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What does a civil engineer do?

I'm a senior in high school interested in what civil engineers do daily at their jobs. #engineering #jobs #civil-engineering

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Gary’s Answer

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Civil engineers work on designing, constructing, and maintaining infrastructure. Typically this means public works, but you may find yourself working for a private sector company as a contractor working for a local, regional, or national government organization. Depending on what role you play, you might find yourself drafting, writing documentation for a project, working on proposals for new works, making site visits (hard hat!), reading about new engineering technologies or methods, and so on. Expect to spend a fair amount of time in front of your computer, on site visits, and working with other engineers, builders, or project managers in person or on the phone.


The educational and training requirements are significant. You should definitely build up your math and science skills in preparation for this occupation.


Here's a day-in-the-life video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLjGi0ZQYKY

Here's a short video overview of civil engineering. It's a few years old, but it's good if you aren't sure what civil engineering is all about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1nTeN8SDD4

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saurabh’s Answer

Civil engineers mainly work on designing of the civil infrastructure, including buildings, bridges, monuments etc.
They also supervise construction work and maintenance of these infrastructures.
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Syed’s Answer

Civil engineering is one of the oldest engineering stream. It generally deals with built environment and it can be dated back to the beginning of time, when a person built a roof above his head.

Civil engineer's build what comprises of a modern day environment. A country's visual infrastructure relies on how a civil engineer shapes it to be. From the roads, to dams and buildings. So basically, it is a combination of Engineering, skill art streamed into execution.

If you are looking at this, as a career path you can begin with pursuing a diploma/engineering in civil followed by an internship. Moving forward, you can either free lance or work with companies who actually BUILD!
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Ammar’s Answer

In general, the Civil Engineering Diploma equips you with the technical knowledge to undertake a career in design and engineering, while it also provides you with analytical skills that opens doors in other industries.

Your technical knowledge will allow you to work in:
- Engineering design (where you work with firms to develop drawings for infrastructure or facilities). You will be using software to model buildings and/or other structures
- Construction (whether it's roads, buildings, general infrastructure etc..) where you can start your career as a site engineer, and then progress gradually to project management. You have to note here that there could be a range of possibilities of what role you can assume in a construction company, such as working in estimation, cost control, scheduling and the likes.
- Geotechnical investigations related to soil investigations, and this could stretch to other laboratory work

On the other hand, It is very common that you could end up in other industries given your analytical skills, such as consulting, because they value the "problem-solving" approach that engineers follow.
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Mangara’s Answer

Hey Barreraomar68,
Civil Engineer basically is a person who's in charge on designing and building a construction (e.g., a House, a Road, or a Bridge).
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