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Military Online Colleges: Engineering & Construction

Created by: MSG Randall High, U.S. Army (ret)

Military education benefit programs allow servicemembers, veterans and their families study at engineering & construction schools. Here are some of the directions graduates can take with training in these fields.

The U.S. construction industry encompasses building construction, such as houses and office blocks; heavy and civil construction, like roads, bridges and tunnels; and specialty trade contractors in carpentry, electrical work and plumbing. Engineering is similarly large and diverse. Engineering occupations include mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, chemical engineers, civil engineers and engineering technicians.

Engineering & construction programs can support entry into this wide array of occupations. Many construction workers learn their skills through on-the-job training, or a combination of informal training and formal education. Licensure is required for some occupations. A college degree is usually required for management occupations. Engineers generally need a bachelor's degree in an engineering specialty, and licensure may also be required.

Career outlook for engineering & construction school graduates

Despite the recession, the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 19 percent job growth in the construction industry. Employment of engineers is projected to grow 11 percent in the decade 2008 to 2018 overall but varies by engineering occupation, with fastest growth--72 percent--expected for biomedical engineers. Earnings vary by occupation, too. For example, the BLS reports the following mean annual salaries for 2009:

  • Computer hardware engineers: $101,410
  • Nuclear engineers: $100,350
  • Health and safety engineers: $75,810
  • Agricultural engineers: $74,640

The range of military education benefit programs available plus military friendly engineering & construction colleges can help active duty personnel, veterans and their families begin a new career.

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This list does not include all schools that accept GI Bill funding or VA Benefits. For a more complete list of schools, click here.

This list does not include all schools that accept GI Bill funding or VA Benefits. For a more complete list of schools, click here.

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