Most of the time, civil engineers design, plan, and/or manage construction projects. Their job ranges from small-scale projects, such as building or bridge repairs, to very large-scale, such as building large stadiums. Civil engineers may work in many sectors, such as structural, environmental, and transportation.
They must have a working knowledge of auto computer-aided design (CAD) software and engineering design software. Civil engineers must discuss various requirements with their clients and other professionals, such as architects, construction supervisors, and CAD employees. They must analyze surveys generated by professional surveyors. They must map and model test data using their company’s modeling software. Employers require candidates to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Civil Engineering. They may be required to have professional engineers (P.E.) licenses.
They must assess environmental impacts related to their projects. They must assess if projects are workable by analyzing related labor and material costs and deadlines. They may have to prepare bids for tenders and generate reports for clients, their employers, and public agencies. They must make sure that their projects meet various legal guidelines and safety requirements. They must make sure that their projects meet applicable building codes. They must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They must be able to work in a team environment. They may have to train, coach, and mentor new or more junior civil engineers. They must continuously keep their technological skills up to date by attending various workshops and classes at local colleges or universities and reading relevant journals.
Civil Engineer Tasks
Manages and directs staff at project site.
Performs engineering duties; plan, design and oversee the construction and maintenance of buildings, bridges, and other structures.
Researches and analyzes maps, blueprints, photos, charts, and other data to plan projects.
Gathers information to prepare and present reports on project topics.