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What are the most effective strategies for seeking a position in civil engineer?

Hi my name is Magali, a student at San Jose Job Corps and I'm interested in becoming in civil engineer. Thank you for your answers.

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Dave’s Answer

I would recommend taking the first step of going to college and getting Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.
Thank you comment icon Most Civil Engineering companies require a bachelor's degree, so Dave's advice is good. Those companies also recruit from universities that have engineering programs, so you will also have that benefit as you go through. Corey Krieger
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wayne’s Answer

Engineering in general is a demanding career. You have to have a genuine desire to know how things work & how to make it better. Math and science is huge part of becoming an engineer. If you don't like either of the two, then it's going to be more difficult you to enjoy your career. With any career, the one you are best suited for is the one that you enjoy doing. This makes your quality of life much better.

wayne recommends the following next steps:

Make sure you research any field or major that you are interested in. Speak to someone in the field to learn more about what exactly they do on a daily basis.
Be honest with yourself when it comes to deciding if it's for you.
Don't be afraid to give it a try if you are not sure. Sometimes the only/best way to figure it out is to give it a try.
Give it all you got ?
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Lance’s Answer

I do not know about civil engineering specifically but I can provide some information in regards to how I found my place in Network Assurance Engineering with Verizon. I sought out those who were doing the job and asked as many questions as I could. I then worked around there schedule to go for ride alongs so I could shadow them and find out all I could about the position.
After that I reached out to a hiring manager and asked what areas I could gain experience in to build a resume for the position.
From there was just working my way into a career path that let me into that position. Most things like this take time and working on building the skill set needed for the position will give you the best chance to not only get hired for the position but be successful once you get there.
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Harry’s Answer

I would recommend making sure you get drafting and CAD use training so when you get entry level positions you can be helpful immediately.
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Peter’s Answer

Hello, Magali. The Commentor, above, correctly states that Civil Engineering requires a demanding training regimen. Specifically, you will have to enroll in College and commit to a 4-year program in engineering. The first two years will cover a broad range of Engineering disciplines. The last two years will cover Civil aspects of Engineering. During your last 2 years, you will take a comprehensive engineering exam to quality as an Engineer in Training (EIT). Following graduation, you hopefully will secure a Civil Engineering job with a Govt. agency or a civil design firm. Following 3-4 years of experience you will be qualified to take the all-important Professional Engineering Exam in Civil Engineering. Passing this exam provides you with a state license as a Professional Civil Engineer (PE). This is the final step in achieving your Civil Engineering career.

Peter recommends the following next steps:

Check out college civil engineering programs in your state.
If still in High School, take all the math and science classes that you can. This enhances the chances that you will be accepted into the college of your choice.
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Gregory’s Answer

Magali, I went the military route to become a Civil Engineer. I did a 4-year program paid by the United States Air Force. I like it so much I stayed in for 20 years. I traveled the world, met great people, and my project portfolio has a wide range of projects spanning from building runways, erecting bridges, and executing special events such as Super Bowl 57, Pro Bowl, NFL Draft, Waste Management Phoenix Open. If your interested in going this route, reach out to an ROTC recruiter.
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