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Civil engineers are responsible for designing, constructing and operating much of the physical world. Civil engineers design wastewater treatment plants, skyscrapers, tunnels, bridges, highways, solar panels for space applications, and more.

Fenn College’s curriculum in Civil Engineering prepares students for successful careers in the following occupations: environmental engineer, transportation engineer, steel designer, bridge engineer, ground-water hydrologist and many others.

In addition to mathematics and science courses, civil engineering students take courses such as strength of materials, steel and concrete structures, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, environmental engineering, soil mechanics and foundations, and transportation and construction engineering, among others. Students learn useful laboratory techniques in the recently upgraded Soils Laboratory, the Strength of Materials Laboratory (that includes a variety of both manual and fully automated testing machines), and the Environmental Laboratory.


Career opportunities for civil engineers are increasing rapidly because of the aging infrastructure (roads, bridges, and other structures) around the world, and the need for its repair and renewal. Further opportunities exist in creating a clean environment.

Projected growth in all engineering fields through 2012 is 3- 9 percent, and up to 36 percent in Environmental Engineering. Engineering ranks among the highest paid professional fields.


Here are just a few of the many special opportunities that Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering offers:

  • The Cooperative Education Program – Provides excellent opportunities for hands-on, paid work experience. Co-op enables our students to alternate between classes and work in the field at many prominent companies.
  • Fully accredited programs
  • Free tutoring
  • Classes emphasize teamwork and communication skills
  • Small classes and labs (average class size is 17)
  • State-of-the-art facilities – Large investments have been made in new labs and the renovation of classrooms and office space in Stilwell Hall, home of the Fenn College of Engineering.
  • Research Centers - Undergraduate students have the opportunity to do research with our nationally recognized faculty
  • Student Support and Activities - Fenn College offers personalized advising and the Engineering Student Enrichment Program, along with 14 student organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. Networking events are held with alumni, and two annual career fairs are offered.

A variety of scholarships are available for exceptional students as incoming freshmen and at different class levels. An Honor’s Program is also available for qualified students.

Bachelor of Civil Engineering students are required to complete 136 hours (excluding orientation and co-op) of course work that includes university, college and major requirements. Adhering to the recommended sequence outlined below provides a balanced workload and ensures that students will have the proper prerequisites and knowledge for maximum benefit of these courses.

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  • Drafters
  • Architects
  • Engineering Managers
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Environmental Managers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Material Engineers
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  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Safety Engineers
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