Gateway’s highway engineering courses use real world problems and projects instead of just book exercises. The fusion of education and application is an essential part of all courses. Students obtain hands-on understanding of design and inspection skills used in the engineering and construction processes.
Technical skills developed in the program include utilizing graphic techniques to produce engineering drawings, conducting standardized field and laboratory testing, utilizing modern surveying methods for land measurements and/or construction layout, estimating material quantities and costs for projects, designing storm systems for hydrological events and determining forces and stresses in elementary structural systems.
As a capstone project all students in the construction science group (CET-Highway, Land Survey, CET-Fresh Water and Architectural-Structural Engineering) are divided into multidisciplinary design groups. The student design teams are given a real world design project that emphasizes each specialty and allows students to apply concepts and training developed in their degree program to a real life project.
Students are encouraged to join the Civil Engineering Technician Associate club (CETA). The club hosts an annual Professional Night where professionals from the industry come giving students a great opportunity to network and obtain job leads. Students can also participate in the Society of Women Engineers club.