Design and oversee the production and construction of buildings, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. From roads to sewage systems, dams, harbors, and bridges to name a few, Civil Engineers oversee the construction and maintenance of the basic infrastructure we all rely on daily.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications.
  • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors.
  • Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel.
  • Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations.
  • Manage and direct the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at the project site.
  • Lead or participate in surveying to guide construction.

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor’s Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Get started with classes at Northwestern Michigan College. 

Take engineering classes before you transfer.

Complete your general education requirements at Northwestern Michigan College before you transfer to a 4-year school.

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Look for engineering classes or programs in your school. Organizations such as FIRST offer a wide range of options to begin your engineering journey.

Join a society. Find a mentor. 

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Check out Northwest Education Services’ Construction Trades, Engineering Academy, or a similar program elsewhere to start your education on the right foot!

Pathway 2

Attend a 2-year program such as NMC’s Engineering program.

Pathway 3

Transfer to a 4-year school to complete your bachelor’s degree! The following have a transfer agreement with NMC:

Consider post-graduate education to advance your career.

Civil Engineering MSE
— University of Michigan 


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • City Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • County Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer

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Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Civil Engineer

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Real World Career Pathways

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