Career as a Civil Engineer


Summary

A Civil Engineer is someone who designs and supervises large construction projects, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Civil engineers design, construct and maintain the buildings, bridges, dams, roads and other types of infrastructure that make up our cities and towns. Civil engineers visit building sites and assess proposed plans to determine the environmental impact of large scale projects, and whether the building materials will be sufficient to create a safe and stable structure.

Civil Engineers work at the highest level of design and plan large infrastructure projects, such as airports and roadways, which requires solving complex problems. Civil engineers must determine the feasibility of plans, especially regarding financial costs and safety concerns. Urban and regional planners often look to civil engineers for advice on these issues. Civil engineers are ultimately responsible for the infrastructure project’s design and implementation. Therefore, they must be able to lead surveyors, construction managers, civil engineering technicians, and others to implement the plan.

Civil Engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work. Only licensed civil engineers can sign the plans for infrastructure projects. This makes it imperative that civil engineers be able to monitor and evaluate the work at the job site as a project progresses. Civil engineers must be able to communicate with other professionals, such as architects, landscape architects, and urban planners.

Civil Engineers work on complex projects, and they sometimes specialize in one of several areas. Geotechnical Engineers - work to make sure that foundations are solid. Transportation Engineers - plan and design everyday systems, such as streets and highways.

Work Environment

Civil Engineers generally work indoors in offices. However, they sometimes spend time outdoors at construction sites so they can monitor operations or solve problems at the site. Occasionally, civil engineers travel abroad to work on large engineering projects in other countries. Civil engineers generally work regular office hours, however, they may be required to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. Some civil engineers also work on call, in case of emergencies, such as a burst water or gas pipe.

Entry Level Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Civil Structural Design, Building Technology & Construction Management.
  • Diploma in Civil & Rural Engineering, Advance Diploma in Civil Engineering.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Civil Engineering.

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