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Working As A Project Engineer Internship

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $72,042

    Average Salary

What Does A Project Engineer Internship Do

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build the highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.

Duties

Civil engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Read and review project drawings and plans to determine the sizes of structures
  • Confer with engineers about preparing plans
  • Use computer aided design software under the charge of engineers
  • Evaluate pre-construction field conditions
  • Observe project sites and evaluate contractors’ work to detect problems with a design
  • Test construction materials and soil samples in laboratories
  • Help to ensure that project construction conforms to design specifications and applicable codes
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for constructing systems and operating facilities
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data
  • Collect data and prepare analyses
  • Set up and help maintain project files and records

Civil engineering technicians typically work under the charge of licensed civil engineers. These technicians generally help civil engineers, performing some of the same tasks as the engineers. However, because they are not licensed, civil engineering technicians cannot approve designs or supervise the overall project.

Civil engineering technicians assume varied duties on the job. They sometimes estimate construction costs and develop specifications. Other times, they prepare drawings or survey land. They also may set up and monitor various instruments for traffic studies. These technicians’ duties often require familiarity with and use of various computer programs to design projects, collect and analyze data, prepare correspondence and reports, and manage file systems.

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How To Become A Project Engineer Internship

Although not always required, an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology is preferred for employment as a civil engineering technician.

Education

To prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school, prospective civil engineering technicians should take science and math courses, such as chemistry, geometry, and calculus. They should also have basic knowledge of the use of computers.

Employers generally prefer engineering technicians to have an associate’s degree from a program accredited by ABET, although a degree is not always required. Engineering technology programs are also available at technical or vocational schools that award a postgraduate certificate or diploma.

Courses at technical or vocational schools may include engineering, design, and computer software. To complete an associate’s degree in, students also usually need to take other courses in liberal arts and the sciences.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. As assistants to civil engineers, civil engineering technicians must be able to help the engineers identify and solve problems to develop infrastructure plans and to help agencies avoid wasting time, effort, and funds.

Decisionmaking skills. Pressures from deadlines mean that technicians must be able to quickly discern which types of information are most important for the work at hand, and which plan of action will help keep the project on schedule.

Math skills. Civil engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. Civil engineering technicians sometimes have to go to jobsites and assess a project for the engineer. Therefore, they must know what to look for and how best to report back to the engineer who is overseeing the project.

Problem-solving skills. Like civil engineers, civil engineering technicians help design projects to solve a particular problem. Technicians must be able to understand and work with all the related systems involved in building a project.

Reading skills. Civil engineering technicians carry out plans and designs for projects that a civil engineer has approved. Thus, they must be able to understand all the reports, plans, and documents describing these designs.

Writing skills. Civil engineering technicians often are asked to relay their findings in writing. They must be able to write reports that are well organized and clearly written.

Other Experience

Although an associate’s degree is preferred by most employers, prospective civil engineering technicians may enter the occupation after gaining work experience in a related occupation, particularly as a drafter or CAD operator. A worker who begins as a drafter or CAD operator for an engineering firm may advance to a civil engineering technician position as his or her knowledge of design and construction improves.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is not needed to enter this occupation, but it can help technicians advance their careers. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) is one of the primary organizations overseeing certification for civil engineering technicians.

Certification as a technician requires passing an exam and providing documentation, including a work history, recommendations, and, for most programs, supervisor confirmation of specific experience. NICET requires technicians to update their skills and knowledge through a recertification process that encourages continuing professional development.

Advancement

Civil engineering technicians can advance in their careers by learning to design systems for a variety of projects, such as storm sewers and sanitary systems. It is also useful for civil engineering technicians to become skilled at reading plans and profiles—the graphical depiction of proposed projects.

Civil engineering technicians can also benefit with increasing knowledge of computer systems and application, in particular familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet programs, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

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Project Engineer Internship Career Paths

Project Engineer Internship
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Control Supervisor
Assistant Quality Control Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Leader Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Assistant Project Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Research Technician Environmental Scientist GIS Analyst
GIS Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Program Manager Product Manager
Manager, Product Management
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Systems Engineer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Assistant Project Coordinator Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Field Technician Surveyor
Survey Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Inspector Surveyor
Survey Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Project Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Project Associate 1.8 years
Project Assistant 1.8 years
Student Engineer 1.6 years
Graduate Engineer 1.1 years
Project Trainee 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 31.0%
Volunteer 7.3%
President 2.4%
Researcher 2.4%
Tutor 2.3%
Trainee 1.8%
Top Employers After
Internship 16.6%
Volunteer 4.7%
Consultant 3.0%
Engineer 2.6%
President 2.2%
Associate 2.1%

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Project Engineer Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

55.8%

Female

38.3%

Unknown

6.0%
Ethnicity

White

47.5%

Asian

25.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

9.0%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.0%

French

13.0%

Chinese

11.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

German

5.1%

Hindi

4.0%

Russian

3.5%

Arabic

2.9%

Italian

2.8%

Korean

2.5%

Japanese

2.3%

Cantonese

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Portuguese

1.6%

Marathi

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Hebrew

0.9%

Gujarati

0.7%

Swedish

0.6%
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Project Engineer Internship Education

Schools

University of Illinois at Chicago

7.0%

University of Houston

6.3%

Arizona State University

6.0%

Purdue University

6.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

5.7%

University of Southern California

5.7%

Texas A&M University

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

University of Florida

5.1%

Clemson University

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.6%

Iowa State University

4.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.1%

New York University

4.0%

San Jose State University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.7%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

17.9%

Civil Engineering

9.0%

Business

8.9%

Electrical Engineering

8.4%

Construction Management

7.2%

Computer Science

6.1%

Industrial Engineering

5.7%

Finance

4.6%

Chemical Engineering

4.5%

Computer Engineering

3.7%

Communication

2.7%

Political Science

2.7%

Economics

2.7%

Marketing

2.6%

Management

2.5%

Psychology

2.4%

Environmental Science

2.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Law

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.4%

Masters

38.0%

Other

7.4%

Doctorate

3.2%

Certificate

1.4%

Associate

1.3%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.0%
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  1. Data Entry
  2. Safety
  3. Submittals
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  • Performed data entry and management, organizational activities, and created educational pamphlets for caregivers and Alzheimer's patients.
  • Spearheaded the modernization of plant safety equipment and procedural checklists.
  • Managed submittals and coordination drawings with subcontractors and the Superintendent.
  • Pioneered an innovative CAD approach to generate pump and containment configurations for a low-loss critical pharmaceutical lab.
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