Career Overview

Is the civil and environmental engineering program right for you?

Civil and environmental engineering is about environmental stewardship, community service, sustainable development, and improvement. It involves the conception, planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities essential to modern life, ranging from infrastructure and transit systems, satellites, and renewable energy facilities to solutions for pressing global problems related to the environment and public health.

Our graduates are sought by large and small engineering consulting firms, mining, engineering testing and construction companies, and governmental agencies throughout the US and the world. Many of our graduates become entrepreneurs and start their own companies or go on to engineering, medicine, law, or other graduate programs.

Average starting salary: $65,204 - Civil,   $56,933* - Environmental (2011-12)
*Average based on less than five offers

Placement rate: 98% of 2013-14 SDSM&T graduates are working in their career field or pursuing advanced degrees. 

Companies hiring recent graduates: Kiewit, South Dakota DOT, Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, US Army Corps of Engineers, Interstates Engineering, Baker Hughes, US Army, Burns & McDonnell, Nebraska Public Power, Gyrodata, South Dakota Office of State Engineer, American Engineering Testing, Baker Concrete, Houston Engineering, Halliburton, Nucor, Caterpillar, Schlumberger, Daktronics, RESPEC, NorthWestern Energy, NASA, Scull Construction, Sperlich Consulting, Wyoming DOT


Elizabeth Burg Portrait

"Civil Engineering gives you an opportunity to make a real, and often immediate, difference to people both at home and abroad.  My job has taken me all over the world and I have experiences that wouldn't have been possible without the education and background I gained at Tech.  The successes I've had in my career, as both an engineer and as a professional in the workforce, can undoubtedly be attributed to the foundation I built at Tech."

Elizabeth (Liz) Burg (pictured right)

  • U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Liaison to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
  • Registered Professional Engineer,
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering from SDSM&T 2006, M.S. in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University 2010.

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