Civil and Construction Engineering

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Civil and Construction Engineering

The Civil and Construction industry includes the assembly, maintenance and repair of buildings and other immobile structures. It is one of the largest industries in the United States. Construction is detailed and complex and deals with all aspects of building and structure including service equipment such as plumbing, heating, central air-conditioning, electrical wiring, lighting equipment, elevators and escalators. The main categories are residential building construction, industrial construction, commercial building construction and heavy civil construction. It is concerned with modifying the natural environment and building new environments to better the lifestyles of the general public.To learn more, click on the vault link below. 

Job Title Examples:

  • Bridge/Structure Inspector 
  • City Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • County Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Structural Engineer 
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Engineer in Training

Skills Needed:

  • Analytical or scientific software — HEC-HMS
  • Minitab
  • The MathWorks MATLAB 
  • Trimble Geomatics Office
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Civil 3D
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • FORTRAN
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Cartography software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software Hot technology
  • GIS software
  • Intergraph MGE 

Find Opportunities

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Using IrishCompass, LinkedIn, and ND’s alumni association directory called myND is the best way to start on the networking front.

Job Databases:

Industry Timeline

It is important to note that some of the largest companies tend to recruit more heavily early in fall, though positions continue to be available throughout the year. Smaller and lesser known companies from this industry may not be as active during the standard on-campus recruiting periods. Employers in these fields may operate on a different schedule based on full-time and internship needs. 

Applying and Interviewing

Resumes

Your resume will often be the first impression for a potential employer.  You want to make sure that your resume is concise, direct, and specific. Ensure that your resume is tailored for the position and for the industry. Highlighting relevant coursework can demonstrate your fit for a particular position. Review our guide on resumes for more information on how to construct one.

Cover Letters

A cover letter introduces you to a potential employer. Use the position description to make specific connections between your skills and experience and what the organization is looking for in a candidate. The cover letter should be concise and well-written—if a potential employer reads your cover letter and is intrigued, they will then read your resume. Your cover letter should not repeat your resume verbatim, but enhance it. Together the cover letter and resume can help land you an interview. Review our guide on cover letters for more information on how to construct one.

Interviewing

Most interviews will contain a mixture of resume based questions (questions about your past experience) and behavioral based questions (your ability to handle prospective situations at work.  Most positions will begin with an interview that has a mix of these questions. Review our guide on common interview questions

Preparation is extremely important for interviews. Research the company/organization, current and previous projects they’ve worked on, and even the people that you’re interviewing with. This will not only help provide talking points but will show your knowledge and genuine interest in the position. Utilize our resources on how to best prepare yourself to excel in your interview.

Online Resources

Campus Resources

Career Counselor:

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Niti Singh
Assistant Director, Engineering and Technology

Student Clubs:

Employer Examples:

  • Advanced Civil Design
  • American Structurepoint
  • ARCO/Murray
  • JE Dunn Construction
  • Kenrich Group
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Skanska Koch
  • Turner Construction Company
  • W.E. O'Neil Construction
  • Kimley-Horn
  • Stantec
  • Walsh Group

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