EngineeringCivil Engineer

Civil Engineers design and maintain buildings, plants, and similar structures.

Civil Engineer

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Did you love to build buildings with Legos as a kid? Is the science behind how buildings are planned and built interesting to you? This rewarding career will allow you to see your designs turn from thoughts and concepts into reality.

Civil Engineers focus on the construction of buildings. You'll perform a variety of work in the initial planning and design phases of projects. You will get to use creativity to perform studies and technical activities. Your goals will be to to arrive at the most cost effective, reliable technical solution. You may also provide support to construction phases of projects with engineering knowledge and experience.

Civil Engineers who specialize in construction will often work as project managers. They are responsible for the time management of the project, keeping the project on track. You may also consult with other engineers involved in the project such as architectural and mechanical engineers.

Other Civil Engineers work primarily on structural projects. In order to prepare a safe design, Civil Engineers consider many factors. These include the construction materials, the expected loads that will be placed upon the completed structure and special issues such as seismic or wind considerations.

A Bachelor's degree in engineering is required to become a Civil Engineer. A program accredited by ABET is needed in order to get a license to become a Professional Engineer (PE). Many Civil Engineers continue their education with a Master’s degree while working to become a PE, which can result in more career options and improvements in salary.

Critical Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Construction Knowledge
  • Create Solutions to Complex Problems
  • Engineering Principles
  • Manage Multiple Tasks and Timelines
  • Mathematics Knowledge
  • Physics Knowledge
  • Project Management
  • Read Technical Drawings and Blueprints
  • Use Design Software

Key Responsibilities

  • Analyze survey reports, maps, and other data to plan projects
  • Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project workability
  • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications
  • Utilize structural engineering principles
  • Prepare calculations and associated engineering sketches for foundations, steel and concrete structures, and site preparations
  • Test characteristics of materials or structures
  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure compliance design specifications and safety standards
  • Prepare proposal documents and engineering reports

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.

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Salary: $38-72/hour


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Having Independence

Managing People

Teaching

Improving Processes

Learning & Growing

Working with Data

Physical Activity

Writing Reports and Documentation

Caring for the Environment

Managing Things

Quiet Work Place

Avoiding Risk

Avoiding Stress

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Required Education

Bachelor's degree in civil or structural engineering or construction management.

Preferred Education

Master's degree in civil or structural engineering or construction management.


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