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Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer

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Specializations
  • Construction Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer 
  • Transportation Engineer
Job Description

Civil engineers conceive, design, build, supervise, operate, construct, and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

Rewarding Aspects of Career

“As a civil engineer I am in a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges. We deliver clean water and energy. Building iconic skyscrapers. Plan new cities. Restore damaged environments. Connect people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems. Design parks where children play. Help governments maintain stability and security” – Moises Young 

2016 Employment
303,500
2026 Projected Employment
335,700
The Inside Scoop
Day in the Life

“I first catch up on emails for the 3 projects I am managing.  Then I check in with project task engineers to make sure the project teams are set for the day.  I review the engineering assignments and sign off on them.  I also run project meetings to update team on project budget and schedule.  Lastly I coordinate with the clients regarding the project progression.” – Moises Young

Skills Needed on the Job
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading comprehension
  • Active listening
  • Complex problem solving
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Building/construction
Employment Types
  • Design firms
  • General contractors
  • Government entities

Civil engineers can work on a wide range of project such as: bridge projects, highway design, commercial/residential buildings, transportation design, environmental projects, or geotechnical designs.

Expectations and Sacrifices

Civil engineers typically work full time, and about 3 in 10 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2016. Engineers who direct projects may need to work extra hours to monitor progress on the projects, to ensure that designs meet requirements, and to guarantee that deadlines are met.

What kind of things did people in this career enjoy doing when they were younger…
  • Science & Math
  • Taking things apart
  • Learning about how things work
Current Trends

“Developing/improving smart materials, sustainable designs, energy efficient buildings, new computer software's for virtual/augmented reality design.” – Moises Young

Education Needed
  • Bachelor in Civil Engineering
  • Profession Engineering (PE) license (not required for entry level positions)
Things to do in High School and College
  • Science & math class
  • Group activities where you can be a leader
  • Join engineering groups/societies
  • Internship with an engineering company
  • Engineering summer camps for students K-12
Typical Roadmap
Civil Engineer Roadmap
How to land your 1st job

“Work on a solid resume, interview with as many companies as you can, be prepared for your interview, dress appropriately, have a firm handshake, do your research on the company.” - Moises Young

Recommended Resources
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (http://www.asce.org/)
    • ASCE's Career Path Brochure - Click here.
  • Society of Hispanic Engineers (http://www.shpe.org/) 
Plan B
  • Architect
  • Civil Engineer Technician
  • Construction Manager
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Surveyor
  • Urban and Regional Planner
Words of Advice

“Stay focused and greatness will come. Think about who you are, what you want to do with your life, and how you can give back to the community.” – Moises Young

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