is home to the city’s fire boats and houses a command center; repair, maintenance, and fabrication facilities for the fireboats; and residential areas for firefighters on duty.

Big Bertha

The cutter wheel of “Big Bertha,” one of the world’s largest tunnel boring machines, is lowered into place. Used for underground highway, transit, and water supply and discharge tunnels, these machines drill and place the tunnel entirely below the surface, allowing city life above to continue undisturbed.

Activities

Human Suspension Bridge

Create a bridge with your body.

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Building Begins with a Beam

Can you engineer a foam beam that will support weight?

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