Civil Engineers 

Plan, evaluate, research and manage a variety of major civil engineering projects including the construction/repair of structures such as: buildings, roads, tunnels, airports, and rapid transit facilities; bridges, dams, ports, and coastal installations; systems related to highway and transportation services; and water distribution/sanitation. Specialize in foundation analysis, building/structural inspection, surveying, geomatics, and municipal planning.

Aptitude: Problem solving , Being creative , Working with tools , Making models , Helping others , Like Field work

Work: Civil engineers perform some or all of the following duties: , Confer with clients and other members of the engineering team and conduct research to determine project requirements , Plan and design major civil projects such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, water and waste management systems and structural steel fabrications , Develop construction specifications and procedures , Evaluate and recommend appropriate building and construction materials , Interpret, review and approve survey and civil design work , Conduct field services for civil works , Ensure construction plans meet guidelines and specifications of building codes and other regulations , Establish and monitor construction work schedules , Conduct feasibility studies, economic analyses, municipal and regional traffic studies, environmental impact studies or other investigations , Monitor air, water and soil quality and develop procedures to clean up contaminated sites , Conduct technical analyses of survey and field data for development of topographic, soil, hydrological or other information and prepare reports , Act as project or site supervisor for land survey or construction work , Prepare contract documents and review and evaluate tenders for construction projects , Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers and review and approve designs, calculations and cost estimates.

Title Examples: Bridge Engineer, Civil Engineer, Construction Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Highway Engineer, Municipal Engineer, Sanitation Engineer, Structural Engineer, Traffic Engineer, Transportation Engineer

Useful Secondary School subjects: Math, Sciences, Industrial Arts, English, Blueprint Reading

Degrees associated with this career: Bachelor, Master, Doctorate

Requirements: You need a university degree in civil engineering or in a related field of engineering., You may also need a master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering field. , As an engineer, you are eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) after graduation from an accredited educational program, after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and by passing the professional practice examination. , You need a licence from a provincial/territorial association of professional engineers to practise as a professional engineer (P. Eng.). , Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 3 in 20 have a graduate degree.

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8 responses to “Civil Engineers”

  1. mohit kumar srivastava says:

    Hello Sir/Ma’m,

    I am Mohit Kumar
    Srivastava. I am about to complete my B.Tech. in Civil Engg. through U.P.T.U.,Lko
    with an aggregate of approx. 78%. I have been placed in infosys via campus

    I have qualified in GATE 2014 with AIR 10012 (without
    coaching). Now I am thinking of dropping an year for GATE 2015 preparation with
    coaching and persue M.Tech. through an IIT (and nothing less).

    Am I making the right decision? Please help me out through
    this dilemma ASAP.

    Thank you.

  2. Rohit Singh Rathore says:

    Dear Mohit,
    There’s no match for higher education , particularly when you have not done your graduation from any those IITs/NITs… Opting for higher education will certainly open up new dimensions for you… and with that rank and percentage you certainly have got good chances for the next year.. also the competition and cutoff rank/score for any course of civil engg. in IITs is comparatively much less as compared to other branches like EC,CS or ME.. SO you do have good chances to crack it next year.. just stay focused and disciplined.. All the Best..

    • Anamika says:

      Hi Mohit,

      I agree with Rohit Singh. You already scored 10k rank in GATE without coaching so if you keep the tempo high, as you have done till now, you can score within 1000 rank easily with help of coaching. In worst case scenario, if you score around 2000 (which is nothing but a cakewalk for you), then also you can crack IITs as far as Civil Branch is considered.

      MTech/MS will give you a) Good Exposure b) Better Evaluation in Industry. From IIT you can easily get at least 2 fold what you will get from Infosys. This explains all. 🙂

      If I am given a chance to chose between both of them, without giving a second though, I will go for Higher Education.

      Kindly let me know if you have any other queries

    • Mohit Srivastava says:

      Hello Anamika Ma’m…thanks for believing in me…and really helping me out through the dilemma of IIT vs Infosys…now i will go for IIT…and gonna crack it through at any cost

    • Mohit Srivastava says:

      Thanks a lot Rohit Sir…i certainly acknowledge your advice…

  3. Nitin Mittal says:

    Dear Mohit,
    It is always about self confidence. If you think that you will crack it next year, you will. It does not matter whether you opt for coaching or not. Success lies in self confidence, focus and passion for your dreams.

    However first of all, be clear what you want to do in life. In case, you want to be in in civil engineering stuff then go ahead with GATE next year. In case you want to opt for IT industry after M. Tech. our still unsure about your choice, then think through your plans properly. One option in such a case is to join infosys and go for higher education abroad after few years experience or go for GRE.
    Nitin Mittal

  4. Mohit Srivastava says:

    May I know the list of best Institutes and universities for pursuing in Civil Engineering in India?

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