Steven D. Leftwich
Professor and Chair
Zeljko “Z” Torbica
Dean and Professor
Paul O. Steranka, Jr.
Associate Dean and Professor
Civil Engineering, the most diverse branch of engineering, is directly related to facilities and systems used by the public in their daily life. Civil engineers are engaged in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of bridges, buildings, foundations, dams, sanitary and solid waste disposal systems and related environmental considerations, highways, airport facilities, transportation systems, waterways, hydroelectric installations, pipelines, coal preparation and loading facilities, and other systems and structures.
Engineering students get a sound basic knowledge of science and a set of core courses in humanities and social sciences. The Civil Engineering curriculum at WVU Tech has been designed to give the student a broad coverage of all fields of Civil Engineering with some flexibility to explore a particular field of choice. This approach gives the WVU Tech graduate a well-rounded background to handle Civil Engineering projects.
Design is incorporated across the Civil Engineering curriculum, and the design experience begins early with some exposure in the Surveying and Mechanics of Materials courses. Design exposure continues in the junior and senior years with 11 courses having a design component for a total of 19 hours of design. The design component is completed with a capstone design course in which student teams are responsible for the completion of a comprehensive Civil Engineering project which involves several Civil Engineering disciplines with oral and written presentations of the project.
Meaningful design experience is also included in several of the required and elective Civil Engineering courses. Required courses and required elective courses which include significant design content are Hydraulic Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Highway Design, the required structural design elective (Structural Steel Design or Reinforced Concrete Design), the required geotechnical elective (Foundation Design or Groundwater and Seepage), the required environmental elective (Advanced Sanitary or Advanced Hydraulics), and Civil Engineering Projects. One of the two additional electives (one CVLE and one Technical) also must contain significant design.
The Civil Engineering Projects class, originally designed to serve the “capstone design” concept, requires the students to completely design a Civil Engineering project encompassing several of the Civil Engineering disciplines. Discussion and consideration of constraints such as economic factors, safety, reliability, aesthetics, ethics, and social impact are incorporated as a normal part of most design courses. Aesthetics and social impact are stressed in the Sanitary Engineering course; and ethics, safety, social impact, and professional issues are covered in the Civil Engineering Seminar course. In addition to design, the Projects course includes principles of project and/or construction management, cost analysis and estimating, and scheduling.
The Civil Engineering Program Goals include the following:
The Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives include the following:
To meet the educational objectives, the civil engineering program will achieve and continually assess thirteen outcomes. In achieving these program outcomes, our graduates will demonstrate:
These program outcomes are achieved by graduates through a solid grounding in mathematics, chemistry, and physics along with a strong understanding of basic engineering principles. Added to this is a broad exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an extensive development of the fundamentals of material science, environmental, geotechnical, hydrotechnical, structural, and transportation engineering. Specialization in one or more branches of civil engineering is possible by a selection of civil engineering and technical electives during the junior and senior years.