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Become A Civil Engineer/Project Manager

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Working As A Civil Engineer/Project Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $61,504

    Average Salary

What Does A Civil Engineer/Project Manager Do

A Civil Engineer/Project Manager plans and manages construction projects, such as railways and roads. They ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.

How To Become A Civil Engineer/Project Manager

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Although licensure requirements vary within the United States, civil engineers usually must be licensed in the locations where they provide services directly to the public.


Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, in one of its specialties, or in civil engineering technology. Programs in civil engineering and civil engineering technology include coursework in math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, and fluid dynamics, among other courses, depending on the specialty. Courses include a mix of traditional classroom learning, work in laboratories, and fieldwork.

A degree from a program accredited by the ABET is needed in order to earn the professional engineer (PE) license. In many states, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology also will suffice as an academic requirement for obtaining a license.

About 1 in 4 civil engineers has a master’s degree. Further education after the bachelor’s degree, along with the PE license and previous experience, is helpful in getting a job as a manager. For more information on engineering managers, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Civil engineers often balance multiple and frequently conflicting objectives, such as determining the feasibility of plans with regard to financial costs and safety concerns. Urban and regional planners often look to civil engineers for advice on these issues. Civil engineers must be able to make good decisions based on best practices, their own technical knowledge, and their own experience.

Leadership skills. Civil engineers take ultimate responsibility for the projects that they manage or research that they perform. Therefore, they must be able to lead planners, surveyors, construction managers, civil engineering technicians, civil engineering technologists, and others in implementing their project plan.

Math skills. Civil engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Organizational skills. Only licensed civil engineers can sign the design documents for infrastructure projects. This requirement makes it imperative that civil engineers be able to monitor and evaluate the work at the jobsite as a project progresses. That way, they can ensure compliance with the design documents. Civil engineers also often manage several projects at the same time, and thus must be able to balance time needs and to effectively allocate resources.

Problem-solving skills. Civil engineers work at the highest level of the planning, design, construction, and operation of multifaceted projects or research. The many variables involved require that they possess the ability to identify and evaluate complex problems. They must be able to then utilize their skill and training to develop cost-effective, safe, and efficient solutions.

Speaking skills. Civil engineers must present reports and plans to audiences of people with a wide range of backgrounds and technical knowledge. This requires the ability to speak clearly and to converse with people in various settings, and to translate engineering and scientific information into easy to understand concepts.

Writing skills. Civil engineers must be able to communicate with others, such as architects, landscape architects, and urban and regional planners. They also must be able to explain projects to elected officials and citizens. This means that civil engineers must be able to write reports that are clear, concise, and understandable to those with little or no technical or scientific background.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a civil engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, approve design plans, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years working under a licensed engineer
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after earning a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Each state issues its own licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements. Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their licenses.


Civil engineers with ample experience may move into senior positions, such as project managers or functional managers of design, construction, operation, or maintenance. However, they would first need to obtain the Professional Engineering (PE) license, because only licensed engineers can assume responsibilities for public projects.

After gaining licensure, a professional engineer may seek credentialing that attests to his or her expertise in a civil engineering specialty. Such a credential may be of help for advancement to senior technical or even managerial positions.

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Civil Engineer/Project Manager Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Kurdish

  • German

  • Carrier

  • Armenian

  • Dakota

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Real Civil Engineer/Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Civil Engineering Project Manager R.M. Harris Co. Inc. Martinez, CA Sep 05, 2012 $150,000
Civil Engineering Project Manager Maspeth Welding Inc. NY Aug 12, 2016 $136,427
Civil Engineer/Project MGR. Vardaris Tech, Inc. Islandia, NY Mar 01, 2011 $125,000
Civil Engineering Project Manager Zaman Construction Corp. NY Dec 02, 2016 $122,678
Civil Engineer/Projects Manager Iron Fabrication Services, Inc. Jessup, MD Dec 14, 2015 $116,230
Senior Civil Engineer/Project Manager Trans Global Contracting Inc. San Diego, CA Dec 12, 2014 $102,502
Civil Engineer/Project Manager Pro-Metal Construction Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2015 $96,000
Civil Engineer/Project Manager Universal Construction Resources, Inc. Great Neck, NY Jul 14, 2014 $90,000
Civil Engineer-Senior Project Manager Mead & Hunt, Inc. Sacramento, CA Mar 03, 2010 $88,000 -
Mechanical/Civil Indus. Engineer, Project Manager MacRousa Corporation McClellan Park, CA Oct 01, 2009 $86,464
Civil Engineer/Project Manager B & B Iron Works, Inc. Irvington, NJ Jan 13, 2011 $83,200
Civil Engineer Project Manager Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 28, 2016 $82,530 -
Civil Engineer/Project Manager Hayward Baker Inc. Tukwila, WA Mar 21, 2009 $75,000
Civil Engineering Project Manager Envirodesign Associates, Inc. Delray Beach, FL Jul 01, 2016 $74,194
Civil Engineer and Autocad Project Manager Atlantis Group, Inc. Newton, MA Oct 01, 2013 $73,000
Civil Engineer/Project Manager Nagan Construction, Inc. Inwood, NY Oct 01, 2010 $72,000
Civil Engineer/Project Manager Nagan Construction, Inc. Inwood, NY Oct 01, 2011 $72,000
Civil Engineer/Project Manager Alna Construction Corporation Secaucus, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $67,723
Civil Engineer, Assistant Project Manager Junior Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Elmwood Park, NJ Jan 08, 2010 $67,620
Civil Engineer/Project Manager Invent Environmental Technologies, Inc. Oakland, NJ Apr 01, 2010 $64,500
Junior Civil Engineer/Asst. Project MGR. KEL-Mar Designs, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2013 $61,300
Civil Engineer Project Manager Big Orange Consulting Inc. New York, NY Jul 15, 2012 $61,066
Civil Engineering Projects Integration Manager Crossbower Corp. North Miami Beach, FL Jan 23, 2008 $60,794
Civil Engineer/Project Manager Joseph & Son Restoration Inc. New York, NY Mar 01, 2011 $60,523
Civil Engineer/Project Manager Joseph & Son Restoration Inc. New York, NY Feb 01, 2011 $60,523
Civil Engineering Project Manager Atlantic Development Group, LLC Orlando, FL Sep 26, 2015 $59,842
Civil Engineer Project Manager Ultimate Interiors By Joseph Muscat Inc. Garden City, NY Aug 15, 2012 $58,436

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Top Skills for A Civil Engineer/Project Manager


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Top Civil Engineer/Project Manager Skills

  1. Drainage Design
  2. Project Management
  3. Sanitary Sewer
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared hydraulic report Storm Drainage Design Computations for Subsurface Drainage System at Beechgrove Subdivision (City of Westwego).
  • Created Project flow system for Project Objective and Project Management Supervised and managed construction management groups and traffic management impacts studies.
  • Inspected construction site to monitor progress and ensure conformance to engineering plans, specifications and construction and safety standards.
  • Managed two CAD technicians and one Engineer in Training.
  • Design and managed civil land development and commercial site developments involving utility, drainage, and roadway design.

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