Civil Engineering

Millau Viaduct, France

Civil engineering is a “people-serving” profession in that it involves working with public facilities and infrastructure. From highways, bridges and buildings, to water purification and environmental impact studies, civil engineers plan, design and construct solutions that address the basic needs of everyday human existence. Areas of specialization include transportation, construction and civil planning, structural, environmental, geotechnical and water resources.

Civil Engineering and Our Mission

By virtue of its definition, civil engineering fulfills George Fox’s mission to serve with passion. It also satisfies our engineering program mission, which is to prepare engineers to be technically competent, broadly educated, and understand responsible service from a Christian worldview.

The “people-serving” nature inherent to civil engineering enables George Fox engineering to better celebrate the third educational objective of our program's mission: to understand responsible service from a Christian worldview. The civil engineering concentration opens the door of opportunity to pursue engineering service projects that address the fundamental needs of people in developing countries – clean water, sanitation, energy and infrastructure.

High Demand

The societal demand for civil engineers continues to grow in step with increases in the world’s population and standard of living. The demand for additional clean water supplies, improved transportation, infrastructure, new construction – and the heightened global awareness for sustainable energy supplies and environmental stewardship – all point to the increasing need for civil engineers.

Not surprisingly, societal demands have translated into employment demands, and civil engineering is projected to experience a 20-percent employment growth during the decade of 2012-2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is faster than the average for all occupations.

Civil Engineering Concentration

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External Links

ASCE - The American Society of Civil Engineers

PEO - Professional Engineers of Oregon

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