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Field Description



Civil engineers have a wide

range of important functions.
They design and supervise the
construction of buildings, roads, dam
s, airports, tunnels, bridges, and water supply and sewage
systems. There are many specialties within t
he field of civil engineering.
These include
construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, urban planning, water
resources, and

construction engineering. (1)


Construction engineering deals with
the construction of buildings.
The construction phase of
a project represents the firs
t tangible result of a design.
Construction engineers, using technical and
management skills, help

tur
n designs into reality.

These people need knowledge of construction
methods and equipment, along with principles of financing, planning, and management, to turn the
designs of other engineers into successful facilities.


Another specialty is environme
ntal
engineering.
The skills of environmental engineers are
becoming increasingly important as we attempt to protect the fr
agile resources of our planet.
Environmental engineers translate physical, chemical, and biological processes into systems to
destroy toxi
c substances, remove pollutants from the air, and

develop groundwater supplies.
Engineers in this field are called upon to resolve problems of providing safe drinking water,
cleaning up sites contaminated with hazardous material, cleaning up and preventing

air pollution,
treating wastewater, and managing solid wastes.


Geotechnical engineering is the discipline that deals with applications of technology to solve
proble
ms related to earth materials.
These engineers are extremely important because almost all
of
the facilities that make up our infrastructure are constructed in, on
or with these earth materials.
Examples of facilities in the earth are tunnels, de
ep foundations, and pipelines.
Highway pavements
and many buildings are supported on the e
arth.

And e
arth dams, levees, embankments, and slopes
are constructed with the earth.

In addition, many soil
-
like waste materials are deposited in
containment areas.
To design these facilities, geotechnical engineers must conduct analyses based
on the principles

of m
echanics and mathematics.
These analyses require input data to quantify the
properties of the earth materials, and this information is usually obtained form laboratory or field
tests.


Structural engineers face the challenge of analyzing and designing stru
ctures to ensure that
they

safely perform their purpose.
They must support their own weight and resist dynamic
environmental loads such as hurricanes, earth
quakes, blizzards, and floods.
Stadiums, arenas,
skyscrapers, offshore oil structures, space platfor
ms, amusement park rides, bridges, office
buildings, and homes are a few of the many types of projects in which stru
ctural engineers are
involved.
These people develop and utilize knowledge of the properties and behaviors of steel,
concrete, aluminum, timb
er, and plastic as wel
l as new and exotic materials.
To make certain that
the plans are being followed, structural engineers are often on the construction site inspecting and
verifying the work.


The function of transportation engineers is the move people,

goods, and mat
erials safely and
efficiently.
These engineers find ways to meet the increasing trav
el needs on land, air and sea.
They
design, construct, and maintain all types of facilities, including highways, r
ailroads, airfields, and
ports.

An importan
t part of transportation engineering is to upgrade our transportation capability by
improving traffic control and mass transit systems, and by introducing high
-
speed trains, people
mover, and other new transportation methods.


Urban Planning is an engineer
ing field that is concerned with the fu
ll development of a
community.
Analyzing a variety of information will help urban planners coordinate projects, such
as projecting street patterns, identifying park and recreation areas, and determining areas for
indu
strial and residential growth.
To ensure ready access to a community, coordination with other
authorities may be required to integrate freeways, airports, and other related facilities.


The final engineering specialty deals with wa
ter resources.
Water res
ources engineers deal
with issues concerning the
quality and quantity of water.
They work to prevent floods, to supply
water for cities, industry and irrigation, to treat wastewater, to protect beaches, or to manage and
redirect r
ivers.
They are involved i
n the design, construction, or maintenance of hydroelectric power
facilities, canals, dams, pipelines, pumping stations, locks, or seaport facilities. (5)



Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, form supervisor of a
const
ructio
n site to city engineer.
Others may work in design, construction, research, and teaching.


Civil engineers he
ld about 195,000 jobs in 1998.
Almost half were employed by firms
providing engineering consulting services, primarily developing designs
for new c
onstruction
projects.
Another one third of the jobs were in Federal, State
and local government agencies.
The
construction industry, public utilities, transportation, and manufacturing industries accounted for
most of the rem
aining employment.
About 12,000

civil engineers were self
-
employed, many as
consultants. (3)


Civil engineers usually work near major industrial and commercial centers
, often at
construction sites.
Some projects are situated in remote
areas or in foreign countries.
In some jobs,
civil e
ngineers move from place to place to work on different projects.


A professional engineer is a person who performs a professional service such as
consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, design or supervision of construction or operation
in conne
ction with any utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, works, or
projects wherein the safeguarding of life, health and property is concerned, when such service or
work requires the application of en
gineering principles and data.
A

professional engineer must a
lso
be licensed by the state.
To get licensed, a person has to have gotten a baccalaureate degree in some
field of engineering, be at least 21 years of age, have at least four years of experience working in the
field, and pass
an examination. (2)









70 Carriage Rd

Clifton Park, NY 12065

October 15, 2001


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 8
th

Street

Troy, NY 12180
-
3590


Dear Sir or Ma’am:


I am a junior at Shenendehowa High School
.

I am currently working on a paper about
what a Civil
Engineer does an
d what it takes to become one.
I was hoping you could send me a course catalog
detailing all the courses
, including course descriptions. Also, please include information about what
courses

one would have to take to receive a B.

S. in Civil
Engineering.




I appreciate your time.







Thank you,





Laura Harris

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Baccalaureate Program


Civil Engineering








Year 1


Fall Semester

Total


16 credit hours


Course Descriptions:



ENGR
-
1100 Introduction to Engineering Analysis

-

An integrated development o
f linear algebra
and statics emphasizing engineering applications and also incorporating computer exercises
involving matrix techniques and calculations using available software packages. Fall, spring, and
summer terms annually.
4 credit hours


MATH
-
1010 C
alculus I

-

Functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, implicit differentiation, related
rates, maxima and minima, elementary transcendental functions, introduction to definite integral
with applications to area and volumes of revolution. Fall and spring
terms annually.
4 credit hours


ENGR
-
1500 Chemistry of Materials I

-

Basic principles of chemistry with an emphasis on
structure and bonding, thermodynamics, kinetics, and ideal solids.
4 credit hours


STSH
-
1110 Introduction to Science and Technology Studi
es

-

An introduction to the social,
historical, and ethical influences on modern science and technology. Cases include development of
the atomic bomb, mechanization of the workplace, Apollo space program, and others. Readings are
drawn from history, fictio
n, and social sciences; films and documentary videos highlight questions
about the application of scientific knowledge to human affairs. The class is designed to give
students freedom to develop and express their own ideas.
4 credit hours




Course

Credit hours

ENGR
-
1100

Introduction to Engineering Analysis

4

MATH
-
1010

Calculus
I

4

ENGR
-
1500

Chemistry of Materials I

4

STSH
-
1110

Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

4



Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute

Baccalaureate Program


Civil Engineering








Year 1


Spring Semester

Total


17 credit hours


Course Descriptions:



E
NGR
-
1300 Engineering Processes

-

The use of basic machine tools

such as lathes, milling
machines, drill presses, band saws, and grinders, including micrometers, vernier calipers, and other
devices of use in a machine shop or laboratory. Welding techniques and tool making are also
considered. Fall, spring, and summer t
erms annually.
1 credit hour


PHYS
-
1100 Physics I

-

The first semester of a two
-
semester sequence of interactive courses.
Topics include linear and angular kinematics and dynamics, work and energy, momentum and
collisions, forces and fields, gravitation, e
lementary electrostatics, and motion of charged particles
in a magnetic field.
4 credit hours


MATH
-
1020 Calculus II

-

Techniques and applications of integration, polar coordinates,
parametric equations, infinite sequences and series, vector functions and
curves in space, functions
of several variables, and partial derivatives.
4 credit hours


ENGR
-
1600 Chemistry of Materials II

-

Introduction to “real” (defect
-
containing) solids, and
equilibria and kinetic processes in solids. Macroscopic properties, such
as mechanical strength and
electrical conductivity, are dominated by structure and bonding, and the course continuously
emphasizes this connection. Each of the materials classes (metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and
polymers) is discussed in detail in thi
s context.
4 credit hours.


IHSS
-
1210 Information Technology Revolution: Myth or Reality?

-

This course examines a
broad spectrum of information technologies, from alphabets, calendars, and the first world maps to
GIS and GPS; from telephones and radio to
cybernetics, the gene chip, and quantum cryptography;
from the first computer to the Internet. One goal is for students to learn how technological
innovation happens and affects the world. Another goal is to explore the history of IT, teaching
students how

to use the past to “think the future.”
4 credit hours


Course

Credit hours

ENGR
-
1
300

Engineering Processes


1

PHYS
-
1100

Physics I


4

MATH
-
1020

Calculus II

4

ENGR
-
1600

Chemistry of Materials II

4

IHSS
-
1210

Information Technology Revolution: Myth or Reality?


4

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Baccalaureate Program


Civil Engineering


Course

Credit hours

ENGR
-
2050

Introd
uction to Engineering Design

4

MATH
-
2400

Introduction to Differential Equations

4

PHYS
-
1200

Physics II


4

ENGR
-
1200

Engineering Graphics & CAD

1

PHIL
-
1110

Introduction to Philosophy


4

Ye a r 2


F a l l S e me s t e r

T o t a l


1 7 c r e d i t h o u r s


Co u r s e De s
c r i p t i o n s:


E N G R
-
2 0 5 0 I n t r o d u c t i o n t o E n g i n e e r i n g D e s i g n

-

A f i r s t c o u r s e i n e n g i n e e r i n g d e s i g n w h i c h
e mp h a s i z e s c r e a t i v i t y, t e a mw o r k, c o mmu n i c a t i o n, a n d w o r k a c r o s s e n g i n e e r i n g d i s c i p l i n e s.
S t u d e n t s a r e i n t r o d u c e d t o t h e d e s i g n p r o c e s s t h r o u g h a s e me s t e r
-
l o n g p r o j e c t w h i c h p r o v i d e s a
d e s i g n
-
b u i l d t e s t e x p e r i e n c e. O r a l a n d w r i t t e n c o mmu n i c a t i o n a r e i mp o r t a n t e l e me n t s o f t h e c o u r s e.
4 c r e d i t h o u r s
.


M A T H
-
2 4 0 0 I n t r o d u c t i o n t o D i f f e r e n t i a l E q u a t i o n s

-

F i r s t
-
o r d e r d i f f e r e n t i a l e q u a t i o n s, s e c o n d
-
o r d e r l i n e a r e q u
a t i o n s, e i g e n v a l u e s a n d e i g e n v e c t o r s o f ma t r i c e s, s y s t e ms o f f i r s t
-
o r d e r e q u a t i o n s,
s t a b i l i t y a n d q u a l i t a t i v e p r o p e r t i e s o f n o n l i n e a r a u t o n o mo u s s y s t e ms i n t h e p l a n e, F o u r i e r s e r i e s,
s e p a r a t i o n o f v a r i a b l e s f o r p a r t i a l d i f f e r e n t i a l e q u a t i o n s. P r e r e q u i s i t e s
: M A T H
-
1 0 2 0 a n d s o me
k n o w l e d g e o f ma t r i c e s. F a l l a n d s p r i n g t e r ms a n n u a l l y.
4 c r e d i t h o u r s


P H YS
-
1 2 0 0 P h y s i c s I I
-

T h e s e c o n d s e me s t e r o f t h e t w o
-
s e me s t e r s e q u e n c e o f i n t e r a c t i v e c o u r s e s.
T o p i c s i n c l u d e G a u s s ’ s L a w, c u r r e n t e l e c t r i c i t y, A mp e r e ’ s L a w a n d F a
r a d a y ’ s L a w,
e l e c t r o ma g n e t i c r a d i a t i o n, p h y s i c a l o p t i c s, a n d q u a n t u m p h y s i c s. P r e r e q u i s i t e: P H Y S
-
1 1 0 0 o r
e q u i v a l e n t o r p e r mi s s i o n o f i n s t r u c t o r.
4 c r e d i t h o u r s


E N G R
-
1 2 0 0 E n g i n e e r i n g G r a p h i c s a n d C A D

-

A n i n t r o d u c t i o n t o t h e t e c h n i q u e s f o r c r e a t i n g
s o l i d m
o d e l s o f e n g i n e e r i n g d e s i g n s. T o p i c s i n c l u d e t h r e e
-
d i me n s i o n a l mo d e l i n g o f p a r t s a n d
a s s e mb l i e s, v i s u a l i z a t i o n, o r t h o g r a p h i c a n d i s o me t r i c f r e e
-
h a n d s k e t c h i n g, a n d c o mp u t e r
-
g e n e r a t e d
d e s i g n d o c u me n t a t i o n. F a l l, s p r i n g, a n d s u mme r t e r ms a n n u a l l y.

1 c r e d i t
h o u r


P H I L
-
1 1 1 0 I n t r o d u c t i o n t o P h i l o s o p h y

-

A n i n t r o d u c t i o n t o t h e ma j o r a r e a s o f p h i l o s o p h y ( e t h i c s,
t h e o r y o f k n o w l e d g e, p h i l o s o p h y o f r e l i g i o n, e t c.) a n d t o s o me o f t h e ma i n p r o b l e ms t r e a t e d w i t h i n
t h e s e f i e l d s. S e l e c t i o n s f r o m c o n t e mp o r a r y a s w e l l a s
c l a s s i c a l a u t h o r s a r e s t u d i e d a n d d i s c u s s e d.
S t u d e n t s a r e e n c o u r a g e d t o d e v e l o p a d i s c i p l i n e d a p p r o a c h t o i n t e l l e c t u a l p r o b l e ms. E mp h a s i s v a r i e s
w i t h t h e i n s t r u c t o r. F a l l a n d s p r i n g t e r ms a n n u a l l y.
4 c r e d i t h o u r s



Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Baccalau
reate Program


Civil Engineering






Year 2


Spring Semester


Total

17 credit hours


Course Descriptions:

ENGR
-
2090 Engineering Dynamics

-

An integrated development of modeling
-

and problem
-
solving tec
hniques for particles and rigid bodies emphasizing the use of free
-
body diagrams, vector
algebra, and computer simulation. Topics covered include the kinematics and kinetics of
translational, rotational, and general plane motion, energy and momentum method
s, and single
degree of freedom vibrations.
4 credit hours

ENGR
-
2530 Strength of Materials

-

Concept of stress and strain, generalized Hooke’s law, axial
load, torsion, pure bending, transverse loading, transformation of stress and strain components in 2
-
D, design of beams and shafts for strength, deflection of beams, work and energy, columns.
4 credit
hours


ENGR
-
2250 Thermal and Fluids Engineering I

-

Application of control volume balances of
mass, momentum, energy and entropy in systems of practical imp
ortance to all engineers.
Identification of control volumes, properties of pure materials, mass and energy conservation for
closed and open systems, second law of thermodynamics, Bernoulli equation, fluid statics, forces
and heat transfer in external and i
nternal flows, conduction and radiative heat transfer.
4 credit
hours


STSH
-
4720 Metaphysics
-

A study of how to talk about what there is. This course is concerned
with the philosophical claims that have been made about existence, being, and reality, and t
he
problem of evaluating such claims, especially in the context of the claims made by science about the
same issues. Some traditional philosophical and scientific texts are discussed, but recent sources
will also be important. Prerequisite: one philosophy
or STS course or permission of instructor.
Offered on availability of instructor.
4 credit hours


CSCI
-
1190 Beginning C Programming for Engineers
-

This course will teach elementary
programming concepts using the C language for engineering students with li
ttle or no prior
programming experience. Students cannot get credit for this course and any other Computer Science
course. Fall and spring terms annually.
1 credit hour

Courses

Credit hours

ENGR
-
2090

Engineering Dynamics

4

ENGR
-
2530

Strength of Materials

4

ENGR
-
2250


Thermal & Fluids Engineering I

4

STSH
-
4720

Metaphysics


4

C S C I
-
1 1 9 0

B e g i n n i n g C P r o g r a mm i n g f o r E n g i n e e r s

1

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Baccalaureate Program


Civil Engineering






Year 3


Fall Semester

Total


15 credit hours



Course Descriptions:


CIVL
-
2030 Introduction to Transportation Engineering

-

Introduction to the planning, design,
and analysis of transportation p
roblems. Studies of costs of providing transportation, level of service
offered to travelers, and demand for transportation services. Evaluation of various service strategies
and the policy implications of each alternative. Various modes of travel and thei
r physical facilities.
4 credit hours

CIVL
-
2630 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

-

The application of the basic laws and
phenomena of science to particulate matter, specifically soils. Basic physical and mechanical
structural characteristics of soi
l. Equilibrium and movement of water. Flow through porous media.
Effective stress. Stress
-
strain
-
time relations. Basic laboratory work as related to practice.
Prerequisite: ENGR
-
2530.
4 credit hours


CIVL
-
2670 Introduction to Structural Engineering

-

Intro
duction to the elastic behavior of
structural components. Analysis of statically determinate systems. Deflection calculations by virtual
work and elastic load methods. Analysis of simple statically indeterminate structures. Influence
lines. Interaction of
structural components. Typical structural engineering loads. Prerequisite:
ENGR
-
2530 or equivalent.
4 credit hours


ENGR
-
2600 Modeling and Analysis of Uncertainty

-

Appreciation and understanding of
uncertainties and the conditions under which they occur,
within the context of the engineering
problem
-
solving pedagogy of measurements, models, validation, and analysis. Problems and
concerns in obtaining measurements; tabular and graphical organization of data to minimize
misinformation and maximize informatio
n; and development and evaluation of models. Concepts
will be supported with computer demonstration. Applications to problems in engineering are
emphasized. Prerequisite: MATH
-
1010. Fall and spring terms annually.
3 credit hours





Course

Credit hours

CIVL
-
2030

Introduction to Transportation Engineering

4

CIVL
-
2630

Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

4

CIVL
-
2670

Introduction to Structural Engineering

4

ENGR
-
2600

Modeling & Analysis of Uncertainty

3

Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute

Baccalaureate Program


Civil Engineering






Year 3


Spring Semester

Total


17 credit hours


Course Descriptions:

ENGR
-
4300 Electronic Instrumentation


A survey, application
-
oriented course for

engineering and science majors. Transducers and
measurement devices. DC and AC analog circuits including impedance, power, frequency response,
and resonance. Diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers. Signal conditional, noise, and
shielding. Digita
l electronics, A/D and D/A conversion. Power supplies, rectifiers, and
electromagnetic devices.
4 credit hours


CIVL
-
4150 Experimental Soil Mechanics


Second course in geotechnical engineering, emphasizing experimental aspects of soil behavior.
Laboratory

experiments to measure the following soil properties: consolidation, compressibility,
shear strength, permeability, various moduli, and bearing capacity. Theory, practical applications of
theory, and laboratory.
3 credit hours


ENGR
-
1010 Professional Deve
lopment I


An introduction to the issues related to working in team settings. Topics explored include:
communications in teams, public speaking and self awareness, stages of group development,
building a team, group decision making, and conflict resolutio
n. The course format will include
small and large group discussions, case studies, experiential exercises, and regular participation
from industry guests.
1 credit hour

STSH
-
4300 Environmental Philosophy


While concepts such as quality of life, environme
nt, nature, global ecology, and the like figure
heavily in contemporary discussions, they are seldom integrated into an environmental philosophy.
The course tries to achieve this integration by understanding some of the religious, mythic
-
poetic,
and scient
ific dimensions of the human
-
nature matrix. Some specific environmental problems are
examined to illustrate the system of values implied by various solutions.
4 credit hours

ECON
-
1200 Introductory Economics


Every society faces the question of choosing h
ow to use its natural and human resources to produce
goods and services and how to distribute these resources among its people. This course studies how
Course

Credit hours

ENGR
-
4300

Electronic Instrumentation.

4

CIVL
-
4150

Experimental So
il Mechanics

3

ENGR
-
1010

Professional Development I

2

STSH
-
4300

Environmental Philosophy

4

ECON
-
1200

Introductory Economics

4

these choices are made in markets. It also explains the determinants of total output, employment,
and in
flation. Attention may also be given to special topics such as the environment, trade, and
population.
4 credit hours



Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Baccalaureate Program


Civil Engineering

Year 4


Fall Semester

Total


15 credit hours


Course Descr
iptions:


ENVE
-
2110 Introduction to Environmental

Engineering

-

The application of basic principles
and equations dealing with water, air, and solid and hazardous wastes; material and energy
balances; and chemical and biochemical cycles. Topics include water resources, water quality and
pollution, air qu
ality and pollution, solid and hazardous wastes, and environmental legislation.
Corequisite: MATH
-
2400. Fall term annually.
4 credit hours

CIVL
-
4120 Civil Engineering Instrumentation and Sensors

-

Various experimental techniques
for the collection and ana
lysis of laboratory and field data. Theory and application of electrical
resistance strain gages and other data gathering equipment are introduced. Students are also
introduced to the concepts involved with the interfacing of personal computers to machines

for data
acquisition and control. Prerequisite: ENGR
-
2530 and ENGR
-
2600. Fall term annually.
4 credit
hours

CIVL
-
4070 Steel Design

-

Analysis and design of metal structures. Structural materials and loads.
Design of beams, columns, bolted and welded conn
ections. Composite construction. Prerequisite:
CIVL
-
2670. Fall term annually.
3 credit hours

ECON
-
2020 Intermediate Macroeconomics

-

Attention is directed primarily to variations in the
aggregate volume of output, income, and employment. Cyclical fluctuati
ons and long
-
term
economic trends are examined and the interrelations of business and government policies are
analyzed. The applicability of economic theory to the problems of business forecasting is discussed.
Prerequisite: ECON
-
1200 or permission of inst
ructor. Fall and spring terms annually.
4 credit hours










Course

Credit hours

ENVE
-
2110

Introduction to Environmental Engineering

4

CIVL
-
4120

Civil Engineering Instrumentation & Sensors

4

CIVL
-
4070

Steel Design

3

ECON
-
2020

Intermediate Macroeconomics


4

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Baccalaureate Program


Civil Engineering






Year 4


Spring Semester

Total


18 credit hours


Course Descriptions:


CIVL
-
4920 Civil Engineering Capstone Design

-

Ope
n
-
ended design project in which students
work in teams. Oral presentations and written reports cover alternates considered, design
assumptions, cost, safety, and feasibility. This is a writing
-
intensive course.
3 credit hours


ENGR
-
4010 Professional Devel
opment II


Students will study issues associated with working in teams in a modern work environment. Various
styles of leadership, the definitions of power and empowerment and their applications in industry
and team settings will be studied. Additionally,

other topics to be explored include vision, values
and attitudes, and organizational culture. The course format will include small and large group
discussions, case studies, experiential exercises, and regular participation from industry guests.
1
credit
hour



CIVL
-
4240 Introduction to Finite Elements


An introductory course in use of the Finite Element Method (FEM) to solve one
-

and two
-
dimensional problems in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and elasticity. The methods are developed
using weighted resid
uals. Algorithms for the construction and solution of the governing equations
are also covered. Students will be exposed to the use of commercial finite element software.
3 credit
hours


BMED
-
2200 Dynamic Systems for Biomedical Engineering


Introduction
of the modeling, analysis, and control of dynamic systems. Models of electrical,
mechanical, electromechanical, and mass
-
transport systems in state
-
variable, input
-
output, and
transfer function form. Linear approximations of non
-
linear systems. Time domain

and Laplace
transform solutions, Block diagrams, and feedback systems. Solutions using a standard software
package with graphic user interface.
4 credit hours


PSYC
-
1200 General Psychology


An introduction to psychology. Topics covered vary with instruct
or but may include physiological
bases of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, child and adult development,
motivation, personality, psychological disorders, social behavior. Introduction to basic methods of
Course

Credit hours

CIVL
-
4920

Civil Eng. Capstone Design

4

ENGR
-
4010

Professional Development II

4

CIVL
-
4240

Introduction to Finite Elements

3

BMED
-
2200

Dynamic Systems for Biomedical Engineering


3

P S Y C
-
1 2 0 0

G e n e r a l P s y c h o l o g y


4

psychological research is a course

requirement that can be met in several ways (described during the
first class meeting). There is a significant experiential component that varies with the instructor but
will include interactive computer stimulations, class demonstrations, group projects.

4 credit hours


Transferable Credits



The credits earned in the first year of the Baccalaureate civil engineering program were
almost completely transferable to a Bacca
laureate program in chemistry.
Since Chemistry of
Materials I and II are equivalent t
o Chemistry I and II, the only courses that cannot be transferred
from civil engineering are Introduction to Engineering Analy
sis and Engineering Processes.
Also,
Physics II would need to be taken in order to meet the chemistry requirements.

Interview


Harry J. Williams, P.E.

Associate Building Construction Engineer

New York State Office of General Services

Albany, New York 12065

(518) 371
-
7743

harry.williams@ogs.state.ny.us






Q:

Describe the duties and responsibilities of someone working in

civil e
ngineering.
What are

some specific jobs in this field?

A:

Specific jobs in civil engineering are varied as you kno
w if you’ve done any research.
Civil
engineers are involved in design of bridges, buildings, dams, and water treatment facilities.


Q:

Wh
at is your specialty in civil engineering?

A:

My specialty in civil engineering at this poin
t is construction supervision.
I’ve been a project
manager, and an engineer in charge for several multimillion dollar projects that the state has put up.


Q:

Wha
t are some of the projects you’ve worked on?

A:

I’ve worked on the prison at Coxsackie Correctional Facility which is now calle
d Green
Correctional Facility.
I was in charge of the construction for the state when it was going up, that
was a 20 million dol
lar project. And I was in charge of a project at the Albany Airport, to erect an
office building, an armory and some other buildings for the Division of Military and Naval Affairs,
and that was about a 20 million dollar project.


Q:

Do you have assignment
s that seem to drag on forever, or are they usually pretty quick?

A:
In construction, you have assignments where you go out, you start, you finish, and then

go on to
the next assignment.
Usually you can see a specific end when you do construction.


Q:

Ho
w much of your time is spent on the computer?

A:

Well, right now I’m working in the office as an administrator so I spend probably one
-
third of
my time using the computer


Q:

Does your job deal mainly with people, data or things?

A:

Well, my job deals w
ith people, there is a lot of interaction with people in the office. And it
deals a lot with data, too.


Q:

Are there any specific tools or equipment required for your job?

A:

Right now

my main tool is the computer.
A lot of people in design use the comp
uter for CAD
design. And there is surveying equipment that I’ve used from time to time.





Q:

What are the advantages of this occupation?

A:

Well, one of the advantages is that y
ou get to see something built.
When you’re done you get to
actually see so
mething.
When I’m working on a project it starts as a field and whe
n it was done it’s
a building.
There some real advantage to that.


Q:

Are there any disadvantages?

A:

I don’t know if there are any disadvantages. I really haven’t found
any.
I’ve really
liked my job
all of the years I’ve been doing it.


Q:

How about advancement opportunities?

A:

Well there
are advancement opportunities.
I was lucky enough to get several promotions early
on in my career. I got up to a pretty high standing in the state at

an early point and even now there
still are advancement opportunities for me.


Q:

Are employers evenly distributed or are they concentrated in certain areas of the country?

A:

Engineer
ing is all around the country.
There are several really big engineerin
g firms, but there
are many, many, smaller ones that are all around the country.


Q:

So do most people work for themselves, private industry, or the government?

A:

Most civil engineers, I believe, work for private industry.


Q:

What are the beginning, a
verage, and top pay one could expect to earn working in civil
engineering?

A:

I would think beginning pay right now with a Bachelor’s degree would be somewhere betwe
en
45 and 50 thousand dollars.
An average salary with a few years of experien
ce would be 6
0 to 70
thousand.
And there are some engineers that make 150 to 200 thousand dollars.


Q:

Does where you live make a difference in your salary?

A:

Yeah, to some extent.
There probably are more engineering opportunities in the South because
there is more
building down there.


Q:

Is there overtime pay?

A:

Usually not.
I’m on salary and I don’t get paid for overtime.


Q:

How many hours do you work per week?

A:

I currently work thirty
-
seven and a half hours a week and I often put in a few more than that to

get things done at the end of the day. Then it

s more quiet and I don’t have as many people asking
me questions.



Q:

What about vacations?

A:

I work for the state s
o I have pretty good vacations.

I have more than four weeks of v
acation a
year.
Plus I g
et personal time.


Q:
Is there further education offered where you work?

A:

Yes, there is further education for things I’ve taken over the years.


Q:

Do you have to travel?

A:

I personally don’t travel too much, but there are peo
ple who do travel.

As a m
atter of fact, in
construction engineering you tend to travel quite a bit because you have to go where the jobs are.


Q:

What are the retirement benefits?

A:

Well, the state give
s me good retirement benefits.
I get a percentage of my salary when I r
etire
for the rest of my life.
It’s a pretty good system.


Q:

In what kind of environment is the work done? Indoors? Outdoors?

A:

Right now I work indoors.
I work in the Corning Tower
.
But when I was out in the field I used
to work in construction t
railers that

were on the site.
I spend a lot of my time out on the job actually
loo
king at the work that going on.

It was maybe 60 percent in the trailer, 40 percent in the field.


Q:

Is it possible to work at home (like if you’re sick)?

A:

I probably coul
d work do
some things at home.
I never have before.


Q:

Do you work alone or with other people?

A:

I usually work with other people.


Q:

Were there any tests or licenses you had to get before you became an engineer?

A:

Yes I have

a license.
I am a licensed profe
ssional engineer in New York State
.
I have to take
tha
t test. It’s a two
-
part test.
I took the first part while I was still in school and then the second part
you can take after you have four years to five years of engineering experience.


Q:

What is your

most satisfying experience so far?

A:
Back a few years ago there was a major power outage in the Empire State Plaza
.

I don’t know if
you remember it but back in 1993, there was a major switch gear fire and I was in charge of
ov
erseeing the temporary repa
irs.

I also made sure that people weren’t hurt and that things got done.
There were dozens upon dozens of people working all the time and I was kind of the

coordinator to
keep it going.
And we got people back to wor
k in about a week.

We spent a lot of mon
ey to do it,
but it was nice to see it when it got to the point where it was done and people could get back to
work.


Q:

Is this what you thought you were going to do in high school?

A:

No, then I had no idea.


Q:

How about in college?

A:

Well, I went
to RPI, so I knew that I was going t
o do some type of engineering. I didn’t know
what.

Even when you’re in college you don’t pick one direction to go in until at least your
Sophomore year.


Q:

What degree did you get in college?

A:

I have a Bachelor of S
cience in civil engineering.


Q:

How long have you work in your profession?

A:

I’ve been a civil engineer for twenty
-
six years.


Q:

Do you know anything about the employment opportunities for people my age?

A:
I would think that engineering has got a l
ot of good employment opportunities
for people in
high school now.
If you look at the statistics, whenever RPI or any other engineering school has a
graduating class, a good percentage of the graduating seniors go on to get a Master’s De
gree or get
a good
paying job.
There are a lot of good opportunities in this field.


Q:

Do you have any advice for someone looking to go into civil engineering?

A:

Well if you are in high school and you want to go into civil engineering, my advice would be to
make sure th
at you take math and science classes and try to do well in them. That’s what you’re
going to need when you get to college.


Q:

That’s about it.
Is there anything you want to add?

A:

One thing is that engineering is a grea
t career for women these days.
We

have many women in
our offic
e who’ve been very successful.
It used to be a very male
-
dominated profession, but not
anymore.

Bibliography



1.

“The American Society of Civil Engineers” <
http://www.asce.
org>



2.

Hagerty, D. Jos
eph.
Opportunities in Civil Engineering Careers
. Skokie: VGM Career
Horizons, 1977.


3.

Occupational Outlook Handbook 2000
-
2001 Edition

VGM Career Books, 2000


4.

“RPI College Website” <
http://www.rpi.edu
>


5.

Straub, Hans.
A Hi
story of Civil Engineering; an Outline from Ancient to Modern Times
.
Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1994.


6.

Williams, Harry J.
Personal interview. 15 October 2001