High school students who wish to prepare for some phase of engineering at the college level should attempt to complete the following high school credits: one unit of physics, four units of mathematics and one unit of chemistry. Students who have studied two years of pre-engineering at another institution can normally complete the civil engineering degree in two additional years.
NDSU civil engineering graduates are very successful in finding excellent jobs. Most have selected a job before graduation and others within a few weeks of graduation. The work varies in regard to type of activity and location. Civil engineers can work in the office, in the field or a combination of the two. They can work primarily with a number of intricate designs or with people in management or sales.
Job placement of recent NDSU civil engineering graduates indicates a variety of work experience. About 40 percent of the graduates have gone to work for consulting engineering firms and another 40 percent with city, state and federal government. The remainder are employed by industry, contractors and the military or have gone to graduate school at NDSU or other universities. Most graduates are involved in more than one type of civil engineering activity. Some students accept jobs in which they are not involved in a specific civil engineering activity, but use their engineering background in other activities. Job placement of our graduates in the last few years has been 75 to 100 percent. The starting annual salaries accepted by recent civil engineering graduates were between $46,000 and $68,000 (salary median is $52,000).