Cooperative Education Opportunities in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineers are concerned with the construction of buildings, airports, dams, roads, drainage, environmental and transportation systems, waterways, ports, water supply and treatment plants. The civil engineer's vital role is to plan, design, and implement the construction of these facilities. Read below to discover the opportunities that exist for you in:

  • Structural Design Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Civil Consulting Firms

Structural Design Firms

Skills civil engineering co-op students gain on work assignments include:

  • Engineering concepts: construction plans, cross sections and profile plans maintenance and traffic plans
  • AutoCAD techniques

Major Accomplishments:

  • Created and edited AutoCAD drawings for the Long Island Expressway, Westpoint Military Academy and the Bronx Botanical Garden
  • Designed and placed walls for dense urban environment highway project
  • Estimated costs for a $175 million highway project
  • Designed temporary docking and bridging facilities
  • Developed drainage plans and typical cross sections for NJ Route 287.

Government Agencies

Skills civil engineering co-op students gain on work assignments include:

  • Surveying equipment and techniques
  • Reading and preparing hydrology and topography maps
  • AutoCAD techniques

Major Accomplishments:

  • Assist in engineering studies for infrastructure rehabilitation projects including the George Washington Bridge and the Holland Tunnel
  • Developed a 20,000 line database composed of rainfall, river levels and river flows for the Passaic River Flood Protection Project
  • Studied elevations on topographical maps to determine floodplains
  • Conducted intersection inspections and traffic counts
  • Made sketches to assist crews with pavement markings and sign installations
  • Performed numerous surveys for roads and recreational facilities for new construction

Civil Consulting Firm

Skills civil engineering co-op students gain on work assignments include:

  • Cost Estimations and client presentations
  • An understanding as to how a consulting firm operates
  • AutoCAD techniques

Major Accomplishments:

  • In-depth bridge inspections and preparation of final reports
  • Cost estimate and calculation of concrete and steel quantities for a viaduct in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Performed quantity takeoffs for all phases of cost estimating of piping systems, earthwork, structures and site work for submission of construction bids
  • Attendance of public hearings and compiling data for submission to public agencies
  • Computer tracking of projects
  • Performed traffic safety and accident analysis of high accident locations including preparation of collision diagrams