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Working As A Civil/Structural Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $91,804

    Average Salary

What Does A Civil/Structural Engineer Do

Civil engineers design, build, supervise, operate, and maintain construction projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Many civil engineers work in design, construction, research, and education.

Duties

Civil engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze long range plans, survey reports, maps, and other data in order to plan projects
  • Consider construction costs, government regulations, potential environmental hazards, and other factors in planning the stages of, and risk analysis for, a project
  • Compile and submit permit applications to local, state, and federal agencies, verifying that projects comply with various regulations
  • Perform or oversee soil testing to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations
  • Test building materials, such as concrete, asphalt, or steel, for use in particular projects
  • Provide cost estimates for materials, equipment, or labor to determine a project’s economic feasibility
  • Use design software to plan and design transportation systems, hydraulic systems, and structures in line with industry and government standards
  • Perform or oversee surveying operations in order to establish reference points, grades, and elevations to guide construction
  • Present their findings to the public on topics such as bid proposals, environmental impact statements, or descriptions of property
  • Manage the repair, maintenance, and replacement of public and private infrastructure

Civil engineers inspect projects to insure regulatory compliance. In addition, they are tasked with ensuring that safe work practices are followed at construction sites.

Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions ranging from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer, public works director, and city manager. Others work in design, construction, research, and teaching. Civil engineers work with others on projects and may be assisted by civil engineering technicians.

Civil engineers prepare permit documents for work on projects in renewable energy. They verify that the projects will comply with federal, state, and local requirements. With regard to solar energy, these engineers conduct structural analyses for large-scale photovoltaic projects. They also evaluate the ability of solar array support structures and buildings to tolerate stresses from wind, seismic activity, and other sources. For large-scale wind projects, civil engineers often prepare roadbeds to handle large trucks that haul in the turbines. In addition, they prepare the sites on the shore or offshore to make sure that the foundations for the turbines will safely keep them upright in expected environmental conditions.

Civil engineers work on complex projects, so they usually specialize in one of several areas.

Construction engineers manage construction projects, ensuring that they are scheduled and built in accordance with plans and specifications. These engineers typically are responsible for the design and safety of temporary structures used during construction.

Geotechnical engineers work to make sure that foundations are solid. They focus on how structures built by civil engineers, such as buildings and tunnels, interact with the earth (including soil and rock). In addition, they design and plan for slopes, retaining walls, and tunnels.

Structural engineers design and assess major projects, such as buildings, bridges, or dams, to ensure their strength and durability.

Transportation engineers plan, design, operate, and maintain everyday systems, such as streets and highways, but they also plan larger projects, such as airports, ship ports, mass transit systems, and harbors.

The work of civil engineers is closely related to the work of environmental engineers.

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How To Become A Civil/Structural Engineer

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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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/Structural Engineer Career Paths

Civil/Structural Engineer
Consulting Engineer Architect Project Architect
Assistant Construction Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Civil Engineer Senior Engineer Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Project Controls Engineer
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Lead Technician Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Civil Engineer Project Manager
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Structural Engineer Principal Engineer Chief Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Executive
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Architect Interior Designer
Project Manager/Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Lead Technician Field Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineering Manager Civil Engineer
Public Works Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Senior Engineering Technician Senior Designer
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Structural Engineer Senior Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Inspector Surveyor
Survey Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Civil/Structural Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.7%

Female

13.2%

Unknown

5.1%
Ethnicity

White

45.0%

Asian

21.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

8.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

Chinese

7.8%

French

7.8%

Turkish

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

Portuguese

3.9%

Arabic

3.9%

Korean

3.9%

Russian

2.0%

Filipino

2.0%

Czech

2.0%

Yoruba

2.0%

Dakota

2.0%

Persian

2.0%

Albanian

2.0%

Tagalog

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

German

2.0%
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Civil/Structural Engineer Education

Schools

University of Houston

14.6%

Lamar University

9.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

7.6%

Texas A&M University

5.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.9%

University of Florida

4.2%

Clemson University

4.2%

Auburn University

4.2%

University of Maine

4.2%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.5%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.5%

University of Louisville

3.5%

Portland State University

3.5%

University of Connecticut

2.8%
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Majors

Civil Engineering

75.9%

Engineering

5.0%

Business

3.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Construction Management

1.7%

Project Management

1.5%

Architectural Engineering

1.5%

Civil Engineering Technologies

1.3%

Finance

0.9%

Construction Engineering

0.9%

Drafting And Design

0.7%

Computer Science

0.7%

Architecture

0.7%

Construction Engineering Technologies

0.7%

Environmental Engineering

0.7%

Management

0.6%

Engineering Technology

0.6%

Systems Engineering

0.4%

Psychology

0.4%

Industrial Technology

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Masters

36.1%

Other

11.9%

Doctorate

4.6%

Associate

1.8%

Certificate

1.2%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Civil/Structural Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Civil/Structural Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Sep 01, 2014 $170,000
Civil and Structural Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Jan 11, 2015 $163,500
Civil and Structural Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Jan 10, 2013 $145,545
Civil/Structural Engineer V SK E&C USA, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 19, 2015 $142,795
Lead Civil, Structural and Marine Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX May 30, 2016 $142,626
Principal Civil Structural Engineer I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Nov 23, 2015 $135,491 -
$180,168
Principal Civil Structural Engineer II CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Dec 21, 2015 $135,491 -
$198,336
Principal Civil/Structural Engineer I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Aug 23, 2016 $135,491 -
$186,474
Principal Civil/Structural Engineer I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Aug 25, 2016 $135,491 -
$186,474
Lead Civil/Structural Engineer Orascom E&C USA Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2015 $112,486 -
$136,350
Substation Civil & Structural Engineer Kiewit Engineering & Design Co. The Woodlands, TX Sep 20, 2016 $112,008
Senior Civil/Structural Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 01, 2015 $110,677
Lead Civil/Structural Engineer Orascom E&C USA Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 01, 2014 $110,677 -
$135,000
Senior Civil Structural Engineer G.A.S. Unlimited, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Aug 27, 2015 $110,677
Senior Civil/Structural Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 18, 2013 $110,500
Civil/Structural Engineer Keystone Engineering Inc. Houston, TX Apr 09, 2013 $110,240
Civil/Structural Engineer Patch Services, LLC Suisun City, CA Mar 13, 2015 $110,000
Senior Civil/Structural Engineer I CB&I Inc. Tyler, TX Aug 28, 2015 $88,006
Civil/Structural Engineer III CB&I Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 12, 2014 $88,000 -
$98,000
Civil/Structural Engineer III CB&I Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 26, 2014 $88,000 -
$98,000
Civil Structural Engineer Transamerican Power Products Houston, TX Aug 18, 2015 $87,568
Civil/Structural Engineer Chemic Engineers & Constructors Inc. Hitchcock, TX Feb 27, 2014 $87,360
Structural/Civil Engineer Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc. Evansville, IN Oct 05, 2014 $87,287
Structural/Civil Engineer Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc. Evansville, IN Oct 04, 2014 $87,287
Civil/Structural Engineer Chemic Engineers & Constructors Inc. Hitchcock, TX Nov 06, 2014 $85,280

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  • Reviewed shop drawings and structural design meet established performance criteria.
  • Designed miscellaneous pipe supports and foundations.
  • Lead Engineering responsibilities for energy clients involving midstream facilities, grassroots, expansion and renovation.
  • Provided structural engineering designs for substation engineering, facilities management, and project engineering groups.
  • Designed access platforms for relief valves.

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