John Schuring: To answer the question why someone would choose to study civil engineering at NJIT let me begin by saying our civil engineering faculty have put together an exciting program with a robust curriculum and we’re pleased to offer three concentrations within the MSCE degree.
The first concentration is construction management which is by the way most popular both in our online offerings and also on campus. Two of the sweetest things that you can say about a construction project is on time and on budget and the objective of this concentration is to provide the skill sets to the students to accomplish just that.
The construction environment is very dynamic. Decisions often must be made on the spot involving safety, the cost, and also the integrity of the finished structure. Not all construction managers have a degree in civil engineering but many of the best ones do.
The second concentration is transportation. Transportation engineers are the planners, designers, and builders of the most important part of our transportation infrastructure in the nation and we generally consider transportation engineering divided into two general aspects. We have the soft side which involves planning and evaluating the needs of the user and also what we call the hard side which involves things like geometric design and traffic control. Fortunately our program here at NJIT provides courses in both of those aspects of transportation.
The third concentration is structural design and construction and this is intended for students who want to obtain a competence in the analysis, design, and construction of structures including both buildings and bridges. The curriculum involves courses in structural engineering, construction engineering, and construction management and typical employers of the graduates of this program would include design and build firms, engineering consultants, and even construction contractors.
There’s also an option for a student to create a customized course of study. Let’s say that for example you work in the area of municipal engineering. You may want to choose a track that involves some transportation courses and also some construction courses. This is possible with permission and upon advice with your academic adviser.