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Civil Engineering

Department F.A.Q.s

What do civil engineers do?

Civil engineers plan, design, and supervise construction of many essential facilities and structures such as bridges, dams, interstate highways, and buildings. Service to the community- its development and improvement - are fundamental aspects of a civil engineering career.

Civil engineers are problem solvers…applying the latest in high-tech equipment and sophisticated procedures to address challenges concerning our environment and infrastructure.

Your Work Will Be Seen EVERYWHERE!

The results of your work as a civil engineer will be seen everywhere. Projects in which you will become involved must be economical, provide an adequate factor of safety for the particular use, and provide a reasonable life expectancy. To do this adequately and within a reasonable time frame, you will find that, with the exception of your engineering training, the computer is one of the most important and valuable tools you will use to produce a proper design or to complete a specific project. You may expect that your courses taken in civil engineering will require the use of computer hardware and software related to the different areas of study.

What will I study as a civil engineering major?

  • Included in the study of civil engineering are courses in environmental engineering that are directly related to the solution of hazardous waste and pollution problems, to providing potable and economical water supply systems, and to maintaining a safe environment.
  • Water resources engineering is related to hydraulic and hydrologic engineering, flood control, rainfall, and runoff prediction and the transport in flows.
  • Studies in geotechnical engineering address the bearing capacities of soils, settlement of foundations, and the design of both deep and shallow foundations.
  • Courses in structural analysis and design are directed toward providing reliable and economical structures such as bridges, buildings, port facilities, and intricate lock and dam facilities. The principles involved in this sequence of courses are also applicable to the design of automobiles, aircraft, spacecraft, and future space structures.
  • Transportation engineering involves the movement of people and cargo from place to place, the design of airports and highways, and traffic studies to maintain efficient flows.

Civil engineering is a broad field, and because of this breadth, courses are required in several areas. Although you, as a civil engineer, may specialize within a given area, by the very nature of the profession you will be required to interact with specialists in the other areas. You also may work with engineers in other disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, or geological engineering in the planning, design, and construction of complex facilities.

Communication skills are a MUST!

Civil engineers also must be effective in communicating with the public. You may be expected to work with property owners, concerned citizens, city officials, attorneys, and even medical doctors for concerns related to public health measures.

Why come to Merrimack to study civil engineering?

State of the art curriculum and laboratories - recognized by the profession of engineering as worthy of accreditation (ABET)

  1. A program characterized by its vitality
  2. Outstanding faculty and staff
  3. Focus on education through mentoring
  4. A strong liberal arts influence

If you’re looking for a college that offers a top-notch education, classes where you aren’t lost in the crowd, one-on-one interactions with faculty, and a degree that will draw the interest of the nation’s top companies, you’ll find it at Merrimack.

If you’re looking for a rural setting with all of the amenities of living in a booming metropolitan area, then Merrimack is the place to be.

Are you interested in a campus community that treats you as a welcome addition rather than a statistic on the enrollment sheets? That has teachers who emphasize the big questions and lead students to discover the answers for themselves – and who actually teach all classes and laboratories themselves? That reflects the Augustinian heritage of care for the individual soul?

Merrimack’s classes and labs are kept small, so teachers really get to know their students. It’s the personal attention that really enhances our academic programs. You’ll find that while other colleges and universities can teach you how to make a living, the people at Merrimack College can help you learn how to make a life.

One more thing - Merrimack’s Civil Engineering Program is ABET accredited!
Consider Merrimack College. You’ll be glad you did.