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How do I get a Civil Engineering Degree?

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A civil engineer specializes in building cities, bridges, water distribution structures, infrastructure, and roads. To get a civil engineering degree, you will need to complete four requirements: find a school, meet admission requirements, pay tuition fees, and complete the coursework. All of these items are required to obtain a civil engineering degree.

Civil engineers typically work in teams with other professionals. They are responsible for taking designs, plans, and schematics and converting them into actual structures. This type of engineering job often requires travel for extended periods of time. Many key projects are located in other cities or countries.

A civil engineering degree can be obtained from both online or traditional universities. It is important to explore the different programs available in the engineering faculty to find the right discipline for you. Avoid schools that offer only one or two different types of engineering. The greater the breadth of courses available to you, the more enriched your education will be.

The admission requirements for a civil engineering degree vary, but typically require high school credits in calculus, algebra, physics, English, and technology.These programs are very competitive, requiring high marks to gain admission to the best programs. People who enjoy building structures and design are most likely to enjoy civil engineering.

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Engineering is a professional program, and so the fees are sometimes significantly higher than a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree. It pays to explore scholarships and grants available to students based on marks or other requirements. Student jobs available on campus often pay significantly more than market rates. These jobs are considered part of the overall student aid package.

The first year of an engineering program is usually the same for all students, regardless of discipline. The courses are typically English, calculus, physics, structure, design, math, and technology. In the second year, more specialization in course offering becomes available, and the students begin to separate.

In the third and fourth years, the courses are focused on details of each field. Engineering programs have very heavy course loads, with a significant time commitment required. Many schools counsel students not to accept part time jobs or have outside commitments, as they will not have the time to follow through.

Upon successful completion, students apply for a professional engineering designation or P. Eng. The Professional Engineer Association of America manages this designation. They are responsible for evaluating courses, offering specific programs and running the examination and certification process.

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ShowStopper- According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary for an individual with a civil engineering degree is just under $50,000. People graduating with other engineering degrees, like electrical or mechanical, usually make slightly more starting out.

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What is the average starting salary for someone who recently graduated with a degree in civil engineering?

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