UW Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering

UW Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering

My favorite part about construction engineering is the way that no two things are ever the
same. You can go to the same site two days in a row and something is going to be different
about it. [Steve]
The program’s actually focused on what we would loosely call heavy construction, heavy
civil — things like roads and bridges and marine construction and things like infrastructure
— as opposed to buildings and houses and things. So we get a lot of courses like marine
construction. Construction materials focuses on materials you can use on that. I teach
a class on pavement construction. [Lane]
Heavy construction has a lot of different elements to it — from environmental to law
to estimating, even down to the construction scheduling. [Barbara]
I started thinking, when I was searching for work, I realized that the bar has been raised.
Now employers are really looking for people to have a master’s degree in this field. [Steve]
It’s an online program for a master’s degree in civil engineering, just like a master’s
degree that you would get here on campus if you came here. Students sign up for and register
for and take, can take, all the courses online, so they don’t actually physically have to
be here on campus. [Barbara]
So I chose the online option rather than a more traditional program because I work during
the day, and that seemed to be the best way for me to get a master’s in civil engineering
and still be able to pay my bills. [Steve]
So we might find students that are well into their career in construction, maybe 10, 15
years into it, and are looking to broaden their education for their own personal gain
or maybe for something they want to do for a company or a career change. [Lane]
Now that I have a master’s in civil engineering I have a little bit of an advantage upon my
counterparts who strictly have bachelors of sciences. [Steve]
You get the best faculty members we have here at the University of Washington. Just like
you would if you came here in person. [Lane]
My favorite part about working in the program was that it gave me the flexibility to choose
how much coursework I wanted to take that quarter or semester. [Barbara]
My favorite part about being in this program is the interactions with the students and
the professors. It’s been a really great experience; we’ve really encouraged each other. [Steve]
I’ve had students in my class, in the same class, too, from like Okinawa, west coast
of the United States, east coast of the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia. [Barbara]
So you get perspectives more than just the local perspective that you would be more likely
to get just on an in house or an on campus classroom. [Steve]
So as a student, not only do you take these classes and meet these professors, you meet
the other students too. And sometimes it’s somebody working right across town and sometimes
it’s somebody working halfway across the world, and you learn from them. You don’t only learn
from the professor in the class; you probably learn as much from the other students.


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