by Huzaifa Aziz
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Civil Engineers help design and build structures like buildings, bridges, dams, highways, railways and sewers.
Possible Work Locations
- Civil Engineers would work at engineering firms, manufacturing and construction companies, and government agencies.
- Work outdoors doing on-site inspections and supervising the construction process.
Possible Work Hours
- 8-10 hours a day
- 40-50 hours a week
Education and Training Required
- must have at least a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a closely related field
- a master's degree or phD can improve your chances at advancement
- Education required: University
Compulsory or Voluntary Trade?
Civil Engineering is both, it is for compulsory members and voluntary members.
Opportunities for Advancement & What Would be Required
- Civil Engineers with enough experience may move into senior positions, such as project managers or functional managers.
- You would need to obtain the Professional Engineer's License because only licensed engineers can assume responsibilities for public projects.
- When working in high places, you could fall and injure yourself
- Injury/death if something falls on you eg., floor or wall
- Electrocution if you touch "live" electric wires
- Having to deal with extreme warm temperatures
- Injuries with muscular and skeletal systems
Opportunities for Travel
If you're a civil engineer and working for a government agency, the work they want you to do might take you abroad.
Personal Qualities Recommended
- Critical thinking
- Problem-solving skills
- Communication skills
- An interest in construction and building
- Math and computer skills
- An understand of business
Will there be a demand for this trade in the future in Canada?
Yes, by 2018 people who are looking for a job in civil engineering will increase by 300 people while the job openings will decrease by roughly 300. So there will be more job seekers than job openings making this trade very competitive.