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Working As A Job Captain

  • 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 Job Captain Do

A Job Captain is responsible for overseeing the drafting process of a project and completing outstanding items or tasks that remain to be accomplished. They take direction from the Project Manager, the Project Architect, and/or the Architect of Record.

How To Become A Job Captain

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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Job Captain Career Paths

Job Captain
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Architect
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Project Coordinator Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Outside Sales Estimator Project Manager
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Senior Project Manager
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Property Manager General Contractor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Construction Manager Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Engineering Manager Construction Manager
Estimating Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Assistant Project Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Driver Field Supervisor
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Interior Designer
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Estimator Project Superintendent
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President Of Operations Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Job Captain 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

  • Italian

  • French

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Portuguese

  • Turkish

  • Bosnian

  • Serbian

  • Greek

  • Carrier

  • Polish

  • Croatian

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Real Job Captain Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Job Captain (Architecture) Fairfax & Sammons Architects, PC New York, NY Sep 19, 2011 $104,000
Job Captain Fairfax & Sammons Architects, PC New York, NY Apr 24, 2010 $104,000
Job Captain (JR. Architect/Jr. Project Manager) Robinson Mills & Williams Sacramento, CA Jan 15, 2014 $90,000
Job Captain McCall Design Group San Francisco, CA Jan 03, 2010 $82,270
Project Designer/Job Captain Studio O+A, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 06, 2015 $82,000
Project Designer/Job Captain Studio O+A, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 13, 2015 $82,000
Job Captain Lessard Group, Inc. Vienna, VA Nov 10, 2009 $80,000
Job Captain MVE + Partners, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 24, 2016 $77,040
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Feb 10, 2013 $77,000 -
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Oct 02, 2013 $77,000 -
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $76,280
Job Captain Fxfowle Architects LLP New York, NY Nov 28, 2016 $75,000
Job Captain HKS, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 29, 2016 $74,000
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. &Amp; Associates, Inc. New York, NY Jan 31, 2012 $69,368 -
Job Captain Massa Multimedia Architecture PC Neptune, NJ Nov 01, 2016 $68,000
Job Captain Curtain Wall Design & Consulting, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2012 $66,000
Job Captain Massa Multimedia Architecture PC Neptune, NJ Mar 10, 2016 $65,000
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Jan 02, 2010 $64,800
Job Captain Holscher Architecture Inc. Belvedere, CA Oct 01, 2013 $64,697
Job Captain HKS, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 19, 2013 $64,000
Job Captain The Preston Partnership, LLC Vienna, VA Sep 01, 2014 $57,886 -
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. &Amp; Associates, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 29, 2011 $57,678 -
Job Captain (Architecture) SVA Architects, Incorporated Santa Ana, CA Jun 01, 2015 $57,000
Job Captain HMC Group DBA HMC Architects Pasadena, CA Oct 09, 2007 $56,968
Job Captain Holscher Architecture Inc. Belvedere, CA Sep 15, 2010 $56,850 -
Job Captain Holscher Architecture Belvedere, CA Aug 15, 2010 $56,850 -
Job Captain The Preston Partnership, LLC. Bethesda, MD Sep 01, 2011 $56,000
Job Captain The Preston Partnership, LLC. Vienna, VA Nov 05, 2012 $56,000

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Top Skills for A Job Captain


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Top Job Captain Skills

  1. Construction Document Preparation
  2. CAD
  3. Consultant Coordination
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked as a team member on all phases of construction document preparation on the following projects.
  • Revised and reviewed drawings of other CAD Technicians that were delegated to me.
  • Involved in construction documents during all phases, including design, consultant coordination, revisions, and addenda.
  • Managed construction administration for a 6 story office building.
  • Lead architectural designer responsible for a Mediterranean style 9500sqft bespoke construction single family residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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