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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

  • $72,000

    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
Project Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Systems Engineer Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Consultant Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Systems Engineer Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Systems Engineer Product Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Senior Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Manufacturing Supervisor Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
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Project Engineer Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

49.7%

Female

34.3%

Unknown

16.0%
Ethnicity

White

48.6%

Asian

23.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.7%

French

12.6%

Chinese

10.8%

Mandarin

8.7%

German

4.6%

Hindi

4.2%

Arabic

3.9%

Russian

3.0%

Italian

2.9%

Cantonese

2.8%

Korean

2.4%

Japanese

1.9%

Portuguese

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Marathi

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Greek

0.8%

Hebrew

0.7%

Polish

0.7%
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Project Engineer Internship Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

7.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

7.4%

University of Houston

7.4%

Arizona State University

7.3%

University of Southern California

6.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.1%

Purdue University

6.0%

New York University

5.5%

University of Florida

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.0%

Columbia University

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.7%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.4%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.3%

Clemson University

3.3%

George Washington University

3.2%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

16.4%

Civil Engineering

10.1%

Business

9.1%

Construction Management

8.3%

Electrical Engineering

7.9%

Computer Science

6.4%

Industrial Engineering

5.1%

Finance

4.7%

Chemical Engineering

4.4%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Psychology

2.8%

Political Science

2.6%

Economics

2.6%

Marketing

2.5%

Environmental Science

2.4%

Communication

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Engineering

2.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.1%

Public Health

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.3%

Masters

37.9%

Other

7.2%

Doctorate

2.7%

Associate

1.4%

Certificate

1.3%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.0%
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Top Skills for A Project Engineer Internship

  1. Project Management
  2. Data Entry
  3. RFI
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  • Managed project team resources and training and developed extensive project management experience and expertise.
  • Performed data entry/analysis for HIV/AIDS program monitoring and evaluation, assist with grant writing
  • Contributed to submitting requests for information (RFI) regarding specifications pertaining to contract documents.
  • Developed layouts of different electrical applications using AutoCAD 2006.
  • Designed and generated engineering drawings for project submittals.

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