Course Summary: The course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the field of municipal engineering and the important role of the municipal engineer in planning and managing large public projects, as well as operating and maintaining public infrastructure and services such as transportation, sanitary sewage, storm water, and drinking water systems. Municipal engineers are engaged in supporting community disaster response to local emergencies such as flood, snow and hurricane disasters and are actively involved in ensuring safety in all operations. Another major facet of this course is presentation of the process by which private development is planned and regulated by municipalities.
- Identify and analyze some of the major issues or challenges facing public works or municipal engineering officials.
- Explain how a locality plans, finances, and builds adequate public infrastructure such as roads, solid waste facilities, water and sewer systems, and other public facilities.
- Describe how local ordinances are used in public works.
- Apply sustainability principles in the development of municipal projects.
- Describe the role of public works officials and municipal engineers in the planning and response to natural disasters.
- Use municipal plan review techniques on actual sets of plans.
Municipal Engineering is taught by Mrs. Adele Schirmer, Director of Engineering and GIS for the Town of Blacksburg, VA.