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Working As An Office Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $74,921

    Average Salary

What Does An Office 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 An Office 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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Office Engineer Career Paths

Office Engineer
Construction Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Engineer Project Engineer Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Site Engineer Project Engineer Project Controls Engineer
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Estimator Maintenance Technician Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Resident Engineer Project Engineering Manager Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Resident Engineer Project Manager
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Consulting Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Site Engineer Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Estimator Assistant Project Manager
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Executive
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Design Manager
Project Manager/Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Estimator Estimator Project Manager Construction Manager
Regional Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Project Engineering Manager Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Office Manager Project Coordinator
Senior Project Coordinator
7 Yearsyrs
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Office Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.5%

Female

25.5%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

52.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

8.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.9%

French

13.6%

Arabic

13.6%

German

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Russian

3.0%

Indonesian

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Hebrew

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Malay

1.5%

Hmong

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Uzbek

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

Italian

1.5%
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Office Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

7.1%

Northeastern University

7.1%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

6.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

5.3%

University of Florida

5.3%

University of Alabama

4.4%

New York University

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

Cairn University

4.4%

Texas Tech University

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

George Mason University

4.4%

California State University - Chico

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

Florida International University

3.5%

Saint Louis University-

3.5%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.5%

Howard University

3.5%
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Majors

Civil Engineering

31.0%

Construction Management

14.8%

Business

12.5%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Mechanical Engineering

6.2%

Project Management

3.3%

Computer Science

3.0%

Management

2.5%

Engineering

2.1%

Property Management

2.1%

Construction Engineering Technologies

2.0%

Architecture

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Civil Engineering Technologies

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Construction Engineering

1.5%

General Studies

1.3%

Education

1.3%

Accounting

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.6%

Masters

16.9%

Other

15.1%

Associate

7.6%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Real Office Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Office Engineer Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc. Pelham, NY Apr 01, 2014 $120,120
Soft. DEV. ENG. In Test-Office Server and Services Test or Other Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Nov 20, 2014 $116,000 -
$136,000
Soft. DEV. Engr. In Test-Office Server and Services Test or Other Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Dec 02, 2014 $116,000 -
$136,000
Back Office Engineer Stamford Health System, Inc. (Stamford Hospital) Stamford, CT Apr 23, 2015 $110,000
International Field Office Engineer Henkels & McCoy, Inc. Norman, OK Aug 31, 2014 $96,660
Office Engineer Traylor Bros, Inc. Washington, DC Mar 30, 2011 $95,000
Office Engineer Collective Management Services Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 28, 2011 $93,650
Office Engineer Collective Management Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2012 $93,650
Office Engineer Collective Management Services Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 15, 2011 $93,650
Office Engineer Collective Management Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 16, 2013 $93,600
Office Engineer III M.C.Dean, Inc. Euless, TX Jul 27, 2016 $89,190
International Field Office Engineer Henkels & McCoy, Inc. Norman, OK Aug 31, 2013 $88,470
Field Office Engineer/Estimator Henkels & McCoy, Inc. Norman, OK Sep 01, 2010 $88,462
Office Engineer PGH Wong Engineering, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 20, 2016 $77,000
Office Engineer EPC Consultants, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 01, 2014 $75,591
Field Office Engineer Aecom USA, Inc. Lake Forest, CA Jun 22, 2010 $75,587
Field Office Engineer Aecom USA, Inc. Lake Forest, CA Jun 02, 2010 $75,587
Office Engineer Obayashi Corporation Burlingame, CA Sep 10, 2014 $75,338
Office Engineer Clark Construction Group-California, LP Oakland, CA Sep 21, 2010 $75,246
Office Engineer Ammann & Whitney, Inc. North Haven, CT Sep 10, 2012 $74,880
Field/Office Engineer Tutor-Saliba Corporation Lakehead, CA Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
Office Engineer Railpros, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 30, 2012 $65,000
Field/Office Engineer Tutor-Perini Corporation Lakehead, CA Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
Office Engineer HAKS Engineers Architects & Land Surveyors P.C New York, NY Sep 30, 2012 $65,000
Field/Office Engineer Tutor-Perini Corporation DBA Tutor-Saliba Corporat Lakehead, CA Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
Office Engineer HAKS Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors, P.C New York, NY Jun 30, 2014 $65,000
Office Engineer HAKS New York, NY Apr 23, 2015 $65,000

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Top Skills for An Office Engineer

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  1. Contract Drawings
  2. Shop Drawings
  3. Submittals
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  • Study contract drawings, specifications and shop drawings to insure proper coordination of built-in-items.
  • Reviewed the contractor's applications for payment, processed/reviewed shop drawings, reviewed material quantity surveys, and measured subcontractor production.
  • Reviewed and maintained submittals and submitted requests for information to architect and engineers.
  • Approve and send all Requests for Information (RFI) to the General Contractor.
  • Assisted in overseeing (2) simultaneous commercial projects ($5M), one historical renovation and one new construction.

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