2017 Civil Engineers
Median Pay: US$82,220
Entry Level: Bachelor's degree
Summary
Civil engineers design, build, supervise, operate, and maintain construction projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.
Duties

Civil engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze long range plans, survey reports, maps, and other data in order to plan projects
  • Consider construction costs, government regulations, potential environmental hazards, and other factors in planning the stages of, and risk analysis for, a project
  • Compile and submit permit applications to local, state, and federal agencies, verifying that projects comply with various regulations
  • Perform or oversee soil testing to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations
  • Test building materials, such as concrete, asphalt, or steel, for use in particular projects
  • Provide cost estimates for materials, equipment, or labor to determine a project's economic feasibility
  • Use design software to plan and design transportation systems, hydraulic systems, and structures in line with industry and government standards
  • Perform or oversee surveying operations in order to establish reference points, grades, and elevations to guide construction
  • Present their findings to the public on topics such as bid proposals, environmental impact statements, or descriptions of property
  • Manage the repair, maintenance, and replacement of public and private infrastructure

Civil engineers inspect projects to insure regulatory compliance. In addition, they are tasked with ensuring that safe work practices are followed at construction sites.

Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions ranging from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer, public works director, and city manager. Others work in design, construction, research, and teaching. Civil engineers work with others on projects and may be assisted by civil engineering technicians.

Civil engineers prepare permit documents for work on projects in renewable energy. They verify that the projects will comply with federal, state, and local requirements. With regard to solar energy, these engineers conduct structural analyses for large-scale photovoltaic projects. They also evaluate the ability of solar array support structures and buildings to tolerate stresses from wind, seismic activity, and other sources. For large-scale wind projects, civil engineers often prepare roadbeds to handle large trucks that haul in the turbines. In addition, they prepare the sites on the shore or offshore to make sure that the foundations for the turbines will safely keep them upright in expected environmental conditions.

Civil engineers work on complex projects, so they usually specialize in one of several areas.

Construction engineers manage construction projects, ensuring that they are scheduled and built in accordance with plans and specifications. These engineers typically are responsible for the design and safety of temporary structures used during construction.

Geotechnical engineers work to make sure that foundations are solid. They focus on how structures built by civil engineers, such as buildings and tunnels, interact with the earth (including soil and rock). In addition, they design and plan for slopes, retaining walls, and tunnels.

Structural engineers design and assess major projects, such as buildings, bridges, or dams, to ensure their strength and durability.

Transportation engineers plan, design, operate, and maintain everyday systems, such as streets and highways, but they also plan larger projects, such as airports, ship ports, mass transit systems, and harbors.

The work of civil engineers is closely related to the work of environmental engineers.

EI - (Engineering Intern)

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Port Saint Lucie, FL

Diagnostics Intern

Type: Internship
OverviewWalter P Moore is an international company of engineers, innovators, and creative people who solve some of the world's most complex structural and infrastructural challenges. Providing structural, diagnostics, civil, traffic, transportation engineering, and parking consulting services...
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Civil Engineering Intern - Water

Type: Internship
At Stantec, we approach every water and natural resource project we undertake - whether at the local, regional, or watershed level - thoughtfully, and execute it with excellence across all project phases. We partner with our clients to design fit-for-purpose solutions that address their...
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Boston, MA

Civil Engineering Intern - Water

Type: Internship
At Stantec, we approach every water and natural resource project we undertake - whether at the local, regional, or watershed level - thoughtfully, and execute it with excellence across all project phases. We partner with our clients to design fit-for-purpose solutions that address their...
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Burlington, MA

General Engineer - Direct Hire Authority

Type: Part Time
DutiesSummaryThe General Engineer is an integral part of the design, construction and maintenance team at the facility to support a fully accredited healthcare facility campus. The incumbent is a professional engineer who supports the operation, maintenance, renovation, and construction of multiple...
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Intern

Type: Internship
Minimum Qualifications: Pursuing B. S. degree in Construction Management, Building Construction or related field Computer expertise with estimating systems, word processing and databases preferred Familiarity with construction means and methods preferred Excellent oral and written communications...
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Intern

Type: Internship
CJS Conveyance is a vibrant, young, and growing local company that is client focused. We are seeking a motivated candidate to simultaneously gain real-world working experience and assist our engineering team with municipal water and wastewater conveyance projects throughout the Triangle and the...
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Research Engineer Co-Op, Advanced Cyber Science - FALL 2019

Type: Part Time
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Herndon, VA

Research Engineer Co-Op, Advanced Cyber Science - FALL 2019

Type: Part Time
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San Antonio, TX

Civil Engineering Internship

Type: Internship
Job Description:Internship opportunities are available, for those working towards a related degree (as per below) in Civil Engineering. Position is based in Boston, MA. Housing and relocation assistance are not provided.Interns will be exposed to various aspects of land development engineering....
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Graduate Engineer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The Graduate Engineer's primary responsibility will be to perform, geotechnical engineering investigations and studies in a timely and accurate manner within the specified budget, under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer. This will include engineering observation at new and...
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San Antonio, TX

UCHC Staff Nurse PT - Northern Region

Type: Part Time
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Research Engineer Co-Op, Advanced Cyber Science - FALL 2019

Type: Part Time
Job DescriptionDo you have a passion for innovation?So do we! At CACI our people are our greatest asset - we make sure your voice is heard and give you the resources to invent solutions to some of the most difficult challenges facing our customers. Our entrepreneurial environment fosters your best...
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Columbia, MD

Structural Intern

Type: Internship
DCI Engineers is a leading structural and civil engineering firm headquartered in Seattle, WA, with branch offices in 12 additional locations along the West Coast, Texas, Alaska, Colorado, and Montana. We hire enthusiastic, intelligent, fun relationship builders who know how to step outside the box...
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Manufacturing/Industrial/Mechanical Engineering Co-op

Type: Internship
Volkert, a Top 100 design firm (ENR #87), is engineering the future of infrastructure in Transportation, Energy, Water, and the Environment. We are searching for a motivated Engineer Intern to join our Gulf Design team located in Jackson, MS.The ideal candidate will assist their department by...
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WD Intern - Civil Engineering - Fall 2019

Type: Internship
We Are Thinkers That Do!Delivering innovative solutions to our clients requires the best people. At WD, architects, engineers, designers, and strategists work together to impact national and global brands - we create opportunities to improve revenue and profits for our multi-unit food and retail...
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Salem - Civil & Environmental Engineering Intern

Type: Internship
Requisition ID: 20837Job Category: Consulting; Engineering; Environmental; Infrastructure; StudentWith over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we understand that challenges are changing rapidly in every industry. We respond quickly...
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Salem, MA

Intern/Co-Op Student - Fall 2019

Type: Internship
We create great places and the connections that get people and goods moving - whether by car, bus, train, plane, or their own two feet. Working within the context of the communities we serve, we provide planning, engineering, and infrastructure management services that fit the needs of our clients...
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New York, NY

Intern/Co-op

Type: Internship
Haley & Aldrich is a 600+ person national engineering and environmental consulting firm with creative, technically strong staff who want to work in a collaborative environment to deliver exceptional value to our clients. We look for professionals with a passion for solving even the most complex...
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Structural Intern - Summer 2019

Type: Internship
OverviewWalter P Moore is an international company of engineers, architects, innovators, and creative people who solve some of the world's most complex structural and infrastructure challenges. Providing structural, diagnostics, civil, traffic, parking, transportation, enclosure, and...
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