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Lyles College of Engineering

Careers in Engineering and Construction Management

Civil Engineering

Employment opportunities for civil engineers in industry, state, and federal government agencies remain at a high level as a result of increasing urban growth and land development, and the recent emphasis on the maintenance and repair of the nationwide highway system. Civil engineers are also in demand to meet the growing challenge of mitigating environmental hazards.

Civil engineers frequently occupy positions in specialty areas such as environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water-resources engineering. Position titles for civil engineers, such as senior engineer or project engineer in specialty areas, typically reflect their rank within their organization.

Most civil and geomatics engineering graduates have earned professional licenses as civil engineers or land surveyors within a few years of receiving their degrees.

Construction Management

With a degree in Construction Management you can:

  • Become a Licensed California Contractor
  • Become a Licensed California Architect
  • Become a Certified Professional Constructor
  • Continue your education in a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with a construction emphasis or Master's in Architecture

Or, you can choose to work in the many areas of the construction industry such as:

Project Manager, Project Engineer, Estimator, Scheduler, Architectural Engineer, Real Estate Developer, Field Engineer, Architectural Representative, Design Coordinator, Engineer Representative, Safety Engineer, Building Inspector, Construction Manager, and Construction Consultant, just to name a few.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

According to a report by the American Electronics Association, a shortage of electrical and computer engineers is projected for the next several years; it is anticipated that computer engineering positions will increase more than any other major profession. New developments are evolving in optical communications, microelectronics, intelligent controls, computers, radar, microwave communications, and innovative alternative energy sources at an explosive pace which should assure a solid growth pattern for electrical and computer engineers into the foreseeable future.

Geomatics Engineering

The need for specialists in geomatics engineering continue to grow with rapid advancements in analytical photogrammetry, geographic information systems, and inertial and satellite positioning technologies. Most graduates of this program have been employed by federal and state government agencies, the petroleum industry, and private consulting firms.

Mechanical Engineering

The creation, design, and improvement of products, processes, and systems that are mechanical in nature are the core of many industries. Solutions to such major problems as environmental pollution, lack of mass transportation, and need for new sources of energy will depend heavily on the ability to create new types of machines and mechanical systems. And full use of developments in emerging fields, such as nanotechnology and bioengineering, require mechanical systems. These needs have created a substantial demand for mechanical engineers in a broad range of fields. Excellent career opportunities for mechanical engineers exist in aerospace, biomedical, computer, electronics, energy, environmental, manufacturing and fabrication, machine and tool design, transportation, and a host of other industries.