OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering Careers

Career Paths

The Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering degree program prepares graduate for numerous career opportunities, including:

  • Licensed Forest Engineer
  • Licensed Civil Engineer
  • City Engineer
  • Urban Planning Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Professional Land Surveyor
  • Silviculturist
  • Hydrologist
  • Harvesting Supervisor 
  • GIS Data Analyst

The Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering curriculum prepares "work ready" graduates for entry into the diverse professional fields of forest engineering and civil engineering. Early career accomplishments include a wide range of engineering tasks associated with the management of forest lands, including designing and constructing roads, bridges, culverts, and other structures; developing logging plans and adapting logging systems to achieve quality resource management; cost analysis; contract inspection and administration; and forest transportation system design and management.

Mid-career accomplishments commonly expand to involve aspects of engineering management, including planning and budgeting, supervision, wood procurement, harvest and road design reviews, and scheduling and controlling forest operations.

In addition, graduates are prepared for careers as licensed professional civil engineers, and have opportunities to perform tasks such as designing buildings to survive a major earthquake, building dams to provide hydroelectric power, and designing water-treatment facilities to reduce water pollution and provide clean drinking water. The dual degree expands the career opportunities available to graduates, who are able to work in both rural and urban areas and have a variety of employment opportunities with private timber companies, government agencies, engineering firms, and forestry consulting firms. 

To explore more forestry-related career paths, check out the Find Your Path booklet by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI).