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Become A Construction Engineer

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Working As A Construction Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Construction Engineer Do

A Construction Engineer designs, coordinates, and supervises projects within the construction industry. They conduct surveys, analyze results, and supervise projects from the cradle to the grave.

How To Become A Construction 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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139,229 Construction Engineer jobs

Leidos
Washington, DC
Civil / Construction Engineer- VIRTUAL

$62,885 Estimated

Leidos Holdings
Washington, DC
Civil / Construction Engineer- VIRTUAL

$62,885 Estimated

KPFF Consulting Engineers
New York, NY
Engineering - Bridge Construction Engineer

$65,758 Estimated

Global Channel Management, Inc.
Roseville, CA
Construction Engineer

$72,550 Estimated

JMT
Pittsburgh, PA
Construction Engineer

$58,915 Estimated

Exiger
New York, NY
Construction Engineer

$65,758 Estimated

WSP
Austin, TX
Construction Engineer

$56,190 Estimated

JMT
Philadelphia, PA
Construction Engineer

$61,190 Estimated

CDM Smith
Fontana, CA
Construction Engineer

$72,550 Estimated

Shimmick Construction
Oakland, CA
Construction engineer

$72,550 Estimated

Covington Water District
Kent, WA
Construction Engineer

$62,116 Estimated

Parsons Corporation
Broomfield, CO
Construction Engineer

$58,864 Estimated

TMG Construction Corporation
Arlington, VA
Construction Engineer

$62,885 Estimated

Amec Foster Wheeler
Anchorage, AK
Construction Engineer

$68,000 Estimated

Gonzer
New York, NY
Mechanical Construction Engineer

$65,758 Estimated

Schuff International
Pleasanton, CA
Structural Construction Engineer

$72,550 Estimated

WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff
Sellersburg, IN
Construction Engineer (ID# 36797)

$55,121 Estimated

WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff
Indianapolis, IN
Construction Engineer (ID# 37014)

$52,469 Estimated

Hawk
Anchorage, AK
Construction Engineer

$68,000 Estimated

WSP
Tempe, AZ
Construction Engineer

$55,875 Estimated

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Real Construction Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Projects & Construction Engineering Zilkha Biomass Fuels I, LLC Houston, TX Aug 25, 2015 $165,000
Senior Construction Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 22, 2016 $156,516
Fpso Construction Engineering Advisor Oscar Associates Americas LLC Houston, TX Dec 15, 2013 $150,000 -
$450,000
Construction Scheduling Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 09, 2016 $140,000
Tunnel Construction Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 25, 2015 $132,683
Construction Engineer BP America Inc. Anchorage, AK Aug 25, 2016 $125,000 -
$128,000
Senior Construction Engineer II Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Gregory, TX Apr 20, 2016 $117,765
Engineer-Tire Construction Engineering The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Akron, OH Jan 08, 2016 $116,000 -
$120,000
Virtual Design In Construction Engineer Herrero Builders Incorporated San Francisco, CA Sep 13, 2014 $112,000
Electrical Construction Engineer SNC-Lavalin Constructors, Inc. Bothell, WA Aug 05, 2015 $108,992
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Top Skills for A Construction Engineer

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Top Construction Engineer Skills

  1. Safety Standards
  2. Contract Documents
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Sustained and pushed safety standards to ensure a safe working condition for me and my coworkers while operating in hazardous environments.
  • Monitor, inspect, and approve subcontractor work against contract documents, standards, acceptance criteria and schedule milestones.
  • Coordinate with general contractor training to the owner personnel responsible of the maintenance of the facility.
  • Served as a liaison between the state and public for matters within project scope.
  • Operated all heavy construction equipment, maintenance of equipment and repair (operator level) military security procedures and operations.

Top Construction Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Construction Engineer

  1. United States Army
  2. United States Army National Guard
  3. Fluor Corporation
  4. Army National Guard
  5. Army Reserve
  6. Lockheed Martin
  7. National Guard
  8. SK Environmental Solutions, Inc.
  9. Parsons Brinckerhoff
  10. Bechtel Construction
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