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Working As A Junior Project Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Project 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 Junior Project 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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Average Length of Employment
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.3 years
Graduate Engineer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Junior Project Engineer
Internship 22.2%
Trainee 3.5%
Assistant 2.8%
Top Careers After Junior Project Engineer
Internship 6.4%
Engineer 3.7%
Consultant 2.1%

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Junior Project Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.1%

Female

17.2%

Unknown

14.7%
Ethnicity

White

51.4%

Hispanic or Latino

19.8%

Asian

15.1%

Black or African American

8.2%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.4%

French

10.7%

Portuguese

7.1%

Chinese

3.6%

German

3.6%

Marathi

3.6%

Hebrew

3.6%

Gujarati

3.6%

Dakota

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Korean

3.6%
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Junior Project Engineer Education

Schools

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

16.2%

University of California - Santa Barbara

7.1%

State University of New York at Binghamton

7.1%

Texas A&M University

6.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

Iowa State University

5.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.0%

University of Connecticut

4.0%

San Jose State University

4.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

Texas Tech University

4.0%

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

4.0%

Florida International University

4.0%

Case Western Reserve University

4.0%

Clemson University

4.0%

Ferris State University

4.0%

University of California - Irvine

4.0%

University of Houston

3.0%

Michigan Technological University

3.0%

North Carolina State University

3.0%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

20.6%

Civil Engineering

14.0%

Electrical Engineering

10.2%

Construction Management

7.6%

Business

7.0%

Chemical Engineering

4.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Project Management

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Computer Science

2.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.9%

Biomedical Engineering

2.5%

Industrial Engineering

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Aerospace Engineering

2.2%

Information Systems

1.9%

Environmental Engineering

1.9%

Architecture

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.9%

Masters

27.1%

Other

11.9%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

1.2%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.7%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$57,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
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$80,000
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$114,000
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Best Paying Company
Johnson Controls
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.4 years
How much does a Junior Project Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Project Engineer in the United States is $80,898 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $114,000.

Real Junior Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Engineer Junior Ventech Engineers International LLC Pasadena, TX Sep 19, 2015 $124,030
JR. Project Engineer DHS Consulting, Inc. Rosemead, CA Nov 01, 2014 $104,350
JR. Project Engineer Chart Energy & Chemicals, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 02, 2015 $77,250
Project Engineer Programmer JR (Electrical Enginee Superior Optimization, Ltd. Odessa, TX Sep 13, 2014 $72,000
JR. Project Engineer Abeinsa EPC LLC Boardman, OR Jan 11, 2015 $70,240
Junior Project Engineer Ray Liu Associates, Corp Alhambra, CA Aug 28, 2016 $70,000
Project Engineer Junior IAV Automotive Engineering Inc. Northville, MI Sep 18, 2013 $70,000
Project Engineer Junior Avid Solutions, Inc. Apex, NC Nov 15, 2011 $64,400
Junior Project Engineer Ny Developers & Management Inc. New York, NY Sep 09, 2016 $64,000
Junior Project Engineer Ny Developers & Management Inc. New York, NY Nov 21, 2016 $64,000
Junior Project Engineer Pecga LLC Tucker, GA Jan 10, 2016 $62,400
Junior Project Engineer Inline Engineers Louisville, KY Sep 15, 2015 $61,630
Junior Project Engineer CVD Equipment Corporation Ronkonkoma, NY Oct 01, 2010 $60,890
Junior Aircraft Project Engineer Avionica, Inc. Miami, FL Mar 09, 2016 $60,820
Junior Aircraft Project Engineer Avionica, Inc. Miami, FL Dec 04, 2016 $60,820
JR. Project Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Aug 31, 2013 $60,502
Junior Project Engineer NDT Global LLC Houston, TX Jan 09, 2016 $60,500
Junior Project Engineer Sigma Investment Holdings LLC Pasadena, CA Oct 01, 2009 $59,396
Junior Project Engineer, Thermal Technology Baltimore Aircoil Company Jessup, MD Sep 01, 2014 $58,157 -
$86,172
Junior Project Engineer Houston Service Industries, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 04, 2012 $57,100 -
$62,100
JR. Project Engineer Helix Medical, LLC Baldwin Park, CA Sep 01, 2012 $56,500
Junior Project Engineer Spinning Star Energy LLC Austin, TX Sep 13, 2014 $56,349
Junior Project Engineer Recaro Aircraft Seating Americas Inc. Fort Worth, TX Dec 01, 2011 $56,000

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Top Skills for A Junior Project Engineer

  1. Project Management
  2. RFI
  3. Autocad
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  • Support project management staff in structural, mechanical, and electrical design jobs and additional validation efforts.
  • Posted RFI's and updated drawings.
  • Design electrical schematics and layouts for conveyor systems with AutoCAD.
  • Visit customer sites for installation and troubleshooting of PLC, HMI, PC, and SCADA systems.
  • Maintain and manage company SolidWorks database.

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  5. New Jersey
  6. District of Columbia
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