Why study civil engineering at W.V.U. Tech?
Designed to meet the demands of the industry, W.V.U. Tech offers a practice-oriented program with small classes. The program has an emphasis on students’ preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam), a necessary step towards professional registration. Students that enjoy building, constructing, and designing, and are interested in addressing environmental issues tend to enjoy this program.
What do students say they enjoy most about the program?
Many of our students participate in the W.V.U. Tech Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) allows students to develop personal relationships with students and professionals that last beyond graduation. During the annual spring Virginias’ Conference, the ASCE Student Chapter competes with students from other engineering schools in several activities that include a concrete canoe race, steel bridge-building contest, surveying competition, problem-solving contest, environmental design contest, and the Hardy Cross presentation
Design is incorporated across the W.V.U. Tech civil engineering curriculum and the design experience begin early with some exposure in surveying and mechanics of materials courses. Design exposure continues in the junior and senior years with 11 courses having design components for a total of 20 hours of design. The design component is completed with a capstone design course in which student teams are responsible for the completion of a comprehensive civil engineering project with oral and written presentations of the project.
Meaningful design experience is also included in several of the required elective civil engineering courses. Required courses and required elective courses which include significant design content are Hydraulic Engineering, Introduction to Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Construction Materials, Introductory Soil Mechanics, the required structural design elective (Structural Steel Design or Reinforced Concrete Design), the required geotechnical elective (Foundation Engineering, Groundwater, and Seepage or Earthwork Design), the required environmental elective (Advanced Sanitary, Advanced Hydraulics, Engineering Hydrology or Solid Waste Management), the required transportation elective (Highway Engineering or Traffic Engineering) and Integrated Civil Engineering Design. The two additional electives (one CE course and one technical elective course) also must contain at the minimum a total of two hours of design content.
Integrated Civil Engineering Design requires students to completely design a civil engineering project encompassing several of the civil engineering disciplines and principles of project and/or construction management, cost analysis, estimating and scheduling. Discussion and consideration of constraints such as economic factors, safety, reliability, aesthetics, ethics and social impact are incorporated as a normal part of most design courses. Aesthetics and social impact are stressed in the Introduction to Environmental Engineering course. Ethics, safety, social impact and professional issues are covered in the Senior Engineering Seminar course.
W.V.U. Tech civil engineering program graduates will:
Obtain employment in the civil engineering field and will hold positions having significant professional responsibility.
Obtain professional registration.
Be prepared academically so that those who choose to pursue advanced studies will be successful.
Be equipped to learn new skills as they progress in their careers and, as a result, will possess the capabilities to move to positions having increased leadership, mentoring, and management responsibilities.