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Civil Engineering Degree


A civil engineering degree from Oregon Tech prepares students for professional practice by using industry standard tools and innovation.

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What you will learn:

Oregon Tech’s Civil Engineering degree will provide you with real world, hands-on education to practice structural, transportation, water resources/environmental, and geotechnical engineering, incorporating professional communication skills and team work.

Whatever your individual interests, you'll learn both the theory and practical application of design and not just in your last few senior classes. Design work starts in the first year and builds in complexity throughout the program as you prepare for immediate employment and eventual licensure as a Professional Engineer. In your fourth year of study, you have the option to target specific careers within the broad field of civil engineering.

Oregon Tech offers:

  • Practice oriented education with the only undergraduate asphalt lab in the nation
  • Internship opportunities through the Civil Engineering Cooperative Program (CECOP), including networking events
  • Great career networking and unique learning experiences on campus through the American Society of Engineers (ASCE), Associated General Contractors (AGC), and Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapters
  • Civil engineering professors with doctoral degrees and industry experience in their specialties
  • Small class sizes ensure students understand the concepts being taught; in other words, professors know students by name and work with them one-on-one
  • State-of-practice course content and rich design and experimental experiences prepare students to contribute on day one of their first job and/or internship
  • Recently renovated laboratory space devoted to primarily undergraduate education
  • The first freshman-to-master's Civil Engineering degree program, in the Pacific Northwest, allowing students to move seamlessly into graduate study while completing their bachelor’s degree.

Student Chapter Projects

  • Three greenhouses were built for Klamath Tribal Health and Family Services
  • A pedestrian bridge was built along the hiking trail to the "O" on the hillside above campus
  • Engineering students built a solar powered tiny-house from scratch in just 20 weeks.

Build, break, and "bowl" in ASCE-AGC & ITE student chapters


  • Students compete in the Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe competitions every year in different states (hosted at Oregon Tech in 2018). You can find more information at the ASCE website.
  • The Oregon Tech student chapter sponsors several students to attend conferences or events every school year such as: Meet a CE Day, Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders, ASCE Regional Student Conference, Etiquette Dinner, etc.
  • Students engage in chapter project work with students in and around the Klamath Falls community
  • Project tours around Oregon


  • The Oregon Tech student chapter sponsors several students to attend conferences or events every school year such as: The Traffic Bowl, the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C., Asphalt Sustainability Conference West, etc.
  • The chapter has working professionals come and speak and hold workshops
  • Project tours around Oregon

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

The freshman-to-master's MSCE degree at Oregon Tech, in addition to our traditional post- baccalaureate master’s degree, is a practice-focused graduate degree, which equips students to meet industry needs identified by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The degree has both project and thesis options and offers courses in water resources, structural, transportation, environmental, and geotechnical areas. This unique pairing of degrees prepares future professionals for industry specific careers. For more information please contact the graduate program director.

Civil Engineering Projects at Oregon Tech


Oregon Tech's BSCE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc. ABET accreditation is your assurance that our program meets the quality standards established by the engineering profession. Oregon Tech works closely with alumni, employers and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to ensure that students graduate with the skills necessary to be successful.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering


  • Klamath Falls

For Questions, Contact

Roger Lindgren

Roger Lindgren, Department Chair

Charles Riley

Charles Riley, Professor, Program Director



Jobs and Careers in Civil Engineering

A degree in civil engineering will allow you to work for consulting firms, government agencies, heavy construction, municipalities, and more. Oregon Tech graduates may consider a concurrent degree in environmental sciences to expand career opportunities.

A samping of where our graduates work:

  • Structural Solutions
  • Kiewit
  • Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Black and Veatch
  • Precision Structural Engineering
  • Oregon DOT, Washington DOT, Caltrans

Previous internship locations:

  • Oregon
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Washington
  • Colorado

Graduate Success
Among all Oregon Tech degrees 2017-2019

Employed: 90%
Continuing Education: 6%
Success Rate: 96%
Starting Median Salary: $60,000
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Core curriculum includes:

  • Students will experience general engineering and civil engineering courses in their freshman and sophomore years that explore surveying, geographic information systems and design and application of concrete and asphalt materials
  • In the first two academic years students start learning and practicing scientific methods and how they are implemented in civil engineering
  • During the junior year, students take courses that teach in-depth applications and theory about:
    • why soils and foundations are so imperative to buildings, bridges, and roads.
    • how to design effective, efficient and sustainable roadways with innovative practices
    • why water is important in terms of quantity and quality, especially focusing on the design of hydrologic structures and systems
    • how to design structures with concrete, steel, masonry, and timber using relevant codes and specifications as well as industry standard software