CivilEngineeringdepartment

1. Background

Civil Engineering as defined by the London based Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a great art, on which the wealth and well-being of the whole of society depends. It’s essential feature, as distinct from science and the arts, is the exercise of imagination to fashion the products, processes and people needed to create a sustainable physical and natural built environment. It requires a broad understanding of scientific principles, knowledge of materials and the art of analysis and synthesis. It also requires research, team working, leadership and business skills. A Civil Engineer is someone who practices all or part of this art.

Civil Engineering concerns the study of conception, design, construction and maintenance of large public and private projects. Civil engineers build and maintain bridges, highways, railways, tunnels, airports, dams, water treatment and distribution systems and large buildings, along with many other structures. Environmental considerations, such as water supply, pollution control and preservation of soil quality, are also a part of the course of study. With thorough knowledge of both the principles of construction and the possible environmental consequences of a structure, the Civil engineer's expertise is one that is essential to our present Civilization and one that will become ever more valuable in the future.

In a developing country like Ethiopia, Civil Engineering has great role and contribution to the economic development and improvement of the living standard of the people. As infrastructure developments are indicators of improved livelihood and ways of investment attractions and tourism, contribution of Civil Engineering in this regard is very crucial.

Therefore, this area of study by which many Ethiopians would be produced to serve our country must have clear focus areas that enable speeded up and sustainable achievements in improving the country’s infrastructure facilities.

  1. Rationale of the Civil Engineering Program

Civil Engineers are Leaders in the conception, Design, Construction, and Maintenance of the Infrastructure on which the society depends. Civil engineers build and maintain bridges, highways, railways, tunnels, airports, dams, water treatment and distribution systems and large buildings, along with many other structures. Civil engineers work on environmental projects, such as ecological restoration, waste containment, and soil remediation sites or design of a safe and efficient transportation system. With thorough knowledge of both the principles of construction and the possible environmental consequences of a structure, the Civil engineer's expertise is one that is essential to our present Civilization and one that will become ever more valuable in the future.

The biggest challenge for the Development of Africa in general and Ethiopia in specific is the lack of sufficient infrastructures which inhibit further growth & development. And as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), all African nations including Ethiopia are investing large sum of budget on building infrastructures.

In the Growth and Transformation Plan, Ethiopia‘s development efforts will be pursued through seven strategic pillars.  The GTP sees rapid growth as key to achieving the ambitious targets in employment and poverty eradication. Investment in growth-oriented sectors will be expanded. The contribution of Civil Engineering Graduates is immense to accomplish the GTP pillars.

  1. Program Objective

This program is aimed at training manpower required for the realization of the country’s untouched Civil Engineering works. Well qualified Civil engineers with adequate knowledge in the area of structural, highway, geotechnical and water resources and who can be actively engaged in the planning, development and management of Civil Engineering projects will be produced through this program. Specifically, the trainees will be equipped with the knowledge that enables them to execute the following tasks:

  • Undertake project identification, pre-feasibility and feasibility study and detail design of Civil Engineering works.
  • Prepare complete contract documents and terms of references for Civil Engineering projects
  • Plan, manage, monitor and evaluate the operation and maintenance of Civil Engineering works.  
  • Remodeling and rehabilitation of existing Civil Engineering works.

Generally, graduates of the program will 

  • Be knowledgeable of the historical context, the state-of-the-art, and emerging issues in the field of Civil Engineering and its role in contemporary society; 
  • Demonstrate critical reasoning and requisite quantitative skills to identify, formulate, and resolve Civil Engineering problems, and to create designs that reflect economic, environmental, and social sensitivities; 
  • Display a systems viewpoint, critical thinking, effective communication and interpersonal skills, a spirit of curiosity, and conduct reflecting a professional and ethical manner; 
  •  Exhibit a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development, involvement in professional activity and public service, and achievement of professional licensure;
  •  Reflect a broad intellectual training for success in multidisciplinary professional practice, in Civil Engineering or diverse related careers, and toward achieving leadership roles in industry, government, and academia.
  1. Graduate Profiles (Competencies)

The developed professional profile clearly indicates that Civil engineers need a good grasp of mathematics and design, and the ability to manage and liaise with a wide variety of people. They need to be able to think in all dimensions and communicate ideas effectively.

This kind of Engineering is suited to people who are practical with a creative characteristic. Hence, the graduate from the Civil Engineering Department has the following profile:

The Graduate will have 

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science in a specialized area related to Civil Engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct laboratory experiments, to critically analyze and interpret data, in major Civil Engineering areas, Structures, Transportation, Water resources, and Environmental.
  • An ability to Analysis and design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, constructability, and sustainability, in selected  major Civil Engineering area, such as Structures, Transportation, Water Resources, or Environmental.
  • An ability to function in multidisciplinary teams,
  • An ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing..
  • An ability to identify, formulates, and solves Civil Engineering problems in a minimum of four recognized major Civil Engineering areas.
  • An understanding of professional and Ethical responsibilities of Civil engineers in relation to public and private institutions and in the context of Civil Engineering infrastructure systems.
  • Recognize of the need for professional licensure and life-long learning. A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  •  An ability to use the Techniques, skills, modern Engineering Tools and software necessary in selected  major Civil Engineering area, such as Structures, Transportation, Water Resources, or Environmental.
  • An understanding of professional practice issues such as project management and interactions between the development, design, and construction professions.
  • An understanding of business and public policy and administration fundamentals.
  • An understanding of the role of the leader and leadership principles and attitudes.
  1. GENERAL PROFILE OF CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Stuff Member

No

Type

Male

Female

1

Assistant Lecturer

38

4

2

Lecturer

7

2

3

Technical  Assistant

6

2

5

On Study

28

8

6

Secretary

 

1

7

Messenger

 

1

8

Lab attendant

 

1

Student Information

No

Type

No. of Sections

Number

1

First Year

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2

Second Year 

3

156

3

Third  Year 

2

94

4

Fourth

2

86

5

Fifth Year 

3

126