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Become A Resident Engineer

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Working As A Resident Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $92,882

    Average Salary

What Does A Resident Engineer Do

A Resident Engineer is responsible for all planning aspects of a project. They maintain project engineering records, monitor and expedite weekly reports for accuracy, and develop and perform quality control procedures.

How To Become A Resident 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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Real Resident Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Resident Engineer Senior Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 08, 2016 $159,370
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 08, 2016 $158,454
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 09, 2016 $157,477
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 04, 2016 $147,000
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 14, 2015 $146,193
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 11, 2016 $145,000
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 02, 2016 $140,941
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 10, 2015 $140,056
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 07, 2015 $139,256
Resident Engineering North America Director Gamesa Wind Us Trevose, PA Mar 22, 2016 $135,658
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Herndon, VA Nov 09, 2016 $133,682 -
$153,000
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 24, 2015 $133,000
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 15, 2015 $132,517 -
$150,000
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 08, 2016 $117,645 -
$160,140
Resident Engineer Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 16, 2016 $117,645 -
$135,000
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 30, 2016 $117,645 -
$150,000
Lead Resident Engineer Affirmed Networks, Inc. Redmond, WA Jan 14, 2016 $115,773
Resident Engineer Affirmed Networks, Inc. Acton, MA May 21, 2015 $115,773 -
$120,000
Resident Engineer Affirmed Networks, Inc. Acton, MA Jan 16, 2015 $115,773 -
$120,000
Resident Engineer Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 09, 2015 $115,000
Resident Engineer Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Matawan, NJ Sep 21, 2015 $113,360 -
$128,593
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Highlands Ranch, CO May 12, 2016 $99,694 -
$155,000
Resident Engineer Genband Plano, TX Sep 21, 2015 $98,904
Resident Engineer Aruba Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 12, 2015 $98,488 -
$148,488
Resident Engineer-Mid Level Experis Us, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2016 $98,089 -
$146,090
Resident Engineer-Mid Level Experis Us, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2016 $98,089 -
$146,090
Resident Engineer Staff Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Richardson, TX Feb 02, 2015 $97,968 -
$147,000
Resident Engineer 2 (Civil) Black &Amp; Veatch Corporation New York, NY Feb 25, 2016 $97,677 -
$110,880
Resident Engineer Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. San Diego, CA May 07, 2016 $96,429 -
$135,000

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Top Skills for A Resident Engineer

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Top Resident Engineer Skills

  1. Safety Issues
  2. Contract Documents
  3. Drainage System
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Addressed safety issues when occurring (EM 385-1-1).
  • Ensured all certifications as stipulated by the contract documents were received and approved.
  • Designed asphalt mix jointly with the contractor, designed access roads and surface drainage systems.
  • Initiate and develop working relationships at all levels within the customer facility to identify new opportunities and provide outstanding customer service.
  • Managed delivery of civil, electrical, architectural, and mechanical engineering services supporting commercial and residential construction projects.

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