What is civil engineering?

You’ve been touched by the work of a civil engineer every time you:

  • Turn on your shower
  • Open a faucet to drink clean water
  • Flick on your lights
  • Drive on roads and bridges
  • Take mass transit 

The career path of civil engineers is a journey that travels far beyond the confines of a monotonous desk job and laborious equations.  In a field that is always changing, civil engineers constantly get to explore new areas of interest, work on a variety of projects, gain new knowledge, and do new things all the while making the world a better place for the rest of us to live. 

2015 Award-Winning Landmarks

These engineering feats showcase the creativity and innovative spirit of civil engineers and the achievement of what was considered an impossible dream.

Historic Triumphs

From all around the world, these timeless treasures showcase the creativity and innovative spirit of civil engineers and the achievement of what was considered an impossible dream.

Panama Canal Originally undertaken by the French and then redesigned and constructed by American engineers, the Panama Canal is one of the greatest sea-to-sea lock canals of all time.
Brooklyn Bridge When built, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world and the first to use steel cables and trusses.
Philadelphia City Hall Philadelphia City Hall was the world's tallest occupied structure and the nation's largest municipal government building when completed. Its load-bearing masonry construction is unique for a building of this size.

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Civil Engineers Who Made Their Mark

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Civil Engineering Encompasses Broad Interests

The profession of civil engineering is one that appeals to people with diverse interests and spans a variety of technical areas. Click here to learn more.