Civil Engineering

Annie Paul

What do Civil Engineers do?

Civil Engineers design, construct, supervise, operate, and maintain large construction projects and systems, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, roller coasters, bridges, and systems for water supply and treatment.

Why might I be interested in pursuing a career in this field?

I am interested in pursuing a career in this field because it seems interesting to design buildings and other common structures that people will use everyday. I want to make a difference in my community, and with Civil Engineering, I can combine creative elements and logical elements to create a building that will be helpful to people.

What might a Civil Engineer do on a typical day?

A typical day:

8:00 AM: Arrive at the office, figure out what planning needs to be done, what projects are currently in progress, and what public opinion of previous work is. Also plan out the rest of the day.

9:00 AM: Begin to work on drafting a large project to be completed later in the year, and spend some time responding to emails.

10:00 AM: Go out and inspect electrical work and make sure it meets building code and suggest improvements if necessary.

11:00 AM: First appointment of the day, meet with local officials that have proposed a new park and recreational area. Discuss costs and issues of building the park.

1:00 PM: Eat lunch with other engineers in the city and discuss new products on the market and take about current projects.

2:00 PM: Make rough draft of the park, make a list of several options and email them to the officials from earlier. Receive email to review files of a planned subdivision.

3:30 PM: After looking at the files, look at soils and grading report, discuss any problems and possible solutions.

4:30 PM: Answer final emails and phone calls, and go home!

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What is an average starting salary for this field of engineering?

The average starting salary is $51, 810. The average is $79,340.

What education is required in order to work in this field?

Civil engineers must have to complete a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or in one of its sub fields. It must be accredited by ABET. Examples of bachelor's degree programs include coursework in math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, and fluid dynamics. An interesting fact: More than one in every five civil engineers has a master's degree.
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