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Become A Junior Engineer

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Working As A Junior Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $60,545

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Engineer Do

A Junior Engineer helps design, build, or maintain engines, machines, or public works. They work under the supervision of an engineer.

How To Become A Junior 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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Real Junior Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Engineer Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 16, 2015 $115,000
Junior Full Stack Engineer Yesware, Inc. Boston, MA Jul 28, 2014 $115,000
Data Engineer, JR. Engineer .02) Avant, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 14, 2016 $107,000
JR. Search Relevance Engineer Suning Commerce R&D Center Palo Alto, CA Aug 31, 2016 $98,342
Junior Engineer Adi Worldlink, LLC Herndon, VA Oct 01, 2014 $98,000 -
$103,000
Junior Engineer Credit Karma, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 16, 2016 $97,000 -
$117,000
Junior Engineer Pacific Controls Inc. Somerset, NJ Mar 23, 2016 $90,730
Data Engineer, JR. Engineer .02) Avant, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 22, 2016 $90,000
Junior Front-End Engineer Springahead, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2016 $90,000
Data Engineer, JR. Engineer Avant Credit Corporation Chicago, IL Sep 15, 2015 $90,000
Junior Engineer Infrastructure Systems KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 03, 2016 $90,000
Junior Thermal Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Raymond, OH Jan 10, 2016 $88,343
Junior Thermal Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Raymond, OH Sep 01, 2015 $86,611
Junior Pavement Engineer Dynatest North America, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 13, 2016 $73,500
JR. Engineer Percolate Industries, Inc. New York, NY Sep 16, 2014 $72,000
Senior Junior Engineer Australtek, LLC Bridgeville, PA Sep 09, 2014 $71,136
Junior Engineer Velo3D, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 21, 2016 $70,325
Junior Engineer Horizon Group, USA Warren, NJ Mar 06, 2014 $70,000
Junior Engineer Horizon Group USA Warren, NJ Mar 06, 2014 $70,000
Application Technology Junior Engineer Cytec Industries Inc. Tempe, AZ Sep 11, 2015 $68,500
Engineer Junior Transmission Calibration IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. Northville, MI Apr 20, 2015 $63,411
Junior Engineer Innova Technologies, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jan 02, 2016 $63,215
Junior Engineer St. Paper LLC Franklin, VA Sep 26, 2015 $63,000 -
$65,000
Junior Engineer Capital One Construction Group Corp NY Sep 06, 2015 $62,600
Junior Engineer Solomon Rosenzweig, P.E.P.C. New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $62,600
Junior Engineer Solomon Rosenzweig, P.E.P.C. New York, NY Sep 14, 2015 $62,600

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Top Skills for A Junior Engineer

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Top Junior Engineer Skills

  1. Auto CAD
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created civil and structural drawings as per the senior engineer design using Auto CAD.
  • Tested communications systems per the documented test procedures and created test discrepancy reports.
  • Supervised two HR Support Personnel; the Safety Department indirectly reported to Human Resources.
  • Implemented coded test programs for hardware/software changes and process changes to increase product yield by 5%-10%.
  • Carried out race engineer requests for new projects, sensors, and data analysis for the given project's budget.

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