A civil engineer in training, also called an engineer trainee or civil engineering intern, is someone who may work on, design, build, or repair public works. Civil engineers may be asked to work on bridges, public buildings, waterways, roads, railroads, or any publicly funded structure. Civil engineers in training must have knowledge of engineering, which includes the technology and architectural knowledge necessary to complete and maintain public works projects. Also, they must understand the physics behind the structure while being able to accommodate the budget of the organization that employs them. Civil engineers in training work with civil engineers as their supervisor and interact a variety of officials and workers who may need to communicate about the project or task.
Most civil engineers in training are required to have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. They should also have the engineer in training certification, though it is not always mandatory. They must have also passed a licensing test, called the FEE, in order to work as a civil engineer. Finally, they must also pass any state licensing requirements, which can vary on experience and hours of training required. Different branches of the public system, as well as different contractors employed by the public system, may have additional requirements, such as knowledge in the specific field (waterways or roadways, for instance).
Civil engineers in training are expected to do the indoor engineering work as far as designing and ensuring the safety and stability of the edifices, but they also may be required to work outside during construction or maintenance, especially for troubleshooting or analysis. Travel may be required, though it is typically limited to within a county or state.
Civil Engineer in Training Tasks
Participates in the design and oversight of construction projects; buildings, bridges and other structures.
Analyzes maps, blueprints, photos, charts, and other data to plan projects.
Gathers information to prepare and present reports on project topics.
Assists in managing and directing staff members at project site.