Do you take joy in designing and executing plans? Would you like to see your ideas built right in front of your eyes? Then becoming an Engineer may be for you. Engineers design, construct, supervise, operate and maintain large construction projects and systems including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. They spend time both in the office and on the project site, therefore craft experience is an absolute plus!
AVERAGE STARTING ANNUAL SALARY: $53,000 – $58,000 + Benefits
AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY WITH EXPERIENCE: $58,000 – $85,000 + Benefits
EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: 4-year University Degree
If you are intrigued by landmark structures or dream of a career that revolves around meeting the challenging infrastructure needs of modern society while protecting human life and the environment, then civil engineering is a profession to consider. Civil engineers are custodians of the built environment. The field of civil engineering includes the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the built environment such as airports, bridges, buildings, dams, earth retaining structures, highways, irrigation and drainage systems, river and harbor improvements, water supply and distribution systems, waste water collection and treatment, and other infrastructure facilities. Click here for more information!
At South Dakota Mines, undergraduate students interested in a career in civil and/or environmental engineering follow a curriculum that culminates in an ABET-accredited BS degree in civil engineering. Students interested in general civil engineering take courses in a variety of areas, including environmental, geotechnical, water resources, structural, construction, and sustainable engineering. Students may select an emphasis area, or take courses in several areas. Click here for more information!