building the future of energy infrastructure

Driven by change, we innovate. In the face of demand, we create avenues for growth.

It’s in this spirit that we partnered with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering to offer a new degree program: the Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure, set to launch in fall 2018.

Propelling creation of this degree is the fact that existing energy systems are transforming at a rapid pace. New cutting-edge technologies and an ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewables are just a couple of the trends that will lead to considerable job growth in this sector.

This specialized program gives engineers the comprehensive knowledge needed to plan, design, construct and manage the balance of plant components associated with energy infrastructure projects.

“This degree program focuses on expanding your knowledge of energy infrastructure, including gaining relevant skills, business knowledge, construction insights and a broader perspective on energy and utilities,” said Joe Mahoney, a UW engineering professor who serves as co-director of the program.


Professionals in this sector are expected to be in high demand as new types of energy jobs are created and expanded. According to a study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that the role of wind turbine technician was the fastest growing occupation in the country, projected to rise 108 percent between now and 2024.

Many of the best jobs in the field require an advanced degree. A BLS article about solar power employment noted that, “because of the complexity of some systems, a significant number of [solar industry] jobs require a master's or doctoral degree. Engineers are expected to complete continuing education and keep up with rapidly changing technology.” And that’s where we come in.


This new 42-credit program will be offered 100 percent online, with the option to start any quarter — so students can keep learning at the UW when it works for them — from anywhere in the world.

Since 1912, University of Washington Continuum College has provided innovative learning paths that boost career success and inspire more meaningful lives. With a flexible approach to delivering the right programs for the right people at the right time, Continuum College provides over 50,000 students each year with a high-quality University of Washington education that’s relevant for today’s world and accessible to learners in Seattle and around the globe.