Civil Engineering

Brittney Watts

What is Civil Engineering and why am I interested?

Field of engineering that focuses primarily on the construction, design, and maintenance of the building/ building environment. Civil Engineers mainly work on roads, bridges, dams, and residential/commercial buildings. I'm interested in civil engineering because my family has a background in the field and I've had a lot of experience with observing their job and what they do. I like to think of new ideas and I like the design element of this field.

If you spent the day as an Engineer...

8:00 AM

Arrive at the office and get started on current projects

9:00 AM

Work on the large project at hand. Talk over the phone with a contractor requesting an inspection later that day. Respond to some emails that have gone unanswered for a few days.

10:00 AM

Go to inspect the job-site that was previously mentioned. Make sure the building holds certain requirements and regulations.

11:00 AM

Head back to the office to meet with some local officials about building a new recreational area and discuss costs, issues, and environmental risks.


Eat lunch with some of my coworkers who are near me.

2:00 PM

Get back to the office and start a rough draft of a park that I'm working on.

4:00 PM

Converse with some of the interns that are working at the office at the time about any questions that had about the day or anything that they need help on.

5:00 PM

Get ready to head out by checking any left over messages and emails to make the next morning easier.

What would I make when I'm just starting out?

The starting salary of a civil engineer is approximately $51,755/yr due to the experience that they have and the knowledge that they uphold. Once they have gained experience in the field they can earn up to $200,000 if not more. Depending on the type of civil engineering that someone goes into determines the potential salary they could make.


A typical Civil Engineer will have completed a bachelor's degree in an accredited university to receive the best education possible. The typical courses in receiving a bachelor's includes, math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, physics, and other STEM courses. Most civil engineers hold a masters degree along with a PE license and experience in the field. They will typically go through an internship at a firm to receive hands on experience.

Where did I get my information?