FAQ – Civil Engineering & Architecture

What makes Central Campus courses different from courses in my home school?

The Civil Engineering and Architecture course is a third level pre-engineering course in the Project Lead the Way sequence of classes. It is only offered at Central Campus in Des Moines Public Schools. As part of the CEA, students are provided hands in the design fields relating to civil engineering. CEA focuses students in the fields of engineering, including structural, waste water management, site development, and commercial design. Students are immersed in project-based learning that is relevant to their future careers working with engineering.

What will I do in courses at Central Campus?

In the Civil Engineering and Architecture, students learn about surveying, cost estimation for construction, design structures, site development, storm water management, energy efficiency, and green building; all with industry standard programs and equipment.

What are the course requirements for enrollment?

It is recommended that students have taken Principles of Engineering at their home high school prior to taking CEA.

How many blocks do I need to schedule for this program?

Civil Engineering and Architecture is a two-block program.

What careers will this program prepare me for?

Successful completion of the Civil Engineering and Architecture gives students a detailed knowledge of options and opportunities in the construction and design fields. Architects, civil engineer, architectural engineer, structural engineer, environmental engineer, land surveyors, to name a few. The field of civil engineering specialization is very wide open.

What type of credit can I earn?

High school credits are earned toward graduation, as well as college credit awarded through Des Moines Area Community College.

What certifications will I earn?

Students may take the Autodesk certification exam for Revit design software.

Are field trips and study tours available?

The Civil Engineering and Architecture tours several local businesses as well as out of state destinations and also participates in numerous college visits during the course of the year.

Are there internships or jobs available through this program?

All students participate in shadowing opportunities over the course of the year.

What student organizations/competitions are available through this program?

A variety of student organizations are explored and students are encouraged to join.