Already on ArticleSlash?

Forgot your password? Sign Up

Starting out in a Civil Engineering job

 


Visitors: 448

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like bridges, roads, canals, dams, and buildings.

Qualifications

There is a great deal of responsibility involved in becoming a civil engineer and as a result, in order to begin a career in this field it’s generally accepted that you would hold a degree in civil engineering or a related subject.

Alongside your academic degree, you may also need to undertake a certification or licence through your country’s professional body for civil engineers. The Engineering Council UK is the regulatory authority for registration of professional engineers in the United Kingdom.

Skills and Knowledge

In addition to the qualifications mentioned above, employers also look for people with the following skills:

  • Excellent problem solving skills – you will come across numerous problems throughout every project – it is important to be able to minimise the impact of these and find a way to resolve the issue.
  • Good communication – it is important to be able to communicate with a wide range of people from architects to project managers to construction teams.
  • Interest and expertise in maths & dealing with equations – this is a large part of working as a civil engineer so it’s important to like maths as well as understand it!
  • Having a “big picture" mentality – being able to see the full scale of the project and analyse all the external factors as well as the immediate, more obvious ones.
  • Organisation and keeping to deadlines – in civil engineering time keeping is essential – overrunning can cause budgets to skyrocket and cause disruption to the public.

Typical work activities

  • Design
  • Testing
  • Applying health and safety regulations
  • briefing people on the project
  • liaising with the other teams (i. e. construction workers, designers, architects etc)
  • Make sure that the project is on schedule.

Career opportunities

In some fields and firms, entry-level engineers are put to work primarily monitoring construction in the field, serving as the “eyes and ears" of senior design engineers; while in other areas, entry-level engineers perform the more routine tasks of analysis or design and interpretation. Experienced engineers generally do more complex analysis or design work, or management of more complex design projects, of other engineers, or move into specialized consulting, such as forensic engineering.

Salary and benefits

  • Starting out your career in civil engineering you can expect a salary of around £26,500
  • The average salary in civil engineering is £42,500; this is up 6% on the same period last year.

Find Civil Engineering Jobs

(507)

Article Source:


 
Rate this Article: 
 
History of Civil War Collectibles
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes
ArticleSlash

Related Articles:

Civil Engineering – Designing a Better Future

by: Kevin Germain (April 19, 2011) 
(Business/Careers Employment)

Civil War Photos - Types of Photos Taken During the Civil War

by: J. F. Borno (August 14, 2008) 
(Arts and Entertainment/Photography)

Reverse Engineering Software For CAD Reverse Engineering

by: Jon T Smith (September 16, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Software)

Slavery and the Civil War

by: Steven Chabotte (August 12, 2008) 
(Arts and Entertainment/Humanities)

Civil Society

by: Emmanuel Ayomide Praise (April 10, 2007) 
(News)

Investigating the Causes and Effects of the Civil War

by: Norman Hill (July 19, 2008) 
(Arts and Entertainment/Humanities)

Thoreau's Civil Disobedience

by: Dick DeBold (April 26, 2007) 
(Arts and Entertainment)

America's Future Civil War

by: Bruce Schwartz (June 05, 2007) 
(News)

Qualities of a Civil Right Lawyer

by: Mirjan Stojanovic (January 25, 2011) 
(Business/Small Business)

History of Civil War Collectibles

by: Victor Epand (July 29, 2008) 
(Home and Family/Crafts Hobbies)