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Working As A Professional Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $63,557

    Average Salary

What Does A Professional Engineer Do At Cybercoders

* Scheduling of work and personnel to maintain schedule requirements
* Providing engineering support to Sales, Production and Erection as well as Contractors, Architects, Engineers and Owners
* Development of computer programs/spreadsheets
* Jobsite visits as required
* Manage Project Leaders, Drafters and Quality Control
* Mentor, train and develop department employees to maximize department efficiency and employee development
* Perform engineering design calculations for assigned projects
* Creating, checking and optimizing erection framing plans & details
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What Does A Professional Engineer Do At SEH, Inc.

* Assist in the preparation of technical specifications and general contract documents for bidding purposes.
* Manage own work activities and project team responsibilities and report to supervisor on status of workload.
* Learn and keep abreast of the latest design standards and procedures.
* Ability to utilize a wide variety of reference and/or design data and information such as ordinances, statutes, development plans, and policies.
* Work effectively in an empowered team environment.
* Communicate well with coworkers and clients.
* Act as technical advisor to junior professional staff assigned to the project.
* Commitment to continuous improvement.
* Conform to SEH standards of quality, both technical and graphic

What Does A Professional Engineer Do At Quality Technology Services, LLC

* other duties may be assigned
* Provide technical support to all aspects of data center operations including the operation, maintenance and repair of all mission critical equipment and systems supporting a 24x7 data center operation to achieve 100% uptime and 100% compliance with all customer SLAs.
* Assist in all site construction activity and installations, in coordination with QTS Development Team, external construction resources, to ensure system design, installation and testing adhere to operational standards.
* Witness testing of all equipment during commissioning and validate sequence of operations and receipt of all operational documentation.
* Supports for all local customer installations, in coordination with Sales Engineering, Design & Construction and Colocation Operations to coordinate customer move-ins and turn-ups, including deployments and power circuit installations.
* Supports implementation and audit local standard operating procedures in conjunction with our Corporate Audit teams.
* Support various accreditation, certification and compliance initiatives as may be required by QTS.
* Maintain compliance with local health & safety (i.e. OSHA) standards and national electrical and building codes.
* Interfaces with vendors, QTS Engineering, QTS Development and peer operations organizations.
* Ensure adherence to all standard operating procedures (SOP), method of procedures (MOP), and emergency response procedures (ERP) established for the critical environments, as well as the formal change control process.
* Participates in the scheduling, coordination and completion all significant planned and emergency maintenance events for the facility and ensure these activities are executed in a controlled and proven method to ensure the reliability of the critical loads supported by these systems

What Does A Professional Engineer Do At Brown and Caldwell

* Develop P&IDs, wiring schematics, network and control system architecture designs for industrial automation designs
* Developing control strategies that will be configured in the control system
* Lead the development of automation programming for industrial projects for municipal, industrial, and federal clients
* Manage, modify, develop, test, and startup PLC and HMI automation projects
* Perform submittal reviews from contractors and other system integrator developed automation programming acting as owner’s advisor
* Work and communicate effectively with other disciplines, task leaders, and project managers
* Produce effective and accurate written documents, reports, and technical memorandums
* Perform in technical role for value engineering and QA/QC or review of sub-consultant work

What Does A Professional Engineer Do At SEH, Inc.

* Participate with a broad range professionals in delivering planning, landscape architecture, engineering and architecture projects.
* Prepare project approach, scope and fee required to complete projects.
* Manage business development activities with established and prospective clients.
* Maintain and cultivate client relationships.
* Participate in client interviews and/or proposal presentations.
* Participate in recruitment and selection of project team personnel.
* Maintain project schedule and assure that deadlines are met.
* Maintain close relationships with clients throughout development of projects.
* Maintain client contact after project is completed.
* Represent SEH with agencies at project and public meetings.
* Manage, mentor, and coach staff as needed to promote a positive team environment.
* Actively participate in Regional and Practice Center decisions and meetings.
* Understand market needs and trends in order to identify and act on opportunities.
* Monitor business operations for the Rochester office Civil Engineering practice.
* Schedule and facilitate staffing and workload for the Rochester office Civil Engineering practice.
* Perform other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Professional 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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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • French

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Dakota

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Gujarati

  • Hindi

  • Mandarin

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Real Professional Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Professional RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Bedminster, NJ Oct 03, 2015 $116,158
Characterization Engineering Professional IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Jan 14, 2013 $114,000
Professional-RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services, LLC Morristown, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $112,793
Professional-Ran Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Bedminster, NJ Oct 31, 2014 $112,793
Professional-Ran Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Bedminster, NJ Jul 28, 2014 $110,993
Professional RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 23, 2016 $109,752
Professional RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC San Ramon, CA Apr 19, 2016 $109,752
Professional-Ran Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Morristown, NJ Aug 15, 2013 $108,785
Professional RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Cerritos, CA Apr 19, 2013 $106,350
Professional-Ran Engineer at&T Services, Inc. Rocky Hill, CT Sep 21, 2015 $103,064
Professional RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC San Diego, CA May 08, 2015 $102,314
Professional RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Southfield, MI Oct 30, 2016 $100,910
Professional-RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC San Ramon, CA Jun 01, 2013 $100,907
Professional-Ran Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Schaumburg, IL Oct 01, 2014 $100,143
Professional-Ran Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Raleigh, NC Sep 13, 2013 $95,516
Professional-RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC San Ramon, CA Sep 10, 2013 $95,020
Professional-RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Pleasanton, CA Mar 14, 2013 $92,027
Professional-RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Oklahoma City, OK Jul 29, 2013 $92,000
Professional RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Milwaukee, WI Feb 25, 2013 $91,147
SR. Technical Professional-Engineering Safety KBR, Inc. Birmingham, AL Oct 01, 2013 $87,360
Professional RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Schaumburg, IL Jan 22, 2013 $87,175
Professional RAN Engineer at&T, Inc., and All of Its Subsidiaries and Affiliates Baton Rouge, LA Jun 19, 2015 $78,890
Professional RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Atlanta, GA Jan 20, 2015 $78,849
Technical Professional-Engineering/Petrophysical Applications, SR. Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 03, 2015 $78,382
Engineering Professional Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co. Reston, VA Jul 08, 2013 $77,500 -
Engineering Professional Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co. Reston, VA Jan 06, 2014 $77,000 -
Staff Professional, Engineer II Fugro Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 03, 2016 $76,794
Staff Professional, Engineer II Fugro Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 09, 2016 $76,794

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Top Skills for A Professional Engineer


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Top Professional Engineer Skills

  1. Safety
  2. Project Management
  3. CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Learned to incorporate safety into all aspects of company business and operations.
  • Project management for local water management district.
  • Applied the Rational Method and AutoCAD to design drains.
  • major technical contributor to define facility and operational requirements for a new frozen food distribution center.
  • Provide technical advice regarding design, construction or program modifications and structural repairs to industrial and managerial personnel.

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