Civil engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines, encompassing many interdependent technical specialties. Civil engineers plan, design and supervise the construction of a wide variety of facilities, such as space stations and launching facilities, offshore structures, bridges, buildings, tunnels, highways, transit systems, dams, airports, irrigation projects, distribution facilities for water, and collection and treatment facilities for wastewater and hazardous wastes.
Students use technology’s newest applications. Civil engineers are leading users of state-of-the-art computer methods in design, construction, project scheduling and cost control. Civil engineers are problem solvers, meeting the challenges of pollution, a deteriorating infrastructure, traffic congestion, energy needs, floods, earthquakes, sustainable development and community planning. As they develop skills, they can move into engineering management, oversee the completion of entire projects, and work closely with architects, owners, contractors, government officials and others involved in all aspects of construction.
Like the civil engineering profession, the Air Force civil engineering career field is also broad, including architects, electrical engineers, and mechanical engineers, as well as civil engineers. Typically, an Air Force civil engineering officer can expect to work at both base and command level jobs. The civil engineer at base level is responsible for the sustainable construction and maintenance of all facilities; mechanical, electrical and waste disposal systems; hazardous waste management, runways and roads. Accordingly, Air Force civil engineering requires many specialties. Tasks may include technical design, project planning and programming, and possibly managing the maintenance work force of civilian and military personnel. At the command level, expertise is required to plan, manage and direct the civil engineering efforts on a command-wide basis.
For students who like science and mathematics and are curious about how things work, then perhaps civil engineering is the right major. The Civil Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. Upon graduation students earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a BSCE. A graduate with a Civil Engineering degree is eligible for a civil engineer, general engineer, bioenvironmental engineer, developmental engineer or flying Air Force Specialty Code.
To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to attain Program Educational Objectives two to five years after graduation. These are:
- Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
- Rapidly acquire required knowledge,
- Lead others effectively,
- Effectively apply ethical and moral standards,
- Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills,
- Make sound decisions based on critical thinking,
- Communicate effectively,
- Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility,
- A demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems,
- Success in continuing education.
- Success in contingency operations.
The foundation that prepares graduates for attaining the Program Educational Objectives is provided by Student Outcomes. Student Outcomes describe what students must attain prior to graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. These Student Outcomes are:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
- An ability to lead and function on multidisciplinary teams.
- An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- An ability to communicate effectively both written and orally.
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental and societal context.
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- A knowledge of contemporary issues.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Incorporated within these outcomes, civil engineering majors must demonstrate a knowledge of fundamental concepts of civil engineering commonly applied to solve the types of complex, multidisciplinary problems they will face as Air Force civil engineers. In addition, graduates must also demonstrate design competence that includes integration of construction processes.
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