What Do Civil Engineers Do?

Civil engineering is vital to the growth of the country and the well-being of its citizens.  Civil engineers are problem solvers and are called upon to develop solutions for society’s toughest challenges.  The diverse and well-rounded education offered in the Civil Engineering program at Lawrence Tech provides students with the ability to contribute their creativity and expertise to deal with these challenges. 

After you earn your civil engineering degree, the possibilities are endless! Maybe you will:

  • Design and construct the next generation of high performance, sustainable buildings.
  •  Design and construct a bridge spanning an international waterway, allowing travelers and goods to traverse safely and efficiently.
  • Design and construct a treatment plant that provides water to regions where safe drinking water is scarce.
  • Design and construct the foundations for 200-ft. tall wind turbines so the nation can generate clean energy and wean itself off costly imported oil.
  • Design and construct airport facilities to accommodate the next generation jumbo jet that is almost as long as a football field and can carry over 500 passengers. 
  • Design and construct the infrastructure of a major national park to maximize its utility to patrons while minimizing the negative effects on the environment. 
  • Design and construct the structural framework for next generation developments so that people are safe from the effects of earthquakes. law school to become an advocate for environmental justice or a construction law arbitrator
  • Get an advanced engineering degree to become the next great mind in solving tomorrow’s problems through research and innovation.

 Those are just a few of the opportunities for a rewarding career in civil engineering.  Maybe we shouldn’t ask “What do Civil Engineers do?”  Maybe the real question is: “What can’t Civil Engineers do?” 


Master of Construction Engineering Management


The Department Civil Engineering at Lawrence Tech offers a Master of Construction Engineering Management (MCEM). The program provides specialized education addressing the needs of students interested in the concepts of construction engineering and the principles of management. The synthesis of these two fields represents a highly marketable combination of skills which are valuable in today’s environment of integrated project delivery.

The MCEM degree is comprised of 15 core credits (five courses) and 15 elective credits (five courses). Elective courses also include two courses from Lawrence Tech’s MBA program in collaboration with the College of Management.


Admission to the MCEM program as a regular graduate student requires:

1)      An earned B.S. degree in civil engineering (or technical field) from an

         ABET-accredited undergraduate program;

2)      Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00;

3)      Demonstration of high potential for success based on the following


 a.Application for Graduate Admission;
 b.Three letters of recommendation (employers and professors are preferred);
 c.Official transcripts of all college work;
 d.Professional resume; and
 e.Statement of purpose (a one-page essay discussing what you plan to do with your degree).


The Director of the Civil Engineering Graduate Programs (Program Director) may allow provisional admission to applicants who do not meet all conditions for regular admission.  A provisional student is typically granted regular status after receiving a minimum grade of “B” in three consecutive graduate level courses.  The Program Director may require non-engineering graduates admitted to the program to pass additional courses.


Core Courses (15 credits) 

ECE5113 Sustainable Construction Practices

ECE5213 Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery

ECE5223 Techniques of Project Planning and Control

ECE5243 Fundamentals of Construction Accounting and Finance

ECE5273 Construction Law


Elective Courses (15 credits)

ECE5103 Applied Geographic Information Systems

ECE6113 Concrete Engineering

ECE5233 Advanced Construction Techniques and Methods

ECE5263 Construction Safety Management

ECE5283 Conceptual Estimating

ECE5293 Special Topics in Construction Engineering

ECE5353 Environmental Management

ECE5913 Graduate Directed Study

ECE6053 Graduate Project

ECE6213 Issues in Integrated Engineering Management

MGT6013 Global Leadership

MGT6043 Ethics and Business in Society

In addition to the above a maximum of two electives may be chosen from other graduate programs in Civil Engineering or related fields within the College of Engineering, with prior approval from the Program Director.


Students may transfer a maximum of six semester hours for graduate engineering courses taken at other accredited engineering colleges, provided they are deemed relevant. Students must have taken the courses within the past five years and achieved a grade of “B” (3.00) or better. To transfer courses, the student must submit a petition in writing prior to completion of the first semester of graduate work towards MCEM degree. The student must submit transcripts and evidence consisting of syllabi and examinations. The Program Director may require the applicant to demonstrate proficiency in the subject through interviews with faculty members who have expertise in the subject.

Students may apply up to six credits of 4000-level civil engineering courses (senior-level electives) with the approval of the Program Director. In Addition, students may apply up to twelve credits of the MCEM degree towards the MBA program at Lawrence Tech.