Civil engineers are creative problem solvers and are dedicated to protecting and enhancing our quality of life and sustaining our natural resources and energy. Civil engineering means accepting difficult science and engineering assignments and embracing the responsibility to make things better and working with people worldwide. As a civil engineer, you'll devise and design the building of roads, bridges, airports, tunnels, dams, water and sewage systems, and/or many other structures. Civil engineering features such specialties as structural, water resources, environmental, transportation and geo-technical engineering. At UNL, you'll have numerous opportunities to develop leadership and hands-on skills through regional and national team competitions, research with faculty, and national student organizations. Our civil engineering faculty are also heavily involved in nationally known transportation programs that have helped make NASCAR safer for racing.
Career opportunities with this major include positions with consulting design firms (environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resources engineering), general and specialty construction companies, industries that explore for natural resources that produce energy, municipal, county, state and federal government agencies, and many more.
Recent employers include Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Federal Highway Administration, HDR Engineering, Nebraska Department of Roads, Olsson Associates, Peter Kiewit & Sons, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and Union Pacific Railroad.
UNL is home to the Nebraska Transportation Center and the Mid-America Transportation Center, providing students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and researchers on transportation and environmental issues across the nation.
Notable clubs that students can get involved include the American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Water Environment Federation, and the American Water Work Association.
Dr. Dean Sicking, whose research created the SAFER barrier with sponsorship from the Indy Racing League, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR. The innovation was selected as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace in 2003.
Nebraska Engineering provides excellent laboratories to support civil engineering teaching and research. State-of-the-art laboratories enhance instruction in surveying and geometric controls; computer-aided civil engineering analysis and design, and environmental, geotechnical, structural, hydraulic, water resources and transportation engineering.