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Working As A Generation Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $85,850

    Average Salary

What Does A Generation 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.


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 Generation 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.


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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Generation Engineer Career Paths

Generation Engineer
Senior Project Manager Construction Consultant Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer General Contractor Estimator Project Manager
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
General Manager Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Senior Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Maintenance Technician Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Research Analyst Mechanical Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Project Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Staff Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Maintenance Technician Field Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President Of Operations Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Generation Engineer Education


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Real Generation Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Engineer, General Engineering Rohr, Inc. Chula Vista, CA Dec 19, 2016 $120,349
Next-Generation Sensor Algorithm Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 14, 2015 $120,000 -
HDL Code Generation Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Sep 19, 2013 $113,000
Generator Engineer NES Overseas USA, LLC Houston, TX Dec 01, 2009 $111,051
Automatic Code Generation Engineer-Deployment The Mathworks, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 16, 2016 $110,105
Senior Simulink Automatic Code Generation Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Sep 03, 2014 $107,700
HDL Code Generation Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Sep 19, 2012 $106,800
Staff Engineer, General Engineering Rohr, Inc. D/B/A UTC Aerospace Systems Chula Vista, CA Jun 19, 2016 $106,642 -
Senior Code Generation Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Aug 02, 2012 $104,800
General Engineer Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Baltimore, MD May 17, 2016 $99,611 -
Engineer-Generation & Transmission Planning Pwrsolutions, Inc. Dallas, TX Apr 20, 2012 $95,000
Automatic Code Generation Engineer-Deployment The Mathworks, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 16, 2013 $93,224
Staff Engineer, General Engineering Rohr, Inc. D/B/A UTC Aerospace Systems Chula Vista, CA Sep 18, 2015 $87,214 -
Staff Engineer, General Engineering Rohr, Inc. D/B/A UTC Aerospace Systems Chula Vista, CA Jun 19, 2015 $87,214 -
Staff Engineer, General Engineering Rohr, Inc. D/B/A UTC Aerospace Systems Chula Vista, CA Sep 18, 2014 $85,218 -
Staff Engineering, General Engineering Rohr, Inc. D/B/A UTC Aerospace Systems Chula Vista, CA Feb 11, 2014 $85,218 -
Staff Engineering, General Engineering Rohr, Inc. D/B/A UTC Aerospace Systems Chula Vista, CA Jul 31, 2014 $85,218 -
Staff Engineer, General Engineering Rohr, Inc. D/B/A UTC Aerospace Systems Chula Vista, CA Jun 19, 2014 $85,218 -
CAE Engineer General Millennium Software, Inc. Dearborn, MI Oct 22, 2014 $84,649
Ergonomics Engineer General Millennium Software, Inc. Dearborn, MI Aug 11, 2015 $84,607
Ergonomics Engineer General Millennium Software, Inc. Dearborn, MI Nov 08, 2015 $84,607
Engineer-Generation & Transmission Planning Pwrsolutions, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2009 $75,000
General Engineer Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Atlanta, GA Sep 06, 2015 $73,347
Ergonomics Engineer General Altair Productdesign, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jan 10, 2016 $71,939
CAE Engineer General Advantage Technical Services, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jan 07, 2016 $68,788
General Engineer Commonwealth Edison Company, An Exelon Company Oakbrook Terrace, IL Sep 20, 2016 $68,474 -
CAE Engineer General Millennium Software, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 06, 2013 $68,328

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Top Skills for A Generation Engineer


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Top Generation Engineer Skills

  1. Safety
  2. Facilities Engineering
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinate quarterly Water Safety Committee meetings and propose additional solutions to issues affecting facility potable water.
  • Provided and directed engineering project management and capital improvement project support to the US Army's helicopter maintenance & repair depots.
  • Communicated requirements, capabilities, collection and standardization and configuration control proposals.
  • Lead interdisciplinary team of government and contractor personnel on medium to large major renovation and new construction projects.
  • Represented this Command at the Joint DoD Business Initiative Council, and served as the Test and Evaluation Functional Board Vice-Chair.

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