SAMPLE SOP FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING

| Sample SOP for Civil Engineering – This a Statement of Purpose of a student who got admitted to UTAustin for the Masters in CE program. |
Sample SOP for Civil Engineering
Construction has been running in the family for the past two generations.  My grandfather started his career at an engineering company and towards the later part of his career, he incepted a construction contracting company. Shortly thereafter, my uncle and my father joined the same company and they have expanded the company from constructing building to walkways, bridges, roads and other infrastructure related assignments.  As the third generation, I intend to join company the family jewel and further grow it in the infrastructure space, project management consultancy as well as spearhead real estate development.  In this regard, I look forward to pursuing my Masters in Construction Engineering and Project Management.

Dinner table conversations have very frequently revolved around sites, buildings, foundations, beams, columns etc. As a result, from a very young age, I started gathering knowledge on the subject and also attending sites.  As I entered Sardar Patel College of Engineering, I realized that I had ample practical exposure to relate to the theories taught in class. Courses such as Building Design and Drawing, Structural Analysis, Concrete Technology and Theory of Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete have provided me with a lucid understanding of the structural, aesthetic and design aspects of a specific site as well as a thorough knowledge in RCC and prestressed structures. Taught in the fifth semester, Entrepreneurship and Management painted a vivid picture about management in the field of civil engineering.  Inspired by this, I have selected Advanced Computational Techniques as an elective for my final year which is a new course introduced for students who are aspiring to pursue a career in Construction Engineering and Project Management.
Sample SOP for Civil Engineering
Projects as part of the curriculum have afforded me an opportunity to gain practical insight into various dimensions of construction management. In the seventh semester, as a part of ‘Quantitative Survey, Estimation and Valuation’ coursework, I led an eleven person team to carry out a survey on an existing four storied structure placed on a 450 square-meter plot. In doing so, we studied the plans of the structure and also carried out the estimation of the cost and material required in the repair work.  As an option, we also designed a new four storied structure and prepared the Bill of Quantities after carrying out the rate analysis for that area. In doing so, we substantiated to our professor and the society that it would be beneficial for them to build a new structure rather than carry out the repairs. During this project, I was in charge of the scheduling and planning of the work. We were able to complete this work successfully within the allotted time-frame.  Working on these types of projects has cemented by resolve to pursue a graduate degree in Construction Engineering and Project Management.
Sample SOP for Civil Engineering
The Civil Engineering curriculum has not only given me a pragmatic view towards my syllabus but also supported me towards my various endeavors in research. Conducting the research on Public Private Partnership in Infrastructure Development led me to discover and enhance my knowledge about various types of contracts and laws involved in construction. I prepared a research paper of the same and it was selected from twenty other research papers to be presented by me in the Sardar Patel International Conference held in June 2012. The other research paper was on Measuring the Effectiveness of Safety Management in High Rise Structures. In this paper, my colleagues and I carried out a survey on ten different sites across Mumbai. We made the site engineers fill out questionnaires and asked them questions on the ongoing safety management trends. We then rated each site based on the answers we received. This research paper was presented by me in the prestigious IIT Gandhinagar International Conference on Safety in September 2012 which saw many renowned engineers and directors of different colleges attending the conference.
Sample SOP for Civil Engineering
Additionally, I have been an active participant in the esteemed Civil Engineering Association in which I was the head of advertising and the website. Being at such a post, I was required to advertise the various events that were organized by the association in addition to managing and updating the website. Being an active part in the technical festivals in college, I have organized and hosted an event Idea Technical Paper Presentation, including sourcing sponsors and organizing the logistics. Apart from academics, I have been an integral part of our state level volleyball team for two years and taken part in the national 8-ball and 9-ball pool tournament held at the National Sports Club of India.  I intend to continue to participate in the various activities offered at the University of Texas at Austin with similar enthusiasm and vigor.
Sample SOP for Civil Engineering
While the engineering undergraduate days have enabled me to learn the various concepts of planning and construction, working at my family’s company has provided the practical dimension that is essential to pursue a career in construction. Over the course of the past three years, I worked on an upcoming skyscraper of thirty floors in Mumbai, where I was instructed to organize the labor and make sure they carried out the work as per schedule. I was also instructed to make bar bending schedules for the provided plan of the building. These experiences helped me understand the difficulties at site and the mind-set of the laborers.  Moreover, it made me realize the importance of pursuing graduate education in Project Management at this juncture.
Sample SOP for Civil Engineering
Through my undergraduate and internship experiences, I have realized that Project Management is an important aspect for a contractor as well as a developer to successfully execute the project. My career goal is to help bridge the gap between the developers and contractors as well as expanding and growing the ramifications of the family business. The undergraduate education is just the first step.  A Master’s degree from University of Texas, Austin would provide me with an ideal academic environment to learn and grow in my desired field. The interactions with the faculty members and the student fraternity would be an enriching experience for me and I am looking forward to it. The research facilities are also one of the best and it would provide me with the opportunity to make my own contributions towards the field. Sample SOP for Civil Engineering

On my part, I assure University of Texas that it would not find me short of dedication, diligence and perseverance. I hope the university would invest its confidence in my abilities and provide me with the opportunity to learn from this esteemed institution. Sample SOP for Civil Engineering