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FE Exam

CE and ENVE Students:

All Civil Engineering (CE) and Environmental Engineering (ENVE) students should aspire to become licensed engineers. You do not know what you will be doing in the future, and as a registered professional engineer, you will have the greatest number of career options. There are two exams needed for Registration as a Professional Engineer. The first exam (Engineer-In-Training or EIT or FE) should be taken during the last semester of your undergraduate studies as it truly is the best time to take it; it is when you best know the material needed for the exam. Generally, taking the exam at this time does not take a lot of preparation, other than preparing what is needed to submit the application.

Application Information

The following webpage gives instructions for registering for the FE exam. Note that the Connecticut Board no longer requires you to register through them. Now the process is to first register for the exam through the testing agency NCEES. Once you have passed the exam, you must go through the process of obtaining the CT EIT certification, which requires more steps.




Our department offers accredited degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Civil Engineers (CEs) design and construct the infrastructure needed by our society to insure a high quality of life. This includes:

  • The water that we drink …
  • The buildings in which we live and work …
  • The highways on which we travel …

According to “In essence, civil engineering may be regarded as the profession that makes the world a more agreeable place in which to live”.


Civil Engineering at UConn provides a broad based education covering all areas of Civil Engineering:

  • Construction Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Water Resources
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

Our students work in large engineering firms, government agencies, small and mid-size firms nationwide. Our work cannot be “farmed out” abroad as the infrastructure problems must be solved where they exist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics CEs will see the largest job increase among all engineers in the coming years. An 18% employment growth is expected with 46,000 jobs across the civil engineering industry ( This increase is due in part to a general population growth and the related need to improve civil infrastructure nationwide. CEs are needed to repair existing roads and other public structures, as well as design and create new structures. An increasing emphasis on "green" building is expected to increase the need for CEs with experience in pollution control systems.

Civil Engineering salaries are very competitive. The mid-50% of our engineers makes between $65K-85K. The average starting BS salary in 2009 was $54K (Level I) and with 2-4 years of experience 65K (II) ( According to ASCE the profession has job security for the next 20-30 years (

Environmental Engineers (ENVEs) solve problems created by past generations, and prevent future problems through the application of science and technology. Specifically, ENVEs aspire to:

  • Protect the environment from deleterious effects of human activity
  • Protect human populations from adverse environmental factors
  • Improve environmental quality
  • Improve quality of life by providing sustainable energy and water resources

ENVEs employ interdisciplinary approaches capable of addressing design and remediation activities in natural systems spanning many spatial and temporal scales. Examples of ongoing activities are:

  • Fate and transport of pharmaceuticals in the environment
  • Sustainable energy production through rivers
  • Remote sensing applications to evaluate climate change
  • Nitrogen and metals cycling in waste- and natural water
  • Land-atmosphere interactions and relationship to climate change
  • Turning wastewater into renewable energy


Environmental Engineers have rewarding careers in industry, government, and academia. Our graduates work at large engineering firms, such as Bechtel, Dames &  Moore, URS Greiner, Parsons-Brinkerhoff,  CDM, Metcalf & Eddy; Government Agencies, such as US Dept. of Defense, US Environmental Protection Agency, State Departments of Environmental Protection, US Geological Survey; Non-Governmental Organizations, such as Nature Conservancy, Worldwatch ; and small and mid-size Civil & Environmental Engineering Firms nationwide. Quite often ENVEs work outdoors! ENVE work cannot be “farmed out” abroad as the problems MUST be solved where they exist.

Environmental Engineering salaries are very competitive. The 2008 median salary for Environmental Engineers was $76,000. The mid-50% of our engineers makes between $65K-85K. The average starting BS salary in 2009 was $52K (Level I) and with 2-4 years of experience 62K (II) ( The outlook for employment is great as it is expected to grow much faster than the average of all other occupations through 2012 ( According to ASCE the profession has job security for the next 20-30 years since EPA has identified 350,000 contaminated sites needing clean-up and federal funding for clear drinking water is only 10% of the national needs (

Employers of UConn CEE Alumni

The Metropolitan District

CME Associates, Inc.

Parsons Brinckerhoff


Milone & MacBroom, Inc.

GM2 Associates, Inc.

Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

CT Department of Environmental Protection

GZA GeoEnvironmental

Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

GeoDesign, Inc.

CT Department of Transportation

CT Department of Public Health


Loureiro Engineering

LANGAN Engineering & Environmental Services

URS Corporation

VeruTEK Inc.

Environmental Compliant Services

GES Consultants

DSG Solutions

SoE Career Fair

The School of Engineering hosts an annual career fair.

Participating companies for CE and ENVE majors are, indicatively

General Electric

GEI Consultants

General Dynamics Electric Boat

GHD Inc.

Loureiro Engineering Associates

MPR Associates

Northeast Utilities

QUest Global Services

Stantec Consulting Services

Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

United Technologies




ASCE student chapter at UConn is part of the national organization, the American Society of Civil Engineers. The goal of this group is to provide students insight into what a Civil Engineer encounters in the professional and social environment. We help to connect and network Civil and Environmental Engineering students to current professionals and job opportunities through seminars, field trips and careers fairs.  ASCE also supports clubs that allow students to apply their classroom learning to practical and fun projects such as the Steel Bridge Club and Concrete Canoe Club.


Faculty Advisor: Shinae Jang, (860) 486-0540, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chi Epsilon

In 1949. Chi Epsilon was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career, and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student. To become members, students must rank in the upper one-third of his or her civil engineering class and be enrolled in civil engineering or a closely related curriculum and have completed at least one-half of the work required for their Bachelor's degree.

Faculty Advisor: Nick Lownes, (860)486-2717, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Concrete Canoe

The Concrete Canoe Association is a student organization dedicated to build a concrete canoe and to participate in a nationwide competition each year. The students are given a standardized hull design and the ASCE National Concrete Canoe CompetitionTM Rules & Regulation book. It is a challenge to design an appropriate concrete mix, to choose the best type and amount of reinforcement, to apply both materials in a way to match the given hull design, to transport the canoe to the competition venue and to be in physical shape as well as skilled enough to look good during the canoe race. The three best teams receive a monetary award and a trophy, but all what matters is the joy of having participated in such a competition.

Faculty Advisor: Kay Wille, (860) 486-2074, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Green Building

The University of Connecticut Green Building Club is a student organization dedicated to providing students an opportunity to learn about sustainable building and to network with professors and professionals who are involved in the discipline. The club will investigate matters such as sustainable construction, LEED certified building processes, efficiency retrofitting, and low impact building techniques.  For the next semester, there are plans for speakers, tours of green buildings on campus, and entry in the NESEA design competition.  The club is open to students of all areas of study. While a background in engineering can be useful, it is important to remember that this issue requires a multidisciplinary approach.

Faculty Advisors: Tim Vadas, (860) 486-5642, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Alex Agrios, (860) 486-1350, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ITE-UConn is the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ student chapter at the University of Connecticut.  IT-UConn promotes advancement of transportation and traffic engineering by facilitating interaction between students and professionals through hosting speakers and sponsoring technical and social activities.  The organization strives to generate interest in transportation among students by organizing a variety of informational and social activities.  Past activities are professional speakers, field trips, transportation-themed game shows, visiting other ITE student chapters, attending state and regional ITE meetings, organizing transportation symposia at UConn, semester parties and more. ITE-UConn is a great place to meet experts in transportation and traffic engineering and to foster professional growth.  Any student (undergraduate or graduate) at UConn can be a member of ITE-Uconn by paying a nominal membership fee.  We have a blog site at where you can read our members’ ideas and thoughts.  We are also on Facebook, where you will get up to date news and upcoming events information and loads of our pictures.  If you are interested in joining please visit the transportation students in CAST 205, email one of our officers or our faculty advisor, Nicholas Lownes, in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Faculty Advisor: Nick Lownes, (860)486-2717, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steel Bridge

The UConn Steel Bridge Team is a volunteer club that participates in a nation-wide competition sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction. Students are tasked to design, detail and fabricate a steel bridge that is approximately 21 feet long, 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall.  Specifications require that the bridge must be fabricated with many small components that can be connected together to during competitions that are held at various regions throughout the country.  The top teams from each region are invited to the national finals to compete for the national championship.  Teams are judged on speed of assembly, bridge weight, and deflection under a load of 2500 pounds.  The UConn Steel Bridge Team has been competing for over ten years and has qualified for the national many times including the last five consecutive years.

Steel Bridge

Industry Advisor: Michael Culmo

CEE Undergraduate Courses

CE 2010. Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional Issues Seminar (Description/Syllabus

CE 2110. Applied Mechanics I (Description/Syllabus

CE 2120. Applied Mechanics II (Description/Syllabus

CE/ENVE 2210. Decision Analysis in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Description/Syllabus

ENVE 2310. Environmental Engineering Fundamentals (Description/Syllabus

CE 2410. Geomatics and Spatial Measurement (Description/Syllabus

CE 2710. Transportation Engineering (Description/Syllabus) 

CE 3110. Mechanics of Materials (Description/Syllabus

CE/ENVE 3120. Fluid Mechanics (Description/Syllabus

ENVE 3200. Environmental Engineering Laboratory (Description/Syllabus

ENVE 3320. Water Quality Engineering (Description/Syllabus

CE 3510. Soil Mechanics I (Description/Syllabus) 

CE 3520. Civil Engineering Materials (Description/Syllabus

CE 3530.  Engineering & Environmental Geology (Description/Syllabus

CE 3610. Basic Structural Analysis (Description/Syllabus

CE 3630. Design of Steel Structures (Description/Syllabus)

CE 3640. Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (Description/Syllabus)

CE 3995. Special Topics in Civil Engineering (Description/Syllabus)

CE 4210. Operations Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Description/Syllabus

ENVE 4310. Environmental Modeling (Description/Syllabus) 

CE 4410. Computer Aided Site Design (Description/Syllabus

CE 4510. Foundation Design  (Description/Syllabus

CE 4541.   Soil Mechanics II (Description/Syllabus

CE 4610. Advanced Structural Analysis (Description/Syllabus) 

CE 4710. Case Studies in Transportation Engineering (Description/Syllabus

ENVE 4800. Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory (Description/Syllabus) 

ENVE 4810. Engineering Hydrology (Description/Syllabus

ENVE 4820. Hydraulic Engineering (Description/Syllabus

CE 4910W. Civil Engineering Projects (Description/Syllabus)

ENVE 4910W. Environmental Engineering Design I

ENVE 4920W. Environmental Engineering Design II

ENVE 4996.  Thesis

ENVE 4999. Independent Study

CE 4999. Independent Study for Undergraduates