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What can I do to learn or prepare for civil engineering?

Is there any classes or opportunities I can take to get some first hand experience?

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aditi’s Answer

First of all, I would like to clear the confusion that there is no single best way to prepare for civil engineering, neither there are any strict guidelines to follow.

First , make sure your concepts of Basic Mathematics ( Linear Algebra, Calculus, Trigonometry, Differential Equations, Units, etc. ) and Physics ( at least the Mechanics part) are good

Secondly, try to procure some text books and read them thoroughly. Below are some of them for each and every topic.

Engineering Drawing
Enggineering Mathematics
Engineering Mechanics
Strength of Materials
Structures
Steel
RCC
Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engg
Environmental Engg
Concrete Technology
Fluid Mechanics and Machines
Hydrology
Irrigation Engg
Transportation Engg
Surveying
Thirdly, there are some online resources you can refer to for better understanding -

NPTEL videos - http://nptel.ac.in
Civil Engineering Portal
Civil Engg Lectures, Books, Notes, Software site
The Constructor
American Society of Civil Engineers , Home | ASCE
Institute of Civil Engineers - ICE: The home of civil engineering
Fourthly, if you want to get a brief overview on whole Civil Engineering, get A Handbook on Civil Engineering by MadeEasy. It will really come in handy for preparing any competitive exams.

Fifth, you can download some apps on your phone (if Android platform) for the same purpose, like a) Civil Engineering Dictionary b) Civil Engineering MCQ, c) Civil Engineering Basics, etc.

Sixth, try to learn softwares like MS Excel, AutoCad, Staadpro, etc.

Last but not the least, if possible, go visit a construction site with permission and under proper supervision and safety. You can learn all the applications of Civil engineering and how it is actually applied in the field.
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ROOPESH’s Answer

Hi sunni,
Apart from william's tips you must visit construction sites for better learning and understanding of the civil works. It will give you an idea of how things work on a construction site.
How do they do it, what do they actually do.
It's always fun to learn practically.
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William’s Answer

Hi Sunni!
You need to have high school diploma with passes in 5 subjects including mathematics, physics and chemistry.
You can take vocational studies in construction and the Built Environment or apprenticeship program. You may choose to study in any of the colleges offering Civil Engineering.
Online courses are in different modules from different sources. You can search online courses in Civil Engineering subjects like Engineering Mathematics, Engineering mechanics, Engineering drawing, Strength of materials, Structural mechanics, Structural analysis, Structural design, Structural detailing, Construction engineering, Hydraulics, Fluid mechanics, Soil mechanics, Foundation engineering, Transportation engineering, Bridge engineering, Railway engineering each at a time.

https://www.edx.org/learn/civil-engineering
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Matt’s Answer

Quick addition here to the other answers: If you want a more pop-culture introduction to civil engineering that still explains things in depth, try this excellent YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@PracticalEngineeringChannel

Matt recommends the following next steps:

Brainstorm on why you are considering civil engineering. What's drawing you to the profession?
Look up civil engineers on LinkedIn to see where they work, what they work on, and what experience + education they have.
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