Civil Engineer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Civil Engineer in Minneapolis:
"Network."
Always look for opportunities to build your network of internal and external clients.

Civil Engineer in Minneapolis:
"Network."
Constantly develop your network of internal and external clients.

Civil Engineer in Anchorage:
"It all leads to management."
Civil engineers are at the center of multi-disciplinary projects. We are often the prime contractor, responsible for ensuring our subcontractors are on track. But even if we aren't, it usually lands to us to ensure consistency among the other disciplines. Surveyors collect real world data of the terrain as it is now. Architects can design their buildings in imaginary air. Mechanical and electrical engineers often stop their design where the conduit leaves the building. It's up the civils to bring all these pieces together. We have to put the building onto the terrain in the real world. We have to make sure there's a water/sewer system to connect to. As engineers, we often like to get lost in the technical details. But success in this field is going to depend on one's ability to coordinate with those other disciplines. An engineer who can confidently call and communicate with other professionals is going to go farther than the engineer who just does their own part.