Civil Engineering

Civil engineering students at UE apply technical knowledge and skills in the real world, like the Fairfield Reservoir and Dam Project in nearby Fairfield, Illinois.

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Civil Engineering Award

2015 Alumnus Places First in National Competition

2015 UE Civil Engineering Graduate Places First in National ASCE Student Competition. Learn more...

Concrete Canoe

Concrete Canoe Team

The 2015 Aces Concrete Canoe Team advances to the national competition.

NCEES Engineering Award

UE Receives 2014 NCEES Engineering Award

UE civil engineering program received a 2014 NCEES Engineering Award for its work on the Fairfield Reservoir and Dam project in Fairfield, Illinois.

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The Civil Engineering Program

Learn more about the program consistently ranked among the nation's top small-school civil engineering programs.


Our Faculty

The civil engineering faculty and staff work with students to prepare them for success after graduation. Learn more...

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that is dedicated to improving the quality of life through sustainable design and construction. Community, societal, and environmental needs are met through the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of public works and private facilities.

Civil engineers apply their technical knowledge and skills to diverse projects including:

  • bridges
  • highways
  • dams
  • buildings
  • airports
  • foundations
  • water management systems
  • environmental facilities

Civil engineering majors will have career opportunities in industry, government, and the private sector. Practice areas include design, construction, project management, consulting, research, and teaching. For the past three years, UE civil engineering graduates have an average 75 percent pass rate on the Professional Engineer's (PE) Exam, compared to the national pass rate of 64 percent. In 2010 and 2011, graduates boasted a 100 percent pass rate.