A civil engineer will apply physical and scientific principles to plan, design, construct, maintain, operate and supervise infrastructure projects and systems. Whether it is the public or private sector, a civil engineer will work on roads, airports, bridges, tunnels and dams. This position also includes developing systems for water supply and sewage treatment.
Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally
A civil engineer will work full time, but schedules can exceed 40 hours. Many civil engineers will clock in as many as 50 hours and could work nights, weekends and holidays to monitor the project’s progress and to ensure it will meet its deadline and the team is meeting the rudimentary requirements.
Working conditions are generally 60/40 or 70/30: most of your working time will be spent in an office and the remainder will be on construction sites in all sorts of weather conditions to solve problems on-site.
Also, depending on the kind of firm you work for, you will oftentimes travel outside the city, state or country to work on other engineering projects or meet clients or public officials.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
To become a civil engineer, you must first complete a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, civil engineering technology or, at the very least, a related specialty. A typical bachelor’s programme will consist of coursework in mathematics, engineering mechanics, statistics, fluid dynamics and many other related subjects. These courses will be completed in conventional classroom settings, laboratories and in the field.
If you wish to advance in civil engineering, such as to management or executive status, then a master’s degree would help you achieve this career goal. It is estimated that one-fifth of all civil engineers has a master’s degree under their belt.
A professional engineer will need to complete a series of licensing exams, including the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, as well as a particular state’s mandates. Additionally, you will need to pass extra exams and satisfy the basic demands of a licensure board made up of professional engineers.
As civil engineers start out and work to receive their Professional Engineering (PE) licence, these professionals will begin their careers completing entry-level work, mainly compiling data, crunching numbers and writing reports. With experience and licensing, civil engineers can assume more responsibilities in public and private projects. Many civil engineers move into senior or managerial positions as they gather ample experience.