Big Day, Big Opportunities!
Every year the Florida Tech Student Design Showcase is sponsored by Northrop Grumman where students get to show off their student design projects to all the experts in the industries.
Cool Stuff: Concrete Canoe
Who would've guessed? Concrete floats! Civil engineering students prove that and more when they join in designing, building and testing a concrete canoe each year.
Check it all out and MORE at our "Cool Stuff" website.
Internship & Research Opportunities
A large majority of our civil engineering students complete an internship during their time at Florida Tech. Our students have completed civil engineering internships with scores of consulting companies and government agencies, including:
- BRPH Architects & Engineers
- City of Palm Bay
- City of Sebastian
- Edward J. Haeck Landscape Architects
- Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport
Civil engineering internships for juniors and seniors may involve engineering calculation, cost estimation, knowledge of applicable codes, landscape planning, subdivision design, drainage planning, highway design, bidding processes, construction site evaluations and learning the negotiation process.
Simulate Real World Situations
In addition to civil engineering internships, Florida Tech students culminate their senior year of civil engineering with a capstone design project. These team-based projects are completed over the course of two semesters, and students take their designs from basic blueprints to presentable projects at the Northrop Grumman Senior Design Showcase held on campus each spring. Capstone projects are designed to simulate a real-world civil engineering situation and include multiple presentations and investigations of project feasibility and environmental impacts.
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredits Florida Tech's civil engineering program. The Civil Engineering Advisory Committee (CEAC) is involved in reviewing the department's strategic plan and takes part in the outcome assessment process of the academic program ensuring the learning outcomes are achieved. The CEAC also helps connect students with the civil engineering industry by providing guest lecturers, field trip opportunities and civil engineering internships.
In addition to the technical education students receive from the university, the Construction Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) provides students with a solid understanding of the many difficult management issues engineering professionals face in the construction industry.
Finish in Five with a FastTrack Master's Degree Program
In addition to research opportunities and civil engineering internships, students can take advantage of the FastTrack Master's Program. This program allows students to take graduate course work as undergraduates, so students can complete a master's degree in as little as one additional year of study. Earned scholarships carry over to the fifth year.
Join Clubs and Organizations to Enhance Your Civil Engineering Degree
Florida Tech's chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is among the most active organizations on campus. ASCE takes part in several nationwide competitions to test their engineering skills, including concrete canoe and steel bridge. Our concrete canoe team has reached the national level several times and receives sponsorships from a variety of local businesses.
Chi Epsilon is an honor society dedicated to honoring engineering students who have exemplified the principles of scholarship, character, practicality and sociability in the civil engineering profession.
These organizations allow for networking opportunities for future civil engineering internships and careers.