Cool Stuff: Concrete Canoe

Florida Tech Concrete Canoe

Who would've guessed? Concrete floats! Civil engineering students prove that and more when they join in designing, building and testing a concrete canoe each year.

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Imagine. Design. Build.

Harris Student Design Center

The Harris Student Design Center, also known as the PantherWorks, is an 11,500 square-foot work and meeting space that facilitates the ideation, planning, designing, assembling and testing of capstone engineering and science projects.

Videos: Student Design Projects

Project-based learning through student design gives students an experiential platform that helps them acquire highly sought-after workplace skills.

Civil Engineering Internships and Research Opportunities

Industry-Led Research Projects Provide Excellent Career Training

A large majority of our civil engineering students complete an internship during their time at Florida Tech. Our students have completed civil engineering internships with scores of consulting companies and government agencies, including:

  • Allan and Conrad, Inc.
  • Ardaman & Associates, Inc.
  • Bechtel • Boueri Engineers, Inc.
  • Bowman Engineers
  • BRPH Architects & Engineers
  • CH2M Hill
  • City of Palm Bay, Brevard County
  • GeoSyntec Consultants
  • Edward J. Haeck Landscape Architects
  • Jones Edmonds Engineering
  • Kimley Horn & Associates
  • Miller Sellen Conner & Walsh, Inc.
  • Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport
  • NASA
  • Quantitative Environmental Analysis
  • Saint John's River Water Management District
  • STV Group
  • Tensor Engineering
  • Turner Construction
  • VHBA

Civil engineering internships for juniors and seniors include but are not limited to civil engineering design, cost estimation, subdivision design, drainage planning, landscape planning, bidding processes, construction site evaluations and negotiating.

Simulate Real World Situations

In addition to civil engineering internships, Florida Tech students culminate their senior year of civil engineering with a capstone design project. These team-based projects are completed over the course of two semesters, and students take their designs from basic blueprints to presentable projects at the Northrop Grumman Senior Design Showcase held on campus each spring. Capstone projects are designed to simulate a real-world civil engineering situation and include multiple presentations and investigations of project feasibility and environmental impacts.

Industry Support

The Civil Engineering Advisory Committee (CEAC) is involved in reviewing the department's strategic plan and takes part in the outcome assessment process of the academic program ensuring the learning outcomes are achieved. The CEAC also helps connect students with the civil engineering industry by providing guest lecturers, field trip opportunities and civil engineering internships.

In addition to the technical education students receive from the university, the Construction Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) provides students with a solid understanding of the many difficult management issues engineering professionals face in the construction industry.

Finish in Five with a FastTrack Master's Degree Program

In addition to research opportunities and civil engineering internships, students can take advantage of the FastTrack Master's Program. This program allows students to take graduate course work as undergraduates, so students can complete a master's degree in as little as one additional year of study. Earned scholarships carry over to the fifth year.

Join Clubs and Organizations to Enhance Your Civil Engineering Degree

Florida Tech's chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is among the most active organizations on campus. ASCE takes part in several nationwide competitions to test their engineering skills, including concrete canoe and steel bridge. Our concrete canoe team has reached the national level several times and receives sponsorships from a variety of local businesses.

Chi Epsilon is an honor society dedicated to honoring engineering students who have exemplified the principles of scholarship, character, practicality and sociability in the civil engineering profession.

These organizations allow for networking opportunities for future civil engineering internships and careers.